Friday, October 20, 2017

Positive Mindset for Moms

by Victoria Duerstock

Abraham Lincoln said, “A man is about as happy as he makes up his mind to be.” 
The Bible puts it this way: 
For as he thinketh in his heart, so is he. Proverbs 23:7

Phillippians 4:8

Finally, brothers and sisters, whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable--if anything is excellent or praiseworthy--think about such things.

Numerous admonitions in Scripture to watch how we think, famous quotes to back up these same words and more should cause us to take note. 
When we pay close attention to how we are thinking, we can live intentionally with the Joy that the Lord intended for us.  If instead of grumbling and complaining as opportunities inevitably occur, choosing instead to look for opportunities to be thankful or even just look on the bright side can alter the rest of our day.  

You know what I mean right? Choosing to always seek to glorify God in our lives as women and as moms is not always the first choice.  Let's face it, it's frankly easier to want a better life, sweet children, less work and a clean home.  But the Bible calls us to capture our stray thoughts and intentionally decide to choose to look on the bright side. Because the reality of our situation is that because of Christ, nothing that happens in our day is out of His purview or control.  

Many times in the midst of a difficult circumstance, I have to choose to laugh and think about the ways things could be worse.  Then I have an easier time choosing thankfulness.

How about you?  What do you do when it would be easier to complain? How do you choose to take every thought captive? I'd love to hear from you! Leave a comment below and tell me how you seek to obey this principle of Scripture.

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