It was a nice day again outside of the wind that just pounds our area over the past few years. I am grateful for the sun today and warmer temperatures that are coming.
I have been going though another season of acceptance and change as spring begins to come. Do you go though those…you hear or see something that hits home with something you are struggle with, and it sparks a need to change? I realize like Job from the Bible we have to praise God in the good and in the bad. As Job said ” Shall we accept good from God and not trouble?” (Job 2:9). It is easy to praise God and be grateful when things are going good, but shows real character when we can praise him and be grateful when things are not going our way or when things are bad. That is a goal I have now… gratitude all the time, especially since most of the time things don’t go well or the way I would like 😉 I am hoping this habit will stick 🙂
That’s a hard habit. Everybody struggles with it, some more than others. It’s also hard to know when we can and should step in to make changes that would make our lives go better. I don’t believe that all our problems are a constant test from God. He will help us either way, and our lives are better with Him than without him.
I know it will be hard to make this a habit but I am dedicated and want to be happy with God all the time… life is better with Him 🙂 I don’t think all things are a test, but how are we to know which ones are from him or not so going though all tests praising him I believe will always create a better outlook and outcome. 🙂
It’s true, it’s very easy to be grateful when things are going great! & then when things are not; it can be difficult, I try like you to be grateful even when they aren’t but it’s difficult to stay positive! (but I try, I don’t always succeed but I try) 🙂
Great we can go on this journey together then… it’s nice we are on the same wave length 🙂
🙂 it can be difficult but I think we can do it! 🙂
Gratitude for what we ‘have’ is a noble goal and one that we should all strive for. I remember an old saying “God helps those who help themselves.” It isn’t from the Bible but I think from the reality of life. Sometimes we have to make changes ourselves to make our lives better. Deciding when the ball is in our court is the hard part. 🙂
Yes I agree I is hard to decide when the ball is in our court… I think all we can do is try 😉 I like your saying 🙂
Yes! And spring is such a great time to readjust, doncha think!
Yes I agree 🙂
Perception is such an important tool. The way that we look at the world (the lens that we use) dictates so very much. I tell my daughters that God’s love is everywhere–you simply have to look. I know that I struggled with this when I got sick after the birth of my third daughter. I kept getting angry that God was giving me so much to have to deal with—but somewhere along the way I realized that I was stronger than I had initially believed. God believed in me and my ability to share of myself with others, it was simply up to me to believe in myself. That was a really pivotal turning point in my own life, and has helped me to “count my blessings” each and every day with a depth of gratefulness that I had not known before.
Beautiful picture—and very good “food for thought” for the day. Great post!
Thank you I am happy you enjoyed the post. I have been thinking about it since Sunday. I didn’t know you got sick after your third daughter. I am so glad you are better now (I hope :)) Knowing you now I can see all your strength and I can see how much you deal with as boss, mom, educator, friend, wife, care giver, etc. in a wonderful way, mostly by believing in yourself. What a wonderful gift for your daughters… a strong and faithful mom. 🙂
Yes, I am now doing just fine. I blogged about it quite a while back–you can read the post at: http://feedyardfoodie.wordpress.com/2012/02/16/learning-to-maintain-good-health/. The short answer is I have Graves Disease. The journey back to good health was certainly an experience!
All the best,
Oh I will check it out… I only got so far back reading posts on your blog… must not have gotten to that one yet.