A few weeks ago friends on Facebook started talking about closing their account because all they saw was negativity. I couldn’t relate because at that time I saw none of that. This past week has changed everything. It’s been a struggle to find the diamonds in all that black coal, but listen – I’m still trying. I’m not going to quit trying either. I’m not going to close my accounts or stop using Social Media. The negative things of this life will never go away, but they don’t define me or my attitude.
THOUGHT TO REMEMBER: God, clear my mind of any negative thoughts today, so I may see the designed plan You have for my life. Amen!
I’ve noticed a lot of hate and I silently pray for the haters. This is my response to what I’ve noticed although I could think of more:
I’ve noticed the more I think of others, the less I think of myself.
I’ve noticed the more creativity I practice, the more creative I become.
I’ve noticed the less I compare, the more content I am.
I’ve noticed the more I try to find the good in every day, the less I feel like the world is bad.
I’ve noticed the more I focus on joy, the more joyful I am.
I’ve noticed the more positive my attitude, the less my heart is darkened by doubt
I’ve noticed the more I pray, the less I worry.
I’ve noticed the less I worry, the more faith I have.
I’ve noticed the less I think about what others think of me, the more I like who I am.
I’ve noticed the more I focus on what I have, the less I focus on what I’ve lost.
I’ve noticed the more I develop my strengths, the less time I waste on things that are futile.
I’ve noticed the more I trust God, the stronger my faith becomes.
I’ve noticed the more I love God, the more I love all people.
I’ve noticed the better I am at putting God first in my life, the more I stay on track.
I’ve noticed the more I stay on track, the less I feel like my life is a train wreck.
I’ve noticed the more I think about things that are good, honorable, pure, and lovely, the more peace I have.
What about you, what have you noticed lately?
Philippians 4:5-9 “Rejoice! Let your gentleness be evident to all. The Lord is near. Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus. Finally, brothers and sisters, 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. Whatever you have learned or received or heard from me, or seen in me—put it into practice. And the God of peace will be with you.”
Dear Lord, God, Help me to remember that everything I have comes from you. Impress on my heart a true spirit of gratitude. Please give me pure thoughts, a gentle spirit, wisdom to know your will, and discernment to make wise choices. Keep my eyes on you, my heart from idols, and my mind steadfast against perils of the world. Shine your light on my path and give me feet that follow you. Give me opportunities to show your love to people who feel like they don’t matter. Help me to notice when things aren’t right and give me courage to correct them. Every day is a gift, dear God. Please help me to treasure it. You deserve my best. Help me to notice when I’m selfishly reserving the best for myself. Be my true north, Lord. Thank you for my family, my friends, my life. Thank you for nature, thank you for holding everything together with your power. I love you, Lord. Amen
Kari Jobe: The More I Seek You