I hope you are enjoying your Sunday and finding a bit of joy and rest. Lately I have been thinking about changing negative thoughts into more positive thoughts. Turning negative thoughts around can lead to positive production or actions. There is a key ingredient though to making these thoughts “about face” and it is gratitude. I would like to give the disclaimer that applying grateful thoughts may not turn you into a “Pollyanna” or that you will feel joy in doing what you need to do but it is a place to start.
Most of the things I will mention are simple things that homemakers do often and sometimes because of boredom or laziness we just don’t “feel” like doing them. They are probably not hard and when started we might actually enjoy.
Here are some negative thoughts and the grateful thoughts that will lead to a change in action:
I don’t want to wash that sink full of dishes again. — I am grateful that I have dishes to wash, that means my family was able to eat and they have full bellies.
The laundry never seems to end, I have become a washer woman all day.— I am grateful that I have a modern washer and dryer and that my family has clothes and towels and bedding.
“And whatever you do, in word or deed, do everything in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God the Father through him.” Colossians 3:17
I didn’t want to leave the house today and now I have to go to the store it’s such an inconvenience.— I am grateful I have a store right down the street stocked full of whatever I need. I am grateful for a car that takes me there and the money to buy the things I need.
So you can see that every homemaking duty has an ability to make us agitated but it also has the ability to make us grateful.
These grateful thoughts can be applied to every part of our life. From taking care of our bodies to our social engagements and family:
I’m too tired to go to the gym and I can’t find the right time.— I am grateful that I have a gym membership, that my body is healthy enough to walk and run. I am grateful that I have a husband who sees value in me going and takes care of things at home while I’m away for an hour.
There is too much housework to get done to have any friends over.— I am grateful that I even have a friend to invite over and share with.
Here is another child interrupting my reading, or alone time.—I am grateful that I have children that want my attention and want to visit with me, one day I will not have these opportunities.
I know that many homemakers are cheerful women and don’t think negatively most of the time, but melancholy or just stray negative or ungrateful thoughts do sneak in for everyone of us. Sweet homemaker is there a thought that sneaks in more than others? We all have an area where we are susceptible and that is totally ok to admit to. In fact it is necessary that we do identify these thoughts so that we can begin to “take them captive”, and to turn them away with gratitude.
“We demolish arguments and every pretensions that sets itself up against the knowledge of God, and we take captive every thought to make it obedient to Christ.” 2 Corinthians 10: 5
Please note that this advice is directed toward general and sporadic negativity. If you find yourself unable to fight these thoughts or feelings alone please seek additional help from a counselor or doctor.
Humbly and Gratefully Yours,