What Miriam in the Bible Can Teach Us About Positivity
A few weeks ago I was talking with my friend, Joanna, sharing about some of my recent struggles, especially with my attitude.
“I’ve always known you to be a positive person,” Joanna told me.
I chuckled, “That’s because most of the time we spent together was before John and I adopted seven more kids!”
When Joanna and I met, I only had three children. In that season of life, I was busy with raising kids, volunteering at a crisis pregnancy center, and writing.
I was busy, yes, but when John and I started adopted kids from hard places we transitioned from “busy” into survival mode.
Overwhelmed with the added chaos and mess (not to mention kids’ outbursts and anger), I found myself complaining a lot. So much so that I knew things needed to change.
That’s when my family and I took drastic measures and attempted to go a year without grumbling—and I wrote about our year in a book, The Grumble Free Year.
It wasn’t an easy year, and our attitude-adjusting journey has made me sympathetic to women in the Bible who’ve faced challenging circumstances and didn’t handle it well. Women like Miriam in the Bible.
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Related: Creating a Grumble-Free Home
Who was Miriam in the Bible?
Miriam in the Bible may best be known as the big sister who helped save her baby brother from certain death. Daughter to Amram and Jochebe, and sister to Moses and Aaron, we first meet Miriam as a young girl who watches her baby brother being placed in the Nile in an effort to save his life (Exodus 2:4).
The next time we see Miriam in the Bible, she is a leader along with her brothers, taking the Israelites across the Red Sea into freedom.
Exodus 15:20 says, “Then Miriam the prophet, Aaron’s sister, took a tambourine and led all the women as they played their tambourines and danced” (NLT).
She led the now-freed nation to sing before the Lord, exclaiming his triumph over the Egyptian horses and riders hurled into the sea.
We know nothing of her life between Miriam the child and Miriam the prophetess in the Bible, but while Moses was a desert shepherd, she lived with her people in Egypt. And to be labeled a prophet, God must have used her greatly there.
If I were to guess, those around Miriam no doubt witness her strength and godliness during their captivity. And in their moment of freedom, Miriam might have believed that hardest portion of her life was behind her.
Yet, as I’ve also discovered, while it’s easy to trust God for big miracles, harder is walking through the daily grind of life.
I tell my kids often that we are prone to complain when have unrealistic expectations and are hungry or tired. And even though the Israelites were now free from Egyptian rule, they still had a desert before them…
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Have you seen my new book Grumble Free Year? It’s the story of how our family took a year off from grumbling and complaining and found God’s goodness in our gratitude and thanksgiving. My friend Elisa Morgan had this to say about it:
2 Parents + 8 Kids + 1 Grandma = A house full of chaos, mess, and noise!
And between homeschooling, writing and leading a Teen MOPS group — I definitely get frustrated and cranky at times.
But You know what bothered me the most? Hearing my kids complaining. It drove me crazy until I realized I could teach them something better.
I could teach them gratitude. We could learn to be a family that’s grateful and thankful. Together we could become Grumble Free.
Would a year be enough to teach us all to focus on God’s goodness through every opportunity?
We found out in our Grumble Free Year and now you can read about how we faced whining and complaining head-on and became a stronger family because of it!
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