The One Thing You Must Know About Contentment

By on April 1, 2013

By Rita Schulte –

My husband calls her Bella, a middle name that describes her beauty. When she sees me her world stands still. She runs and jumps into my arms—such joy, such excitement. She delights my soul. Such is the blessing of grandbabies.

As we play, I watch her. Life is simple. She mother’s her dollies and her baby sister. She is content.

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I pray.

I find myself wishing I could keep the world from moving in and dismantling the joy and contentment of such simple moments in her life. I wonder how I can demonstrate a life that teaches her this discipline in spite of my own wandering heart.

Genuine contentment flows from what I love, and I confess that sometimes I don’t love wisely.

The little one teaches me that only one thing is necessary for contentment. Presence. The giving away of the heart to the one you love.

I feel it when she reaches for me in the night when she’s afraid. She touches my face for assurance. Presence calms her. She asks for her song. I sing. Contentment comes. We’re both satisfied because we feel the unspoken love between us.

The contentment her love brings draws me to His love.

This is the love we were created for. It paints a picture on the canvas of our souls and opens our hearts to experience the joy of true contentment.

Then the world steps in, and I become aware of all of things that lead me away from the one thing that is most necessary. Presence. His presence. Ann Voskamp says:

“Every moment my inner heart is saying No to the God of the universe—I am saying yes to the enemy of my soul.”

I ask myself why it’s so hard for me to remain content in perfect love. My heart is so prone to wandering. I chase after the idols of career, success, relationships, and control, believing that somehow they will fill me.

I say I desire contentment in Him, but I chose a divided heart.

I say I desire His peace but I allow chaos.

I say I desire solitude with Him, but I seldom take the time to be still.

Whatever direction I allow desire to take me in will determine the condition of my heart. If I chose unwisely true contentment will elude me.

Then the little one comes and reminds me. She whispers in my ear—a secret. We giggle. She tells me not to concern myself with the duties of the world. We have more important work to do together. She tugs on my hand to suggest the urgency of our mission. “Play,” she says, and invites me to step into the wonder of contentment that requires only presence.

The sweetness of presence connects us and makes our world together come alive. It’s about knowing and being known. It brings me back to the Father. Back to the presence that stirs my heart and reminds me that He is inviting me moment by moment to experience contentment, just as the little one does, tugging at my heart to know and be known in a way that no one else can.

Jesus is calling us beloved —-receive the gift of contentment today through the gift of His presence.


Rita A. Schulte is a licensed professional counselor in No. Virginia. She hosts a weekly podcast show called Heartline where she talks to the leading counselors and authors in the country about cutting edge topics affecting the lives of people today. Heartline is now airing on 90.5 FM in NC, and Rita’s 1 minute devotional spot, Consider This is airing on 90.5 FM and 90.9 FM in Lynchburg, Va. Heartline will be coming to Christian Life Internet Radio in February 2012. Follow Rita at for counseling helps and to read the first chapter of her book.

About Rita Schulte

Rita A. Schulte is a licensed professional counselor in the Northern Virginia/DC area. She is the host of Heartline Radio and a 1-minute feature “Consider This.” Her shows air on Alive In Christ Radio ( Rita writes for numerous publications and blogs. Her articles have appeared in Counseling Today Magazine, Thriving Family, Kyria and She is the author of Shattered: Finding Hope and Healing through the Losses of Life, (Leafwood) and Imposter: Gain Confidence, Eradicate Shame and become who God made you to be (Siloam), follow her at, on FB and twitter @heartlinepod.

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The One Thing You Must Know About Contentment