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We all have many things to be thankful for on a daily basis. But so many times we complain too much about what we don't have, instead of being thankful for what we do have. I've been doing that very same thing recently. I try not to complain on the out side, but I do on the inside often. I complain about the house, me not healing fast enough, the children, schooling the children, ect. Instead I should be thanking God everyday that I have a nice house to live in. It is small yes, but very cozy and warm. It may not always be as clean as I like. I complain that I'm not healing fast enough, instead of thanking God that I can feel my feet again. It had been at least a year since I could feel my feet. I've also been complaining that the Children do not seem to listen to me, instead I should be thanking God once again that I have 3 healthy children. I've been struggling with homeschooling because we are behind. I sat this morning and asked myself behind in what??? Isn't that the joy of homeschooling? Being able to go at our own pace?
I got my book out again "The secret of contentment" by Juanita Purcell and read the chapter on complaining. If anyone wants a good Bible study they should pick that one up. I had the pleasure of hearing her at a Ladies retreat.
The following verse has become a verse I go to when I start with my complaining.
"Not that I speak in regard to need, for I have learned in whatever state I am, to be content:"