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Thursday, September 22, 2011

Attitude Change Needed


Fall is definitely beginning to take root here. Temperatures are beginning to cool down, there has been rain with more forecasted. My garden is looking a little "end of summer" leaves are turning yellow, not as many flowers. We have started, once again, to take our outdoor stuff in for winter storage (trial run was for Hurricane Irene)  and there is a festival at the oceanfront this weekend that will "officially" mark the end of the summer season.

I seem to be tying my peace and joy to my circumstances as of late and thought what I needed most right now was a big dose of gratitude. Change of focus is in order, gratitude can change an attitude. This is some of what I have to be thankful for (and honestly there is so much more, if I count the day to day stuff I take for granted)
-For friends near and far and for those I only know through your blogs. I am thankful to all who are so willing to pray and encourage and point to the Word of God

 -For cooler weather, and rain. We had our backyard dug up last spring to put some drains in and were never able to grow any grass back because of the heat.

-For my grandchildren, we are blessed to have them two evenings a week. The baby is a little colicky, but a swing found at a yard sale has been a huge help

-For the hummingbirds that are still sticking around, love watching them go feeder to feeder and their mid air acrobatics as they chase each other off, it always makes me smile

-For a job that allows flexibility. I only work twenty hours a week and they have been very flexible with my schedule. They allow me to choose the days I work and the hours.

-For my sweet husband who started to get up a little earlier so we could have some devotion time together before he goes to work

-For the bits and pieces having to do with Sweet Lady's care continuing to come together, God has shown us much grace. There is no doubt in my mind that she is happy she is living closer to us.

-and last but certainly not least, I am thankful for my Heavenly Father, who despite my failings and fears continues to pour out new grace and mercies each day for the taking.

Let us hold unswervingly to the hope we profess, for he who promised is faithful. And let us consider how we may spur one another on towards love and good deeds. Let us not give up meeting together, as some are in the habit of doing, but let us encourage one another, and all the more as you see the Day approaching   Hebrews 10:23-25

8 comments:

camp and cottage living said...

Thanks for sharing.
I believe being grateful with what we have is something we all should stop and reflect on!

Sandy said...

Lovely blessings you have
shared here. I can tell you
from experience that developing
an attitude of gratitude will
definitely change your life
and how you look at things.
Hugs~

Debbie said...

Your list of blessings have soo blessed me...I am glad to hear them. I so enjoy reading of others gratitude's. God is faithful. HUGS, Debbie

Debbie said...

I like what the other Debbie above me said. It really does improve my attitude and outlook when I read the gratitude of others. I liked your list of blessings.

Sonja said...

A beautiful list of thanksgiving! It's like hearing a good testimony!! :)

xo

Janette@Janette's Sage said...

What a blessing to read...I couldn't help but linger at the grand children thanks, and oh colic...know it well, had three that went through it, but also know it passes and I am ready to help hold a grand baby through that also...God willing to give us one soon.

Trisha said...

Maryann,
What a thankful heart...in the midst of the struggles, the gratitude shines forth, my friend.

Your time with your husband in the mornings must be so precious.

I love looking at your reading list, too....so many books that I would read.

Love and hugs!

Petra said...

"Change of focus is in order, gratitude can change an attitude." A sweet and true truth, and just what I needed. May God give you more and more to be thankful for and less struggle!