Be The Change
Lately, I’ve been thinking there’s a lot of things I’d like to change. 1) I’ve actively started exercising and using a food journal to lose weight and get in shape. 2) I’ve been trying to curb my spending. 3) And I’ve been learning to be more thankful. All of those things aren’t easy!
#1 and #2 are things that I now realize need to stem from the inside out. I’ve tried for a long time to “make myself be good.” Now I’m praying for a heart change.
I’m praying that God will fill me up so much of Him that I naturally strive to do the right things in His strength and with His wisdom.
#3 started because I’ve been reading Something More by Catherine Marshall. It’s an older book, but a good one. In it Catherine talks about “thanking God in all things.” She goes on to encourage readers to thank Him even for the challenging/painful stuff. I’ve started doing that more, and it’s amazing what a different outlook I’ve had. Usually, I’m a joyful person because I try to ignore the hard stuff and instead just focus on the good. But lately I’ve been thanking God for everything easy and hard, and somehow He’s been showing me the good IN it.
I know these are simple lessons. They are things God has tried to show me in the past. In fact, one of the lessons He’s taught (and retaught me) is that I don’t always need to look for change from external means … sometimes I’m called to BE the change.
This lesson first fit home after our family moved to Montana and were looking for a church home. There was one that God was connecting us to AT EVERY TURN, but personally I didn’t like it much. In fact, even when John and I felt God calling us there, I REALLY didn’t want to go to that church. Even though the people were nice, the music wasn’t that great and there was no children’s program for the kids. Yet, instead of complaining about it, John and I felt God telling us to do something about it!
Once we became members, WE started doing children’s church and new families started pouring in. Over the years the church grew and changed. It has become the type of place I longed for. We’ve been going there for thirteen years now, and it’s home. Yet at the time, I didn’t realize that I was part of the change!
Be The Change
Today, you might be thinking about changes in your life. Don’t stop. Don’t become complacent! Remember that God wants to fill you and help you. He wants you to offer Him thanksgiving in the easy stuff and the hard stuff, too. And mostly, if there is change that needs to take place remember that often YOU are called to be the change. What you want most is out there in the future … have faith in that! Have faith in Him!
No More Grumbles
The Grumble Free Year was another instance when God spoke clearly to my heart that I needed to change. That we–as a family–needed to change. We were in a holding pattern of grumbling and complaining, dissatisfaction and discord. The kids couldn’t go a day with some type of unhappy comment. That’s when I knew we had to make a change. We had to find a way to get in line with what God desired for our family–grateful and thankful hearts.
It wasn’t always easy and the results weren’t immediate, but after a year of no grumbling, our life as a family has radically changed. Now, instead of finding fault and looking for excuses, we find joy in the journey–whether rain or sun. We have learned to laugh at our struggles and look for God in the small inconveniences. Day in and day out we are growing and becoming more thankful for all we have.
I’ve been looking forward to sharing this journey with you since the beginning and now its finally here. And I’ve put together some great pre-order gifts for you as well that you can get when you pre-order here: www.thegrumblefreeyear.com.
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