hatefully grumbling or gratefully humbling?

The Thanksgiving turkey hasn’t even been fully gobbled up yet and it is full on Christmas mode at the ABC home. I’m actually feeling quite behind being that the decorations won’t be up until tonight. 
I need some Christmas right now. Maybe it was the really fun, but energy-sucking Thanksgiving weekend that made me and Audrey, just bla this week. Or maybe it was my fabulous time of the month. Or maybe it is all that salt considering we have been eating leftovers since last Thursday. Hmph. 
However, I’ve gotten most of my shopping done which makes me feel a bit cheery inside. On top of that, I scored awesome deals because I’m learning how-to coupon.
Someone could major in couponing. There are so many tricks and ways to do things. I would honestly hire someone (like, take 3 percent of my savings, eh?) to coupon for me. It can really make you obsessive and crazy, but I LOVE when I watch that total go down and down. 

Onto the next thing that has been making me crazy: the ants. I swear. One ant here, one ant there, one crawling on me in bed, one crawling over the ceiling when I wake up. It is making me all Grinch like. 
We had a million on the window ledge behind the couch that were not going away. Terro works like a charm when you find out where they are coming from. We must have been feeding half the ants in Roseburg. 
So, silly me, prayed about it and asked for the ants to go away for Thanksgiving. Well, they went away for the Thanksgiving weekend alright and Monday morning, THEY WERE BACK. And on the floor too! I am constantly being reminded to watch the wording in my prayer. Now, those ones are finally gone, but they are appearing simultaneously in the kitchen. I seriously feel like I am just the crazy ant lady sitting on the floor waiting for one, DARE IT COME OUT AND BE ANT SMASH SOUP! 
I wonder what it would be like to lift up our house. How many ants are living under there because I’ve killed millions but there are always more and more. Death to the ants. Sorry, Disney.
But the Christmas shopping and little tiny ants are just the tip-off of what is really going on. I’ve heard and been praying about a lot of hardships and crushed spirits, bad news and other tragedies that have happened this week. While feeling so blessed in my life, my heart aches for these close friends or family members and I always feel like, “When is it my turn?” 
This reminds me of a good saying I heard at small group: “Are you hatefully grumbling or gratefully humbling?”
I don’t want to hatefully grumble. I need to lean on God and remember that while happiness ebbs and flows, real joy and peace are through faith and His love. Trust, pray and be content in all things. And while it is Christmas time, I need to remember what it is about and not focus on the gifting and worldly things. Be humble, give love. And if you can gift anything, open your Bible and see what happens. Then share it. Here are some ones I just came across- just a few words, but they will change your life and attitude.
“And now these three remain: faith, hope and love. But the greatest of these is love.” 1 Cor. 13:13
“I tell you the truth, if you have faith as small as a mustard seed, you can say to this mountain, ‘Move from here to there’ and it will move. Nothing will be impossible for you.
Mt. 17:20
“The rain came down, the streams rose and the winds blew and beat against the house and yet it did not fall because it had its foundation on the rock.” Mt. 7:25
“Flee the evil desires of youth and pursue righteousness, faith, love and peace…Don’t have anything to do with foolish and stupid arguments…” 2 Tim. 2:22-23

“Better a meal of vegetables where there is love than a fattened calf with hatred.” Pr. 15:17

“The Lord will fight for you; You need only to be still.” Ex. 14:14

“Do everything without complaining or arguing.” Php 2:14

“I can do everything through him who gives me strength.
Php 4:13