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Finding the sacred in everyday life
Satisfied: School of Contentment (week 1)
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Marketta Gregory never meant to be a columnist. \x34I trained to be a newspaper reporter -- one who tried to her best to be objective. I covered religion for a few years and felt like it was the best job a curious woman like me could ever have. ...
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Simply Faithful
Marketta Gregory never meant to be a columnist. \x34I trained to be a newspaper reporter -- one who tried to her best to be objective. I covered religion for a few years and felt like it was the best job a curious woman like me could ever have. Every day I got to listen as people told me about the things that were most important to them, the things that were sacred. But the newspaper industry was changing and few papers could afford to have an army of speciality reporters. So, I moved to cover the suburbs where, as luck would have it, they have plenty of religion, too. Eventually, children came into the picture. One by birth and another two months later by foster care/adoption. I struggled to chase breaking news and be home at a decent hour, so I made the move to what we journalists call the dark side: I took a job in public relations. (Don't worry. I work for a great non-profit, so it's not dark at all.) When I gave my notice at the Rochester (NY) Democrat and Chronicle, the executive editor asked me to consider writing a column on a freelance basis. She didn't want the newspaper to lose touch with its religious sources, and she still wanted consistent faith coverage. I was terrified. It took me about 10 months to get back to her with a solid plan and some sample columns. And so it began, this journey of opening up my heart to strangers.\x34
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Thank you for reading Satisfied with us. I’m hoping that you’ll tackle the first section this week and then come back and share your thoughts with us. (We have much to learn from each other. Amen?)

One of my favorite quotes from this section is:

“Contentment is not achieved through getting everything we want but by training the heart to experience full joy and deep peace even when we don’t have what we want.”

With that in mind, what areas of your life are you content with? Where do you need help?

How do we know we have enough or that we are enough?

The author suggests two projects this week: Counting your shirts and shoes and giving something of value away.

How many shirts and shoes do you have?

What did you give away?

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“Thus will I bless thee while I live: I will lift up my hands in thy name. My soul shall be satisfied…” Psalm 63:4-5

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