So as I write this it is my birthday morning. The sun is shining, the snow is glistening, I am Thankful for so many things.
Most of all I am thankful for the ability to change my mental attitude with the Law of substitution. I have had to use this tool quite a bit lately. It is hard for me to not feel despair or feelings of resentment. Some days I do much better.
I have been reading a book which told me to use an index card and write Stop. Think. On one side and Phil 4: 4-7 on the other. “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”
This has really helped me so far in the first phase of the holidays. I have had to have compassion for the elderly, forgiveness to the young, love for those that don’t believe, and patience for my continual renewal of my spirit.
Most of all I feel sad for my mom who does not know how she pushes people away. My heart goes out to her even though sometimes she feels like a stranger to me. So I pray for her healing heart and a sense of wholeness for her.