Since I woke up on the wrong side of the bed (probably because my wake-up call was the sound of Brendan yelling about something Liam was doing that he didn't like), I figured now is as good a time as any to focus on gratitude.
I have found the best way to turn a bad mood around is to think positive thoughts and turn my attention to the good and the lovely things. So here goes...
Today I am grateful for...
--Encouragement. While I was busy being impatient with my kids, Brendan was busy making little signs on Post-it Notes. Here's what they said...
So I felt stupid. But I realized that my little boys love their mama, whether their mama deserves it or not. God loves me that way, too. :)
--The fact that my "skinny" jeans (you know, the pair of jeans many women keep in their drawer just in case they lose a little weight) are actually fitting me perfectly...and they're a little bit loose. That's a great motivator!
--Not having time to think about negative things. There's one great thing about suddenly being busy--I don't have time to think about my health issues or the things that were stressing me out before. There's something to be said for having brand new stressors...lol.
--My in-laws are visiting for the month of September. It's nice having adults around to talk to during the day, and it's great to see them after such a long time. They're very sweet people.
--Having a vacation to look forward to. I hope it happens...the hurricanes are scaring me a little bit, but I am choosing to be positive in the hopes that we will still be able to get away for our trip in 10 days!
--Another day to be alive.
--My children. They are wonderful boys, despite their occasional penchant for scamp-ish behavior. :)
--Myself. I'm learning to be grateful for me and I'm learning to see myself the way God sees me. That can't be bad, right?
I hope you feel encouraged today and that you know that there is ALWAYS something to be grateful for, no matter how "blah" you may feel. Try focusing on those good things and keeping your mind on things above.
The Scripture for the day...
"Finally, brothers and sisters, whatever is true, whatever is worthy of respect, whatever is just, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is commendable, if something is excellent or praiseworthy, think about these things."