Lay Down Ingratitude – Philippians 2:14-15


Read Philippians 2:14-15

I am a mom of two young boys, and on some mornings it seems we all seem to speak only in “whine.” It’s mornings like these that test every ounce of my patience. Sometimes, I fail the test. I slam down breakfast before them with a thump, and this does not help lighten the mood. Later, after a pretty miserable morning, I grumble to myself, “Why? Why can’t they just be grateful?!” I find myself whining about their whining. Evidently, this stuff is more contagious than the flu.

We whine because it’s easy. We whine because we allow our world to get very, very small. We forget the bigness of God’s love.

In Philippians, Paul asks us to do everything without whining. Not some things. Not most things. Everything, so that we may be blameless and pure. These are strong marching orders, and only doable with God’s help.

Dear Father God, help me to lean into your strength and grace. Let me shine my light today. Thank you, Amen.

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Dana Bowman

Lindsborg, Kansas
I am a wife, a mother, a teacher, a writer, and a runner, somehow all simultaneously. I have been published in numerous magazines, including The Covenant Companion and Today’s Christian Woman, and am the proud author at At Momsie, I share my parenting foibles and successes to provide hope and humor for moms. My book, Bottled: A Mom’s Guide to Early Recovery, published by Central Recovery Press, came out last fall. The book endeavors to inspire and encourage those moms who are in recovery. I write because this life is too hilarious and challenging not to be recorded. And one day, I dream that I may master the skill of making sure all dessert apportionment is completely equal.


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