Saturday, January 19, 2013

OLW Journey to Gratitude

This year I want to be more intentional about putting into practice habits and goals that will enable my word for the year to result in a renewed mind and heart.  I want my life to be shaped by gratitude. I want to become more positive and more loving. I want my thoughts to be prompted by grace first, rather than criticism or cynicism ~ as embarrassing as that is to admit. I want to become even more aware of myself and how I am wired in order to prevent the "slow drift" from happening again and again.

I have selected a passage of scripture to go along with my word and journey for this year:

"Rejoice always, pray continually, give thanks in all circumstances; for this is God's will for you in Christ Jesus." 1 Thessalonians 5:16-18

This passage speaks to me of making the choice to rejoice, to pray and to give thanks. That I need to be intentional about doing things that will focus my mind and heart on God's ways and that the mindset shift I desire will result out of those choices and practices. In addition, the "for" is very important here because it points to a higher purpose than just my attitude or my heart condition ~ choosing to to do these things and make them a way of life and the focus of my heart and mind is God's will for His people. Here is an answer to the "What is God's will for my life?" questions! 

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