Thursday, October 15, 2009

If Mama Ain't Happy, Ain't Nobody Happy



Ever feel blue?  Unhappy?  Work/Husband/Children stressing you out?

I've been there.  More times than I can count.

While there have been times when my happiness depends on someone else changing their ways or other physical factors (sleep, hormone fluctuations, pregnancy, etc...), a simple way for me to change my outlook is to . . . be grateful.

That's it.

No magic potion, no secret pill.

Just gratefulness.

Thankfulness.

Contentment.

Stop comparing your house with your neighbor's.  Be grateful that you have a place to live.
Quit hounding your husband to finish the (fill-in-the-blank).  Be thankful that he loves you.
Don't stress about your kid fitting in.  Be content with the fact that you have children to care for.

Everyone is different.  You may be in between jobs.  You might not have a husband who loves you.   Maybe you want children but don't have any yet.  But you have things to be grateful for.  Everyone does. 

If you're feeling down, I challenge you to list things you are thankful for.  Write them down.  Post them on your steering wheel.  Write them on your bathroom mirror.  Keep a journal.  Find ways to remind yourself of God's blessings.

What are you grateful for today?

Philippians 4:8 “Finally, brothers, whatever is true, whatever is honorable, whatever is just, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is commendable, if there is any excellence, if there is anything worthy of praise, think about these things.”


4 comments:

Amanda said...

Great post Beth. Thanks for making me think of all the many blessings I have. Too many to count really. You're one of them, btw. Love you!

Bryce and Bobbie Anderson said...

Sounds familiar - o.k. - "let's all say one thing we are thankful for!!" Very good one, Bet. Love you, MOM

Bryce and Bobbie Anderson said...

I also can't believe that is the same face we saw in a few posts before!! It is, isn't it?!

Bethany said...

Actually, no not the same face. . . different kid. :-)