“stand every morning to thank and praise the Lord, and likewise at evening.” 1 Chronicles 23:30 NKJV
No matter what is going on in my life, I start each day giving thanks for all that I have and for the things to come. I speak from experience when I say that my days are so much happier now that I do this. Don’t get me wrong, life is still stressful and there are times when the demands on me and my time are completely overwhelming, but starting and finishing the day with a thankful heart (you need to voice it, speak it aloud) has really has changed my life. I don’t let the daily stresses get on top of me, I can only put it down to being content with all that I have, secure in who I am, and completely thankful for all of the life experiences/situations that God has brought me through.
When we focus on all of the things we have, it distracts our attention from all of the ‘things’ we don’t. I might not have the nicest house on the block, but thank God we have a house to live in with power and water. I might not drive the newest car, but thank God I have a car to drive. When our boys are stressing me out with their mess and noise, I have trained myself to be thankful for having healthy, happy, energetic sons…before long they will no longer be in our home and I’m going to enjoy them…noise, mess, smells and all.
What if you got every single thing you prayed for, asked for? Do you really think you would be happy? Would you be thankful? Would you appreciate those things?
I’m incredibly thankful that I don’t have all the things I’ve prayed for, that I’ve desired. See, last year I felt sure that I was leaving teaching behind and was going to enter into something else. I prayed, I fasted, I prayed, I felt so sure that this was the right path. It turned that I was way off and this path got a big fat NO, I then looked for a way around my obstacle and tried to do it someone else’s way. Big mistake, but a lesson definitely learned. Now that I look back at this path that I so desired, all I can think is, ‘Thank You God…that would’ve been the worse possible path for me and the stress involved would’ve/could’ve turned me into a completely different person’. At the time, I was crushed. Now, I’m so thankful that it didn’t come to pass.
I often wonder what would happen if we woke up today with only the things we were thankful for yesterday…
Being thankful, having an attitude of gratitude, makes you a happier person. If it’s not a daily practice for you already, try it. Make a decision to get up a little earlier and spend 5 minutes being thankful for all that you have, remember you need to speak it aloud. Before you go to bed, or while you’re in the shower, spend 5 minutes being grateful for all of the things that happened in your day. Do it for a week and watch your attitude shift. Let me know how it goes 🙂
Yours in Health and Happiness
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