God thank you for this day, thank you for all the wonderful people in my life. I thank you for the many gifts you give to us. Thank you for supplying me with everything I need. I'm most grateful for your inspiring words that fill my soul.
Ever notice how some people can find a single cloud on a sunny day?
They notice and point out every flaw they can find in others. They work at being critical like they're going to win an award. They focus on the negative in every situation. Some people…
God I appreciate you giving me the words that praise you. Thank you for helping me find words that lift others up. Thank you for the words that fill my heart with Joy. Thank you for the amazing Love that flows from you and helps me with the difficult people in my life.
You see, I've found a way. I discovered that when others try and drag me down. When those people with a case of the Negative Nellies try and get me to worry with them, try to get me be critical, try to get me to gossip. I simply start… Giving God Thanks.
God thank you for my kids, my family, my wonderful Mom, a Dad that taught me so much and a sister that loves me. A brother with talents that amaze me. Thank you God for my Children that remind me about your miracles. Thank you for my nieces and nephews that remind me why I love you so much.
Over time, I've found giving God thanks help my mind from going to the gutter with those people that want me to join their pity party. Giving thanks to God keeps me from being pulled down. When they come around and I feel my mind going down that path, I simply put my focus back on God.
I'd like to tell you it was easy. That one day I just started. One day my mind never went there. It was a miracle! However, you already know that's not the case. Never that easy to change. It took practice. Days and days of practice. For so many years I had the habit of wanting to be with those people and practice the bad habit of thinking only about negative things and worry.
It took practice.
I had to fall back in my old ways.
Yet, I perservered. I worked at it. Eventually, I was able to train my brain… after many days of giving thanks all day, I made it a new habit.
Then, I noticed… My attitude grew much more positive. My Faith became larger every time I gave thanks. Gradually I'd become more gracious. Humility began to fill my heart. All day long, I had to focus and find things to be thankful for. Searching for these gifts and great things occupied my mind. I began to make lists. The thankful lists. And these lists grew… just like my positive attitude… and more importantly, my faith. I grew. I was slowly becoming the person God wanted me to be.
God I thank you for the abundant blessings that flow from you. God, I thank you for my many friends reading these words. I thank you for blessing their lives, for the gift of Love and allowing their Faith to grow.
Today, when those Negative Nellies stop by to gossip. When they try to drag you down. Start giving thanks. Don't let them take your mind where they dwell. Instead… rise up. Point out all the wonderful things in your life. Tell them about your Faith. Give them three things to be thankful for. Show them the Happiness in your heart. The Joy in your life.
May Giving Thanks to God become your way to deal with life, the negative and critical people who challenge you.