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Starting Your Day With An Attitude Of Gratitude

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We cannot change our past.

We cannot change the fact that people act in a certain way.

We cannot change the inevitable.

The only thing we can do is play on the one string we have, and that is our attitude. -Charles Swindoll

The alarm clock sounds, soon after my feet hit the floor, then it is a scurry of activity for the rest of the day. Listen, I get it, life is busy. It sneaks up on you and before you know it, an entire week has gone by and you haven’t even taken a minute to stop and say thank you for all the incredible blessings in your life. Yes, I mean to the people in front of you, but more importantly to the One who gave it all to you.

Always giving thanks to God the Father for everything, in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ. ~ Ephesians 5:20 NLT

I see you shaking your head right now. You’re thinking to yourself, “well, that’s easy for you to say, Melissa, but you don’t have any idea what’s going on in my family right now. There’s not much to be thankful for.” And you would be right, I don’t know, but I do know this, that no matter what trials you are experiencing in your family in this season, there are still things you can be thankful for.

I’m not discounting how hard it is. Believe me, I know. We’ve had some of the most painful, heart breaking storms in our lives these last six months, but here’s the trick–I’m not focused on the storms…I’m focused on the One who controls all the storms.

But soon a fierce storm came up. High waves were breaking into the boat, and it began to fill with water. Jesus was sleeping at the back of the boat with his head on a cushion. The disciples woke him up, shouting, “Teacher, don’t you care that we’re going to drown?” When Jesus woke up, he rebuked the wind and said to the waves, “Silence! Be still!” Suddenly the wind stopped, and there was a great calm. Then he asked them, “Why are you afraid? Do you still have no faith?”

Mark 4:37-40 NLT

Oh yes, sweet friend, there are times when it would be very easy to shrink back or crawl into a pit of despair, but we can choose to wake up every day with an attitude of gratitude.

One of the ways we can have an attitude of gratitude is by  journaling some of the things we are thankful for. Hear me out on this. I’ve never been really good at journaling, but what if we just decided today that we don’t have to be “perfect” about it -  just that we would start?

Another way to have an attitude of gratitude would be taking a few moments each day to pause and actively look around for the blessings in our life and simply say thank you. By being proactive and searching out those blessings, you start to see things in a new and brighter way. Then, as soon as you see them, say a quick prayer of thanksgiving for them and move on.

It doesn’t have to be complicated and it doesn’t have to be a checklist that you go through every day, but by shifting our focus just a bit, we take our eyes off the storms around and us and put them back on the One they should be on.

What about you…

What if we decided to stop taking those things for granted and started taking a minute each day to actively seek out the things we are thankful for?

Can you imagine how different our outlook might be?

 

Clean Your Room

It was a reasonable request – at least from where I stood. My desire fueled my mouth to form it. I didn’t understand the outburst. I was fairly certain there were others from Georgia to Thailand uttering the same simple appeal at the same exact time.


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