{Wednesday's Word} Grumbling to Gratitude

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Let everything that has breath praise the Lord.
{Psalm 150:6}

Are you praising the Lord today?

What are you holding on to today? Don't be fooled that grumbling will bring peace and healing. It doesn't.

Paul reminds the Corinth church that the Isrealites grumbled. They missed the Egyptian food when they failed to remember all they did have as He allowed them to escape Egypt. (1 Corinthians 10). He cautioned the Corinthians not to do the same. Don't give in to the temptation.

After he cautions them he gives them this --

The temptations in your life are no different from what others experience. And God is faithful. He will not allow the temptation to be more than you can stand. When you are tempted, he will show you a way out so that you can endure. 
{1 Cor. 10:13)

Our antidote to temptation is to go to God.  He offers us a way out.  When we approach Him, laying our grumbling at his feet, and focus on gratitude, we begin to realize the truth of God's character and all He has done for us.

You might say, that's easy for the bible to say but I am going through this (fill in the blank) right now. Paul praised the Lord from prison in Acts 16:22-25.  Jail. Would I do that? Not sure, I think I tend to be like the Israelites grumbling about the 1% bad, instead of the 99% good.

So how can you take your grumbling and turn it into gratitude?

You won't always FEEL like it but God is worth our praise. When you start to consider ALL he HAS done and focus your eyes on seeing His goodness, His peace will wash over you. So when you feel the grumbling rise in your soul, and it inevitably will because we are human, combat it with consciously stating praises.

There is only so much room in our heart -- what do we want taking up residence?

Grumbling or Gratitude

If you don't know where to begin, grab a journal and end your day penning little things that you can be thankful for.  Over time, the Lord will open your eyes to more and more you have to be grateful for. 

 For our family, we have found these 2 strategies to be helpful.  At bedtime, we go around and say something we are thankful for and our kids start their prayer thanking God for that.  Often once we get started, we find LOTS of things to be thankful for.  A friend of mine also suggested praising the Lord with the ABC's.  You can think of an attribute of God for every letter of the alphabet (A-Almighty, B-beautiful, C-creator, etc.)  

What ideas do you have?  Please share in the comments, I am rounding them up and sharing on Friday, November 18th and I would love to include your ideas!

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