Wednesday, October 9, 2013
During this new season of my life I have made a deal with myself to be more positive in all I do. That I will try my very best to complain less and find joy in it all. One scripture that has stuck with me in the past year and a half or so is 1 Thessalonians 5:18 Be thankful in all circumstances, for this is God's will for you who belong to Christ Jesus.
I started the year off strong! Smiling and being positive in all I do. Then weeks went on and I grew very weary with all of life's demands. So, I started to keep more to myself and when I was around people and asked how I was doing, I would tell them how busy and tired I was. Now, yes, it is the truth, however, it becomes self-pity at some point.
Today's Jesus Calling by Sarah Young:
You have been on a long, uphill journey, and your energy is almost spent (yep, this is how I feel). Though you have faltered at times, you have not let go of My hand. I am pleased with your desire to stay close to Me. There is one thing, however, that displeases Me: your tendency to complain. You may talk to Me as much as you like about the difficulty of the path we are following. I understand better than anyone else the stresses and strains that have afflicted you. You can ventilate safely to Me, because talking with Me tempers your thoughts and helps you see things from My perspective.
Complaining to others is another matter altogether. It opens the door to deadly sins such as self-pity and rage. Whenever you are tempted to grumble, come to Me and talk it out. As you open up to Me, I will put My thoughts in your mind and My song in your heart.
"I will refresh the weary and satisfy the faint." --Jeremiah 31:25
Do everything without complaining or arguing, so that you may become blameless and pure, children of God without fault in a crooked and depraved generation, in which you shine like stars in the universe. --Philippians 2:14-15
One thing I know for sure is no matter how tired I am, no matter how busy I am, one thing remains--I am BLESSED! I woke up this morning in a warm bed in a cool house, I am healthy, I have clean, running water, a supportive, hard-working husband, beautiful, healthy children....when I think of how blessed I am, my list could go on and on...I must turn my thoughts from how tired and worn I temporarily am and turn my thoughts to what is higher and true.
If you are weary today, I pray that you will find peace and rest in His promises!