Don’t grieve Him by complaining. Thank Him.

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“For although they knew God, they neither glorified him as God nor gave thanks to him, but their thinking became futile and their foolish hearts were darkened” Romans 1:21, NIV.

At the root of complaining is pride that says, “God doesn’t know what He’s doing!” It is lifting ourselves up and placing our opinions about our situation above our knowledge of Him. We quickly discover how that kind of thinking gives place to the enemy and sets us up to be deeply humbled by God.

My sister, even when you feel like you have a right to complain, hold your tongue, and find something to thank God for instead. Pray for Him to put a watch over your tongue. He is going to cause everything to work together for your good, and until He does, thank Him for what He has already done in your life.

Prayer: Father God, forgive me for complaining whether out loud or in my heart. You are my God and you are worthy of my trust and my praise. You are good even when my situation doesn’t feel good. I humble myself right now and I ask that you please put a watch over my tongue. I know you will cause everything to work together for my good because that’s what you do. Thank you, Lord, for all that you are and for all you have done! In Jesus’ name, Amen.

Read Psalm 141:3; Romans 8:28

Practice “Checking In” with the LORD

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“I love them that love me; and those that seek me early shall find me.” Proverbs 8:17

Here, in this Scripture, the word “early” means to dawn. It also means to be up early at any task. I believe not only does the Lord want us to seek Him before we start our day, but through His WORD He is also encouraging us to seek Him before making decisions. I call it “checking in.”

Everyday before my husband comes home from work, he calls me just to check in and see if there’s anything I need him to bring. In the same way he checks in with me, I believe the LORD loves for us to check in with Him. Before you accept that job, before you marry that man, before you purchase that home, before you relocate to that city, check in. I can’t tell you the number of times God protected me and my family and guided us simply because we slowed down long enough to listen and follow God’s leading. You may not hear an audible voice saying do this or that, just a peaceful and gentle nudge in the right direction. That nudge can bless you and your family if you let it.

One of the enemy’s primary goals is to distract believers. If he can distract us, he can increase the chances of us making wrong choices that could cost us plenty. Don’t let the enemy distract you. Let the LORD help you stay sober and vigilant. Listen for the direction of the LORD. Follow His peace and His nudges. When you do this, you will find wisdom, life and the favor of the Lord (see Proverbs 8:35).

Prayer: Father God, thank you! I pray you guide me today. Don’t let me become so distracted that I miss it and make costly mistakes. Help me learn how to seek you early before I enter into situations that could have been avoided. Lord, help me to be extra sensitive to the leading of your Holy Spirit. My life and the lives of those around me depends on it. In Jesus’ name, Amen.

(Read Isaiah 30:21; Proverbs 3:5-6)