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Good Monday morning friends! I hope y’all had a fabulous weekend and are looking forward to this fresh, new week.
Everyday, I’m grateful to receive messages from you commenting on my positive attitude. For today’s post, I wanted to dive into that because my true passion for this blog is to inspire you to ‘take care of YOU’. If you’ve been with me for long, you know that mantra was passed down to me from my Grandma Nola and I want to pay it forward.
I’m a positive person by nature and I’m sure that shows through when you see me on Stories or visit me here. That doesn’t mean I’m always happy, my kids don’t talk back, or that I’ve been spared the gut wrenching pain of loss.
I’m also no Pollyanna. I know that being positive isn’t always as simple as looking on the bright side. I think it can be more complicated than that because sometimes we are really in the pit and it’s freaking hard to be positive when you’ve been there for months or years and don’t see a way out. You can’t just smile your way out of it. You need to dig deeper. You need to trust in your gut that everything’s gonna be okay. In general, and in whatever you’re going through right now.
I certainly don’t have everything figured out and I do have my down days and negative thoughts. I’m not immune from worry, anxiety, jealousy, or stress.
In writing this post, I wanted to give you some concrete takeaways that would be useful to you if you’re struggling in your own life or just want to add more positivity to your days. I thought about the top things that help me stay positive, especially when I’m having a hard time.
RELY ON YOUR FAITH TO SUPPORT YOU
Having a personal relationship with God allows me to know that, even when I’m scared, confused, hurt, and don’t have things figured out, He’s got me in the palm of His hand. He has a hope and future for me that is beyond what I can see myself.
If I’m really struggling and take the time to get into His Word, turn on the worship music, get on my knees and pray, and/or just be still and wait to hear that voice of the Holy Spirit, I’m always better for it. My attitude of worry and despair and depression and anxiety lifts and I know to Trust Him. Trust myself.
I don’t think you have to be a regular church goer to have a strong relationship with God. But, a good church home can be an extra blessing when there are people and programs to lift you up and love you through life’s disappointments.
I’ve gotten back into going to church again and I’m loving it. I’m always so moved while I’m there and it’s such a good feeling of being in His loving arms. A huge peace overcomes me and I’m so thankful for that. I always cry during the worship time, but it’s not a bad thing. Sometimes it’s just tears of being so grateful that I can feel so connected to God.
It’s a great start to the week to wake up, get dressed up for church and spend the morning praising God and hearing a message of hope.
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