I Am Grateful For You
There are so many things I could share right now.
1. Why our large family took on the challenge of going grumble-free for a year. (We were pretty tired of all the grumbling in our home.)
2. How I drove by myself with five kids for six hours yesterday, and we had a peaceful, joyful ride. (Our year of focusing on gratitude vs. grumbling has made a HUGE difference.)
3. How I’ve been honored by all the AWESOME reviews from pre-readers who are encouraged and inspired! (This book has been an amazing wake up call for me. I have been struggling to find solutions to our crazy life with four kids and a dog! I can find myself spiraling down a path of discontentment and complaining without even knowing it. This book has been a wonderful and life changing. -Liza)
But more than anything, I want to share this: I am grateful for you.
You received this email because we’ve connected at one time or another.
-at an event
-through a friend
-at church or the grocery store
Maybe we’ve known each other for YEARS. Or maybe we’ve just recently met. Either way you’ve made the decision to stay connected and to lean in when I have something to share. That’s amazing! I’m honored.
You see, the benefits of The Grumble Free Year aren’t simply centered on getting my kids to complain less (although that has been an awesome result). Instead, as I focused on grumbling less, my heart began to swell with gratitude more for all God’s given me.
It’s easy for writers to think in terms of numbers:
– Number of subscribers
– Number of followers
– Number of sales
But as I write this, I’m reminded again why I started writing in the first place. To offer HOPE to “one person out there.” To make a difference. To share how God can change things for good. To remind people that they don’t have to do the hard stuff of life alone, because God is there to help.
He wants to help.
When I was at my darkest place, God met me. I was seventeen, pregnant and abandoned by my boyfriend and friends. In that moment when I came to the end of myself I prayed, “God, I’ve screwed up this time. If you can do anything with my life please do.”
Now, here’s the amazing part. When God saw me there, He also saw YOU. He saw this moment. He knew I’d been writing these words and you’d be reading them.
When I was stuck with fear about an uncertain future, God looked ahead to when I’d have a huge family and take on this challenge of going Grumble Free. When God chose to “do something” with my life, your story became part of mine as we navigate through this Christian walk together.
Still with me?
Okay, so that just got really deep and mushy, especially with a book launch announcement. But my gratitude–and my connection with you–is honestly what is forefront in my heart.
I Am Grateful For You!
Growing in gratitude is looking beyond ourselves–our wants, our needs–and it’s looking to God instead. It’s also looking around us, not to focus on what we’re LACKING, but rather with what we HAVE.
As Philippians 1:4-6 says:
I’m thankful for all of you every time I pray, and it’s always a prayer full of joy. I’m glad because of the way you have been my partners in the ministry of the gospel from the time you first believed it until now. I’m sure about this: the one who started a good work in you will stay with you to complete the job by the day of Christ Jesus. (CEB)
Just as God has been working in me, I know He’s been working in you. My hope is that The Grumble Free Year will be part of the good work God wants to do. If you think it might be, check out all the details at:www.TheGrumbleFreeYear.com
You also might want to check out these:
My interview on the Mom Struggling Well podcast.
My interview on Happy, Healthy Christian Kids (This interview expires in a few days!)
My article on Growing Gratitude Over the Holidays
These are just a few of the MANY interviews/articles I’ve done. I’m so thankful that so many people care about this message.
Every time I share this message, I love to give practical ideas. Still, I often get the question: “But where do I start? Can you give me step-by-step guidance for going Grumble Free?” The answer is YES!
Starting November 28, I’m starting a 30-Day Grumble Free Challenge (via email) to give you advice and steps for going Grumble Free.
Yes, I want tips, ideas, and inspiration for going Grumble-Free!
Sign me up for the challenge starting Nov 28!
I hope you’ll join me on this 30-Day Challenge! Thank you again for opening your heart to me and the messages God has given me. I Am Grateful For You and I’m so thankful for the “good work” that God started in us. I’m especially thankful that He’s allowed me and you to do it together!