|Life is GOOOOOOD!|
I don't know about you, but it made me a bit annoyed when I saw that stores were going to be open at 6pm Thanksgiving evening so that people could begin their "holiday shopping." How sad is it that we live in a country that can't even spend ONE WHOLE DAY just giving thanks? Something that we should do EVERY day. It makes me shake my head...
What are you thankful for? Do you have your health? Be thankful! Do you have family around you? Hug them up mighty much! Do you have a roof over your head? Food in your belly? You may not have everything you want (and who does?) but be thankful for the little things because when you really think about it - they amount to much. This comes from a cancer survivor who has learned not to take any day God gives me for granted.
New beginnings can be intimidating. Change is scary - but it can also be exciting! Be open to new opportunities that present themselves to you. You never know what's behind "door #2" it may be exactly what you need. Be prayerful but also be willing. I say that from personal experience - with new beginnings ahead of me. Don't be fearful be faithful and expect God to bless you because He wants to! You just have to believe!
Look ahead of you - not behind. The rearview mirror in a car is smaller than the wide window in front of you for a reason! Think about this past year and be thankful for the lessons you learned, what are you taking with you from this year as it passes by? What are you leaving behind? What are you looking forward to? What are your hopes? Your thoughts? Your dreams?
Maybe the disappointments in our lives make the wonderful moments all the more meaningful and special? New beginnings can be scary - but they can also be wonderful! I recently bought a beautiful old fashioned quilted board that I am calling my "Bucket Board" for 2015. I am pinning on it items that I plan on doing in 2015 and quite frankly, it's exciting! I only pin on the board small items that signify something I'm going to do. Things to look forward to! Instead of being disappointed in the things that didn't work the way I wanted them to, I'm realizing that it just means I need to trust God and know that the "no's" in life may lead to better "yes' " than I can see. I have to trust that God knows what He is doing, even if I don't understand it. (Remembering once again that He sees in full while I only see in part.) And instead of being upset about those "no's" I can praise Him and be thankful for the things that are going to be better in my life than the things that He has said no too. (Does that make sense?)
The truth is, life is what you choose to make it! And its all in your perception. You can choose to go through it heavy hearted and negative (and that is what your experience will be) or you can sit a little straighter, lift your chin up a little higher and say, "Okay! I'm ready for the good stuff Lord! Watch'a got in store for me? Bring it! And I thank you IN ADVANCE for it!"
What is it you want it to be? If you don't know - think about it, pray about it and then go after your dreams. Make them a reality. God gave you gifts for a reason - to use! One is never too old to learn - learn something new!
What are you thankful for? Think on these things or so the Bible says:
"Whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable--if anything is excellent or praiseworthy--think about such things." (Philippians 4:8)
Life is good. There is always something to be thankful for. Think on these things. Surround yourself with people who love you for who you are! Who build you up! Who take an interest in you! And take an interest in them! Relationships are a two way street they involve giving and taking (or as I like to call it "receiving"). That's the only way they work! What are you excited about for 2015? Give thanks! Spend some time appreciating all the good things in your life and thinking on them. If there are bad things or things that have upset you this year - recognize them for what are/were. We have no control over the decisions that other people make. Pray for them. If someone has disappointed you or hurt you - read my blogpost below - let it go. We can only take responsibility for ourselves. The decisions other people make, they make and we just have to accept it and move forward. But moving forward can be a GOOD thing! It helps you to learn and to grow as an individual. Thank God for those growth moments - even if you experience "growing pains." You learn, you grow and you move forward.
Spend time being thankful before you rush into the Christmas season. Take a moment to count your blessings, view what your learned from the year soon to pass and plan as if you have a future! Each day God gives us is a blank sheet of life that we are allowed to write upon. Write well!