It has been a while since my last post, and I apologize.
Monday we said goodbye to our old Tervuren girl, Faith, at almost 14 she had lived a long and full life, and though we’ll miss her we had opportunity to say our goodbyes, and she was ready.
I have begun learning Tissue Culture plant propagation, and I’ve started a dedicated blog just for my plant exploits as that can overshadow other topics.
As Christians we can often lose the forest for the trees. Our focus on small matters that occur in our lives can overwhelm us making us forget the gloriously abundant lives we live as His children. Even in the darkest times, He is there, and we are still blessed beyond measure. Abundance. Gratitude. An attitude of gratitude.
If you are born again, called to follow Christ, and call yourself a child of God, a Christian, you must have an attitude of gratitude; an eye open and focused on the abundance and blessings in your life. To do less is to kick sand and dirt in the face of the Most High! All our experiences in our lives bring us to understand Him, and His purpose for our lives more. There is far less to be thankful for than that of His Grace, presence, and hand in our lives, in every situation.
We need to stop focusing so fully on what we ‘think’ we don’t have. The mantra of lack that is so often the thing that we think about. Talk about. As Christians we need to stop looking at what we ‘don’t’ have and start praising, thinking, focusing, and speaking of the abundance that we have.
This mental shift makes such a fabulous difference in how we perceive every aspect of life. Being grateful for even the smallest things, the inconveniences as much as the things we perceive as blessings. This attitude opens the mind, the heart to possibilities we shut ourselves off to when we focus on that which we don’t have, instead of that which we DO have.
As a wife my mood, my outlook from waking to bedtime makes such a difference in the whole atmosphere of my home. I have recently realized that I need to make a point to wake with a smile, and be grateful for everything big and small that happens throughout the day. This has made a notable shift in the atmosphere of my home. So noticeable, it can be almost palpable.
Does this mean that the shift in my own perception, attitude, and demeanor has fixed that of everyone else in the house or that I interact with on a regular basis? No. I have come to realize that I am responsible for only one person’s attitude. Mine. I can’t tell someone else to get it together, or change, or think a different way from their current thoughts. They are on their own journey, and yet I know that no matter what their lives would be surprisingly improved and more pleasant if they could find even one small thing to focus on every day and be overwhelmingly joyful and grateful for it.
1 Thessalonians 5:16-18, Rejoice always. Pray unceasingly. Give thanks in everything, for this is the will of God toward you in Christ Jesus. (Berean Literal Translation)
I am excited to be on an amazing journey towards removing ‘lack’ from my mental and verbal language, and focusing on abundance, gratitude, and keeping conversations.
If you are looking to make an amazing difference in how your days go, please, wake in the morning and immediately start looking for the glorious abundance in your life, and watch how your day goes from mundane to glorious!