I will praise you with all my heart, O Lord my God;
I will proclaim your greatness forever. Psalm 86:12
I walked in from errands and saw a blue bag on the kitchen counter. Curious, I asked my husband about it. He answered by announcing that we were embarking on very restricted diet. The intriguing gift bag was filled with supplements and specific directions. Immediately our meal plan was limited to about 20 different foods. If we were going to be successful, I needed to focus and appreciate these few foods and not perseverate on the deprivation of the goodies I was missing. You know that saying, mind over matter, just by changing my own attitude; I should be able find satisfaction in less.
Modern day psychologists have proven that our attitudes have a direct impact on our well-being, stress levels, and actions. For instance, if we have a pessimistic attitude, focusing on areas we feel cheated or deprived; it can paralyze and overwhelm us. This causes our stress levels to rise, which impacts blood pressure, focus, and more. The converse is true as well. In fact, there is research that proves that people with positive attitudes and appreciative spirits, are healthier and live longer.
Paul reminds us in his letter to the Philippians:
I have learned to be content whatever the circumstances. I know what it is to be in need, and I know what it is to have plenty. I have learned the secret of being content in any and every situation, whether well fed or hungry, whether living in plenty or in want. I can do all this through him who gives me strength. Philippians 4:11b-13
Being contented rather than deprived is like the old saying of seeing the glass half full rather than half empty. During the season of Thanksgiving, we naturally take time to express our gratitude for the gifts and blessings we have experienced over the year. I want to challenge myself and others, to keep this attitude of gratitude throughout the year. Take the time to intentionally express gratitude to God and others verbally, through actions, or writing in a journal. Remember research has proven that this is not only healthier for us, it makes each of us more pleasant to be around!
Open my eyes to the ways I can give thanks and praise on a daily basis. Help me to seek contentment in all situations for it is You that gives me strength. Amen
I want you to know that I am grateful for you and your support. I realize I have been quiet recently and want to share what I have been up to.
First, I have been speaking in Maryland, Virginia, Michigan, and Colorado these past few months. I am now scheduling for 2020. If you know an event planner looking for a speaker, feel free to share my information. https://pegarnold.org/
Second I have been working with CaSH Consulting to update my website. These ladies are great to work with and they donate all their proceeds to help other. Check them out. https://cash2consulting.com/
Finally, my new devotional, Devotions for the Distracted Heart, is now listed on Amazon. If you have enjoyed this blog, you’ll love this devotional. It’s a great gift idea for the holidays!