Are you a grateful woman? (I think I’ll look in the mirror and ask that question: “Sue–be honest now–are you a grateful woman?”)
This million-dollar question should be asked at home: “Mark, am I a grateful woman?” Chicken, I am. (Thankfully, the Man-in-Plaid doesn’t read my blog unless forced. I won’t force him.)
If nothing else, a grateful woman makes a contented woman. That’s worth a million dollars right there.
Discontentment is a deadly disease (easily caught.)
Holli’s in the process of getting all her shots and vaccinations. It’s for her protection. She doesn’t know to be grateful. She’s a dog — a smart, cute dog — granted. But if we didn’t make her go through the regimen–she could get a deadly disease, easily caught. Dr. Doolitte, in plaid, is administrating her protection with Danny’s help. Holli didn’t like it one bit.
Discontentment is a deadly disease (easily caught.) I wish I could get a vaccine against it. Or a pill. Yes. A pill would be nice:
Take one in the morning (with food–definitely with food) and you’ll feel happy all day long.
Nary a complaint, whine nor whimper.
I wonder what husband is working hard on the RX right now (Dr. Doolitte-in-Plaid, perhaps?)
Better to live in a tent in the wild
than with a cross and petulant spouse. Proverbs 21:19
A nagging spouse is like
the drip, drip, drip of a leaky faucet;
You can’t turn it off,
and you can’t get away from it. Proverbs 27: 15,16
Why the verses on spouses? I think you know why.
Marriage makes you comfortable. Comfortable enough to say what you’re feeling, no matter what. And if my thoughts are:
Sure, Mark built out the house 12 ‘ with his bare hands, laid miles of hardwood floors, and got a motion-sensor faucet (his choice not mine) – BUT there are 1400 or so MORE projects to tackle. What’s wrong with him?
If those are my thoughts–speaking of faucets–out flow my words. Funny thing. (Okay, not funny to Mark.)
A good man brings good things out of the good stored up in his heart, and an evil man brings evil things out of the evil stored up in his heart. For the mouth speaks what the heart is full of. Luke 6:45 NIV
What’s the best vaccination against this deadly disease? (It is deadly, you know. The best way to kill a relationship is criticism and complaining.)
What’s the best vaccination against discontentment? Ask God for a grateful heart. And the wisdom to speak that gratefulness to the one who needs to hear it. Be generous with your praise. Let God do the other. He’s the expert on all remodels–hearts and otherwise.
Ken Williams said:
“Gratitude not expressed is not gratitude.”
(Free Printable– feeling grateful now?)
Who could use a sincere “thanks so much” today? The more I remember the good things, the less room in my heart for the evil. “…For the mouth speaks what the heart is full of…”
Make room for gratitude—expressed gratitude. Best defense against the discontentment disease.