Challenge in the New Year: No Complaining or Negative Words

Challenge in the New Year: No Complaining or Negative Words

We’re down to two days left of 2016 — and we DID get our nor’easter yesterday here in Maine, with more than a foot of new snow!


                                            Winter Wonderland !


I am thankful that we did not encounter as many problems with this “quick hit” Nor’easter as we have with bigger, longer lasting storms in the past. Our power was not out for more than a few hours, and since it was during early to mid-morning hours, it didn’t interfere with too many activities. We also have a kerosene heater that kept us warm while the power was out.



                There ARE 2 vehicles under the snow!



Dave was able to overcome some obstacles with his plow truck and get our driveway and part of our yard plowed out (around the front and side for oil deliveries, and the other side for turning the car around and to give the dogs a place to run).



                           Beginning of plowing season!


Then we were able to get out and check on Dave’s parents, and go grocery shopping. The main roads were cleared well, and as long as we took it easy on side roads, it wasn’t too bad.


                           Winter scene in our back yard!


And in spite of the need to shovel and plow the snow – it really is beautiful and fits the “Winter Wonderland” scenario!



Some inspiration for today…


“Today thank God and decide

not to complain about anything.

Ask him to show you anytime

you are getting ready to complain

and to help you hold your tongue.

Today, give thanks for what you have

without looking at what you don’t have.

The Word says,

‘Let there be no filthiness (obscenity, indecency)

nor foolish and sinful (silly and corrupt ) talk,

nor coarse jesting, which are not fitting or becoming;

but instead, voice your thankfulness [to God]

(see Ephesians 5:4).

Guard your tongue today!” 

–Joyce Meyer in “Starting Your Day Right”


My reflections:

Quite the challenge! No complaining…about anything! I’m guessing we don’t even realize how often we whine or complain about something until we make a concentrated effort NOT to! That, and guarding our tongues, so we don’t randomly utter words and negativity we shouldn’t.


So what are YOUR thoughts?

Do you find it difficult NOT to complain?

Have you ever asked God to help you “guard your tongue” so you don’t whine or speak negative words?


              Our dogs love the snow – Dave, not so much!

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