Pathway for Contentment Answer Key

Discontentment—A Murmuring Heart

1. Its Characteristics

Whine rather than worship
Discontented with what they have
Fueled by comparisons
Doubts God’s goodness and love
Forgets God’s past provisions
Rejects God’s plan

2.  Its “Causes”

When we have what we don’t want or don’t have what we want

3. Its Consequences

Robs us of joy
God’s presence departs
Discouragement, depression, despair
Vulnerable to sin
Gives the world a wrong opinion about God

Contentment—An Alternative to a Murmuring Heart

Christian contentment is that sweet, inward, quiet, gracious frame of spirit, which freely submits to and delights in God’s wise and fatherly disposal in every condition. ~Jeremiah Burroughs

Characteristics of a Contented Heart

1. A thankful or grateful heart.

2. A trusting heart.

3. A submissive or surrendered heart.

4. A selfless heart.

5. A God-centered heart.

Lord, I would clasp Thy hand in mine, nor ever murmur nor repine, content, whatever lot I see, since ‘tis Thy hand that leadeth me. ~ Joseph Gilmore

© Used with permission. Study outline for Nancy DeMoss Wolgemuth's conference message:
Pathway for Contentment.


About the Author

Nancy DeMoss Wolgemuth

Nancy DeMoss Wolgemuth has touched the lives of millions of women through Revive Our Hearts and the True Woman movement, calling them to heart revival and biblical womanhood. Her love for Christ and His Word is infectious, and permeates her online outreaches, conference messages, books, and two daily nationally syndicated radio programs—Revive Our Hearts and Seeking Him.

She has authored twenty-two books, including Lies Women Believe and the Truth That Sets Them Free, Seeking Him (coauthored), Adorned: Living Out the Beauty of the Gospel Together, and You Can Trust God to Write Your Story (coauthored with her husband). Her books have sold more than five million copies and are reaching the hearts of women around the world. Nancy and her husband, Robert, live in Michigan.