Dear Sweet Friend,
What has your attitude been like lately? Are you critical? Overly cautious? Negative? Discontent?
Have you fallen into what I call “stinking thinking”?
Do the words flowing from your lips speak life, or condemnation?
Precious mama, your attitude is so important. Your attitude effects the outcome of everything you do. It effects your children and your marriage. It effects your relationship with God.
There’s an old saying that goes something like this, “Whether you think you can or think you can’t, you’re right.” And while that might not be true in every case, it’s true in most cases.
The pessimist invites the negative outcome she expects. She’s like a magnet for drama. Is this you?
May I remind you today to focus on the possibilities, and not the problems? This will help your thoughts and attitude to get on the right track, which will lead you to the right destination. If it’s a person who is contributing to your stinking thinking, step back. Examine the facts and separate them from your feelings. Set your eyes heavenward and not on the person.
Make up your mind to do what’s right, regardless of what anyone else is doing.
Don’t be the person who complains that the soup is too hot, the bed is too firm, and there’s not enough money. Stop. Close your eyes. Breathe.
You’re right here, today. You have food to eat, and a bed to sleep in. You have a roof over your head. You’re growing in Christ and learning how to live life better. You’re moving forward. You’re doing the right things, making the right decisions. You are grounding your faith in the One who knows the end from the beginning. Your trusting is His provision as you take a step forward, one foot in front of the other.
Who can you encourage today? How will you encourage them? How would you have liked someone to encourage you? You can’t have a poor attitude and be an encourager at the same time.
Your encouragement to others can set the tone of your day, like music seems to soothe the soul. You can listen to a mess of instruments that will leave you with a blaring headache, or single out the most amazing piece of piano music ever and savor it in your spirit. It only takes one. It can begin with you.
If your thinking changes, everything else can follow.
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Consider this “attitude exercise”:
When a negative thought creeps into your mind, combat it right away with a positive one. You may have to search for something positive to grab hold of, but it’s there. I promise. Build this mental muscle and it will grow stronger.
I’ll leave you with a written prayer I came across the other day:
So far today, I am doing all right. I have not gossiped, lost my temper, been greedy, grumpy, nasty, selfish, or self-indulgent. I have not whined, cursed, or eaten any chocolate.
However, I am going to get out of bed in a few minutes, and I will need a lot more help after that. Amen.
Go in grace today, friends! This is the day that the Lord has made!
Do you struggle with stinking thinking, or know someone who does? How do you deal with it?