The question that the Lord has posed to me all morning has been this, “Why am I so quick to think and dwell on the negative things, rather than the positive?”
Now I consider myself a pretty positive person, a glass half full type girl. But as I thought about that question, I began to realize how I am usually quicker to think of the negative things than the positive. Let me give you an example, say someone asks me how my night was, I usually am quicker to be reminded of the 1 -3 times I was up in the middle of the night. INSTEAD of the 5 hours of straight sleep that I got at one point.
Or say my husband asks me how my day was, the first thing I think about are how many temper tantrums my little girls had or my little guy being super clingy and hindering my abilities to get much done during the day without him screaming the whole time. Instead of thinking about the sweet moments I watched between my girls as they pulled up a stool and sat at the coffee table going through word cards “quizzing” each other and saying “Good job!” to each other. Or the moment when my little guy smiles so big at me and army crawls over to where I’m at to give me a big snuggle. Or watching all my kids playing on the floor together trying to teach the little guy how to crawl and calling to him as he gets so excited that his sisters are playing with him. Or the moment that my husband comes home and the kids hear the door open, how excited they get when daddy is home.
Why aren’t these the kind of moments that I think about first? Why aren’t these the moments I store in my mind and heart?
Joy. Peace. Truth. Those are the things that I want my home to be full of. But if I’m not displaying them, even in the way of keeping my thoughts and speech positive, my home isn’t going to be those things.
I was reminded of this passage while I was thinking about this,
Rejoice in the Lord always; again I will say, rejoice. Let your reasonableness be known to everyone. The Lord is at hand; do not be anxious about anything, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God. And the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.” Philippians 4:4-7
Which goes on to talk about what my thoughts need to be centered around…
Finally, brothers, whatever is true, whatever is honorable, whatever is just, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is commendable, if there is any excellence, if there is anything worthy of praise, think about these things. Philippians 4:8
I want to embrace the positive moments, the sweet times, rather than dwell on those things that will weigh me down throughout the day. I want to think about the true things that are great about my kids, rather than the areas they come up short in. I want when my husbands comes home, to not have the first things to come to mind be the tantrums or little ones refusing to nap, but of those little moments where I see them playing together or where I see they are growing in an area!
I love what this says…