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Thursday, November 17, 2011

Power of Gratitude

Ever hear about someone who, despite all adversities, expressed gratitude for their situation. In the natural, out mind cannot conceive how someone could be grateful for troubles and challenges in their life. In our mind, we are confused because they are not bitter, depressed, anxious or stressed. It seems all too natural for us, as humans, to gravitate towards negativity at any given moment.

However, that is NOT natural at all. Think about your childhood, or the way the children in your life behave. When they face a challenge, they are strong-willed and determined to push through. Very rare is it that a child says, "no, I'll never learn to walk. guess I'll just crawl for the rest of my life." That is insane, isn't it? Yes! Why? Because before a child is programmed to "quit" they have been already programmed to try until successful. And, because of that, they are always looking for a way to keep moving forward.

Somewhere along the way, the child in you started to believe that you were not going to succeed; that a set back was going to hinder you. Perhaps the adults in your life, perhaps the television or music or even books that you read fostered the mentality that if you don't succeed, you are supposed to feel like cr*p and stop trying. The programming has been changed, in your mind, about what you could do in your life and how to react to things that happen to you.

Those people, as I mentioned in the beginning of this post, are the people who said, "no, I will not accept that way of thinking." Some of them were always that way, too stubborn to accept society's ideas. Some were raised that way, by the people in their lives to keep on trying and to appreciate all that they had. Some people grew up and realized that their lives were not in sync with their desires and sought out a way to change that. It's all about programming the mind, or in some cases, RE-programming it!

As an adult, I have found salvation in Jesus. Through the bible, I have learned what life can be like with faith, love and praise and GRATITUDE. When a person praises; when a person thrives on gratitude, the world around them shifts. For those that have been grateful and live in praise most of their lives, their testimony moves thousands, maybe millions. See, when you are grateful for what you have, you live in a way that attracts more things to be grateful for, people who are inspired by you and so on. People see your attitude and even though they don't understand it, something inside of them (the lost child) wants to have what you have. You are a person that can help people change their lives.

Even though things may look grim right now, even though your life isn't where you want it to be, ask yourself this: "what am I grateful for?" When you find a few things to express gratitude for, actually allow yourself to feel the gratitude. Feel it in every cell of your body. Let it envelope you and shine from you. Try to start every day, and end, every day with thoughts of gratitude. Not only will it make you feel better, you will attract others to you that either desire your presence or desire to have what you have. Your life is a testimony, be grateful in ALL that you have.

Blessings,

Joy

Wednesday, November 16, 2011

What Inspires You?

Everyone needs a little inspiration from time to time. It is what lifts the very spirit within you. When things look grim, times are "tough", life is just a bit more than you can handle; what inspires you? What is it that makes your spirit soar?

For me, it is many things. First, of course is my faith. The more I build up my faith the more I feel inspired and empowered. Then, there are the people I love, such as my husband and children, as well as close friends. There are also Pastors, Speakers, Authors, Actors that inspire me by the way that they live their life, the message they share and the lives they touch. Music is also a HUGE inspiration to me because it truly makes my heart skip a beat.

As you go through each day, think about what inspires you. Picture it, smell it, hear it. The more you share the inspiration with your inner self, the more you will feel uplifted. When you feel uplifted, you will assuredly be grateful for those things you have in your life. And, as I have said before, when you have a grateful outlook on life, you will see the blessings in EVERYTHING and more blessings are headed your way, every day.

Sure, sometimes it can be a challenge to get inspired. But, most people enjoy a challenge. And, this is a simple one. Find a book, a song, a piece of art, a person, ANYTHING that inspires you, and focus on it. Embrace that emotion you feel at that moment. Remember and bask in the joy and pleasure of inspiration. You've got greatness in you...inspire yourself right now and LET IT SHINE!

Blessings,

Joy

Tuesday, November 15, 2011

Thanksgiving Thoughts

So, with just a little over a week before Thanksgiving, here in the United States, there are a lot of people out there taking the time to share what they are thankful for. Me, personally, practice thanksgiving EVERY day. I highly recommend it to everyone I know. ;)

So, what are YOU thankful for today?

How about this month?

And, this year?


Well, I am thankful for my beautiful family. I am grateful for my good health and that of my family. I am thankful for my friends and extended family. I am grateful to be earning an income EVERY DAY. I am grateful to have eyes to see, ears to hear and an open mind and a softened heart. I am grateful for my Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. Gosh, I think I could go on for DAYS.

SO, please feel free to post and share what YOU are grateful for!

Blessings,

Joy

PS: And to my friends in Canada, happy belated Thanksgiving to you. I know yours was in October and I hope it was wonderful!

Welcome Back!

Hello Friends!

Amazing, even when you "delete" something on the internet, it tends not to really be deleted at all. I just went in to my old blog account and was able to restore my old blog. Cool, eh?

Now, the only thing is all of the posts I had, I already deleted and I think those are actually gone. But, that is okay. I've got a LOT to share and this is just a clean board to compose on.

Anyways, I am grateful to be back and look forward to sharing with you what I am learning.

Blessings,

Joy