From Grumbling to Gratitude! 

Happy Friday love bugs!! 😘🐞

So this morning, I totally had a heart check from the Lord. When I tell you, these past couple weeks I have been going and going, it’s been crazy! Although everyday I try to spend some time to myself to regroup and catch a second wind, I have noticed the past couple mornings I have had trouble getting up. I have struggled with my 5am quiet/study time with the Lord, because I can’t seem to wake up. Maybe because it’s cold out, and I just want extra time snuggled in my comfy, warm bed? Maybe, I’m really exhausted and need some serious down time?  Maybe because it’s still dark when that annoying sound of my alarm goes off; and I convince myself that I can use just “5 more minutes” which turns into another hour or two? My life!!! 

Regardless of the reasoning, I have felt extremely tired these past few mornings. What comes with being tired? Mumbling, grumbling, & complaining! And I fell for it hard this morning!

What’s looking to try to be my norm, I yet again woke up extremely tired this morning.  I must have said at least 3x “Uggghh I don’t want to go to work!” I finally forced myself to get up and try to do something with my life this a.m. 

As I made my way to the bathroom, I peaked in the kitchen to see a sink full of pots and pans from last night’s dinner (that I was of course too tired to actually wash and put away). I then murmur “Uggghh I gotta wash those dishes” 

I make my way to the bathroom to shower, only hoping it would wake me up and get me excited about the day ahead. 

As soon as I hopped in the shower, I could hear the Holy Spirit say, “Don’t be so ungrateful Hazel. That job you don’t want to go too; well somebody is desperately trying to find a job.

That sink full of pots & pans from last night’s dinner means that you ate well last night. Be grateful for the food you have to cook & the means to prepare it. Someone went to bed hungry or ate at a soup kitchen. 

And that tired feeling you have means that I have given you an opportunity to be active daily. Someone wishes they can move around & do only a fourth of what I’m allowing you to do & what I’m calling you to do.”

Sometimes we can feel so defeated by the day to day tasks we are faced with. If we’re not careful, the spirit of complaint will come upon us, and next thing you know we are never satisfied with all the things God has given us. 

So to the wife reading this: I know you are tired of that title sometimes. You are tired of managing the home, working, and making sure you support, respect, submit, and encourage your husband (even when he’s working that last nerve of yours). Remember you prayed for that man; that leader for you and your family. Some woman wishes she had that kind of love, leadership, and protection from a man.

To that mother: I know you are tired of being a nurse, teacher, taxi cab driver, therapist, and personal jungle gym for your kids. But some woman wishes she could conceive children…wishes she could experience the kind of love a mother has with her child

To that single: I know you are tired of weekends spent alone, holidays with no “boo”, making all the decisions by yourself, and the long nights of wondering if the guy you kinda sorta like, likes you back; or the fact that you’re tired of liking guys just to get the short end of the stick. Well remember when your season change, you’re not going to have all the free time to come and go as you please. Some woman can’t make a decision without affecting the people whom she shares her home with. 

We all get tired from time to time, but you have to check that spirit of complaint, and adopt an attitude of gratitude for ALL things. 

Thank you Lord for the reminder this morning! Forgive us for the times were we adopted a complaining, mumbling, grumbling spirit. Help us to be grateful that you are allowing us to have the responsibility and hold positions in life that you have given us. This means you trusts us with our daily tasks and the roles we play for others. Help us to remember that through you we can face and do anything! Help us to adopt a spirit of gratitude for all that you give and take away from us. Thank you for loving us that much! 

Happy Friday! Have a great day on purpose and with purpose!


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