Smile

Fake it until you make it they say…
Smile— they say…
Count your blessings is another one I often hear.  But, do these work?  If I feel sad can I pretend to be happy?  Will it make any difference?

Often I get stuck in my head, in the “emotional weeds” a friend once put it.  I think things are much worse than they actually are.  I fill my head and heart with negative thoughts.  So much negativity that I am filled with angst.  I lose track of the blessings God has given to me.  I forget to look for beauty in the day, and worry at night.

I worry about losing my kids without ever stopping to thank God for the gift they are in the first place.  I get frustrated with my husband instead of realizing he is caring for me as God told him to.  I take my parents for granted while barely realizing they are getting older.

Sometimes God allows adversity to come in to slow us down.  What we chose to do when these times come make all the difference.  We can choose to be filled with anger and annoyance that our way has been blocked, causing us to miss His lesson.  However, we can choose to accept the slower pace and notice the lessons God is teaching us along the way.  Thanking God for His grace and His mercy.

So as it seems…maybe counting our blessings has some truth in it after all.

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