Let’s face it, life can leave us tired and weary. Some days are so overwhelming that I just want to crawl in my bed and forget the world. Today has been one of those days. I am incredibly tired and yet I wonder what I did all day because it doesn’t look like I accomplished a darn thing. I didn’t check one thing off my To-Do list, the laundry is piled high and there is nothing healthy to eat in the house.
Perhaps you’ve been there as well.
I could crawl in bed with a bag of chips and let my mind replay the day’s disappointments over and over in my head as I try to fall asleep, but I know how that plays out. So instead, I grab my gratitude journal and look for something positive to focus on.
I have learned that keeping a gratitude journal helps me focus on the positive things that happened throughout the day which prepares my mind for a good night’s sleep. Sometimes I have to think long and hard, but I can always find a few things to be grateful for. Waking up. Family. A job. A kind word from a co-worker.
It’s important that we celebrate our wins—choose gratitude. Doing this helps keep our focus on the positive things in life rather than focus on what the enemy wants us to focus on—our failures. It allows us to claim victory, even during the rough days.
I have a special journal that sits by my bed and at the end of the day, I write down where I saw God today. At first, I noticed it took me a while to come up with ways I saw God working, but as the weeks and months of writing passed by, I began to notice my entries were increasing. Sure, I still have rough days, but they don’t seem to happen as often.
Now, at the end of the day, I lay my head on my pillow with positive thoughts, a grateful heart, and no chip crumbs.