Weed Hunts
 
God’s love sprouts around us like lilacs, but we go on weed hunts!  How many flowers do we miss in the process? If you look long enough, you’ll find something to bellyache about.  So quit looking!
 
Lift your eyes off the weeds.  Collect your blessings.  Catalog His kindnesses.  Assemble your reasons for gratitude.  “Always be joyful” is what Paul tells us in  1st Thessalonians 5:16-18 .  “Pray continually and give thanks, whatever happens.  This is what God wants for you in Christ Jesus.”
 
Gratitude is always an option.  Make it your default emotion and you’ll find yourself giving thanks for the problems of life.  Who knows what you might record in your journal:
 
Mondays.  Oh boy–my favorite!
 
Final exams.  I can hardly wait!
 
“Impossible,” you say?  How do you know?
 
How do you know until you give the day a chance?  Thank God!

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