In Philippians, Paul tells us that he “can do all things through Christ who strengthens” him.  The verses surrounding that well known passage are about contentment. We quote his words in so many circumstances, yet he was saying that contentment is the key to unlocking the “do all things” strength of Christ.

So next time you groan because he left his socks and shoes in the living room again (usually it’s the other way around in our house!) or she forgot to take the dry cleaning, take a moment to set aside those expectations and be content with the good that God has given you in your spouse. 

Published May 5, 2009.

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April Motl and her husband, Eric, minister at their church in Southern California where he is a pastor on staff.  April is the founder of In His Eyes Ministries; a teaching ministry devoted to helping women see their life from God’s perspective. For more information about the ministry visit For some free “love notes from me and Jesus” to get you started on writing your own, email  Also, for the ladies out there, check out the new Bible study My Reflection In His Eyes: Seeing Yourself as God Sees You to dig deeper into understanding the Lord’s love for you.