How Do I Stop Grumbling? (Morning Air)

As a parent, you have a lot being thrown at you. The stress of life may wear you out and cause you to grumble more than you’d like. What can you do to embrace the hardship God has allowed in your life and surrender it to Jesus? Hear advice from Suzanne Bilodeau.

🌸 Why We Grumble and Why We Shouldn’t

Suzanne opens up about her own struggles with grumbling in her roles as a mother and wife. It’s easy to feel justified in complaining when life’s demands overwhelm us. Yet, Scripture guides us otherwise:

Philippians 2:14: “Do all things without grumbling or questioning.”

1 Peter 4:9: “Be hospitable to one another without complaining.”

💡 The Real Impact of Grumbling

Grumbling isn’t just about venting frustrations; it affects our spiritual well-being. Suzanne emphasizes that when we complain, we:

Turn our hearts away from God’s gifts in the present moment.

Lose merit in our actions, diminishing their value before God.

Wisdom from the Saints

Suzanne shares powerful quotes from saints to prove her points:

St. Benedict: Actions done with a grumbling heart are not favored by God.

St. Francis de Sales: Complaining is a form of sin that poisons our hearts and minds.

🛠 Practical Steps to Stop Grumbling

Be Aware: Catch yourself when you start to grumble.

Run to Confession: Seek sacramental grace to combat habitual complaining.

Pray and Reflect: Like Mary at Jesus’ feet, focus on prayer to shift your perspective.

Choose Your Confidants Wisely: Share your struggles with those who will guide you back to a positive outlook.

💬 From Victim to Victor

Reflect on St. Francis de Sales’ analogy: You are a marble block in God’s hands, being sculpted into a work of art. Each challenge is a chisel strike shaping you into a living image of Christ.

The Ripple Effect

Your attitude affects everyone around you. A grumbling parent sets a negative tone, while a joyful parent uplifts the household. Embrace your service with love and patience, inspiring your children and spouse by example.

Stop grumbling, start thriving! 🌟 Embrace each moment with grace and gratitude and watch your family life transform.


The best way to listen to the Best of the Week is on our #1 Free Catholic App. It’s free, and always will be! To get and share the Relevant Radio app, check it out here.

Jake Moore serves as a Digital Audio Content Producer for Relevant Radio®. He is a graduate of Franciscan University of Steubenville, and is passionate about classic movies, Christian music, young adult ministry, and leading this generation to Christ through compelling media. You can listen to more of his podcasts at and on the Relevant Radio® app.