Posts Tagged ‘Complaining’

God is in the Excepts


God is in the Excepts

‎”When you think you have nothing, begin to remember the excepts in your life. I have nothing, except, a couple of dollars, I have nothing except the clothes on my back, I have nothing except an automobile to drive, I have nothing except a roof over my head. You see it’s not in the nothings that God works, but God is working in the exceptions.” – Living Waters

We have to shift our focus off of the junk surrounding us and instead focus onto the blessings drenching us! Don’t open your door this morning and step over the blessings in order to get to the complaining. Instead, stop and enjoy the blessings. They’re yours! And before you know it, all of those complaints will be meaningless. You ARE blessed.

“You pour oil of blessing on my head; you fill my cup to overflowing.” – Psalm 23:5b

– Sarah


You’re Future is Bright


I went back and visited my old blog, Life is Change, Growth is Optional the other night, and found a blog I had written that I wanted to share with you! Feel free to visit the blog, it’s got some funny stuff, devotionals, random thoughts, quotes, weight loss “fun”, etc. I don’t currently write on it, but I might start back up soon. Happy Monday!




Here is the devo:

I keep hearing lately, “I just don’t understand what the Lord is doing.” “I don’t understand why He is letting this happen.” “I don’t understand why He won’t just…” “I really think I’m doing what He wants me to do, so why is He making this so hard?” “I’m really frustrated with what’s happening” ……………… (I’ve said a few of these myself!)

Let’s not let the enemy fool us into believing that it was the Lord who let us down in situations. Jobs, friends, churches, lovers, bills, etc. It wasn’t Him. The Lords plan is the same always, and it’s a firm plan. He clearly said: MY plan for you is GOOD. I have not planned a disastrous future for you. I HAVE a HOPEFUL future planned for you. Line your desires up with my Word, let your actions line up with those desires.

He was also sure to tell us: In this world you WILL have trouble. But, don’t freak out! I’ve overcome that troublesome world!! I understand what you’re going through, I’ve been there and then some! Come to me, and I will comfort you and give you peace. I will always be close to you. Even closer than your brother. Please don’t focus so much on the things that go wrong. Just focus on all of the wonderful things you have, focus on Me, and everything else that is lovely and pure. Don’t let yourself get bogged down with this worldly junk, it’s all temporary. I am eternal. Hide in me. Together we will soar!

He told you: I have to go away for awhile, but I will be with you in Spirit. I’m gonna prepare a magnificent place for you. Don’t go thinking that I’ve orphaned you, ok? You’re NEVER alone. Even though you won’t see me in person for awhile, don’t think I’ve forgotten. It’s gonna get rough down there, but don’t be scared. I am still keeping my promise to you, I’ll be back. And, when I come back, I will take you with me! Hold on, soon you and I will be together in My Father’s house for forever. It’s going to be GREAT!

He said: Will you do something for me while I’m preparing our new home? Will you please prepare for our move? That way, when I come back you will be ready. Don’t forget me, and I won’t forget you. There will be some people who try to lead you astray..There will even be some people who will try to make you think that they ARE Me! So, make sure you know my voice. Oh, and make sure your friends are ready too. I don’t want you to have to move to our new home without them, I know they are important to you. And, they are important to me, too! Make sure you know where we’re going, and why. And, please don’t store up too many treasures there. You won’t need them here. I already have more than enough treasure for you to enjoy. Just focus on our upcoming move, and remember, even on the hard days (and they will get hard) when you think I might be too busy for you, I’m not. Just call my name, and I’m there for you. My eye is always on you. I know your name. I know every little hair on your precious head, even the one’s you’ve lost. 🙂 I formed you in your Mother’s womb, how could you think I would forget such a magnificent thing! I love you, yesterday, today, and forever.

He said: Don’t put your hope in men, ok? They can’t save you. Put your HOPE in Me. I CAN save you. If you put hope in men, they will fail you. Why? Because you guys weren’t created to be perfect. That’s why you have Me! I do want you to seek WISE council, but I don’t want you putting your hope in man, ever. Seek WISE council, and test the spirits. There are so many out there that are claiming to be wise, but they aren’t. My words and truth are the same, always. I don’t change. I am steadfast. Come to me when you are weary, and I will give you rest. I give you peace. It’s free. So please don’t try to pay me back for the gifts I’ve given you. Gifts are free. You invited me to live in your heart, and so I did! Now let me give you things! I love to give you things. I’ve given you SO much, have you stopped to notice?

He said: Wear your armor. Use your tools. When we go into battle together, we can’t lose. So, don’t forget to take me with you! The battle will be long and nasty, but in the end, I win. And if you are with me, you win, too. So, stay with me, k? I’ll keep you safe, don’t worry.

….so….why are we complaining again? …why are we taking out our earthly frustrations on Him? He’s never left us. He’s given us everything we need. He’s preparing something fantastic for us. He’s still here for help. He’s coming back to bring us home with Him. He’s fulfilling every promise He’s ever made, why do we doubt?

When we complain, we are saying He isn’t enough. He didn’t do enough. He didn’t give us enough. He isn’t powerful enough to fulfill the desires of our hearts. And, I don’t want to say those things about my Savior. He IS enough. In EVERYTHING, He is enough. FOR everything, HE is enough. THROUGH everything, HE is enough.

Though people and things will fail us, He won’t. And though we may not understand all that life brings us, we can understand that His plan for us is secure and GOOD. We can rest knowing that He has it all under control. Just have to keep things in the right perspective, and have eternal vision.

For I know the thoughts that I think toward you, says the Lord, thoughts of peace and not of evil, to give you a future and a hope. – Jeremiah 29:11

By: Sarah Mendiola

Praising Instead of Complaining


Loving this devo selection! I try to be a “Pollyanna” with life, but sometimes I get off track! Praise is a great way to get back on track. 🙂 have a great day everyone!

– Sarah


Turning Complaining Into Praise
By Wendy Pope

“It is good to praise the Lord … For you make me glad by your deeds, O Lord; I sing for joy at the works of your hands.” Psalm 92:1a-4 (NIV 1984)

A few months ago I noticed the climate in my home had changed. It seemed nothing was good enough, attitudes were negative and a lot was being taken for granted. Appreciation had turned to complaint and contentment to displeasure. My family was snippy and short in our treatment of one another.

One day I had had enough and declared, “This has got to stop!”

The Lord whispered the word praise to my heart and showed me we had become praise-less. On the way home from my kids’ school I issued the following decree: “From today forward we are going to be a grateful family, thanking God for everything He does. Whether the blessing is big or small, direct or indirect, we are going to praise Him.”

I purchased a small notebook and placed it and a pen on our TV stand. Later that day, I peeked inside and was delighted to read my daughter had recorded the first praise. “I made brownies today. Dance Central and Kinect gives me a way to exercise inside.” The days followed with more praises recorded from our whole family.

• Mrs. Macedo, my English teacher
• Selling 31 boxes of Girl Scout cookies
• Daddy’s job
• Family devotions this morning
• 85 boxes of Girl Scout cookies sold
• Erin is spending the night
• My ticket was thrown out of court (This was my personal favorite)

The more we gave thanks, the more our attitudes changed.

In today’s key verse, the psalmist teaches us that praising God is good. There is something mysteriously powerful about giving glory to the Lord. The joy created by my family’s praise transformed the once unpleasant climate to one that is now warm and accepting, appreciative and complimentary.

Is our home always full of compliments and kindness? No, we are human and can easily fall back into complaining. But our family’s praise book has made us more aware of God’s goodness and we give praise more readily. We’ve experienced how good it really is to praise God.

Every day gives us opportunities to worship God, whether they seem minute or mighty. Through praise, our burdens don’t seem so heavy and our life becomes a sweet fragrance to those around us.

Try it. Try praising God for the parking space close to the door or the one far away because you have the opportunity to enjoy being outdoors. Praise Him for the kindness of the bank teller. Praise Him for the opportunity to wake up and hear creation’s symphony of praise, even if it is 5:00 am on a Saturday and the dog woke you up.

Give praise today. It’s good for you and will transform you and others.

Dear Lord, I want to sing a song of praise everyday in response to Your goodness. Prick my heart to praise You in the minute and the mighty. You are worthy! In Jesus’ Name, Amen.

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