Would others call you a grumbler? Our society has made complaining nearly a requirement of sorts. It’s as if the world would have us believe being content and satisfied with what we have is somehow selling out or living a life that’s mediocre at best.
If you’ve hopped on the bandwagon and now find yourself in the habit of grumbling and complaining, trade it out for the habit of praise. When your tempted to voice your criticism, replace it with talking to God about how thankful you are.
When your fleshly desire is to fly into a tirade over the 37 loads of laundry, instead thank God you’ve been blessed with a beautiful family to dirty said laundry...that you can afford clothes to wear…that you don’t have to spend all day washing them in a creek….
The more we talk to God, the less we complain. It’s as simple as that. There’s just no way you can grumble while giving thanks for His grace and no way you can protest while praising Him for His provision.
The habit of praising God throughout the day takes our focus off of what we don’t like and puts our focus on giving Him the glory He deserves, while developing in us a grateful and content spirit.
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Renee Davis is a boy mom, PPD survivor, recovering fear-a-holic, and former educator. She lives on Christ and caffeine as she attempts to finally transcend mediocrity and live the life Jesus died for her to have. When not tied to her desktop and swimming in coffee, the native Floridian can be found wherever the water is salty, spending time with her son and husband of 15 years.
She’s a contributor to The Good Men Project, Crosswalk, and, most recently, The Washington Post. You can learn more about Renee’s journey and her passion for helping women find their worth in the Word, not the world, at The Stay@Home Scribe.