Monday, October 19, 2009

Don't Worry.... Be Happy (Ha!)

I'm sorry about the title of this post... do you have the song running through your head now? I know I do. But it's not that easy, is it. To just stop worrying and immediately BE HAPPY! Yeah right. Not this girl. I tend to go from not worrying, to maybe fretting occasionally while trying to be happy and then back to worrying again. So how do I get from worrying to being happy? Do I just imagine the worry just blows away --- Poof?

Don’t worry about anything; instead, pray about everything. Tell God what you need, and thank him for all he has done.  Philippians 4:6

What about a grouchiness? Can I substitute the word complain in this verse? Is that re-writing God's Word?  Today I am feeling rather grouchy instead of fretful or full of worry.

Ann V. at Holy Experience has been humbly sharing her journey of gratitude and the fruit that it has been producing in her life. She is so beautifully modeling how to take the time to purposefully stop and thank Him for all that He is and does.

Think about things that are excellent and worthy of praise. Philippians 4:8

It is so ingrained in me to think about what irritates me or is ugly, what is wrong, what I don't like.

Fix your thoughts... Think about things that are pure and lovely and admirable. Philippians 4:8

I need to make an effort. I need to choose to fix my thoughts on what is pure and lovely. They are here, those beautiful, undeserved gifts. Because He is here. He is always here.

I must choose to see them. As I lift each one and examine it, soak it in, whisper thanks, then peace is experienced. The peace that is always there, because He is always there.

Don’t worry about anything; instead, pray about everything. Tell God what you need, and thank him for all he has done. If you do this, you will experience God's peace, which is far more wonderful than the human mind can understand. His peace will guard your hearts and minds as you live in Christ Jesus.  Philippians 4:6-7

So I will begin to put into practice fixing my thoughts on what He has done and thanking Him, searching for evidence of His presence, His touch, His breath.

I give thanks for:

1. The cool crispness in the air.

2. Glorious blue October skies.

3. My daughter's blue fuzzy slippers warming my toes.

4. Philippians 4:6-7

5. The sounds of my children energized by the fresh fall air.

6. The sacredness of fellowship around the table with fellow followers.

7. Baby fascination with sock covered toes.

8. A borrowed camera to play with.

9. A bagel hot from the toaster slathered with cream cheese.

10. The opportunity to join the journey of gratitude.

Will you join me in this journey? What are you thankful for today?


The Ties that Bind Us said...

Oh I could list so many things that I'm suppose to be thankful for. But depending on my mood, I may not agree to this supposed list.

Today, I'm thankful for this post and the cool air that is rejuvinating me and prompting me to be alive!

Christa said...

Oh how I hear you, Brenda! Moment by moment my list gets shorter or longer or crumbled up and tossed.

Thank you for reading and responding.