Now that I write the words I recently said to my husband, I see how selfish they are. I wasn’t upset with him, but as often happens, the innocent receive the brunt of our frustrating words because we don’t feel free to voice them to the offender for a variety of reasons.
So what am I to do? The situation will not change. I need some time to pursue my interests for a few minutes each day. How can I make it happen? Here is my plan.
- Seek God’s peace and wisdom through daily prayer and meditating on verses relating to peace in the storm.
- Purpose to look for the positives in every situation throughout the day.
- Set aside thirty minutes each day to do what I most want to do that day (read, walk, write, think, just relax, etc.). I enjoy simple pleasures.
- Do the “I have to” tasks first. Then tackle whatever I can on the “I want to accomplish” list.
- At the end of the day, celebrate what I did and do not worry about what is still on the “to do” list.
It is too easy to let grumbling take over when with just a little effort the joy of positive thinking can make life more enjoyable. I pray that God will grant me strength to break my habit of grumbling. Will you join me in this effort?
Do not grumble against one another. James 5:9a
Do all things without grumbling or disputing. Philippians 2:14