Be Grateful is the next topic on the New Years inspirational sign.
Where you place your focus has such a HUGE influence on your mood and attitude. Margaret mentioned in her comment on the New Years post that she’s “been doing grateful acknowledges throughout the day. Reading scripture & positive stories. Living a more positive and appreciative life.” For some of us this comes more naturally than others. There’s days when it’s easy and days when it’s really tough.
There’s a little hymn that we used to sing a lot in the church I attended as a child. When I can’t seem to shift my focus I sing this over and over again in my head and I literally can feel my stress level dropping.
Turn your eyes upon Jesus,
look full in his wonderful face,
and the things of earth will grow strangely dim
in the light of His glory and grace.
When our eyes are on the Lord, on HiS GLORY and GRACE, the things of earth truely do grow dim as the little chorus says.
I know we live here on earth, and we have to deal with hurt and disappointment but we can chose to focus on that, letting the “ticker tape” in our mind run with negative images and thoughts or we can chose to change the message running through our mind. I hope you’ll chose the positive, however small it might be.
When my youngest was in grade school he would come home from school always talking about the negative in his day. I wanted to change that tape running through his mind. I decided that each night when I tucked him in we should both tell each other something we were thankful for. We called it our thankfuls. One night I asked him what he was thankful for and he said “your fingernails.” I thought that was so cute. I had artificial nails that I guess felt extra good when I’d scratch his back. He loved having his back scratched while we talked before tucking him in. Thankfuls can be as simple as FINGERNAILS!
Find the things in your life to be grateful for every day!
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Blessings ~ Terri