Being negative is easy, in truth, it’s too easy. You could even say it’s our human default mode.
As of late, I have found myself in a emotional slump of sorts, and I have no clue why. Life is good, my family is healthy, I have purpose, I have good friends, and I’m reading my bible, but yet, something is just not quite right.
I’m more down, lethargic, and negative. It may not show on the outside, but it’s starting to make a mark on the inside.
Last week, a bible verse that I memorized as a young child wouldn’t leave my thoughts. “The joy of the Lord is my strength.” (I should say the Donut Man version of this scripture wouldn’t leave my head. If you didn’t grow up watching and listening to the Donut Man – I’m truly sorry.)
So I picked up the bible and read this passage in Nehemiah 8:10, “Do not sorrow, for the joy of the Lord is your strength.” Joy. Strength. Yes, please. It’s always a beautiful thing when I get reminded of who is the source of everything good in my life. Jesus is my joy and my strength. Not me. (Thank God!)
But what’s a good way to keep my focus on Him? What if it’s more simple than I think?
I love this excerpt I came across on Harvard Medical School’s blog concerning the power of gratitude:
The word gratitude is derived from the Latin word gratia, which means grace, graciousness, or gratefulness (depending on the context). In some ways gratitude encompasses all of these meanings. Gratitude is a thankful appreciation for what an individual receives, whether tangible or intangible. With gratitude, people acknowledge the goodness in their lives. In the process, people usually recognize that the source of that goodness lies at least partially outside themselves. As a result, gratitude also helps people connect to something larger than themselves as individuals — whether to other people, nature, or a higher power. (Source)
Thankfulness redirects our focus to the originator of the gift or kindness.
Looking back over the past few weeks, I’m now realizing that I let the issues of life and this world cloud my focus – but no more! Now that I know that I have let my focus stray from Jesus and His goodness, I’m going to turn that around as quick as I can by saying “Thank you” to Him as often as I can.
Who want’s to join me?
As a little reminder to keep thankfulness at the forefront of my mind, for the next 29 days, I will be posting one thing a day that God has given, done or is doing in my life that I am thankful for on Becoming Beautiful’s social media pages. Follow along by following BB on Instagram, FB & twitter.
I also want to challenge you to post one God-thing you are thankful for every day for the next 29 days either on BB Facebook page or on your social media page. Tag BB in your post and use the hashtag: #29daysofthanks. (Don’t forget to invite your friends to join in!)
I’m thanking you, God, from a full heart,
I’m writing the book on your wonders.
I’m whistling, laughing, and jumping for joy;
I’m singing your song, High God. Psalm 9:1
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My name is Paige and Jesus is my everything. My passion is to see women of all ages find their beauty & purpose in Him. I’m married to my best friend and a mommy to 3 little princesses… (Read more.)