Recalling a dream I had last night…. Dang, this freaking sucks! I woke up before my alarm! I hate when this happens. Dang, I can’t even go back to sleep…I’m so mad! I hate my job. Wish I didn’t have to go in today. Thankfully, most people will be out of the office and I can leave out early. Nothing in my closet fits me….I’ve gained too much weight. No one will ever love you, man, no one! You look like crap. The guy I’m dating hasn’t been present. He’s getting too comfortable, time to let that breath. You’ll never find love. It’s so cold outside. I hate living in Chicago. I wish I could move but I hate the heat. The thought of going to work and sitting at this desk and playing friendly with these people is exhausting. Can’t wait for the weekend…what day is it????? Monday. Sitting at my desk dreaming…I wake up the sun is shining. I’m so excited to get this day started and accomplish all of my goals that I woke up before my alarm. Guess I have time to read my bible before going into work. Lord, knows I need Him to accomplish this day! I read, “Live creatively, friends. If someone falls into sin, forgivingly restore him, saving your critical comments for yourself. You might be needing forgiveness before the day’s out. Stoop down and reach out to those who are oppressed. Share their burdens, and so complete Christ’s law. If you think you are too good for that, you are badly deceived.” (Galatians 6:1-3 MSG).
Hmm, that’s interesting, I wonder how I can work that into my day. I have to hit the gym today! It’s a must. My friends wake up so much earlier than me so I have more than 15 unread messages due to group messages. It feels nice to be loved. It’s freezing outside but nothing makes you appreciate Summertime Chicago more than wintertime in Chicago. Sometimes I walk into my house and thank God that I have heat and pray for those without. My job is boring, my car is acting up and I’m ready to move. It’s funny because I recall a time when my job was the biggest blessing ever, my car was new and exciting and my house was home. *Exhale* I’m at peace. I am grateful for what I have and I am happy with where I am because I remember where I came from and more than hopeful about my future.
And then I stop dreaming. Or was I ever sleep?
“Therefore, since we have been justified through faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ, through whom we have gained access by faith into this grace in which we now stand. And we boast in the hope of the glory of God. Not only so, but we also glory in our sufferings, because we know that suffering produces perseverance; perseverance, character; and character, hope. And hope does not put us to shame, because God’s love has been poured out into our hearts through the Holy Spirit, who has been given to us. (Romans 5:1-5 NIV)
Sometimes I become so caught up in what I want that I forget what I have. Sometimes I get so caught up in what I want that I forget what You want for me. Sometimes I get so caught up in this World that I forget every day is a blessing. Lord, I ask for forgiveness because I take your daily blessings for granted. I ask for a continued state of peace to make it through this life with a positive outlook. Allow me to see things as You do and not as I do. In Jesus name, Amen!
I EMPOWER you to keep a positive mental state. If you go through the days with negative thoughts and pessimism your skies will be cloudy and dark but if you change your sights, look toward Jesus and really fight to maintain positive thoughts the clouds will break and the sun will shine through.
Share one positive thought you will carry with yourself this week.
Ms. Dené B. is a student of life who enjoys human studies and social media. She graduated from Loyola University Chicago where the motto is “Preparing People to Lead Extraordinary Lives,” She took her education and school spirit to heart and now is a young adult striving to live an extraordinary life while helping others achieve the same. With a Bachelor of Arts in Advertising and Public Relations and minors in Sociology and Visual Communication, Dené’s worked at a top PR firm but her greatest accomplishments resides in volunteer work with Autism Speaks and Big Brothers Big Sisters. Currently, she finds herself pursuing a vision God placed in her of starting her own business. One of her go to scriptures is, “Rejoice always, pray continually, give thanks in all circumstances; for this is Gods will for you in Christ Jesus.” (1Thessalonians 5:16-18 NIV).