This is a big one, ladies. It’s a game-changer if you’re not already practicing what most like to call the attitude of gratitude. It is one of our strongest weapons against the enemy we have.
Be thankful in all circumstances, for this is God’s will for you who belong to Christ Jesus.”1 Thessalonians 5:18 (NLT)
Have you ever had a day where things just weren’t going right, relationships were strained, your overall view of your life was plummeting based on circumstances, and your attitude was spiraling into a negative overload? Of course you have. We all have! And I’ve found that gratitude is one of the quickest and easiest ways to get out of it. What I like to do is write in my prayer journal and just say thank you to God for very specific things that are in my life at that moment. Sounds simple, right? But if it’s that simple then why doesn’t everyone do it all the time you might ask. Unfortunately, a good chunk of the population in the world today will not do something if it doesn’t align with their feelings. This is an enemy tactic. If we don’t feel like writing in our journals, we don’t. If we don’t feel like thinking of things we should be grateful for, we don’t. We put these things we should do but don’t feel like doing off to divulge into distractions like TV, movies, books, social media, internet, and so many other things that keep us from changing our mood around. We often say we just need to relax, turn off our brains, mellow out with some of these things, but how often does that really change our attitude around to a positive one? I know if I’m feeling down and then I binge watch Netflix, then I just feel down and lazy. The key is naming off what you’re grateful for even when you don’t feel like it.
Don’t just focus on your problem and complain about it in your journal until it’s all you can think about. Take your mind from the problem and focus on the good in your life.
Fix your thoughts on what is true, and honorable, and right, and pure, and lovely, and admirable. Think about things that are excellent and worthy of praise.”Philippians 4:8 (NLT)
We are actually called to disregard our negative, self-defeating, hateful thoughts and take control of our own minds by replacing the bad with the good. Why is this so hard for most of us? We have control issues. We are feeling driven. We think we can accomplish things on our own and we don’t need God. There are so many endless human reasons we do this when the answer to our relief and peace from it is so simple.
Don’t worry about anything; instead, pray about everything. Tell God what you need, and thank him for all he has done. Then you will experience God’s peace, which exceeds anything we can understand. His peace will guard your hearts and minds as you live in Christ Jesus.”Philippians 4:6-7 (NLT)
The trick I’ve found to disregarding my negative thoughts with ease is recognizing that the devil himself put them in my mind. I picture him leaning over my shoulder, whispering in my ear, and what he says manifests into my thoughts. Nothing makes me want to say “Nope! No way, devil! Not believing your garbage today!” But you can’t stop there. You then have to replace that bad thought with a good one. My go-to tends to be my daughter. Even when she’s driving me bonkers with her sassy attitude and love of the word “no”, she is still the biggest blessing in my life and was the start of my journey to God himself. I feel such deep gratitude for God when I recognize the care and love he put into creating her and then when I was least worthy, he entrusted his own daughter to me to raise and care for and love. This turns my bad mood right around into a soft-hearted moment of awe. Of course, whatever it is that has you down; fight with your husband or mother or kids or stress at your job, no matter what it is you can find good in that situation too. Once you become a pro at this, you’ll be unstoppable and the enemy will have no hold over you!
So grab your prayer journals, or start one if you don’t have one. No matter how I’m feeling I always start my prayers with gratitude toward God and all He has done for me. I tend to start general, thanks for my daughter and for my job that helps me provide for her, but then I start to spiral into this gratitude tornado where I get deeper and more specific and the miracles of God start to really take hold of my heart. I urge you to make this a daily habit! In the very least, you will never say “I wish I hadn’t told God thanks for that.”
Fight back against the enemy, ladies. Don’t give in and let him win your mind. Remember who you belong to!
I hope you found some encouragement for your day today. If you have any comments, testimonies, or stories you’d like to share, please do in the section below! We’d love to hear from you.