I've been trying to practice gratitude more often in my daily life. It's amazing how much power that has to lift my spirits!
*I can wake up and think, "Ugh...it's April and it's still a cold day." Or I can choose to say with the Psalmist, "This is the day that the Lord has made; let us rejoice and be glad in it." (Psalm 118:24)
*I can feel ho-hum about what seems like an ordinary day with our routine schedule. Or I can be grateful that I am experiencing a day like this as opposed to a day where my child receives a negative medical diagnosis, or my husband dies, or we have a financial crisis.
*I can get stressed out because I can't just get up, get dressed, and sit down to coffee and breakfast in peace and quiet. Instead, I have to deal with Kate complaining that Will is touching her tea set. Kate wanted to chat with me as I was reading the Psalm above. It's hard to load the dishwasher because Will wants to climb up on it. I can choose to give in to the stress of it all, or I can choose to accept that this is what life with young children is like. I can be grateful I even have children, that they act in age-appropriate ways, that I have a husband who is a true partner in parenting, and a God I can pray to for patience!
*I can focus on the negative, or I can focus on the positive! I can choose to rejoice in my child's laughter, the first signs of spring, the roof over our heads, and the things I find so interesting about living in Canada. This can take conscious effort because it seems like our natural tendency can be to take the good things for granted, and focus on what we feel we lack.
"Be joyful always, pray continually; give thanks in all circumstances, for this is God's will for you in Christ Jesus." (1 Thessalonians 5:16-18)
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