Devotional Reflections: No More Grumbling and Complaining!

No More Grumbling and Complaining!

No More Grumbling and Complaining!

(Written while incarcerated in 2001)

by Katie Souza


“Do everything without grumbling or arguing, so that you may become blameless and pure, ‘children of God without fault in a warped and crooked generation.’”
Philippians 2:14-15 (NIV)

I loved church today. There were lots of people and a huge choir. God is extending our territory. Afterward, I went for a walk with Agnes; she has been such a good friend to me. She loves to talk about the Lord all the time. I gave her the prayer book, and she is committing to begin journaling her prayers and listening time with God. I just realized that she hasn’t gotten anything specific about her case because she hasn’t asked anything specific and hasn’t spent time listening to God. Now she will receive.

Today we finally got to redo our whole room. We painted new baseboards and did the floor; it looks and feels great.

I talked to mom and she has a staph infection and has to be opened up again tomorrow. Mercy, Lord!  

Agnes and I walked, and she blessed me with a bag of stuff. Oh Lord, bless her in return! Tomorrow we get our hair cut. She made sure that I’ll get a haircut too. She is a wonderful example and disciple.

Sherrie burned her finger really bad!

I sat in hall all day and did part two of the Bible study. God instructed me so completely. He showed me two entire scriptures. They were 1 Samuel 3, where God first spoke to Samuel as a child, and the parable of the talents; every bit of those scriptures was perfect.

Sherrie, Agnes, Coral, and I practiced singing at chapel. Then I got a letter from T. She is at camp in choir.

I get my hair cut tonight. What does that mean? In reading Acts 21:26, Paul cut his hair and purified himself and four others, when he went to Jerusalem before his arrest. Then reading Acts 22 and 23, Paul was rescued by the Roman authorities from the Sanhedrin. I, like Paul, will be rescued from my chains!

Three weeks before my release!

This morning, the Father gave me a teaching about Holy Spirit for Bible study. The power source that runs through our walls is like God. We are the switch. We have to turn on the switch with our faith to let the power flow that will turn on the light. I turned off the light switch in the classroom to show how dark it will be for the church, if we don’t give out the word we have been given.

Also, today at 12:30 prayer I got that the saints have had more power given to them to combat the enemy on Halloween. Bible study started out slow but kicked in big time. I got a lot of confirmation from people.

This was written on Nov 5, 2001. Oh, I praise you upmost highest God - You are God of all creation. All thanks, praise, and worship belong to you. You are the redeemer of all things – the bringer of light. The purifier of all souls. Cleanse me in your blood. Wash me of all the empty things that I hold on to. Search me Lord. Try my heart. Give me a spirit of adoration for you, to worship you. Oh, my soul rejoices. I love you Lord, I love you Lord. Help me to love you even more – every day, in every way. Come and fill my heart with you.

The disciples doubted Jesus, even after they saw the miracles. As it happened to Jesus and also with Moses, so with us. God’s telling me to focus on holiness and accountability.

I had practice with sister Agnes today. She is really jumping up in the Spirit! God’s convicting me that I should have no grumbling. A complaining spirit has tried to take root in me and Sherrie. Also, no vulgar talk. Oh Father, maintain the friendship and help me to stay holy. The scriptures say that no one who has faith will be disappointed!

We all complain and grumble at times. What do you do when you find yourself with a complaining spirit? Write to us and tell us how you have been able to overcome that spirit!

Comments (6)
Posted at 12:30h, 16 May Reply

I get up on some Sundays and read a couple of your devotionals. My boss is leaving in one week my job will become very different and difficult. I have already grumbled forgive me Lord...but it looks like I might retire in 1 me Lord

Kristen Trevaskiss
Posted at 22:15h, 20 April Reply

I replace complaining thoughts with Thanksgiving . I thank God for what I do have, and there is so much good in everything, we just need to look from God’s point of view. Then align our thoughts with His and Speak from that place and thank Him. Then He can multiply that good and sanctify it (protect it from corruption). Awesome!

Louis Gaudette
Posted at 19:28h, 16 April Reply

I got saved in prison in 1994,I really appreciate you and your ministry.

Posted at 18:09h, 16 April Reply

Hi Katie, my French wife Véronique love watching u online. We both read and study Healing of a wounded soul.As ordained ministers at times we get grumpy when there just the 2 of us, but try to be an example to others whom we lead. When I feel grumpy I think of the Jews who ‘murmured’ in their tents complaining about Moses. Having this image amuses me as I imagine them chuntering away and humor helps me back into intense gratefulness as to how blessed we are. We are supporting u with books for prisoners.We are in great admiration of u and your team David and Véronique Holland

Angelique A rodriguez
Posted at 17:26h, 16 April Reply


Matt Cook
Posted at 17:15h, 16 April Reply

Been going through a tough season of this after being blindsided by a divorce after 18yrs. Battling to switch from faultfinding anger and offense to turning it to pray for the person/ persons involved and declaring/ decreeing forgiveness from my heart. Btw, I have a very similar history as Katie growing up in the valley and got saved in a Co Jail in Colorado. Matt

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