Thankful for His hands

-Thankful Thoughts-

Today I am thankful for God’s healing hands!  Three weeks ago, my grandfather had a bleeding stroke and was rushed to the hospital in Memphis.  Praise be to God, though, that he is making a wonderful recovery in the rehab unit at Baptist Hospital in Nashville!

While navigating through the many hallways of the hospital, I reached the elevators with ease.  Stepping inside and pushing the button for floor 6, I stepped inside of an old memory, as well.  Who would have ever thought my family and I would be back there again this summer just like last summer?  But I pushed the button and closed my eyes, remembering the days I spent visiting my grandmother in the very same rehab unit.  I remembered watching her therapy sessions, learning how to feed her with the PEG tube, and spending the night in the hospital with her.  Going back to that place made the wound of grief fresh again, but it also made the taste of His grace and strength even sweeter.

 “Yesterday is history, tomorrow is a mystery, today is a gift of God, which is why we call it the present.”

-Bill Keane-

Although we can do our best to be prepared, we can never truly anticipate what each day holds.  So seek the Father!  Go to Him and rely on His strength alone!  Acknowledge that He is everything that you need and more.  His grace is more than sufficient, and He loves you dearly!

“The steps of man are established by the Lord,

when he delights in his way;

though he fall, he shall not be cast headlong,

for the Lord upholds his hand.”

-Psalm 37:23-24-

So today I am thankful for His healing hands, but I am also thankful for these very same hands which also sustain and uphold His children.  Praise the Lord!  Let’s be thankful for His hands 🙂

Praying your day is filled with SONshine,

Sarah 🙂

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Attitude is everything!

Ever since I was a little girl, my mom has inspired me with many of her favorite quotes, prayers, and Bible verses.  Today, I want to write about one of her favorite quotes…

Attitude is everything!

In the past few days walking around campus–walking through each of my days–I have realized all the more just how true this quote is.  It’s easy to say flippantly, “Attitude is everything,” as if it’s the inside of a greeting card.  But to really believe these words and to see them as true through your own life…this is the critical step.

Take a college exam for an example.  There are many different ways to think about it.  With one attitude, I could say, “Urrrrrrggggghhhhhh!  An exam! Prrroooooocccccrrrrrrrrraaaaaaaassssssstionation (procrastination) has gotten me again, and I have waited too late to study.” On the other hand, I’m trying to learn to adopt this mindset:  Let’s have a competition to see just how well you know the material!  Just like a lacrosse game, see if you can practice and win!

Our attitude has just as large of an impact on our relationship with God, as well.  Every that we face temptation to sin, you can look at the situation one of many different ways.  You can see the temptation/sin as just one more guilt to sweep under the rug of emotions in your heart, or you can see it as an opportunity to ask God for grace and strength!

Always adopt an attitude that gives you a thankful heart!

Today, I encourage you to look for all the different places in your life where attitude is everything.  Look for the times in your life when becoming disappointed, upset, or even embarrassed would be easiest, but remember that Colossians 3:15 says, “And let the peace of Christ rule in your hearts, to which indeed you were called in one body. And be thankful.”

Today, go out and be thankful!  Go and spread some Sonshine 🙂