STOP the complaining

It's all around us. Women complaining how hard it is to be a mother. It's so difficult, I need an escape. I can't wait until my child stops doing "xyz". Or, four is the hardest age ever. Sometimes I just want to shout "STOP the complaining!" And yes, this is aimed at myself as well.
In fact, complaining itself feels to be at an all time high. I need a new house. This job stinks. Would the drivers on the road just get out of my way? The majority of my complaints come down to one thing. Discontentment. I am not content with circumstances or things in my life. It could be just me but I tend to think I'm not alone. 
Do you know what I believe is the cause of this? The lack of gratitude for what we have. When we are focused on being thankful it creates a spirit of joy in us. It changes our focus.

A quote I love is by Melody Beattie quoted by Sarah Ban Breathnach in the book "Simple Abundance".
Gratitude unlocks the fullness of life.
It turns what we have into enough, and more.
It turns denial into acceptance,
chaos to order, confusion to clarity.
It can turn a meal into a feast,
a house into a home, a stranger into a friend.
Gratitude makes sense of our past, brings peace for today,
and creates a vision for tomorrow.
See, I'm not saying it's wrong to let out our feelings. I think that's important. Actually, I'm speaking more to the grumbling that goes on in my daily life. Grumbling. Mumbling under my breath. Letting myself believe the lies that I have nothing to be joyful for or that joy from God is nothing in comparison to what I want.

I'm going to choose in this New Year to hand over my complaints and grumbles to God. If I truly believe he has a plan for me I need to trust in it.

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