Looking at the Positives

During my time of transition it has been easy to get discouraged and lose focus by looking at the negatives. How am I going to pay the bills? Did I make the right decision? Why don’t I have any leads yet? When I focus on these things I tend to get a little down and depressed and start questioning lots of things. I don’t want to be that way!

I began this week by declaring that I would look at the positives and keep a good attitude. I vowed to not focus on the negative and get discouraged. I made this decision to change jobs on faith, so I need to stay positive and walk in faith, trusting God for His provision.

With that in mind I began thinking about some of the positive things about not working now. There are plenty, and I’ll share a few here.

First, I get to see the girls off to school in the mornings and am here when they get home. I was able to be with them for their first day of school (a first since kindergarten). Sunday at church Elise’s Sunday school teacher shared this with us. When they asked for prayer requests Elise brought up my job search. Then she told the teacher that the best part of me not working was that I was home every day when she got home from school. Talk about a positive! That’s really what made me decide to focus on the positives this week.

I’ve also had lots of time to get some things done around the house, like keeping the lawn mowed and cutting up a fallen tree. I’ve been here to help with cleaning and even a little cooking. It’s been nice to have time during the day to go some places I normally can’t while working. I’ve also enjoyed spending time with Jacinda. It is always a pleasure to have time with my wife, even if all we do is make a trip to Costco together. At least we’re kid free for that time! Lastly, I’m glad to have lots of time to read. I love reading but am a very slow reader. I’ve used some quiet times during the day when Jacinda is working to grab my book and knock out a few chapters.

Right now things are tough. We’re concerned about finances and how long it will be before I am employed, but I’m not going to let that get me down. I choose to look at the positives and stay focused. My faith will get me us through the tough times. I have much to be thankful for. God has blessed me with a loving and supportive wife, and two wonderful, healthy daughters. They all want me to be happy in my next job and have been such a blessing during this time of transition. I have great friends and church family helping and encouraging me along the way. So today forward let’s all look at the positives, and turn the negatives over to God, who will sustain us.

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