(Day 26): Keep Your Worries in Perspective by Counting Your Blessings
When I’m stressed the last thing I often think about (or want to think about) are my blessings.
But when I shift the perspective from whatever it is I’m stressed about (usually includes not having something, or wondering if I will attain something, or frustrated by my children’s reactions…), specifically shifting my thoughts to all the things I’m thankful and grateful for, the pulse of stress recedes.
Here’s a list of things I’m thankful for that I count as blessings from BIG one’s to SMALL one’s in no particular order. I hope by sharing a few things I’m thankful for you can create a list for yourself of a few things each day or whenever those stressful moments arise–changing your perspective to one of thanks.
Because no matter the situation, there is ALWAYS something to be thankful for.
So here’s a few things I’m thankful for to help get you inspired with your “thankful list” too:
- I’m thankful for peanut-butter on a spoon with chocolate chips on top (for real).
- I’m thankful for a hot cup of coffee beside me (although I reheated it twice now! ;-))
- I’m thankful for my husband’s job who provides for our family.
- I’m thankful for my abilities to encourage others through penning out words and speaking them.
- I’m thankful for my three sweet children who, although have given me a few gray hairs, their cuddles make everything worth it.
- I’m thankful for the way God speaks to me through butterflies, His Word, and prayer.
- I’m thankful that having “mom” status and being a “writer” I can justify wearing yoga pants all day (because they are OH. SO. COMFY!)
- I’m thankful for a roof over my head, food to eat, and clothes on my back each day + more.
- SO thankful for the support of my friends + family who love me for me, regardless of my flaws.
- I’m thankful for
sleep(wait… scratch that! What’s sleep again?!) the energy to keep going when my strength fails.
- Thankful for Jesus who enables me to see that there is no situation too tough, to overwhelming, too painful, too horrendous… for Him to overcome it. He helps me see there is always something to be thankful for.
And if you don’t believe me because I haven’t walked through the depth of pain and hardship dealing with certain tough situations which are possible in this life, I want to introduce you to a person I’ve, truly, been inspired by to count my blessings because they are small in comparison. She is a recent young widow to three boys under four years old and yet amidst her suffering she is constantly praising Jesus for what she does have. Her name is Brittany Price and her love and admiration for the Lord amidst her circumstances is truly inspiring. So, if you don’t believe you can truly find joy and thanks amidst circumstances because the stress and situation is just too overwhelming, let Brittany convince you otherwise through her authentic genuine love and thanks to God even after the sudden death of her husband one year ago.