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Complaining is accusing!

Hello Devo fans!  Not too much to talk about tonight, other than the fact that he was in no pain today, at all, from his hip, while sitting in his chair!  If you had asked me before they sent him home, I would have guessed that it would be quite a while before the girls were able to move him around without any pain!  I couldn't have been any further from the truth!  He is up and about, and wanting to go out!  The weather was really nice up there today, with the temps hitting 73 degrees, so they spent some time on his new deck, getting some rays, and then he and Charlotte "hit the road!"  They did ask him first if he wanted to go out, or stay home, and he indicated that he wanted out!  I'll bet that decision made someone happy!  He was happy and in no pain, so what do we have to complain about?  Complaining, by the way is not a godly practice!  When we complain, we are really saying that we aren't satisfied with our lot in life, the lot, which as true Christians, we believe that was given to us as part of His perfect plan!  So when we complain, we are actually complaining against the Lord!  Do we really mean to make an accusation to the Lord that we aren't liking the order He has set for our lives?  It is a slippery slope, one of which we, as Christians, shouldn't want any part!  Of course, the evil one licks his chops when he hears us complaining about our lives!  He knows about whom we are really complaining!

Even when the Devil comes against our faith with trials that are “not so good,” God will even turn these situations around and “work them together for good” as we remain steadfast in faith. Don’t become bitter and start complaining, but continue to praise God and give thanks to God “in spite” of all things. This will prevent the Devil from overcoming you with discouragement and will send him fleeing. “In everything give thanks; for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus for you” (1 Thess. 5:18). 

The devil doesn't fight fairly, as we all know!  He attacks us when we are at our weakest point, and really gets motivated when he hears us complain!  This verse tells us that no matter how bad our trials are, we have to avoid complaining, but instead continue to praise God and give thanks to Him "in spite" of all things!  It would be really hard to get discouraged when you were in the process of giving thanks to your Lord!  So the next time you find yourself complaining about something, turn it around and give thanks to God, and listen for satan's footsteps as he runs away!  I'll try this method after my first "bad" putt tomorrow!   I can feel it working already!  Devo's circumstances have put a lot of things into perspective in many of our lives!  How could anything that I have to endure be remotely close to Devo's trials?  It can't be, but I don't automatically think that way when something "not so good" happens!  I want to complain!  But if I do...here comes the evil one!  We are all human, and we all complain!  The ones who walk the closest to Jesus, complain the least!  I want to be one of those people!  Goodnight and God bless you all!  Dana