Today Was a Good Day
This morning I woke up and I said to God, “thank you for something good to happen today. Something unexpected and suddenly.”
I started praising God like this on the morning of March 3. The same day my beloved kitten, Scout died (read more about his story at Lessons from a Kitten). The first day I asked God for something good to happen I lost my kitten, suddenly and unexpectedly. But that didn’t stop me from repeating it again and again. In the beginning, I would remember to say it on most days. Like any new habit it takes time to become routine.
I feel like praising God instead of worrying, begging, complaining to Him helps manifest what we want and need quicker. The past few days I’ve been in a slump as it happens to most people. I was complaining and worrying a lot more than usual. Then, it dawned on me (probably after all the hours I spent listening to Joel Osteen) “I am going to be happy now. I am going to be grateful for where I am and for what I have now. It may not be where I want to be and there are some things I’d change but I need to be happy now. It’s no fun being Debbie Downer. It’s draining, it’s sad.”
I started thanking God for the little things. I remembered what it was like to have Scout one minute and then he was gone, taken from us the next minute. That could happen with anything in my life. I started saying “Thank you God for Bonkers.” “Thank you God for the beautiful sunset I see from my living room windows.” “Thank you God for my family.” “Thank you God for my walk to work and to have a job to go to today.” “Thank you God for the birds chirping and the sun on my cheeks.” Little things. The mundane, ordinary blessings we often overlook because we are too busy trying to keep up with bills, stressed over work, getting dinner prepared, etc. We can take the same energy we would use worrying but instead use it for praise. Our thoughts become our life. You can either use it for good thoughts or bad thoughts. Worry is a form of prayer, why not use that same energy and pray for something good?
Back to this morning. This morning I found this feather (left) on my dresser, out of nowhere. My Mom randomly called and said she was in the area and wanted to see if I could go to lunch. I was already planning on seeing her for dinner tonight with the rest of the family. I got to spend my lunch hour with my Mom and walk around a little bit afterwards on this warm, sunny April day. Then, on my way back to the office, out of nowhere, suddenly I hear, “Kristen!” It was my boss who retired last year who I miss so much! I got to catch up with her. To top it off, I got to have dinner with my Mom (seeing her twice in a day is a treat!), my stepdad, my brother, my husband, and my sister-in-law who is about to give birth to our family’s first baby in the next generation! On my way to dinner, I saw this license plate, below, “E2RNITY.” I don’t know how it fits in, but I am sure it does somehow.
I wasn’t expecting any of this when I woke up today! And now, I get to write another post for my beloved blog that has filled a huge void in my life.
God is good! It’s hard to turn our thoughts around but if you can tackle each thought one by one, I promise, you will have a better today and better tomorrows. Ask God to help, “God, please help me!” Or, “God, please help me have more positive thoughts.” He knows what you mean and what you need, you just need to ask for it.