I love to start my day with a little God Time. I get my tea and cookies, sit in my chaise and do some inspirational reading. I love that I have a relationship with God. I talk to Him and He answers me! Sometimes I hear something in my mind or sometimes I read something during my morning chat, as I like to call it. Yesterday, was no exception. I have been stressed and overwhelmed by how much “stuff” I have collected in my almost 75 years. I keep wanting to work on it. Things come up and, to be honest, getting rid of things you love and care about is hard. So many wonderful memories. Yesterday morning, I was feeling overwhelmed. It was funny because as I was reading, this is what popped into my mind: I need to STOP saying there is so much to do. It’s so discouraging. I’m defeated before I even start. But, what if, I started wondering? Wondering what I could get done today? What would be important for me to do today? I picked a couple of things I would like to complete. I decided to take it one step at a time and be Zen about it. I began working on one thing and then I moved on to the next thing, the next step. At the end of the day, I looked at all I did accomplish and smiled! I felt so good during the day and, at the end of the day. The lesson I learned yesterday, was, STOP looking at how much there is to do. Instead, Get busy and do something! Doing something feels good. Being overwhelmed DOES NOT! It makes me not even want to give it a go!
ps Things DO NOT bring happiness. The joy of getting something is short lived. My parents had WAY TOO MANY things. At the end of their life, those things trapped them and made them very unhappy. Being happy comes from within. No thing will give you continuous joy or happiness. I find it by being content with all the good in my life. Looking at my life and being grateful for what I have, not being sad about what I don’t. Look under my Blog. There is a posting about gratitude! Gratitude changed my life!
I love my morning reading time. First of all, I am sipping tea and nibbling on 2 cookies. Most importantly, I am reading about God. Today, it said that my life is an adventure! I’m not sure why, but that made me smile! I have actually been thinking about it all day and I keep smiling. I think it makes my life seem more interesting, more exciting as an adventure. When things got a little frustrating, today, I just smiled and said this is part of my adventure! I have no idea if it will continue to make me smile, but I liked it today! What do you think when you hear your life is an adventure? Are you smiling???
I know that at any time, I can turn to God to ask for help and I know He always hears me. I do that. I usually say, “God, please help me.” What I didn’t know was that God wants me to pray specific prayers. He wants me to tell Him exactly what I need. Like it says in Luke 18:41 — What do you want Me to do for you? God doesn’t just want me to ask for help. He wants me to be specific, more detailed. A specific prayer is more serious. We see God at work in our life, meeting these specific needs. We see Him answering our specific request and our faith grows stronger. We are not telling God what to do. It’s a more sincere request when we tell Him exactly what we need. I have been praying for help with sleeping. So, last night, before I went to bed, I prayed a specific prayer. I asked God to help me with sleeping. I asked Him for a deep, peaceful sleep. The interesting thing was that I did sleep through the night. I felt I had a deep, peaceful sleep last night. I smiled and thanked God this morning. I am wondering what will happen tonight? I have been thinking about this specific praying. I think it makes sense, except, I know God knows what’s best for me. Maybe, he thinks I should too. I love that God always gives me something to think about.
My daughter and I have been cleaning out my crawl space in the basement. It’s quite the undertaking. LOL Yesterday, I came across a container of my brother’s things. I read some letters that made me really sad. Sad, for my brother, but sad for me too. I was wondering, where was I? I was not remembering things that were in the letter. These things happened over 50 years ago, but there were big things. I started doubting what kind of person I was and went to a really bad place. I decided to have tea, cookies and chat with God. I know He is always there for me and knows everything about me. We chatted for quite awhile. One thing I heard was, “STOP it! You have faulty thinking.” I came to see all the stuff I was thinking was not true. I had been there for my brother many times and I was not the cold, self-absorbed person I was feeling I was. I was still feeling bad about not remembering so much of this, remember from over 50 years ago, and God made me burst out laughing! He said to me, “You are not meant to remember crap!” I can’t believe God said, “Crap!”. But, I have said it to myself many times since yesterday. I still laugh a little when I say it, but it’s a great thing to remember and with the word crap in it, one I won’t soon forget. That statement was actually a turning point for me. I began to feel better and remember that good person that I am. Chatting with God is so helpful. He knows everything about me and still loves me unconditionally. The other wonderful thing is that He is ALWAYS THERE FOR ME! I just have to invite Him in :) So grateful for God
Stop! Stop looking at faults. Everyone has faults, me too! I love how God created each of us to be an amazing, unique individual. We are all different. We all have different faults. It’s easy for me to see my negative faults and dwell on them. Doing this never makes me feel good. I do not want to bring all the negative into my mind and life. But, I do. Sadly, I don’t stop with me. I find faults in others. The negative is so easy to find. Before you know it, you are dwelling, dwelling, dwelling on them. Soon, you are looking at the person differently. You are different too, and not a good different. The more you dwell, the more critical of an attitude you develop, and that is NOT pretty. So, save yourself, remove yourself from all the negative. Get yourself back on the right path. How? STOP! You can’t change others, but you can change you! Start by looking for the good in you, everyone, and everything. If someone does something you don’t like, who cares. Laugh it off. Be grateful you aren’t doing it. Enjoy the good in everyone, everything. Love, you being you and them being them. It’s what makes the world go round. Another idea — Keep Busy! When there is lots of time just sitting around, it’s easy to dwell on the negative faults. So, get up and do! When you start doing and accomplishing things, it feels good. You are happy. You are NOT complaining, getting bitter. When you are dwelling on the negative, it’s frustrating. Things are not getting done because you can’t do things. It’s because you aren’t doing things. You are sitting around thinking negative. Your life is up to you. You choose what to look for. Build others up and don’t tear them down. Look for the good! Be wonderful you!
Last night, I was watching Joel Osteen. He was talking about Loving Yourself. As he was talking, I realized this is something I struggle with. It’s really easy to pick on myself and tell me all the things I do wrong, but looking at all the things that are good about me gets overlooked. I was wondering if anyone else is like this. So today, I thought I would share some thoughts that came into my mind. I really think they come from God. He agrees that this is something I need to work on :) God said, “Just get up everyday and just be you! Be the you I created you to be.” God did make each of us a special, unique, one of a kind person. He has a plan for us and gave each of us exactly what we need to complete our plan. In God’s eyes we are amazing. He wants us to see how amazing each of us are. I heard this this morning — I created you specially and this is what you do, not love yourself. It makes me sad. I made you wonderful! So, PLEASE LOVE YOURSELF! It doesn’t matter who else does. Just know I do and you should! How can people love you if YOU, don’t love you?? This made me stop and think! So, today I am going to think about what I say about myself. Would I tell a friend, you look terrible or you really stink at doing something. No, I don’t think I would. But, I tell myself that. Wow! What kind of friend am I to myself. Not a very good one! So, from this moment on, I am going to love who I am because I am specially created by God and that HAS to be pretty great. God DOES NOT make junk!!!! I hope this helps someone else today. Let’s just start loving who we are. The ones who God specially created!