Tuesday, July 21, 2015

Complain about Everything

Raise you hand if you've experienced: 

  • Home appliances breaking down--the moment the warranty runs out.
  • Week-end guests who decide to stay for a week. 
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  • A flat tire on the way to work. And another on the way home.
  • Gaining weight when you're on a diet.
  • Your spouse morphing into Grumpy the Bear.
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  • Your children behaving like creatures in a SCFY original movie.
 Neighbors: "Aaah, run! It's an Anacondopus!" 
You: "No, that's my daughter Brittney."
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Distractions and intrusions can dissolve our composure faster than Big Foot disappearing into the woods.

                            Family discord.  
                                       Health issues.  
                                                 Time crunches on the job...
                                                           and home...
                                                                 and church... 
                                                                      and Little League, soccer, piano practice, ballet...


Recently I'd fallen so far behind that catching up proved more elusive than the Lock Ness monster.

Frustration and self-pity set in.

If attitude determines altitude, I'd cruised below sea level.

Instead of being gratitude for the tremendous blessing surrounding me, I gave negative thoughts free rein. 

Argh! I'll never catch up.
How did I overbook myself again?
Why do I always get stuck doing that?

Until one morning I woke up to this Holy Spirit nudge:

"Precious daughter, you're complaining about everything, and praying about nothing."


But the Lord had the never-fail fix ready in Philippians chapter 4.

     Always be full of joy in the Lord. I say it again—rejoice!

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 Don't worry about anything; instead, pray about everything. Tell God what you need, and thank him for all he has done.

Then you will experience God's peace, which exceeds anything we can understand. His peace will guard your hearts and minds as you live in Christ Jesus. 

So no matter how low we get, we've never flying under God's radar screen. Even if we're traveling through a mental Bermuda Triangle.