July 24, 2012

Thinking Positively

Today was a good day.

I took the kiddos to the pool and they swam like crazy. We like to hit the pool about every other day or so. This year I have a tan. The sun on my skin makes me happy.

Kinsley and I have the freckles over the nose. Don and Fiona do not have the freckles over the nose. Fiona has that deep dark Greek tan going on.

Fiona and Kinsley are all over the pool. I never thought I'd get to this stage where I could let them loose at the pool and not have to worry about them drowning. It's AWESOME.

It's a good feeling knowing that your kids can jump off the high dive and swim on their own. No more flotation devices!!! They still enjoy using their goggles but tend to put them on and take them off willy nilly.

I read something today that made me very happy. "Well, I don't know God's plan, but I know He loves me. Whatever He does will be good, and I'll be blessed."

I am working on my stinkin' thinkin' and can feel it leaving me. The more I dig into the Word and the more I pray the better I feel about everything. I can sense my attitude changing about so many things.

I read something else today that got me thinking about what I don't want to be. I don't want to be THAT person.

Here's a snippet from the book:

Even a person who is really positive won't have everything work out the way he would like it to all the time. But the positive person can go ahead and decide to enjoy himself no matter what happens. The negative person never enjoys anything.

A negative person is no fun to be with. He brings a gloomy overcast to every project. There is a "heaviness" about him. He is a complainer, a murmurer and a faultfinder. No matter how many good things are going on, he always seems to spot the one thing that could be a potential problem.

Then the book goes on to say the following:

If you are a negative person, don't feel condemned! Condemnation is negative. I'm sharing these things so you can recognize your problem with being negative and begin to trust God to restore you, not to get you to become negative about your negativism.

The pathway to freedom begins when we face the problem without making excuses for it. I'm sure that if you are a negative person there is a reason for it--there always is. But remember, as a Christian, according to the Bible, you are a new person now.

I still have my moments but the nice part is that I feel compelled to change that about myself. I don't want to be THAT person. I don't like being around THOSE people.

"If things don't turn out the way I want them to, I'll survive, because Jesus lives in me. It may be hard for a while, but I trust the Lord. I believe that in the end everything will work out for the best."

"This is facing facts, having a ready mind and still being positive. This is balance."

I'm really enjoying this book. It is making me think about a lot of things. One other thing I keep telling myself that has been bringing me a lot of peace lately is this: It's none of my business what other people think of me.

"Well, I don't know God's plan, but I know He loves me. Whatever He does will be good, and I'll be blessed."

Today was a really good day.

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