Tuesday, June 23, 2009

Things Change When I Stop to Thank You

I teach Sunday school at church and my favorite song that we sing with the kids is called Every Day.
And my favorite line in my favorite song is the title for this post.

Do you know how TRUE that statement is???

When I am frustrated; feeling angry, stressed or tired; when my children are driving me up a wall and I want to run away - if I stop what I'm doing and start thanking God for, well, anything - things change!

I remember how blessed I am.

My heart turns toward contentment rather than complaining.

My focus shifts from the irritation around me to my Father who loves me.

My spirit is lifted instead of being weighed down.

Yes. Things change.

So Monday evening when we sat down to dinner without Brian (He was working late.), and the kids were noisy, and my nerves were short, and they asked what song we were going to sing (We always sing for our dinner prayer.), I breathed deeply and said, "I need to sing Every Day."
So we did.
And I started to thank God.
And things changed!

*peaceful grin*
This is me, thankful for God's amazing grace!

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Leah said...

Sounds like I need to sing Every Day. Does it work with anxiety?? LOL, of course i know it does. It is just a matter of getting my lips and mouth moving. Thanks for the reminder.


Jessica said...

Awww, that sounds great! Singing before dinner? What a cool idea.

Chatty Kelly said...

I need to remember that. With summer vacation, my nerves get shot more often then during the school yr. *sigh!*

Lindsey @ A New Life said...

What a neat idea! We like to start our days with praise and worship music. The mornings are tough because of the ADHD, and they need to get "the wiggles" out, plus the kids love to dance around and generally act crazy. I also leave the music on throughout the day to help keep my mind focused!

Have a blessed day!

Amanda said...

What a wonderful way to change the downward spiral...

I am inspired!

God bless-

Happyhome said...

That refocusing is so critical to stopping a bad case of the ickies for me!

Ronel Sidney said...

Awesome... I think through my healing the past week I have forgotten to be thankful.. instead I was stressing about Noodles birthday, not getting paid and allowing my husband's sisters to help me while I recovered...instead I should have been thankful for all of my blessing and for my wonderful family and friend.. thank you for this post, I sure have missed blogging and reading.

Edie said...

Aw how cool that you sing your prayer. I bet God loves that too.

Yep, counting those blessings really makes a difference. I need to remember that more often.

Alene said...

Thanks for the reminder! Beautiful post.