Tuesday, February 07, 2012

the complaining experiment

This month I’m making an effort to keep my mouth from complaining. I intended to start on February 1, but totally didn’t even remember until this week! Yesterday I noticed I complained mostly about kid messes and potty accidents. Listening to myself, I think my motto is when the going gets tough, you should start complaining about it. Yeah.

It’s such a bad habit to have.

Today I’m working on not saying complaining words when faced with a problem or a mess. I think much of my complaining comes from not seeing what I have to be thankful for. I can complain all day about the missing door of my old falling-apart tv cabinet pantry, but how thankful am I to have a lovely house with tall ceilings and hardwood floors and lots of room to move around? Why in the world am I so focused on that silly broken cabinet? Grrrr. I’m just ridiculous and sinful, that’s why.

Even worse? Right before I wrote this, I was complaining about the internet going down for the second time after I reset the modem again. See? I am ridiculous. I pay for internet and I want it now. Complain, complain….ahhh. So much conviction already! This one is going to be rough.

So to combat my complaining tongue this month, I’m going to do a little thankfulness experiment here on the blog where I’m going to take pictures and document things I am thankful for. When I become discontent with my situation, I’m hoping this list will pop through my mind and send me to praising the Lord for my blessings.  {with the Lord’s help, anyway!}.

So this week I’m thankful for:

1. the health of my family. We have zero health problems and almost never have even a cold. It’s amazing. And such a huge blessing.

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2. the love of my husband. He is such a wonderful man. I’ve never met a single man who loves his wife as much as he does. He is the man of my dreams.  We love the same things. We like being together all of the time. It’s so much fun being married to him.

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He even made me a special surprise sushi dinner last week:

3. God’s Word. I have a copy of it- or more like 12 copies of it in my house. Amazing, right? And I have the freedom to read it as much as I want to. It’s crazy.

4. coffee. From the serious to the trivial. ;) I really am thankful for coffee- I look forward to spending time reading the Bible and drinking a warm cup as I wake up every morning. Love those little joys in life. :Dimage

5. food for my family. It might cost a bunch to feed this crew, but I’m so thankful to have enough money and food available to feed them. We are blessed to be able to eat without worry of where or when our next meal will be. I’m thankful for Sam’s Club- for affordable food in large quantities, and even for Cheerios- a cereal that the whole family loves. :D

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The Bible has so much to say about your words- the ones you say, the ones you think.  These verses in Philippians 2 bring so much conviction to my heart today.

14 Do all things without grumbling or disputing, 15 that you may be blameless and innocent, children of God without blemish in the midst of a crooked and twisted generation, among whom you shine as lights in the world.

So I’m praying this for this one to happen:

Set a guard, O LORD, over my mouth; keep watch over the door of my lips! Psalm 141:3.

Would you pray for me too if you think of it? :D

What do you do to keep yourself from complaining? Please share- I will take any help I can get! ;)

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