Negative stress vs positive thoughts…which one?

Well, countdown is here…for the next ten days we will be busier than ever with the last round of packing, cleaning apartment, saying good byes, contacting utilities and other important people plus school.  Yep, while moving, i’ll be facing the challenge of having internet and still do my schoolwork…God give me strength.

Yeah, things are getting a little stressful especially as hubby faced a minor medical issue this morning.  All us well now but I pray the stress is not getting to him…it will be a big change for him (and me).

Some of the stresses included the following:

1) moving to a new location far far from family (never done that) though we’ll have know some people who are close by.

2) Going to a new church – hope we find a  good bible believing one who is welcoming and will encourage me as I work towards going into ministry.

3) Needing to find a job – to cover some of the expenses even if it’s part time

4) Taking care of Dene while at work and on my own…will be a big change without family nearby.

5) Getting to know new people – i’m shy and tend to avoid some social situations because the shyness can be overwhelming.

6) the move itself especially with our elderly parents driving, loading, and unloading…

Even with these stresses, we are relying on God to help us and looking at the blessings, which include the following:

1) Quiet, peacefulness

2) It’s in Eastern Washington – my most favorite place to visit

3) my dad has property over there that I can finally explore – just need to watch out for rattlesnakes (stay tuned for a blog on this)

4) Montana and Idaho are nearby – more fun places to explore!

5) My grandparents’ old farm turned to county wildlife park is closer – another relaxing and quite place.

6) I’m close to the Columbia river – my most favorite river in the whole wide world…it’s calming and relaxing.  I grew up near it and found it peaceful and beautiful!

7) Traffic is awesome there – rarely any backups!

8) It snows – yes I love snow!

9) blessings of our parents who are helping with the move

10) and the list goes on….

What is the point of these lists?  I was reminded as I read a textbook that negative thoughts should be replaced with positive ones.  The positive will help with conflict and you will be able to see things in a different perspective.

After all, according to Philippians 4:8 (KJV):

Finally, brethren, whatsoever things are true, whatsoever things are honest, whatsoever things are just, whatsoever things are pure, whatsoever things are lovely, whatsoever things are of good report; if there be any virtue, and if there be any praise, think on these things.

Therefore, in conclusion, look for the positives and replace the negatives.  When you do this, your stress will be relieved and you will have a more positive outlook on life.

As to the answer to the title, I am choosing positive thoughts!

So, what negative thoughts are crowding your mind?  Can you think of anything positive to replace the negative?  Feel free to comment.

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