I have a few goals this year in different areas of my life: drink more water, spend more time away from my phone, cloth diaper my babe, etc. but the most important goal for me this year is to continually choose an attitude of t h a n k f u l n e s s.
Sometimes circumstances get the best of me. It’s been a long day, I am running on too little sleep, the dishes are piled up, the baby won’t nap unless in my arms, I haven’t showered in three days, and I am on the brink of tears… in these instances it is all too easy to allow my current circumstance to dictate my mood and my reaction (I did it last night, just ask the hubs!).
The challenge I have given myself is to make a daily (and often moment-to-moment) commitment to focus less on the negative and to rather, choose an attitude of thankfulness. I believe that the devil wants us to put all our focus and attention on what is wrong with our current situation because he knows that when we do that we have no rest, peace or joy. One of the practical ways that I am choosing to turn my eyes on God through daily trials and challenging circumstances is to simply list off things that I am thankful for. When I begin to feel overwhelmed or anxious about any circumstance in my life, I am making it my goal to pause and choose to focus on the multitude of things that I have to be thankful for. I choose to focus on the fact that Jesus still reigns, that He is always good no matter the circumstance, that my identity is found in him, and that I have so, so many beautiful blessings in my life.
So, I am going to be posting a Thankful Thursday on most weeks and listing what I am thankful for. I encourage you to join me in this simple exercise of choosing thankfulness no matter the current circumstance. Right now I’m thankful for:
- A new year, full of promise.
- Grace for when I make mistakes.
- Eli slept in his room for 3 naps yesterday… but I kind of missed him, ha!
- A warm house on these cold, winter days.
- My awesome hubby who supports me all.the.time.
- Toothless smiles (obviously).
- Getting to spend time in Nelson with the family last week.
- Amazon Prime (probably the best thing since sliced bread).
- Sliced bread… who has time to slice bread?
- That people actual read this random blog full of my rambling thoughts (that’s you… THANK YOU!)
- Typing this one-handed because a little angel baby is sleeping on my other arm.
Give thanks in all circumstances; for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus for you.
1 Thessalonians 5:18
And whatever you do, in word or deed, do everything in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God the Father through him.