Gratitude Journal Stirring the Pot

A Grateful Woman, Part I–Discontentment is a Deadly Disease (Easily Caught)

October 27, 2015

Are you a grateful woman? (I think I’ll look in the mirror and ask that question: “Sue–be honest now–are you a grateful woman?”)

This million-dollar question should be asked at home: “Mark, am I a grateful woman?” Chicken, I am. (Thankfully, the Man-in-Plaid doesn’t read my blog unless forced. I won’t force him.)

If nothing else, a grateful woman makes a contented woman. That’s worth a million dollars right there.

Discontentment is a deadly disease (easily caught.)

Holli’s in the process of getting all her shots and vaccinations. It’s for her protection. She doesn’t know to be grateful. She’s a dog — a smart, cute dog — granted. But if we didn’t make her go through the regimen–she could get a deadly disease, easily caught. Dr. Doolitte, in plaid, is administrating her protection with Danny’s help. Holli didn’t like it one bit.

A Grateful Woman

Discontentment is a deadly disease (easily caught.) I wish I could get a vaccine against it. Or a pill. Yes. A pill would be nice:

Take one in the morning (with food–definitely with food) and you’ll feel happy all day long.

Nary a complaint, whine nor whimper.



I wonder what husband is working hard on the RX right now (Dr. Doolitte-in-Plaid, perhaps?)


Better to live in a tent in the wild
than with a cross and petulant spouse. Proverbs 21:19

A nagging spouse is like
the drip, drip, drip of a leaky faucet;
You can’t turn it off,
and you can’t get away from it. Proverbs 27: 15,16

Why the verses on spouses? I think you know why.

Marriage makes you comfortable. Comfortable enough to say what you’re feeling, no matter what. And if my thoughts are:

Sure, Mark built out the house 12 ‘ with his bare hands, laid miles of hardwood floors, and got a motion-sensor faucet (his choice not mine) – BUT there are 1400 or so MORE projects to tackle. What’s wrong with him?

If those are my thoughts–speaking of faucets–out flow my words. Funny thing. (Okay, not funny to Mark.)


A good man brings good things out of the good stored up in his heart, and an evil man brings evil things out of the evil stored up in his heart. For the mouth speaks what the heart is full of. Luke 6:45 NIV


What’s the best vaccination against this deadly disease? (It is deadly, you know. The best way to kill a relationship is criticism and complaining.)

What’s the best vaccination against discontentment? Ask God for a grateful heart. And the wisdom to speak that gratefulness to the one who needs to hear it. Be generous with your praise. Let God do the other. He’s the expert on all remodels–hearts and otherwise.

Ken Williams said:

“Gratitude not expressed is not gratitude.”

(Free Printable– feeling grateful now?)

A Grateful Woman

Who could use a sincere “thanks so much” today? The more I remember the good things, the less room in my heart for the evil. “…For the mouth speaks what the heart is full of…”

Make room for gratitude—expressed gratitude. Best defense against the discontentment disease.

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  • Reply Becky Jones October 27, 2015 at 4:56 pm

    I have a lot of gratitude for Beth Moore and her studies and the time that she put in to make them so good.
    Becky Jones

  • Reply welcomesue October 27, 2015 at 7:02 pm

    Me, too!!

  • Reply Becky Jones October 28, 2015 at 4:58 am

    We are doing a study of her book about Daniel. It is so good. We are really enjoying it because it is so GOOD.

  • Reply Suzanne October 28, 2015 at 9:57 am

    I am grateful to have experienced my trip to Israel. It made me even more grateful of all the many blessings I have right here at home. It opened my eyes to so many blessings God has provided all my life.

    • Reply Sue November 5, 2015 at 4:52 pm

      so glad you got to go!!

  • Reply Lyli October 29, 2015 at 1:55 pm

    Welcome to Thought-Provoking Thursday! I love the good word you shared here (it gets my heart ready for November and Thanskgiving!) I am a late bloomer, too (married just a month shy of my 42nd birthday).

    I look forward to reading more from you in the weeks ahead.

    • Reply Sue November 5, 2015 at 4:52 pm

      Thank you, lyle – glad to have connected.

  • Reply welcomesue October 29, 2015 at 9:09 pm

    thank you, lyli – vice-versa!

  • Reply Sharita November 2, 2015 at 4:08 pm

    Sue, this is FANTASTIC! I know in the past (ok, and still sometimes now) I struggle with discontent. But I have been working on my 1000 gift list for the last 4 years, and the fact that I have captured almost 7000 of God’s gifts in my life makes my heart soar– and totally stands up with Ken’s quote about Gratitude not expressed is not gratitude.


    • Reply Sue November 5, 2015 at 4:50 pm

      it is a great quote and you are a rock star in recording your thankfuls – stay tuned for the Sisterhood of the Traveling Pillows – passing on our gratitude one pillow at a time – thanks, Sharita – you’re a doll. xx

    I do talk to myself (a lot) — but I’d love to hear what you might have to say HERE: