The Game Changer

Thankfulness has changed my life. In 2012, a wonderful friend and mentor of mine, Roxanne Parks, challenged a group of us to keep a cumulative list of everything for which we are thankful. 

I began my own list immediately with the names of my family members. Before long I had written a hundred reasons I was thankful for my family. I have continued the list, which now has nearly four thousand items. I turn to it daily.

It is a perspective changer.

Thankfulness enables the type of emergency attitude adjustment you need when your husband buys you a treadmill for your birthday (oh yes, he did).

Chances are you feel insulted at the implication that you are not already perfectly fit and attractive. When you sense your anger beginning to erupt (is there really a beginning of an eruption that is gentle?), turn to God and ask Him to give you a heart of gratitude. Your view of the entire situation will change as you realize that the seemingly tactless gift comes from a place of love: your husband cares about your health and longevity. Of course, he probably cares about your body in other ways, too, but he means well. Intentions = pure. Before you know it, your sentiment has shifted from indignation to affection, and you have avoided a fight with your husbandall because you chose to PAUSE and be thankful.

Mothers have particular need for the optimistic, patient, generous frame of mind gratitude produces. Those little ones can test a persons limits. (insert stressed-out grin here)

This need is amplified in mothers who elect to undertake the demanding task of homeschooling. As you beat your head against the wall in your closet—on a daily basis—wondering WHY oh WHY did you take on this task, you may find yourself needing a perspective change!

I know how discouraging it can be when your children are running amok and refusing to focus on their schoolwork. One kid is crying because she cannot spell the word sock. Another manages only fifty-percent accuracy on a math exercise. (You couldnt even grade the math without the answer key and are pretty sure you couldnt do the work if you tried. In fact, you want to scream out, “You will probably never use this! Why are we doing this?!”) These are the times when you may find yourself doubting that you have what it takes to homeschool your children.

Even in the lowest of low moments, do not, I repeat, DO NOT succumb to this negative outlookthat is what the enemy wants!

He wants you to feel defeated so you will abandon the purposes God has for your life.

Instead of despairing …

search your heart for all of the reasons you treasure each child, why you homeschool, why you value the time even when you want to punch yourself out from frustration.

As you consider what youre thankful for, love will surge through you and renew your resolve to teach your children.
I believe it is a command to be thankful. 

Paul told the Colossian church, “Let the peace of Christ rule in your hearts, since as members of one body you were called to peace. And be thankful And whatever you do, whether in word or deed, do it all in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God the Father through him” (Col. 3:1517 NIV).

Thankfulness is THE GAME CHANGER.

It’s a path to peace in our lives.

Who doesnt want peace?!

Isnt that what we are all searching for?

When we choose to seek God and thank Him, it takes our minds off the opportunity to be offended or angry or disheartened. We remember the love that strengthens our relationships and unifies our families.

How has being thankful saved your bacon? How has NOT being grateful kicked you in the booty?

Love, 
Sheri 

I challenge you to start your thankfulness journal today.

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