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Complaining is a socially acceptable pastime that doesn’t really hurt anyone, right? Not according to God. Grumbling greatly affects our lives. It’s time to exchange our whining  for a little praising and praying.

It’s time to stop complaining.

To listen to today’s podcast Complaining, please click the start button below:

Commit today to change your words and and watch God change your attitude–even your life!

Please leave a comment below on your experience.

Have a blessed day!


Commit today to change your words and and watch God change your attitude–even your life!

Please leave a comment below on your experience.

Have a blessed day!


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To Do-ers List: Without Complaining

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To Do-ers List: Without Complaining

14 “Do everything without complaining and arguing, 15 so that no one can criticize you. Live clean, innocent lives as children of God, shining like bright lights in a world full of crooked and perverse people. 16 Hold firmly to the word of life; then, on the day of Christ’s return, I will be proud that I did not run the race in vain and that my work was not useless.”

Philippians 2:14-16

24 “The people refused to enter the pleasant land,
for they wouldn’t believe his promise to care for them.
25 Instead, they grumbled in their tents, and refused to obey the LORD.”
Psalm 106: 24-25

It has taken me a while to figure out complaining is not a spiritual gift.

In Christian circles complaining is an acceptable sin. It is not as messy as other more shocking sins. Why is it so acceptable? Because everyone does it.  Not everyone has a debt problem. Not everyone has an issue with addictive behaviors. Most of us don’t have an armed robbery conviction (all of which are forgiven and covered by Jesus), but EVERYONE complains.

On a daily basis.

Well, hourly.

Ok, it’s a way of life.

We rationalize: Complaining isn’t really that bad. Everyone does it. Millions of people can’t be wrong.  Note: Complaining is not without consequence. It will produce a harvest, not of nutritious fruit, but of weeds and tares. Complaining is sin because it casts doubt on the goodness, wisdom, and sovereignty of God. We complain because in our pride we think we know more than God.

Complaining needs an audience.

The Greek word for complaining is goggysmos.


The word just looks like trouble, doesn’t it? I can imagine the following conversation:

How is your husband today?

Oh, he’s been very goggymos, I had to get out of the house!

Goggysmos means, murmuring, muttering, a secret debate, of the cooing of doves, of those who confer secretly together, of those who discontentedly complain. Study the definitions of goggysmos. Do you notice anything interesting? Complaining is a team sport.

One little complaint  has the potential to loose an avalanche of grievances. To be completely honest … I must confess … sometimes I enjoy complaining. I like having a good grumbly story to tell my friends and then wallowing in the sympathy that is sure to follow.

Complaining affects our destiny.

Read Psalm 106 again. What did the Israelites do instead of entering the land God prepared for them? They complained.

They missed the Promised Land.Bonus daypng

Instead of living the abundant life in God’s presence, they had to wander the desert. (Our God inhabits praise, not complaints Psalm 22:3). Complaining will keep us out of our Promised Land and hinder our walk with God. We will wander through life and miss God. We can believe or complain, but we can’t do both.

Once we decide to quit complaining and trust God, what do we do instead?

Praise Him for how He is going to work your tough situation for His will. Thank Him for how He is using this present pain and suffering to shape you into the image of Christ. Pray for Him to change to the one thing you can control in this trial, your attitude. God’s Word says to give thanks in everything, not because everything is good, but because God will use everything for good.

Hard things.

Ugly things.

Hideous things.

God will give beauty for ashes.

You may have reason to complain, but you do not have the right.

For Today:

Ok. This one is going to be hard. We can do this. No complaints. Not one. No bad words about anything or anybody-including ourselves! We have a choice: We can speak words of life or words of death into our situations. What will we choose? Thank God out loud for what He will do and how He is using annoying things to shape our character, thus our destiny. Remember, the book of James states our words act like the rudder on a ship, steering us to good lands or stormy seas.

Study Guides:

To help you organize your daily study and record your experiences, please download and print the following PDF, or download the journal app to your favorite Apple device. I’ve added a new graphic organizer today, Journal 101 (This one is my favorite. I use it often for Bible study and I LOVE it.)


Don’t forget to comment on your experience in the comment section below!

**If you are starting late, please access the first seven days of the study on the links below!**

To Do-ers List Day 1: Love God

To Do-ers List, Day 2: Love Others

To Do-ers List, Day 3: Pray ’bout Everything

To Do-ers List, Day 4: Walk by Faith

To Do-ers List, Day 5: Word in Me

To Do-ers List: Day 6: Always Do Good

To Do-ers List: Day 7: Trust God

Be a doer of the word.


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Simple Thanks: Session 4, Trust the Bridge to Joy

 “He has put a new song in my mouth- praise to our God: Many will see it and fear, and will trust in the Lord.” Psalm 40:3

SImple ThanksTrust Jane and I welcome you to Week Five of  Simple Thanks! Fifty-one, fifty-two, fifty-three … Hopefully you’ve been so busy counting God’s blessings you’ve forgotten bitterness and unforgiveness.  Continue to count your blessings-it’s the key to living fully in the moment with God! Life is a gift–rejoice and give thanks.

Introductory Video to Week 4


Community Call

Here is our Community Call for Trust the Bridge to Joy to listen to AFTER you finish the weekly homework:  Trust the Bridge to Joy

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Below you will find homework for each level of study. Feel free to change from Level 1, Level 2, or Level 3  as your schedule allows! Remember, there is no pressure to complete every activity. These are just options for your growth. They can be accessed at any time, even after the study ends.

Level 1, Study: Weekly Goals 

  • For Week 5, watch  SESSION 4: Trust, the Bridge to Joy.
  • Complete the study guide  and between sessions homework PDFs.
  • Add to your one thousand gifts list.
  • Feel free to do any of the other activities from Levels 2 and 3 as your time allows.

Level 2, Community: Weekly Goals 

  • For Week 5, watch  SESSION 4: Trust the Bridge to Joy.
  • Complete the study guide  and between sessions homework PDFs.
  • Add your one thousand gifts list.
  • Answer the question on the Speak Your Mind comment section at the bottom of this post.
  • Join the Community Call, Wednesday night at 7:00 p.m. EST on Talk Shoe (Information on TalkShoe is in your weekly email.)
  • Listen to the Podcast for information on walking in trust with God:


 Level 3, Opportunity: Weekly Goals 

  • For Week 5, watch  SESSION 4: Trust, the Bridge to Joy.
  • Complete the study guide  and between sessions homework PDFs.
  • Add to your one thousand gifts list.
  • Answer the question on the Speak Your Mind comment section at the bottom of this post, join the Community Call on Wednesday night on TalkShoe, and listen to the Podcast at the link provided up above.
  • Don’t forget to check out our private Facebook page. Leave your comments about this week’s study, post your prayer requests, or share any insights/questions you may have. Only members of our Bible study group will see these posts.
  • Start your 1000 Gifts List in a separate journal.
  • In the evening, do devotions 16-20 in the One Thousand Gifts Devotional journal.
  • Read chapters 8-9 in One Thousand Gifts trade book by Ann Voskamp.
  • Take advantage of the Extra Simple resources by clicking on the links below (I highly recommend the Joyce Meyer podcast):


Joyce Meyer: Stop Complaining


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God is calling you to rest and trust in Him. Please use this beautiful music by Paul Cardall to receive the grace that God has for you this moment.


 Questions of the Week (Please respond in the Speak Your Mind section at the very bottom of this page).

Name an area of life that God is calling you to entrust to Him. How can you begin to walk with Him in trust concerning this area? What progress have you recently made in trusting God?