|My winter garden!|
Especially after the horrors we have faced since the week before Thanksgiving! Our beloved brother-in-law passed after a 4 month unexpected illness, Grandma fell and is now in the nursing home, and Mother fell and is still in a cast with a broken wrist. Eek!
Now with long, cold, dreary days I find myself working hard, hard, hard not to fall into the trap of negative thinking. It is a well laid trap meant to snare each and everyone of us.
My mind does not naturally find the gratitude in my attitude. Rather it is a discipline I have been working on for at least the last 30 years! Yes, indeed a discipline I have found, learned, and endeavor to practice every day of my life. Admittedly some periods are much more difficult than others!
But now, just before spring arrives the days seem such a struggle! But then.....I look around and see I am so very blessed by God with home, family, friends, and country. And I am jerked back to the awareness of the depth of the debt I owe for all I am and all I have.
I remember each morning with the reading of my devotions, and I remember each day as I see the depth of the strength of my sisters and brother, the kindness of my dearest friend, the love of my family and I remember each day the words of Psalm 37:8 Do not fret, it leads only to evil.
Then I start anew with a better out look. I start the day with a renewed attitude of gratitude.