Don’t Let a Bad Attitude Rule Your Life

Don’t Let a Bad Attitude Rule Your Life

March 3, 2017

“Dear brothers and sisters, when troubles of any kind come your way, consider it an opportunity for great joy.” James 1:2 (NLT)

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Last year, I found myself struggling with a serious bad attitude. I often thought, If it weren’t for bad luck, I’d have no luck at all. Bah, and humbug, all year long.

Problems abounded in every area of my life. Important relationships fell apart, dreams were crushed, finances tight, deadlines missed and even certain ministry efforts brought disappointment and frustration. My old refrigerator kicked the bucket, and we had multiple minor traffic incidents all within a 3-month time span. When the day came that I didn’t know how much more I could take, God led me to James 1:2.

Can I be honest? The last thing I felt like doing was considering all of my troubles “an opportunity for great joy.” I couldn’t help but wonder: Seriously, God? How is that even really possible? But instead of closing my Bible in frustration, I sensed God nudging me to take a deep breath and keep reading. Little did I know He had beautiful encouragement in store just when I needed it most.

If we read this verse as a stand-alone suggestion, it seems impossible to realistically put into practice. Yet, if we read the context behind it in Scripture, it takes on an entirely new perspective and begins to seem — with God’s help — doable.

James wrote today’s key verse during a time where the Christians had allowed the frustrations and annoyances of life to steal their optimism and joy. But in their defense, these believers had a lot of serious and justifiable reasons to have a bad attitude.

They faced great persecution, unrelenting trials and sufferings — from murder to imprisonment — at the hand of Saul, who was zealous in his efforts to destroy the church and anyone associated with Jesus. As a result, these Christians were juggling an array of emotions, including fear, mourning, confusion, loneliness and even hopelessness.

Some fled their homes in fear for their lives. They lived in poverty, forced to scrounge for food to survive. Some were sick, and everyone was exhausted. They had every right to be negative and pessimistic. I can only imagine as they sunk under the weight of seemingly insurmountable problems and fears, that their faith might have been sinking, too.

James acknowledged their suffering but also wanted to give them hope and encouragement. He told them inner joy could still be theirs, if they deliberately chose to take control of their thinking and change their attitude. He encouraged them to pause and refocus on their faith.

When life gets hard, it’s difficult to avoid letting a bad attitude take over our minds and rule our lives. We might not experience religious persecution as those first believers did, but let’s face it: People hurt us, the past haunts us, coworkers mistreat us, parents don’t love us, friends don’t consider us, spouses don’t honor us, children don’t appreciate or respect us, finances don’t support us, and our health doesn’t sustain us. James’ instructions to the believers of his time can help us, too.

I closed my Bible, realizing my attitude was my choice, and knowing whatever circumstances I faced didn’t have the power to dictate that attitude unless I let them.

Although enduring problems with a smile and pure joy in our hearts can be difficult, doing so not only helps us become stronger believers, it opens the door for an attitude transformation.

Our attitudes are an outward display of what’s taking place in our hearts. When our hearts focus in the right place, our attitudes will, too. The only thing we have to lose by choosing a positive attitude is a negative one.

Lord, free me from the shackles of a bad attitude. Work in my heart and mind to transform my thinking from negative to positive — despite the struggles I face. Fill me with a joy that can only come from You. In Jesus’ Name, Amen.

TRUTH FOR TODAY:
Philippians 4:8b, “Fix your thoughts on what is true, and honorable, and right, and pure, and lovely, and admirable. Think about things that are excellent and worthy of praise.” (NLT)

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REFLECT AND RESPOND:
What’s one negative circumstance causing you to have a bad attitude? Ponder three positive things you can focus on instead, and ask God to help you overcome the tendency to feel negative.

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  1. Thanks for sharing. I can so relate to this. I’ve been out of work for 4 months now and it’s feels like the end of the world. I get upset and irritated at any slightest thing and I hate myself for that. I have been for 4 job interviews since October and I’m always told I’m the 2nd best. I’m frustrated at my life as everything just looks hopeless. Sometimes I don’t even feel like praying cos it looks like I’m wasting my time. This message was right on time and my hope has been renewed

    • Mary in NH says:

      Praying a job comes your way soon. I know how discouraging this can be. Maybe this is just a season where God is giving you a break, to focus on something else in your life.

    • Praying first for God to continue to strengthen, prepare and position your for your just right new job. Praying that your needs are continously met while you are waiting for your new job. And praying that you continue to follow the prompting of the Holy Spirit during not just for this time, but a lifetime.

    • GODONLYKNOWS says:

      Liz, I know what it is like to have no income coming in. I know what it is like to be without a job for 5 years. I know what it is like to wonder about all our earthly needs and how they are going to be paid. Like to wonder how I was even going to afford the mortgage, the household bills, groceries, ECT. ECT. I know what it is like to drive a vehicle that was breaking down, or broken and I had to walk or ride a bike to get to places. I know what it is like to sleep in a car or in a hotel chair, because I couldn’t afford a hotel while a loved one was in critical care in a hospital. I know what it is like to wear a pair of broken glasses for 10 years before I could afford a new pair. I could go on, and on, and on with listing how severe things were around here. But one thing I learned even when I was mad, upset, and in despair…The Lord does reign. Even when we don’t realize.

      Read Matthew 619 Lay not up for yourselves treasures upon earth, where moth and rust doth corrupt, and where thieves break through and steal:

      20 But lay up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where neither moth nor rust doth corrupt, and where thieves do not break through nor steal:

      21 For where your treasure is, there will your heart be also.

      22 The light of the body is the eye: if therefore thine eye be single, thy whole body shall be full of light.

      23 But if thine eye be evil, thy whole body shall be full of darkness. If therefore the light that is in thee be darkness, how great is that darkness!

      24 No man can serve two masters: for either he will hate the one, and love the other; or else he will hold to the one, and despise the other. Ye cannot serve God and mammon.

      25 Therefore I say unto you, Take no thought for your life, what ye shall eat, or what ye shall drink; nor yet for your body, what ye shall put on. Is not the life more than meat, and the body than raiment?

      26 Behold the fowls of the air: for they sow not, neither do they reap, nor gather into barns; yet your heavenly Father feedeth them. Are ye not much better than they?

      27 Which of you by taking thought can add one cubit unto his stature?

      28 And why take ye thought for raiment? Consider the lilies of the field, how they grow; they toil not, neither do they spin:

      29 And yet I say unto you, That even Solomon in all his glory was not arrayed like one of these.

      30 Wherefore, if God so clothe the grass of the field, which to day is, and to morrow is cast into the oven, shall he not much more clothe you, O ye of little faith?

      31 Therefore take no thought, saying, What shall we eat? or, What shall we drink? or, Wherewithal shall we be clothed?

      32 (For after all these things do the Gentiles seek:) for your heavenly Father knoweth that ye have need of all these things.

      33 But seek ye first the kingdom of God, and his righteousness; and all these things shall be added unto you.

      34 Take therefore no thought for the morrow: for the morrow shall take thought for the things of itself. Sufficient unto the day is the evil thereof.
      Jeremiah 29:
      11 For I know the thoughts that I think toward you, saith the Lord, thoughts of peace, and not of evil, to give you an expected end.

      12 Then shall ye call upon me, and ye shall go and pray unto me, and I will hearken unto you.

      13 And ye shall seek me, and find me, when ye shall search for me with all your heart.

    • Check out songs…ellie holcomb red sea road and Lauren Daigle o lord. My go to songs when I am in the valley of achor looking for hope….

    • Rose Robertson says:

      Liz, my son was without work too for 6 months. He had 8 interviews and always finished second or was humiliated during the interview. God gave him the job he had for him all along two months ago… It just took time. He will do the same for you… Don’t give up!! Proverbs 3:5&6

    • Melanie says:

      Praying for you now….. it’s hard to see the light at the end of the tunnel when you’re in the middle of it, for sure. But remember one day to look back and choose to see where God provided…. I am praying that God will send you encouragement today.

    • Praise the Lord!!!❤

    • Praying for you:)

  2. “My attitude was my choice” – yes!

    When we were houseparents to a cottage full of troubled adolescent boys, our director told us: “Every one of these boys has a story that will break your heart. And when they tell you their stories, you must tell them that today they have a choice–whether or not they will let their past ruin their future.”

    Yes, Tracie, we all have that same choice.

  3. Shirley Stallworth says:

    “People hurt us, the past haunts us, coworkers mistreat us, parents don’t love us, friends don’t consider us, spouses don’t honor us, children don’t appreciate or respect us, finances don’t support us, and our health doesn’t sustain us.”

    Tracie was a concise list of our suffering on this side. Drawing closer to God seems insurmountable and yet it is the only action to achieve peace and wholeness

  4. Traci L. says:

    Since January my life has been under attack. Someone decided they wanted to destroy my family, my marriage, my job, my finances, my faith. I started doing all this bible study and when the attacks came, I pulled back, I was angry, bitter and hopping mad!! It was a very rough January and February but I noticed that these attacks backfired on whoever was trying to destroy me. My husband and I instead of falling apart (we were headed towards divorce), have grown closer together, in my job I took a promotion to a different position same department. And even got a little raise! I am in the process of finding a church…I feel sorry for this person, for them to know that their plan backfired. I am slowly getting back into bible study and slowing seeing a light at the end of this tunnel.

    • Teri Baumann says:

      Traci-Thank you for the testimony of your struggles. —-What a great summary of the spiritual battle that goes on all around us, because we know the enemy of our souls-hates us because we belong to God. (1 Peter 5:8-9). And how his evil schemes all backfire, because God uses every bit of it to grow our faith in Him, —“For you know that when your faith has been tested, your endurance has a chance to grow. So let it grow, for when your endurance is fully developed, you will be perfect and complete (mature), needing nothing.” (James 1:3-4). It’s only through our tests, troubles and trials that our faith in God is grown. I love the song, Diamonds, by Hawk Nelson. It reminds us that God is refining us and making diamonds out of us. One of my life acronyms is Do Not -F.R.E.T.T.T. — DO Not Forget the Real Explanation of Troubles, Trials and Tests. God is good and He has won the complete, eternal victory over Satan by the death and resurrection of Jesus, His One and Only Son. “But the Son of God came to destroy the works of the devil.” 1John 3:8 and Hebrews 2:14-15 “Because God’s children are human beings–made of flesh and blood–the Son also became flesh and blood. For only as a human being could He die, and only by dying could He break the power of the devil, who had the power of death. Only in this way could He set free all who have lived their lives as slaves to the fear of dying.” Praise to our God and Savior. Keep studying your Bible Traci, and find a Church that exclusively holds to the truth of the Bible. I have prayed for you and your husband.

    • Godonlyknows says:

      Matthew 5: 43 “You have heard that it was said, ‘Love your neighbor and hate your enemy.’ 44 But I tell you, love your enemies and pray for those who persecute you, 45 that you may be children of your Father in heaven. He causes his sun to rise on the evil and the good, and sends rain on the righteous and the unrighteous. 46 If you love those who love you, what reward will you get? Are not even the tax collectors doing that? 47 And if you greet only your own people, what are you doing more than others? Do not even pagans do that? 48 Be perfect, therefore, as your heavenly Father is perfect.

      Terri Praying for someone who hurt you and your situation can be like someone talking crazy talk. But with the help and guidance of the Lord it can be done.

      Matthew 6:14-15 – For if ye forgive men their trespasses, your heavenly Father will also forgive you:

      That is often times the hardest thing to do in life is to say I forgive you. But if the Lord can forgive us we can forgive others. When we don’t we let the Devil have full ground.
      Ephesians 4:26-27King James Version

      26 Be ye angry, and sin not: let not the sun go down upon your wrath:

      27 Neither give place to the devil.

      We need to be Warriors and place the armor on, Ephesians 6.

      The biggest and simplest thing we need to do, is surrender what you have said here TOTALLY to the Lord. Then release it and move on. Then pray, read, and fill his presence in everything. Find a Bible believing Spirit lead Church and attend only for your spiritual needs. Not for what man may think, say, or feel. But for the spiritual needs you need to be spiritually feed.
      Then sing praises to the Lord and find the Blessings!!

  5. “The only thing we have to lose by choosing a positive attitude is a negative one”. Such inspiring,beautiful, powerful words. Oh, I pray they scroll across my mind like a rolling electronic banner when I need them most. . .to turn my just enough or less than even into immense joy.

  6. Life can be difficult and remembering to trust in God no matter what can be very hard when life’s difficulties occur. Thank you for this devotion today. At this time, thankfully, there are no difficulties in my family but we have friends who are struggling. I am going to order this book so that I can learn strategies for myself for when struggles arise and then I will share it with friends.

  7. I so needed this devotional today. I woke up this morning with negative thoughts about who I will have to deal with today. I haven’t had a.great year as a teacher and wreck in my car my fault and it is gone. Finances are.strained. My attitude is not where it should be. But I have been able to see that He has been with me through it all. Thank you for this message today. Blessings and joy to all who are struggling.

  8. Wanda Wright says:

    It appears that Saul had already been converted and was now Paul when James’ epistle was written. Am I mistaken? I refer back to Acts 12.

  9. I really needed this reminder this morning. I was having a pity party yesterday, stuck at home after having surgery to remove malignant melanoma . I have been told I can’t return to physical activity for about 2 weeks. I don’t like to sit….I’m a physical therapist assistant and I have folks that need me!
    This daily devotional put things back into perspective! Thank you.

    • Godonlyknows says:

      Angie… look at this time as being a time when you can draw closer to the Lord, by reading, praying, praising, and believing in how the Lord will work with you and through you.
      This time to read the Bible. To memorize his words. Let the Lord bless you as you then will be a blessing to others.

  10. Good morning, wonderful Christian sisters ! We all have struggles don’t we….have a few myself at this season in life. Daughter getting married in two weeks and that is JOYFUL, or I can focus on my precarious finances , sister’s massive stroke, my job being phased out in April, my son’s is, too and my husband’s career ending in one and beginning in a sharp U-turn like move. At a time when I thought life would be very joyful when we started planning the wedding a year ago…..has turned into a time of uncertainty and lots of black clouds. I hit my knees every morning and ask for God’s strength and mercy to face all of this, and just focus on what we can do and what we DO have.

  11. How exactly do you change your attitude & thinking? I try reading, praying, worshipping but nothing helps. Honestly, it makes me more upset. I see all of Gods promises & yet they all seem so far away from me. Right now I just slap a fake smile on my face & fake pretty much everything!

    • CJ, many of us can probably relate to feeling at times abandoned by God or angry at the life we are currently living, but that is just satan winning that moment. I lived for many years knowing God was there but not wanting God in my life. When he finally knocked me to my knees He broke me and it was probably the most difficult time in my life. However, I didn’t fall even farther from my faith but fell back into God’s loving embrace. When you try reading, praying, worshipping are you going through the motions or are you willingly and totally opening up your heart and mind to let God’s word and love flow into and through you? He never leaves us, He never forsakes (turns His back on) us but we have to be willing to completely humble ourselves to His will. That means heart, mind and life. During some of my hardest times I’d read Romans 8:35 ” Who shall separate us from the love of Christ?…” and Romans 8:38-39 “For I am convinced that neither death nor life, angels nor demons, the present nor the future…..will be able to separate us from the love of God that is in Christ Jesus.” Don’t give up praying or reading His word. Try again and again and pray for an open heart and mind that is willing to truly hear Him speaking to you. Try getting involved in a local church where you can feel the love of God through worship with others. Just don’t give up! I’ll be praying for you! – your sister in Christ

    • Brittany says:

      Hi CJ! Someone told me something about ‘faking it’ that I found so profound, and I would like to share it with you. They said that continuing to do the things God has called us to do (like studying the Bible, attending church, and worshipping) when we DON’T feel it is NOT fake- it is FAITH! When we allow our faith to guide us instead of our feelings, we are truly abiding. Continue doing what you’re doing—God is always at work, even when we don’t feel it!

      Blessings!

    • I answer this question in my new book! There are some practical steps we can take to implement into our lives to really help us begin a mind transformation! 🙂

  12. Such truth! Thank you for a beautiful encouragement this morning. What a blessing to know we are together in our struggles, led by a Savior who loves us and provides such deep joy no matter what we face. Praising Jesus!

  13. GODONLYKNOWS says:

    It is really hard to feel upbeat when “life circumstances” are breaking your carnal nature and trying to steal any peace and joy. I think we have a right to have the rollercoaster of emotions. If you look in the BIBLE even Jesus went through different emotions. There are even many other people in the Bible who went through a rollercoaster of emotions too. I think one has a right to feel different emotions. One can mourn, feel sorrow, and feel the need for a pity party. It is part of the carnal nature. One just has to be careful that we don’t let the devil weigh us to far down in an endless danger of despair.
    Acts 16:16-40 Speak about how Paul and Silas were beaten, chained, and in jail. They sang songs of Praises. When they could have been in despair.
    Daniel 3:16-18  Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego were placed in a fiery furnace. But Jesus was there with them.
    Daniel 6, Daniel was thrown in the Lions den. But he was delivered.
    There are many ways people can read the Bible and find people in all kinds of circumstances of trials and tribulations. Some had to go through their journey to be delivered. To where some were instantly kept from the circumstances.
    I think when you show you are going through a trial and tribulation, you may then be blessed by someone who may have went through the same trial and tribulation. One never knows how you may be blessed by someone, or you may be a blessing to someone else going through the same circumstance.
    This week I was MAD and upset over another severe trial and tribulation. This isn’t the first time this trial and tribulation was bestowing my life pathways. This road of the trial and tribulation had been repeated one two many times. But this time like many other times I was MAD!! Well the Lord on High started delivering a message on Sunday Service that he is there with this trial and tribulation. It was definitely a Spiritual Moment for what prevailed Sunday Morning. But again I was still brewing MAD! Earlier this week while working on a project requested for me to design for church, I had to break through the chains that I felt that was still weighing and making me mad. Even though the trials and tribulations are still needing dealt with. But I knew the feelings of the circumstances needed to be released to the Lord. Then let things be dealt with as they will unfold here in the next weeks and months. When I did release what I was brewing about, then placed Praise and Worship Music on, I could feel a release of madness. As I worked on the project for the church, I smell the Holy Spirit fragrance.
    Early in this Morning hours, as I was still thinking of some of the trials and tribulations, then when I went back to a semi sleep. Several songs came to my mind. Even now I can think of a song singing in my head. The song is I will PRAISE you through the storm.
    One has a right to feel weighted down by whatever they are facing. But one has to learn to say Here Lord!! Help me through it! Hold me through it! Bless Me through it! And SATAN get away! for you have no Authority here. By Jesus Blood Be gone! Send your floods of pouring healing rain OH! Lord! For you alone are my restorer through it all.

  14. A negative attitude is me all day long. The glass is half empty in my world. I will work on my response to unmet expectations.

    • Godonlyknows says:

      Don’t feel like your glass is half empty in this world. Feel like your glass is waiting for the Lord to fill and bless you with an overflowing endless cup of his Love.
      Believe me!! I have had my moments in life of a negative attitude. I was in the dessert for a long time. But the Lord was there holding me, waiting patiently for me, and helping me.
      One has to look for the smallest to the biggest things to be THANKFUL for in life.
      Start counting what smallest to biggest things you have around you.
      Do not be worried about tomorrow for God will take care of them the next time.
      Matthew 6 : 34 Take therefore no thought for the morrow: for the morrow shall take thought for the things of itself. Sufficient unto the day is the evil thereof.

  15. I appreciate this devotional so much. I need daily reminders re my attitude. I’ve been married over 20 years and a my heart still hurts re my mother in law; at times i feel very loved and other times i feel she’s very competitive and i just don’t know how to handle that. I’ve prayed many times regarding my relationship with her and i will continue to, but honestly it does affect me to the point where it angers me and i don’t want to be around her. So it’s tough to forgive someone who knows how to get to you, on purpose. This does affect my marriage and my kids. so yes i take this relationship with her personal. It’s discouraging that this situation has not only not gotten better, but worse. So i ask the Lord what am i doing to create this, invite this? Your devotional relieved my deepest thoughts about my attitude and how i need to choose a better attitude even if it is this ongoing issue with someone i truly love. And although this feels very complicated to me, i will continue to trust God can handle this. Thank you for your timely devotional, blessed me very much.

  16. Thank you for these encouraging words. All it takes is a simple choice to focus on God instead of our circumstances. I had a minor basement flood a few days ago and I was easily frustrated. During the cleanup I was listening to some music and I heard this line through all of the noise, “You can have it all Lord, every part of my heart. Take this life and breathe on this life that is now yours”. Giving that moment to God, allowing Him to steer my frustrated thoughts to words of praise changed my whole attitude. Thank you Lord for the daily struggles that turn our eyes to you for help. You are our strength in times of trouble.

  17. Melissa Walters says:

    Perfect timing! On my way home last night from a Kari Jobe worship service I was rear ended and having been in the presence of the Holy Spirit I was able to just be happy no one was hurt! Count it all joy! Thanks for this timely reminder!

  18. Elizabeth says:

    Thank you very awesome devotion!

  19. audrey wise says:

    OMG is this message is speaking to me loud loud loud. I do tend to let my attitude rise up especially towards my mom. she lives with me now and I pray all the time for God to help my family with our attitudes towards her. We love her but we do let our attitudes show. God help us in this area. I so enjoy these devotions everyday but some speak so clearly to me than others and this is one of them. God bless you and your ministry:)

  20. Your devotion was perfect timing. I’ve been struggling with my attitude since I received a minor reprimand at work. I came home frustrated and wondering why me? I was comparing myself to coworkers and their bad actions that have gone unnoticed by the boss. During the night I realized I’m not supposed to compare myself to others. It’s only important to my Lord how I do my job. This devotion reinforced what my husband had suggested. It’s my choice what my attitude is. Thanks for your ministry.

  21. Ymurray says:

    Oh my!!! I am sure glad that I came across this article this morning! I have developed such a Negative attitude in my house and feel so convicted for it. It’s like I watch myself snap at everyone but I can’t stop myself! I’ve been begging God to remove my negativity and nothing has happened. I suppose I expect him to do the work. Today, I choose to intentionally step out of the negative thinking that is causing me to respond negatively. Please pray for me because my greatest desire is to lift up my family and be the wise woman that is talked about in Proverbs 14:1 that builds up her home…I do not want to be the foolish woman that tears it down with her own hands.

  22. Yes, attitude is everything. 4 months ago our world was shattered with the sudden passsing of our 21 year old son. From the night of his passing, we prayed for peace and asked God to keep the spirit of anger and bitterness away. We have intentionally chosen joy and gratitude each morning when we get up thanking God for the time we had with Connor, instead of focusing on what we will miss. It isn’t easy, we miss him so much, but choosing JOY and gratitude has made our grief journey a little easier. Also, the knowledge that we will be reunited with him one day! #ahugandiloveyou

    • Jill Im so sorry about the loss of your son. 🙁 Such a tragedy and I cant imagine the heartbreak. What a testament of faith that you are trying to choose joy and peace despite such difficult circumstances. You are an inspiration to me, and Im sure many others.

  23. Amen! Five years ago, having had troubles of many kinds in our family (which included moving our family of six back and forth from one home to another each week due to a job and home schooling), we parents struggled to consider it pure joy. However, now that we look back we can see how God was at work. To this day that year holds the happiest, most joyfilled memories for one of our children. I am thankful that God leads us through seasons of life.

  24. Krystal says:

    Thank you so much for this devotion, this morning. It was exactly what I needed. This year seems like on struggle after another, and that I can never gain any ground. Last night my computer crashed, possibly losing months of personal photos, as well as a lot of work documents and time (I am self employed). I’ve been praying since that I could have a better attitude about my hardships….I feel like I can’t get a grip of my emotions and that each (small in the grand scheme of things) hardship is knocking me down flat. He is faithful and sent this word to me just when I needed it. Thank you.

  25. Hazel Enriquez says:

    Kindly send me any uplifting wisdom of encouragement. Thank you Lord??

  26. Sarah, I too have been clinging to Ro 8:38-9 every day this week!

  27. Thank you for this beautiful reminder!!!
    Our hearts were made to find joy and share love.
    I needed this today.

  28. “Really Jesus, how is that even possible?” … I to, have asked Him that same question more times than I can count… But now when I feel overwhelmed, hurt, broken, stressed and to the point where I find myself asking that very question, I try to stop and remind myself that Jesus is in the business of impossibilities. It would certainly be impossible to live out this scripture alone but with Jesus it is a possibility and can even be a reality!! Thank you Lord!

  29. Leslie Van Houten says:

    After reading and thinking about what you wrote I realized this past year I have had a bad and negative attitude about every area of my life as a mother, as a wife, as a friend, and very negative towards myself. Feeling hu8that I’ve not taken action sooner.

    My biggest struggle with bad attitude is towards my husband because he comes home and he sleeps away the afternoon and in the evening which leaves me leaves me feeling very alone. I have no one to blame, but myself because i hsve bèen telying on him far to much.

    I feel very lonely and inadequate to do many of the things that he does for me and the kids

    I can be thankful for three things. 1) I have a husband who works hard enough to provide what our family needs.

    2) I can be thankful that he is relatively healthy Spike the sleeping problems. And that God bring some home safely everyday at night.

    3) I can be thankful that he is a servant at heart and he puts everybody else before himself and that’s part of the reason he’s exhausted.

    I’m going to add a fourth thing I can be thankful for is this opportunity to learn to grow and take on more responsibility and most of all to care and love my husband right now, rather than beating him up with my criticism and sarcasm, my verbal frustration, and my lack of patience about sleep problem.

    As a side note we did make an appointment in May for him to have his sleep study done just to make sure that is nothing serious. I just need prayer that God would help me to have the love and grace to do what I need to to help relieve some of his stress by doing for my family and myself in God’s inability of course

    mother and as a wife because I’ve always struggled with thing independent and feeling capable of doing anything by myself period thank you all and God bless

    • Sandy Casey says:

      Hi Leslie,
      Being a wife who spends too much time alone can be very lonely!! Been there, too – many years ago.
      It sounds like your heart is hurting a lot right now. The list of good things is very practical, not personal.
      When I’m in that place, if I remember to do this, I pray much more about his glories and love and read more scripture. No matter how much sleep your husband gets, he can never cure the loneliness your feeling. Only a closer relationship with Jesus can do that,
      Sandy

  30. Trying to have a positive attitude. In November my husband of 33 years blindsided with divorce papers and then the next week my dad passed away. I feel my husband is doing everything to destroy me so he will get everything. I try to keep praying and being positive and know the Lord has a plan and I shall prosper but it just can be so hard not seeing anything in that direction yet. I am thankful for family and friends that support me and thank the Lord every day for what I do have. It just somedays is really hard to keep my faith.

    • I was feeling sorry for myself until I saw your comment. I am so sorry that you are going through this. It’s hard to put a smile on your face when you feel the world is falling on top of you. I will pray for healing, strength, and wisdom.

      Keep God close!

    • I can totally relate to what you’re going through, and I’m so sorry. Sometimes that level of hurt and confusion definitely makes it hard to think positive and feel joyful instead of bitter, angry, hurt and confused.. But it is possible, my friend. We cant control our circumstances or other peoples actions, but we can control our thoughts about them. Praying that God blesses you with provision and peace and that you will begin to see God bringing things around for you and protecting you. Also praying for Him to convict your husband’s heart.

  31. This was absolutely God’s work this morning. I just posted on social media that my morning has not gone well, my kids were fighting and I was complaining to my husband that this happens every single morning. My dog barked at us for 15 minutes as we ate breakfast (she of course wants us to share and we don’t). I didn’t wake up with my alarm and missed my morning routine that I know works best for me. I was just in a negative mindset for the day 45 minutes after waking. So I decided that I would just reset, put the kids in front of the tv for 30 minutes and find a devotion. I opened up my email and THIS is the devotion that Was delivered this morning.

    I am continually surprised by my Almighty God, yet I shouldn’t be. He knows just what I need and when I need it. Thank you for these words and thank youLord for Your Word, I will cling to James 1:2 today and choose joy in the midst of my trials.

  32. Good Morning!

    I have a situation I am going through at work right now. Instead of me taking it to God first, I have been running around upset, speaking my mind and worrying about tomorrow. I felt betrayed and lied to. I have been walking around with a chip on my shoulder. This has spilled over into my relationship with my boyfriend and school. I haven’t started a paper that is due today. Anything my boyfriend says, it’s his fault. My boyfriend said something to me that made me sit up and listen. He told me, your bad attitude will get you in trouble either with your job or us. Funny thing, I was upset all over again when he said that. I felt he should be there for me. I tired of him telling me what to do, but if I wasn’t made about my situation at my job, I probably would have been open to what he had to say. It’s funny that I open this Devotions today and it’s the message I needed. It spoke to me. God is always on time! Now I need to put my big girl panties on and take everything to God.

    Thank you!!

  33. This hit home for me and I thank you. I have been dealing with a bad attitude for quite a while now with some days being worst than others. Lord help me to remember this when those thoughts and actions hit me. Thank you for this as it came at the right time.

  34. Praise God for tjis message today as I am struggling with a bad attitude , praying he will fil me with his spirit of love and joy unspeakabe …change me heart oh God

  35. Thank you for another great, mind/heart altering devotion. I wanted to go to Tracy’s blog to read more, but the link isn’t working – just fyi!
    Thanks again!
    Kathy

  36. It is so encouraging to know you are not the only one weighed down and exhausted by life’s trials.Thank you for reminding us to try to trust God in the midst of it all and remember He is our ever present help in time of trouble.Trying to acknowledge Him in all my ways and not lean on my own understanding. Lord help us, we need you so much!

  37. Wow! This is what I needed to hear. It’s been one thing after another this year. I don’t like having a bad attitude, but sometimes it’s hard not to go down that road. Thank you:)

  38. Lori Matson says:

    Boy, did I ever need this today! My bad attitude has kept me awake for two nights in a row. I’m exhausted not only from lack of sleep but from my obsession over something quite trivial that happened to me. When I get this way, I know God is going to be tapping me on my shoulder at any time to snap me out of it. He did it through this message. Thank you!
    *now maybe I can sleep tonight!

  39. I also really needed this devotion this morning. Woke up in a bad mood about a lot of little things. Mad at my husband about an issue last weekend and still can’t shake it. Praying that God can help me forgive him and move on. Also, I have a pretty bad attitude at my job for a number of reasons. I hope that I can give it all to God and know that He will help me get through any trial or tribulation that is in my way. I love reading everyone’s responses and to know that we all deal with something that we need His help with. Thanks, Tracie! I am going to order your book for sure.

  40. Joanna Kearns says:

    Unemployment as well I have been soo upset because God’s trials and spiritual development has not allowed god to provide the right job he wills for me yet HELP it is soo annoying and frustrating when you don’t understand all god is doing around his delays I have applied for work for years and it’s just not the season for god to allow it to happen yet HELP if God does not allow it to happen or want it to happen it will not happen

  41. Joanna Kearns says:

    Unemployed thanks to god’s spiritual development and trials for over 5 years

    • Jamie Brannon says:

      I was unemployed for 2 years BUT the Lord is faithful in providing! My hisband was promoted twice during that time. Most importantly this was a critical time for my middle son with Aspergers. It was during this time he transitioned from a volatile unpredictable child to a talented handsome teen. Praying for future as he graduated last May & he worked for Family christian & theyre closing?

  42. Susan G. says:

    Thank for this today Tracie.
    Just about everyone who reads this will have gone through a trial, is in a trial or will be going through one soon! This is life on earth. But we can have the joy of the Lord in the midst of these hard times when we fix our eyes on Jesus and His word. I have to be intentional to do this every day, or I would fall into discouragement often.
    A couple of hours ago, before I read this, I looked at my wall art and read this beautiful scripture you have here – Phil. 4:8. I love it when God confirms His word to us and lets us know He is right in the middle of our day (or trial) with us!
    Thanks for your encouraging words!

  43. Sally Ann Price says:

    Great devotional. Have a great weekend.

  44. Janet B says:

    I hear you. I had one of those years as well. The good news is that when I came to my end, our Perfect Lord became my beginning. I learned just how much I could completely trust Him. My love for Him is now more than any I have ever known.

    Our Lord became like us in every way. He walked in our shoes and experienced every temptation, every pain, and even death. Yet He is our God. There is no one on earth who could know us like Him and use every pain to create such beauty.

    He was absolutely right. “You will grieve, but your grief will turn to joy.” (John 16:20)

  45. Hi Tracie,

    Thank you for today’s devotion, God bless!
    I’m so happy that the spirit led me to read more what’s in the Bible. And I love how different James 1:2 is in NIV and told me why James said to rejoice – because it develops my perseverance.
    And further on I read the below passage, and this one resonates so loudly with me, teaching me what FAITH means in the face of DOUBT.
    James 1:5-8
    If any of you lacks wisdom, he should ask God, who gives generously to all without finding fault, and it will be given to him.  But when he asks, he must believe and not doubt, because he who doubts is like a wave of the sea, blown and tossed by the wind. That man should not think he will receive anything from the Lord; he is a double-minded man, unstable in all he does.

    That’s exactly me – asking in faith, and then doubting the next moment.
    I’m keeping this in my heart for the next time my spirit weakens in doubt.

    God bless you all!

  46. Vanessa says:

    I to as well is so thankful for this devotional even though I am reading it a day late it was still right on time for me at the right moment. I have been trying to work on a lot of my attitudes of dealing with negativity but yesterday issues kinda of wanted to push the negative button. My daughter who is a single parent with children and already struggling to provide them received another blow her car was repossessed! After going to pick her up from work my “child” laid her head on my shoulder and said mommy I have tried so long to do what is right and it seems still nothing is turning out for the better. I told her to never get tired of doing what is right that God has brought us through so much and that He is not going to leave us now. I told her that and I believe that. But however had the day went on my whoa me started working I started to feel all those emotions cause I am sorry when you are kicked in the teeth so so many times by life it gets frustrating and I was beginning to feel boxed in. After unable to sleep I picked up my phone and read the devotional and all of the comments and I began to feel a little encouragement beginning to creep in I thank you all for the comments and most of all the devotional because it let me know yes we all have all kinds of struggles and it is ok to get frustrated but the one main thing is to hold on to Gods unchanging hands cause He got this! Thanks again and continue to pray for us.

  47. This devotion really spoke to my heart, LOUDLY. I have been in a bad mood ever since our move a little over a year and half ago for my husband’s job. It also seems like since we have been here one bad thing after another has happened.. I feel so emotionally drained. I moved away from so many good friends and have hardly made any where we live. I stay at home and that makes the loneliness amplified. I have even uttered the word “hate” to God about the current situation I am in. It has taken everything I have to hold onto God and his truths, because I have been so miserable. I desperately want the Lord to change my attitude and heart towards all of this. I know God puts us through trials to build faith and I am sure this is a huge faith building walk I am going through. I need to preach James 1:2-3 to myself every day and wish I had been doing it over the past year. Thank you for this devotion, Tracie. It could not have come at a better time. 🙂

  48. Thank you for your timely message. I have always had strong faith to help lift friends and family out of the weight of their trials. Lately I find myself shaken to the core as I walk with my husband and best friend through the uncertainties after a recent heart attack. I have not been able to identify what I’ve been feeling inside and your message has brought it to light for me.
    Thank you for your encouraging message.

  49. Oh Tracie! How I needed your words today! I feel I have been at odds with all the important people in my life lately and that has made me so unhappy, sad, resentful – you name it, I’ve felt it! I can’t seem to move past certain hurtful things that have happened – even though my husband and daughter tell me I’ll “just have to get over it”. They realize I’ve been hurt, but since there is nothing that can be done about it – just move on! Thank you for these precious words and scripture. I so needed to hear and be encouraged today – thank you for your insights and wisdom! Be blessed today!

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