It is important in life that we always see our glass as half-full and not half empty. Our life’s perspective will dictate whether we live in joy and gladness or in misery and trepidation. Our attitude towards life will either draw blessings or cursings back to us. We read this in Deuteronomy 30:19 “I call heaven and earth to record this day against you, that I have set before you life and death, blessing and cursing: therefore choose life, that both thou and thy seed may live:” We are told to choose life. That means it is within our ability to feel upbeat and positive or to feel downtrodden and defeated. We must understand that we control how our days will be spent and it all has to do with our attitude. Are we looking on the bright side, are we focusing on the good, are we seeing our many blessings or are we focused on the trials, worried about our tomorrows and fearing what our future holds? As truthful and as sad as it is many of us fall into one of these two categories. We are either optimistic or pessimistic, focused on the good or focused on the bad. Knowing that there are repercussions from our decisions, we should always be quick to choose good over evil, blessings over cursings and victory over defeat. (Psalm 34:11-15) (Joshua 24:15)
As blessed and favored as we are in the eyes of the Lord we should never be ones who complain about their plight because God’s faithfulness is sure and true and if we are believers then we must have faith that God will work all things for our good in the end. Every trial serves to make us better, every obstacle to make us wiser and every challenge to make us stronger than we were before. It is only through resistance that one can increase in strength and even though we may not like it in that moment of pain we should embrace the difficult times having the forethought that we will benefit because of this tough challenge and after we overcome it we will be thankful that it was in our path because it made us better than we were before.. (Ephesians 1:3-4)
I encourage you wholeheartedly to keep an attitude of joy and praise at all times. See the good that is in your life. Focus on your many blessings. Be thankful for the many times that you have overcome in times past and elevated your life higher than you ever thought possible. An attitude of gratitude and thanksgiving is how we can draw God’s blessings and favor into our life so that our simple life may be extraordinary for our own benefit and the benefit of those around us. (1 Peter 3:10-12)
I hope this message inspires and challenges your heart to always focus on the good that is in your life and be thankful for it.
ATTITUDE - (To Be Really Happy)
The 92-year-old, petite, well-poised and proud lady, who is fully dressed each morning by eight o'clock, with her hair fashionably coifed and makeup perfectly applied, even though she is legally blind, moved to a nursing home today. Her husband of 70 years recently passed away, making the move necessary.
After many hours of waiting patiently in the lobby of the nursing home, she smiled sweetly when told her room was ready.
As she maneuvered her walker to the elevator, I provided a visual description of her tiny room, including the eyelet sheets that had been hung on her window. “I love it,” she stated with the enthusiasm of an eight-year-old having just been presented with a new puppy.
“Mrs. Jones, you haven't seen the room .... just wait.” “That doesn't have anything to do with it,” she replied. "Happiness is something you decide on ahead of time. Whether I like my room or not doesn't depend on how the furniture is arranged ... it's how I arrange my mind.
I already decided to love it ... “It's a decision I make every morning when I wake up. I have a choice; I can spend the day in bed recounting the difficulty I have with the parts of my body that no longer work, or get out of bed and be thankful for the ones that do. Each day is a gift, and as long as my eyes open I'll focus on the new day and all the happy memories I've stored away ... just for this time in my life.”
Old age is like a bank account ... you withdraw from what you've put in ... So, my advice to you would be to deposit a lot of happiness in the bank account of memories
Thank you for your part in filling my Memory bank.
I'm still making deposits.
Remember the five simple rules to be happy:
1. Free your heart from hatred.
2. Free your mind from worries.
3. Live simply.
4. Give more.
5. Expect less.
No one can go back and make a brand new start.
Anyone can start from now and make a brand new ending.
God didn't promise days without pain, laughter without sorrow, sun without rain, but He did promise strength for the day, comfort for the tears, and light for the way.
Disappointments are like road bumps, they slow you down a bit, but you enjoy the smooth road afterwards.
Don't stay on the bumps too long. Move on!
When you feel down because you didn't get what you want, just sit tight and be happy, because God has thought of something better to give you.
When something happens to you, good or bad, consider what it means. There's a purpose to life's events, to teach you how to laugh more or not to cry too hard.
You can't make someone love you, all you can do is be someone who can be loved, the rest is up to the person to realize your worth.
It's better to lose your pride to the one you love, than to lose the one you love because of pride.
We spend too much time looking for the right person to love or finding fault with those we already love, when instead we should be perfecting the love we give.
Never abandon an old friend. You will never find one who can take his place. Friendship is like wine, it gets better as it grows older.
May today there be peace within you. May you trust God that you are exactly where you are meant to be. “I believe that friends are quiet angels who lift us to our feet when our wings have trouble remembering how to fly.”
Read and meditate on these scriptures:
1 Peter 3:10-12 “For he that will love life, and see good days, let him refrain his tongue from evil, and his lips that they speak no guile: Let him eschew evil, and do good; let him seek peace, and ensue it. For the eyes of the Lord are over the righteous, and His ears are open unto their prayers: but the face of the Lord is against them that do evil.”
Psalm 34:11-15 “Come, ye children, hearken unto me: I will teach you the fear of the LORD. What man is he that desireth life, and loveth many days, that he may see good? Keep thy tongue from evil, and thy lips from speaking guile. Depart from evil, and do good; seek peace, and pursue it. The eyes of the LORD are upon the righteous, and His ears are open unto their cry.”
Psalm 103:2-5 “Bless the LORD, O my soul, and forget not all His benefits: Who forgiveth all thine iniquities; who healeth all thy diseases; Who redeemeth thy life from destruction; who crowneth thee with lovingkindness and tender mercies; Who satisfieth thy mouth with good things; so that thy youth is renewed like the eagle's.”
Hebrews 13:5-6 “Let your conduct be without covetousness; be content with such things as you have. For He Himself has said, “I will never leave you nor forsake you.” So we may boldly say: 'The Lord is my helper; I will not fear. What can man do to me?'”
All of these scriptures can be found in the King James Version Bible.
Today's Selected Poem: I REFUSE TO BE DISCOURAGED
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Today's Selected Testimony: THE LORD ALWAYS PROVIDES
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In Christ’s Service,
God’s Work Ministry