“Don’t Be An Eeyore”

Sunday morning before church, I was thinking about how people have different outlooks and mindsets about their lives. I am, from time to time, in the company of people who just don’t seem to be able to be happy about anything. Recently, it was someone I had never been around before, but this person just put a damper on everything. I suppose at many times in my life I have been that way as well, but I always try to not let it get the best of me. Going through the moments of anxiety and depression that I have faced, I have learned that a good attitude is essential for my well-being. Sometimes I fail (ahem…last night) but I really try my best. It’s hard for me at times to be around people whose attitudes could potentially bring me down. Not to say that I’m not there to listen if someone has a problem or needs help, but those in general who have a lot but can’t seem to be thankful for it.

During our Sunday School lesson at church this weekend, we discussed this very topic. We were asked if we, or people around us, were Eeyores or Poohs? As we all know, Eeyore is the sad, little donkey in the beloved Winnie the Pooh books who is the only guest at his own little pity party, day in and day out. He never has anything positive to say about himself and is quite the pessimist. Pooh on the other hand, is lovable, caring and always there with the right words. He advised Eeyore once to not just sit in his corner of the forest feeling sorry for himself…to go out and seek people and ultimately find things to be grateful for.

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An “attitude of gratitude” (thank you Sharon Dunn) can change anyone’s outlook. Yes, life is hard sometimes but if you were to sit down at the end of every day and count the blessings before you and imagine what life would be like if you didn’t have those blessings, how much more grateful would you be? God has blessed you in many ways. If you are reading this, you are alive. Blessing! If you are reading this (even with glasses on) you have your eyesight. Blessing! If you had shelter from today’s rain…Blessing! If you ate breakfast, lunch, dinner…Blessing! If you spoke to someone today, spent time with someone today, went to work, drove your car instead of walked, said I love you, heard I love you…Blessing!

Thank God every day for what you have and He will bless you in so many ways. Changing your attitude to one of thankfulness, will draw people to you, not make them want to turn away. It will show on your face, in your walk, your conversations, everything you do. As Joyce Meyer says, “You cannot have a positive life and a negative mind.”

Choose to be thankful today. Start with thanking God, then thank others around you for all that they do for you. Don’t just sit in your little corner of the forest…

and don’t be an Eeyore!

Praise the LORD in song, for He has done excellent things; Let this be known
throughout the earth – Isaiah 12:5

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“Blessings and Thankfulness”

We pray for blessings
We pray for peace
Comfort for family, protection while we sleep
We pray for healing, for prosperity
We pray for Your mighty hand to ease our suffering
All the while, You hear each spoken need
Yet love is way too much to give us lesser things

‘Cause what if your blessings come through raindrops?
What if Your healing comes through tears?
What if a thousand sleepless nights are what it takes to know You’re near?
What if trials of this life are Your mercies in disguise?

We pray for wisdom
Your voice to hear
We cry in anger when we cannot feel You near
We doubt your goodness, we doubt your love
As if every promise from Your Word is not enough
All the while, You hear each desperate plea
And long that we’d have faith to believe

What if my greatest disappointments
Or the aching of this life
Is the revealing of a greater thirst this world can’t satisfy?
What if trials of this life
The rain, the storms, the hardest nights
Are your mercies in disguise

Blessings – Laura Story

I started writing this yesterday and planned to post it last night but I forgot to save the document and so I didn’t get to post it when I wanted. Apparently there was a reason for that and God had something different in mind because He put the song above in my heart this morning and I felt like I needed to share those words. So if you are reading this and those words are touching you, congratulations! You’re the one He sent it to : )

We tend to think of blessings as only the good things. Those moments where everything perfect and amazing comes together. Some refer to it as luck or being lucky…I say it is a blessing. And while this is true, it is hard to believe that those moments which aren’t so perfect and amazing can be considered blessings as well. I admit this week I have had a hard time believing (as I do from time to time) that all I have dealt with over the last twelve months could truly be a blessing in disguise. That’s when I have to really pull back from all the negativity I am feeling and focus on what God is trying to tell me…. I’m okay. I will be okay. He is near and will not forsake me. He is just calling me closer again because I am wandering once more, thinking I can do all of this on my own. I have to shut off those thoughts and listen to what He is saying. I’m making it my goal today to do just that.

And as we approach Thanksgiving next week, I realize I have so much to be grateful for. I am so appreciative of the fact that God has never given up on me and that He gives me what I need to thrive despite the struggles. I am also thankful that He has given me an awesome support system, a wonderful man, a loving daughter and amazing parents. I am also thankful for my family, friends and church family who continue to support me in ways that they may not even be aware of.

God is good. Count your blessings this week, and next week and every single day. Give Him the praise and the glory for without Him none of what we are given would be possible.

He is the one you praise; he is your God, who performed for you those great and awesome wonders you saw with your own eyes – Deuteronomy 10:21