I had one of those weeks. Again.
You know the kind where you are dragging your feet, cannot seem to get anything done, and find yourself way overwhelmed.
That was me….and after seven days of feeling that way, I wanted to find a way to push past it.
And faithfully. God provided the answer.
I was missing GRATITUDE.
The one key thing I was missing in my home was gratitude.
So what did I do?
First of all, I began to completely change my mindset.
Change your mind. Change your life.
Did you know that telling yourself the truth changes you?
Here is where I realized I was missing gratitude. It was all in my attitude.
As a homemaker and a homeschooling mom of five, my job is never done.
For some reason, I was holding onto an unattainable goal. Instead of being thankful for what I was accomplishing, I was always striving for that day when I would be completely caught up.
I was hoping for that day when the work would be done, and I could put my feet up in ease and comfort.
But that is where my attitude and perspective were wrong. And I needed the biggest change.
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My eyes were opened this week that this attitude must go. And in its place must come the attitude of gratitude.
There are three main ways that I am working on my attitude:
I AM REPLACING NEGATIVITY WITH GRATITUDE
The best way I have found to do this is through journaling.
I have struggled over the years with journaling. I need some guidance on keeping a journal.
I have found the perfect app to give me this attitude: The 5-minute journal.
It is an online journal that has an option for a morning and evening entry.
Plus, a place to write down your daily affirmation.
It even provides the option to add a picture at the end of the day.
I am completely sold on this app and use it every day to journal and find gratitude.
I love the convenience of the app on my phone and the fact that I have NO excuse not to take a few moments and journal.
I AM TAKING CONTROL OF MY THOUGHTS
Taking control of my thoughts is tricky. My mind wanders and soon I find myself thinking things that are either not true or not helpful.
If I want seeking joy to become natural, each thought must be kept captive.
My thoughts need to be positive, true and align with the Word of God.
One of the best ways I have found to take control of my thoughts is to use daily affirmations throughout the day.
Something as simple as saying “I am special” can make a big difference in my attitude.
Give it a try and you will be pleasantly surprised.
Repeating these truths arms my mind with the truth that propels me forward and makes me grateful.
Here are a few daily affirmations to get you started.
I have found that Googling affirmations are the easiest way to find new ones to help me through my day.
I REALIZE THERE ARE DIFFERENT PHASES OF PRAYER
It is ok to shoot up a prayer of “I am tired, help me, Lord.”
It is ok to shoot up a prayer of “Lord, my patience is so thin. Give me the Fruits of Your Spirit.”
Keeping these verses close in my heart to pray:
Luke 1:38 – Behold, I am the servant of the Lord. Let it be to me according to your Word.
Luke 22:42 – Nevertheless, not my will, but Yours, be done.
In the throes of motherhood, it is normal for me to have quick, short prayers of asking God for help and guidance, in the midst of the diapers and dishes and spills and messes.
While I strive to spend more quality time in prayer and Bible reading, I have learned to give myself grace in these years of motherhood. I make both of these things a priority, but also, I understand that there are seasons of life in it all.
Cicero once said, “Gratitude is not only the greatest of the virtues, but the parent of all others.”
If I want to seek virtue. If I want to be a better steward. If I want to be of better service to my family, then I MUST SEEK GRATITUDE.
So are you missing gratitude in your home?
I know I was, and I have vowed not to let it happen again.
It will not be easy, but by the grace of God, His Spirit will lead me through the hard times and allow me to seek gratitude first.
Are you interested in learning more about how to live your story?
This post was inspired by the AMAZING course of Mystie Winckler titled Simplified Organization.
This course is about changing your mindset and being intentional about living a life that brings joy to Christ.
Here is a sneak peek into the first module:
When we are seeking organization, underneath it all, if we are doing it out of a sense of responsibility rather than vanity, I think we are really seeking virtue. We were created whole and perfect, and we have an innate desire to seek that which has been lost. Growing in organization can indeed be a tool toward growing in virtue, toward growing in sanctification or becoming more Christ-like, because the better we steward the resources we’ve been given – including time, our house, our children, our manifold material blessings – the better service we’ll be to others. The more I am master of myself and my stuff, the more of me will be free to pursue whatever callings and opportunities God sends. Organization is a matter of discipline, and discipline is self-control, a fruit of the Spirit. – Mystie Winckler
Join me as we cultivate an attitude of gratitude.