It’s November the official month of thankfulness!
I have so much to be thankful for today. Well, every day.
Some days it’s harder than others to think of things to be thankful for. Not because there is nothing there but because of my attitude. I might be overwhelmed by sadness, busy-ness, coveting, pride, or jealousy.
All these are joy stealers.
These emotions are like sneaky burglars wearing black and white strips and tip-toeing around. They carry knapsacks slung over their shoulders and dart here and there hoping you won’t acknowledge them while they load up your treasures to take away – joy, gladness, gratitude, patience, peace, self-control, and more.
Galatians 5:22 But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, forbearance, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, 23 gentleness and self-control. Against such things there is no law.
In our performance driven world, it is so easy to fall in the trap of coveting and jealousy and pride. It feels suffocating to let these emotions pop up in our hearts. Well, sometimes they pop up like popcorn. Other times, they creep in a little at a time. Either way we need to guard our hearts and minds against such things.
Romans 12:2 Do not conform to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind. Then you will be able to test and approve what God’s will is—his good, pleasing and perfect will.
If you find yourself comparing whatever to whoever or whatever, cut that out! Stop it immediately! You might even have to retrain your brain. Do you frequently think negative thoughts? Are you worried or mad you don’t have this or didn’t do that in your life? Do you wake up worrying about not being “good enough” for whatever reason?
Training your brain won’t happen overnight. You will have to work at it… maybe your entire life. Or at least refreshing every once in a while. Either way, you will most likely have a more joy and gratitude life if you can better identify your feelings and work through them, right?
Check out my article on How To Stop Negative Thinking.
This idea is to physically take a piece of paper and draw a STOP sign on it. Any time, you think something negative. Get out the paper and exclaim, “STOP!” I know it sounds weird but this exercise helped me so much. I still get out a STOP paper every once in a while if I find myself in a negative slump especially during Fall Funk. Yep, it happens and is a medical thing. Really.
Ok, I digress… alot! LOL
Back to the topic at hand, I almost completely forgot, it’s Thankful Thursday! I’m thankful for you that you would read this article. I hope it helps! I’m also thankful to get to have a blog. It’s fun! I’m thankful for my family, friends, and strangers that will chat with me in the check out line at stores. I’m thankful for good tasting water and if it’s not good tasting I’m thankful for clean water. I’m thankful for forgiveness because I’ve hurt people in my life and regret it. I’m thankful for God’s grace to help me forgive. I’m thankful for the silliness of my kids, seeing the world through their lenses, their laughs, hugs, and tying shoes. I’m thankful for my husband. His sweetness, honesty, his calmness, his ying to my yang(or however that saying goes). I’m thankful for my parents, sisters, in-laws, cousins, and my other “cousins.”
Most of all, even if I don’t acknowledge Him like I should, I’m so so so thankful for God for His Son for this true Love. Praise God!
Tell me, what you are thankful for today in the comments below. 🙂 I’d love to hear from you!