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Challenge Yourself, Be Thankful

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I don’t know about all of you, but at times, it’s really hard for me to be thankful! It’s something that I need to really be conscious of and think about in order to put everything into the right perspective when it comes to being thankful for even the smallest of blessings.

For instance, I might let my house go and walk away from it.  It’s really a mixed blessing because I am completely under water with my home. I bought it for $183,000, and now it’s appraised at $73,000.  My neighbors have the same type of house and are paying $600.00 a month for their mortgage payment and mine is close to $1,200.  I am living to just pay bills, and this has been going on for about four years.  Yes, my credit will be destroyed for a few years, but I will gain some more sanity and a new start financially in my life. Therefore, I can look at the situation as a blessing even though it’s a somewhat devastating dilemma for me right now. US Bank is not willing to work with me to lower the interest rate or help me out with other home ownership programs to reduce the amount I owe on it.  I stopped by the bank three different times to try to negotiate the term of my loan; however, it was a worthless endeavor. At this point my only option is to foreclose on my house.  It’s a terrible feeling; don’t get me wrong, it’s a blessing in disguise.  It’s easy to focus on the negative, but I really have to convince myself it’s a blessing, and it will all be better in the long run…

There are many scenarios in life that morph into scary and horrific circumstances, but if one searches for the “silver lining” or blessing in it, life is much more worth living… There are two Bible verses that give me hope and peace relating to the topic of being thankful.  1 Thessalonians 5:18 in everything give thanks; for this is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus.  Psalm 28:7 –The LORD is my strength and my shield; My heart trusts in Him, and I am helped; Therefore my heart exults, And with my song I shall thank Him.

A lot of the time, we have no idea about the outcome of our problems, but we can be reassured that God is with us and has a wonderful plan in it all.  Keep thanking Him for all the good things in your life.  I tell myself this all the time.  Various people, including a counselor and minister, friends, and coworkers have encouraged me to be thankful about my housing situation.  It’s true, and I believe that if we are thankful for what we have now God will bless us with more amazing things.  God loves a thankful heart, and we are to be thankful in all circumstances according to 1 Thessalonians 5:18.

Believe me; I have to continually tell myself to be thankful for the things God has blessed me with no matter how big or small.  It’s been well know that if you speak positively eventually you will begin to believe it.  When I truly have a thankful heart, my attitude is more positive. When I am positive, things seem to go smoother for me in life.

It’s so easy to dwell on the negative, and it makes a person feel awful.  Why not think positive about life.  I am not preaching to all of you about being thankful and positive.  For me, it’s a manner in which to think and talk through my own challenges related to being grateful for the conditions in my own life.  When I write to all of you in this blog, it’s a form of therapy for me because I am able to work through and/or build on my own insecurities, opportunities, strengths, and challenges in a more productive manner via writing.

I am so thankful that I don’t live in North Korea, and Dixie and I are able to freely write on this blog about our thoughts on various subjects from God and politics to traveling in America. Praise God for our freedom here in America…

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One Response to “Challenge Yourself, Be Thankful”

  1. Dixie
    May 13, 2013 at 5:03 pm #

    Yeah, it totally sucks about your morgage situation….I blame all the governmental entities who had their hands in the pie to get you an over-inflated loan on the place…..shame on them. Out-right greed and government intervening is what brought down the houseing market and Wallstreet. Ugh!

    Yankee, I’m glad you can see the blessings in your situation….that is always the right attitude to have. What door is shut another one opens!