Savannah O’Gwynn here today sharing what I’ve been learning from the book Lord, Change My Attitude (before it’s too late) by James MacDonald.
I highly recommend this book– actually any book by James MacDonald! I know I’m broken and a mess… but this book really has shown me that it’s deeper than the basics of loving/forgiving/serving others and living for Christ. It hits me deep in the heart because my attitude isn’t always the greatest! Especially when I don’t get my way. My attitude isn’t something I think about that needs to be changed, but it’s needing a bit of Jesus to transform it! My husband and I have read this book once and now are going back through it with the study guide and podcasts (apparently I didn’t get it the first time! LOL!).
These pages are my notes from Chapter One, “Replace A Complaining Attitude… “. How often do I complain? Grumble? Murmur? If I really think about it, and if I’m honest, I complain FAR MORE than I know or realize. Complaining says to God, “You are not enough” and “This (fill in the blank) isn’t good enough for me”. Israel has been complaining and grumbling for many chapters and in Numbers 14:27 God states He is going to punish them.
Complaining is actually a choice. It’s a sin! And God hears our complaining (this was news to me! I know He hears me, knows everything… but He hears my complaints!??! OH MY!). This sinful attitude makes our life like a wilderness. That’s why I chose to use the Sonshine Desert Cactus set as the main image on these pages.
These pages are kind of “blah”, or boring or ugly. I know! I really wanted to represent what living in a wilderness would do to me if I continue to to have an attitude of complaining/murmuring. It’s like a desert in the wilderness. Never getting into the Promised Land. Dry. Alone. Fruitless. That’s not where I want to live! My negative attitude and complaining hinders my relationship with God and others.
The main point for chapter one is “Those who choose murmuring as their lifestyle will spend their lifetime in the wilderness”. Their lifetime! Lord, change my attitude before it’s too late! I don’t want to live in the wilderness!
I won’t give you all the details of the chapter (because I want you to get this book and read it for yourself!), but the questions that are asked at the end are great for reflection: In my life, am I in a wilderness? Have I chosen a murmuring lifestyle? Am I a complainer? Am I reaping the consequences of complaint in my relationship with God? Am I willing to repent?
I hope that you will get this book and allow God to change your attitude before it’s too late (and before we live in the wilderness for a lifetime)!
Thanks so much for checking out my project today!
Many blessings, Sav
I used the following supplies for this page:
Imagine inks: VersaFine Onyx Black, Memento Luxe Expresso Truffle
Illustrated Faith: watercolor palette, pen, mini Olive You letters
Studio Calico: accent stickers
Ranger: mini stapler
Other: washi tape
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