It began as an internal dry pit. Soon, the waters of doubt, dismay, and frustration rained from me, creating muddy water as the chasm filled. The surface disappeared from my sight. I was headlong into an overflow created from my own negative thoughts.
As the sun began to spill light into darkness that morning, I posted an update on my Facebook author page: Focus on the good in people, not the bad. Make a list of the positive things you witness throughout your day. Read it tonight. You may even do this for your spouse or child. You will be surprised at the outcome – appreciation and grace.
I never did write a list, but my state of mind changed in a snap. I refused to look for, or acknowledge, anything negative. This left room for me to see what remained, which was all things positive.
Just by making a deliberate effort to change my own thought process, everything in my world took on a new sheen, and it grew. It expanded to a spirit filled with contentment and happiness, renewed by His living water.
A joyful heart is good medicine, but a crushed spirit dries up the bones. Proverbs 17:22 (ESV)
Prior to my change of mindset, I detested one particular thing that uncomfortably seemed to engulf each day. After I refused the negative thoughts, through prayer, God revealed to me how the current circumstances were going to enable us (my husband and I) to grow as individuals. I then welcomed and asked Him to provide more, if it was His will. God will shut a door, or put us in what we conceive as ill-fitting circumstances, to lead us to His individual plan. I am so very grateful.
And we know that for those who love God all things work together for good, for those who are called according to his purpose. Romans 8:28 (ESV)
Thank you, Lord, for the times when I fall short. You are there to lift me up, as any loving father would do. I learn, you teach, and you protect.
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