The Impact of Complaints

The devil is here to steal, kill, and destroy.
John 10:10 A thief comes only to steal and to kill and to destroy. I have come that they may have life and have it in abundance.
Without knowing the struggle I was going through, a friend recently mentioned to me how complaining can make you feel down right rotten. She was telling me about a speaker who speaks to women on how to find true joy in your life, Candace Payne (check her out!!).
It was as God spoke right through her to me to tell me “Hannah you have gotten into such a habit of complaining lately that you are creating the negativity that surrounds you. You are the reason you cannot find joy.”
I later went home to tell my husband of the conversation with my friend that seemed so perfectly timed for my own life. I told him that together we should keep each other accountable for no complaints. Because really, I typically only voice my complaints to him, but what kind of atmosphere does that create in a home? Not a happy one for sure. He is not a complainer at all, he always just listens to me and snuggles me while I complain, haha! But he was glad to take me up on the challenge.
And let me tell you guys, it is so much better. I find so much more joy in my day-to-day life. Even when momentary stresses like being overwhelmed by piles of school work or a car battery going dead happens, I can fall right back in step with joy. I don’t have to stay in that stress for the entire day by complaining about the event.
Rather, as my husband has said, “we need to praise God for our struggles because they increase our trust and faith in Him!” 
So friends, I encourage you to remove all complaints from your mind and your mouth. See how your life improves when you do!
Don’t allow your joy to be stolen.

I challenge you to try no complaints for just a week 😉


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