It Is Who I Am.

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Last night just before getting ready for bed I wrote a status update on FB that got me to thinking.

About ME.

I am the best possible version of me that I can be. I wake up each morning and I start my day with (literally) a song on my lips. I sing a song, I hum a tune, I voice my thoughts; whichever the case; it is a song of love to God. I am grateful. It is who I am.

Did I start out that way? I wish I could say that I was born with a smile on my lips; maybe I was? But that aside, no I was not one of those forever happy people all my life. But I got happy. As I turned 40 I realized my life needed to change. Actually it happened more around 38. But anyway, it happened and that is the point. I had no idea what kind of change that would be, I didn’t know what it would look like, but as time passed and I read and listened to spiritual based books and podcasts ( I devoured these types of media for years…still do) things did begin to change.

And I got grateful. It began with learning to forgive and turned into gratitude real quick. The funny thing is it all started with the two most powerful words out there….”thank you”   I said it, every morning, whether I felt it or not and that simple act changed my life my …. forever.

It’s been 7 years since I truly put that practice into place….and I am who I am. Today I make no apologies for who I am, yet sometimes people get mad or irritated by my outlook on life. Isn’t that funny? People get mad at me for being happy and positive.  Why? Well sometimes they claim I am not who I say I am and sometimes they say that I am unrealistic, not living in reality, burying my head in the sand. Whichever the case all I can say is ” It is Who I Am” and I love me.

I do no harm.

Will I run across people who will say I do harm because they feel inferior (not my doing) or because they are so angry they can’t see love but only adversary? Yes, I will always run into those types of people, and so will you, it is what it is. I am who I am. And I am happy, grateful, joyful, and feel loved, always.

And above all else I will continue to ask God- “Whats next? Where do YOU want me today? How may I serve?”  And that makes me happy beyond measure. And I will not let anyone steal that feeling away from me.

I pray for everyone to feel this way.

 

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Be Joyful!

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The first thing on my mind when I  awoke this morning was ” be thankful in all things!” This is not a new thought for me but I decided I would do a little extra reading this morning on the subject. So I did.

I was lead to;

1 Thessalonians 5:16-18

16 Be joyful always; 17 pray continually, 18 give thanks in all circumstances,  

Also;

Ephesians 5:20

20 giving thanks always and for everything to God the Father,

I am not surprised to be lead to these scriptures this morning! These are the instructions I live by! These are the instructions for life that make my heart sing. As my days pass it becomes even more clear that this is where I’m  supposed to be; writing about and encouraging others to be of a prayerful mind and a joyful heart in all things.

Do these things for your relationship with God,with others and with YOU!

Peace and Love~ Christine