Sometimes I get grumpy. Just ask my kids.
I get grumpy when I have too much to do. Too many messes. Too many deadlines. Too many responsibilities. Too many.
I struggle every day against letting my circumstances determine my mood. Lately I’ve been trying to focus on what makes me grumpy and to put a STOP to it.
Here’s what I realized: I complain too much about having too much and too many.
- Too many dishes to wash
- Too much laundry to do
- Too many hand-me-downs to sort through
- Too many emails to answer
- Too much food to preserve
- Too many people who need something from me
- Too many messes all over the house
SO…as I was sorting through EIGHT huge rubbermaids of hand-me-downs and figuring out what warm clothes fit which boy this year…I was starting to feel discouraged and overwhelmed.
And then I realized: LAURA! You’re complaining about having SO MANY FREE CLOTHES you hardly know what to do with yourself! Listen to yourself!! STOP it!
It seems that the things I complain about the most are the things I love the most. I LOVE my children…even if they do make messes. I can’t even express how happy I am to have four loud boys around to make messes!!!
I love all this garden produce that takes me hours to preserve. I REALLY love it in the winter when all I have to do is grab a jar out of the pantry, open it and eat it! I love hand-me-downs. I love all the emails I get! I love having people around me that need me. I love being a homemaker. I’d rather be at home doing mountains of dishes and laundry than anywhere else in the world!
So, I’m working on recognizing the times my heart turns sinful and wants to complain and whine about the blessings around me. That really is what I’m doing when I complain about everything around me…complaining about TOO MANY BLESSINGS.
Today…I choose to be thankful for “too many”. Too many is really, really good.
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