I was reading an e-newsletter I received a week or two ago about complaining. Sharon Jaynes, the author, made a funny point about lamenting:

Just try saying the word grumble with a smile on your face. It doesn’t work, does it? I’m sitting here trying now. I sure hope no one’s looking.

Let’s think about this. When we are grumbling about our circumstances, who are we really grumbling against?

Do you see yourself as a person who grumbles or a person who is grateful?

What do you need to do to change?

Make a list of things you are grateful for today!

These are great questions!  If I find myself complaining about a circumstance I often need to adjust my attitude.  What about grumbling {or gossiping} against others?  Who exactly are we complaining about?  I’m going to take a step back today and think before speaking.  I’m going to adjust my attitude and offer words of encouragement instead of grumbling.

“Moses also said, ‘You will know that it was the LORD when he gives you meat to eat in the evening and all the bread you want in the morning, because he has heard your grumbling against him.  Who are we?  You are not grumbling against us, but against the LORD”  {Exodus 16:8 }.


Encouraging Your Husband’s Interaction with His Children

And you, fathers, do not provoke your children to wrath, but bring them up in the
training and admonition of the Lord. (Eph. 6:4)

Children can be quite a challenge to the marriage relationship. A wise wife will support
her husband’s leadership in the home as much as possible, and will praise him for his
fathering skills. Negativity makes a man feel like a failure, and may make him to want to give up.

Does your husband discipline your children wisely? Does he show them love and
encourage them? Does he take an interest in their activities and dreams? Does he
spend time with them? Does he take part in developing their character? Praise him for
these important life skills.

If you don’t have children, is your husband positive and encouraging around other
people’s children? Let him know that you have noticed.

If your husband does not experience positive relationships with children, you will need
to figure out why. Perhaps he had negative experiences as a child with his own parents,
and needs to learn how to respond. Perhaps you can lovingly and patiently show him
how to parent—while still maintaining his authority in the home.




Copyright Revive Our Hearts. Written by Nancy Leigh DeMoss. Used with permission.

Choosing Friends

Proverbs 12:26 The righteous should choose his friends carefully, For the way of the wicked leads them astray.

Pray for your children, that they choose their friends wisely and without pressures so they won’t be led astray.

Pray also for your husband, that likewise he would use discernment deciding with whom he spends his time.

Ironing sharpening iron.   * My excellent husband pointed out I should double check spelling when posting from the mobile WordPress app.  Auto correct can be embarrassing!   IRON SHARPENING IRON!