I Complained

c. 1632

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And the children of Israel complained…

A new take on an old story

I complained of not having any new shoes until I met someone who couldn’t walk from an accident. I complained of having to eat too many left overs until I met someone who didn’t have any food due to crop losses. I complained about not having my morning coffee until I met someone who didn’t have clean drinking water in their country.  I complained about doing laundry until I met someone who had no clothes except what was on their back. I complained about having to put up with all my kids do until I met someone who couldn’t have any children. I complained about my husband until I met a woman whose husband walked out on her and her kids.  I complained of not having a nice car to drive until I met someone who had to walk everywhere because they lost theirs due to a drunk driver.  I complained of not having a good house to live in until I met someone who was homeless because of a hurricane.  I complained of not having any of the little luxuries of life until I met someone who didn’t have anything at all because they lost it all in an earthquake. I complained about never winning the lottery until I met someone who lost everything from a gambling addiction.  I complained about all my little aches and pains until I met someone dying of cancer.  I complained about having to read my Bible everyday until I met someone from another country who had never had one to read. I complained when my back hurt from doing hard work in the garden until I remembered Jesus carrying a wooden cross up the Hill of Calvary to die for me. Then I stopped complaining.

“Have you thanked God today for everything you have. I have clothes on my back, food on my table, shoes on my feet, and a roof over my head. THANK YOU LORD FOR YOU BLESSINGS ON ME. Even though i have a backache, I am blessed, even though I have a headache I am blessed, even though I am tired I am still blessed, dont let little things get in the way of you thanking God for your blessings.”  Jackie Bryant

About mamaheartfilled

I am a mother of eight wonderfully challenging children and fourteen grandkids, of whom I am very proud. I am also a bi-vocational ordained evangelical minister, and a Christian Counselor. I received my B.S. degree in 2004, studying primarily in the areas of Psychology, with minors in Religion and English. I received my Masters Degree in 2009 in Psychological Counseling with an emphasis in Christian Counseling. I have endeavored to paraphrase the Bible, both Old and New Testaments. It is my hope that it will be of some use in the great commission of Christ. My ministry is primarily geared toward victims of sexual and domestic violence, including victims of childhood sexual abuse, whether currently or in the past. Since I have personally experienced the healing hand of God in overcoming many of the life issues that Christians may face, I feel qualified and compelled to discuss them in a truthful and open manner, as God’s word tells us that “We shall know the truth and the truth shall set us free.” God has brought me through such diverse tribulations as sexual, physical, and mental abuse, being a victim of a drunk driving accident, spousal pornography addiction, adultery, divorce, remarriage, a very brief, though unjust, incarceration, and having experienced multiple miscarriages and various other trials. I have been asked to leave two Southern Baptist Churches, due to my being a female, ordained as a minister, and fired from a SBC sponsored Christian School (mostly white) for speaking out against racial prejudice in the Family of God. Through God’s merciful forgiveness of my own sins and inadequacies and God’s grace given to me to forgive those who have been a stumbling block to me, I have overcome many of these adversities. God’s word tells us that “All things work together for good to those who love the Lord and are called according to the purposes of God." Since I have this hope, I believe that God has blessed me with the ability to confront and relate these issues to the Christian community around the world. I hope to be able to use my personal experiences as a ministry of God’s grace and in the comforting of the people of God with the truth of God's mercy. I claim II Corinthians 1: 3 & 4 as my calling, which states: “Blessed be God, the Origin of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Origin of mercies, and the God of comfort; who comforts us in all our troubles, that we may be able to comfort those who are in trouble, by the comfort we ourselves have been given by God.” As I have received the gift of God’s healing, I hope to be able to bring the peace beyond understanding to others with the message of God’s mercy and grace. My love for the Sovereign Lord of my life, Jesus Christ, along with my passion for writing has drawn me to explore these commonly experienced crisis issues from the perspective of my own experience in the hope that I may bring an empathetic and compassionate insight to God’s people. I am now a published author and have several books in publication, including my autobiography, "A Little Redneck Theology." The views expressed in my writings are strictly my own insights, acquired from personal experience and diligent study of the related topics and God’s word concerning them. Though I am an ordained minister, my views should not be considered authoritative. I believe that the Christian community’s ultimate authority is the guidance of the human heart by the Holy Spirit and the Word of God.
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