Tuesday, August 9, 2011

One Moment

First--A quick, small note...because I got some questions/emails. I forget that not everyone keeps up with me through my facebook and twitter---I closed the shop yesterday so I could catch up on orders and update it from my trunk show on Saturday. Which went really well by the way! I was both relieved and blessed. Pictures and a post on it are coming tomorrow and new items are in the shop. Go check them out!
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I originally wrote this post a few months ago. But I wanted to share it again today as part of my sweet  friend Jami's challenge to continue in our encouragement to one another. I loved her heart behind it-- to post something weekly that encourages us or someone else by introducing a new blog or shop, a scripture that is speaking to us, or writing a post.....So that is what you will find here each Tuesday. Encouragement. It will be in different forms, but no matter what I hope that you will leave encouraged yourself, and inspired to encourage someone else. 

Speak those words, open those hands and arms. Take the step. You never know what impact one little gesture can bring for you or for someone else.



I woke up this morning feeling very grouchy. Ever have those days?... And you don't know why??

Yeah that was me. No reason. Just grouchy.

I walked around the house picking out every little thing that was bugging me. I was sore and felt like I had worked out for hours yesterday when all I did was paint a bookshelf. Which then got me started on how out of shape I am and that I need to start working out again, but wondering when I had the time and poor me and oh look Asher's shoes were left on the stairs and the can opener was left out...it went and on and on.

And then it hit me. "Change your attitude"

Whaaa?

Who? Me?

But that's MY line!

I am always telling the kids to change their attitude and I impress in each of them that they have the power to make it a good day or a bad day. It's all in the attitude. And all a matter of CHOICE.

Now here I was griping, complaining, sulking, boo-hoo ing and then... BAM- God said, Laura, change the attitude.

....Dramatic pause.

Conviction....

You're right Lord. "What am I doing?" I have absolutely no reason to be in a bad mood.

I then had a choice to make. One choice in one moment...I could make it a good day, or I could make it bad day.

So I started to pray and as I did, God brought this quote to my mind...

"Watch your thoughts, for they become words.
Watch your words, for they become actions.
Watch your action, for they become habits.
Watch your habits, for they become character.
Watch your character for it becomes your destiny"

Wow. What power we hold in just one moment. One thought. One Word. One Act.

It's amazing that what we allow our mind to dwell on leads to our destiny.

I think we sometimes wonder why things aren't going a certain way for us. We wonder why a door isn't being opened, or why one was shut. We question. We get frustrated. Impatient. Angry. We rush from one moment to the next, hoping it will fulfill what we are so impatiently looking for. 

But imagine, if we took one moment to change our thoughts...change our words, our actions, our habits, our character....it could change our destiny.

I have learned that often times, when I am feeling down, when I'm getting frustrated or impatient...when I'm feeling grouchy... all it takes is doing something for someone else to turn it around completely.

It's so easy to get lost in our little world, our needs, our wants....but if we turn our focus outwardly, all of those things will get taken care of no matter what. God tells us so...

"Summing it all up, friends, I'd say you'll do best by filling your minds and meditating on things true, noble, reputable, authentic, compelling, gracious—the best, not the worst; the beautiful, not the ugly; things to praise, not things to curse. Put into practice what you learned from me, what you heard and saw and realized. Do that, and God, who makes everything work together, will work you into his most excellent harmonies"
{Philippians 4:8-9 The Message Bible}

Today had every opportunity to be a bad day. I could have let it get away from me and just chalked it up as one of those days...But we have the power to change even the outcome of our day.


The destiny of our day.




One moment.

Just one moment and a little extra effort is all it took, everytime I saw this sweet older lady who works in the fabric section of my Hobby Lobby. Each time we go in, I chip away bit by bit. I keep smiling, I keep talking, I keep looking at her...

Today she made eye contact. Today she asked me what the kids names were. Today she smiled.
A lot.

And today the kids walked away with a new friend named "Miss Mabel".

It made my day.

Sometimes it just takes a little smile, a hug, a word of encouragement...sometimes it may take persistence, more effort, more time, more of our energy... But when God's love is shining through us, when we are living out His love... it is never ending and unfailing. It is persistent.

Because He is persistent.

One moment changed my day around. One decision to change my thoughts may have changed not only my destiny, but someone elses too.







10 comments:

  1. BAM. this moves me. thank you, friend!
    praise jesus.

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  2. Gosh, I so get this! Love, love, love and I love these words of wisdom.

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  3. isnt that crazy? how fast it can turn around? awesome!
    xoxo

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  4. yes, yes, yes. a grateful attitude, choosing joy in the moment - not always easy - but always rewarding. taking myself out of the center usually changes the bad attitude too. ;)
    new follower.

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  5. God's been dealing with my attitude too.

    Thanks for sharing!

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  6. sweet sweet words friend! i loved this!! thanks for being an encouragement to me :)

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  7. I am getting so much better at this in my old age, hahaha. Noticing when I need an attitude adjustment and correcting it. I took me so long to learn that through the Spirit I had the power to do that. Thanks for linking up. This was a great reminder! xoxo

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  8. I need the racing comment plastered all over my house.

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  9. I love the translation of the Message for the verse in Philippians. Your blog is great!

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  10. I love this. Every time I visit your blog, I am so blessed! Thank you :)

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