A Very Thankful Christmas, Day 2

Well, I have made through one whole day without complaining....a whole lot.  I was trying to keep this on my mind so I wouldn't complain, but here and there little slip ups happened....wow, I didn't realize how much I complain!  I was folding the laundry last night, and I started to say (in my high-pitched little kid whiny voice), "I don't like to fol..." and quickly cut myself off.  It's been fine not complaining about big things, but it's the little things that are so easy to whine about.  I am excited to be trying this challenge out though.

So, on day two of this thankful/no complain week, I am super thankful for my health.  I take it for granted so often and don't realize what a blessing a healthy body is.  Landon and I worked out last night and it felt so good to be able to work up a sweat and strengthen my muscles.
I am so thankful to be able to walk to my car, stand up to do the dishes, run with the kids I nanny, and be active every day.

What are you thankful for this Christmas?

It snowed a lot yesterday and it's beautiful outside today....like a Christmas card!


p.s. we had peppermint hot chocolate last night and it was delish!


Dan said...

I went to a talk at my church some time back from a guy who works at their counseling center. One of the things that he said that really stuck with me went something like this: "When you get mad or start complaining about something, that's a sign that your idols are being messed with. Rather than choosing to be swept away by that emotion, try to figure out what idol that is."

It's really made a big difference in the way I look at circumstances. It's easy to just let your thoughts control your emotions, but if you sit back and think, why exactly am I complaining?, you'll almost certainly be able to find some specific thing you treasure more than God as the source.

For instance, it's natural for me to complain that all the lines at the grocery store are too long, but if I sit and think about it for a second, what I'm really saying is I'm more important than everyone else here. My idol is my own self-importance and pride.

Sorry, didn't mean to preach a whole sermon in your comments. Your post just triggered that in my mind. :) A really good book on the topic is "Counterfeit Gods" by Tim Keller.

Leah Rife said...

Wow! Thanks Dan...this is such a great encouragement. I don't know why this seems so important for me to be addressing right now, but I'm so glad to be trying this and it's been a huge eye-opener already.
Thanks so much for this and I'll be looking for that book!

Keri said...

I love this challenge you're partaking in! I never realized how much I complain about little things too. I am thankful for my family for everything they've done/do for me on a daily basis like giving me a roof to live under and food to eat.

Do you have a recipe for this peppermint hot chocolate or do you just buy it already made?

If you're a fan of Nutella, I just posted a recipe on how to make Nutella hot chocolate :)


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