Positive Possibilities – December 2 Devotions

Here we are in the countdown to Christmas…23 days to go! I started my online shopping last month (I’m NOT a “Black Friday” shopper!) and I’m working on some Christmas crafts.  In the midst of the holiday hustle and bustle, I think it’s important to focus on the positive aspects: Jesus, as the “Reason for the Season,” family, and traditions, which all add pleasure to this last month of the year.

 

Here are the devotional thoughts for this second day of December.

 

“Jesus came to open the prison doors

and set the captives free.

You will only begin to progress

when you start to believe

you can experience freedom.

You must have a  positive vision for your life–

a vision for a future

not determined by your past

or even your present circumstances.

Exercise your faith and take a positive look

at the possibilities God has planned for you.

Begin to ‘call those things that be not

as though they are’ (Romans 4:17).

Think and speak about your future

in a positive way,

according to what God has placed in your heart.”

–Joyce Meyer in “Ending  Your Day Right”

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My reflections:

It does amaze me how different even a single day is depending on whether I have a negative or positive outlook on it. Positive is so much better! I like that emphasis on not letting negative thoughts control us.

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So what are YOUR thoughts?

Do you agree with the idea of positive thinking? Have you experienced the difference between positive and negative thinking?

More cuteness!

Little Thor napping with Miss Cali.
       Little Thor napping with Miss Cali.

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  1. I had my shopping done by 11/1 so I could focus on Christmas.

  2. Your thoughts…your thoughts…our thoughts…we have to learn to think positively
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  3. That’s so true. Being an optimist doesn’t make you happy and giddy all the time because you don’t have bad thoughts. It just means you know how to control it.

  4. when i am upset about something it is hard to choose to be positive but i can tell a difference in how much people want me around when i am being positive or being negative
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  5. I have done nothing. this is so not me either – but I just feel like my family has so much already and we don’t “need” anything

  6. I make it a point to treat each day as a new adventure and that in itself is positive thinking. Sometimes events take place that are outside of our control or completely unexpected but keeping calm and finding a positive point in it helps.

  7. Yes i always in the positive thinking but the other would down me so sometimes i can think negative

  8. I love that quote about positive thinkers having negative thoughts but not letting them control things. That is exactly my experience. Thanks for this post.
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  9. I agree that a day can make a big difference in our lives. As humans, we are meant to experience polarities, so it is okay to have days when you are being challenged to recognize the “negative” and see what steps you can take to flip that mood to positive. The weather plays a big part of this for me. On grey and dreary days, I have a harder time than on days the sun is out. I often go for a walk and enjoy nature (hopefully there are blue skies and clouds to watch), and generally that puts life into perspective. Or I have learned to observe what is behind the not so great mood as an opportunity to learn more about myself.
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  10. Everybody has negative thoughts or circumstances. You’re right, it’s all about how you react and what you do with it that matters and affects the outcome.
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  11. I was told I’ve gotten better with age about being negative but lately I think I’m slipping back into old habits. I need to keep hearing this!

  12. I think positive thinking makes a huge difference! It changes your outlook on everything and the way you react to any situations. It makes my day a lot easier because I don’t get stressed about the little things 🙂
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  13. I love that you’ve pointed out positive people still have negative thoughts, they just deal with them differently. I consider myself a positive person but there are times negativity sneaks its way into my thoughts and then I work hard to ensure it is a very temporary visitor. You cats are gorgeous – they look so content.
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  14. You are so right, optimistic people are so much more peaceful. I love Christmas and I love to focus on tradition and faith rather than gifts
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  15. Does Romans 4:17 say that? Well, I’ll definitely have to take that verse to heart and maybe even make it my verse for next year. I really struggle with the balance between being positive and also letting God work his will. I know that not everything I want he wants for me. Yet I could definitely be more positive!
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  16. That’s so true!! Positive thinking is important to keep our mind and body healthy.

  17. I’m one who has been called a Polly Anna many times in life. Even after getting knocked down by life a lot of times. Now though, I think I’ve learned my lesson. Life is too hard to be positive all of the time, but doing your best to keep positivity front and center really can help a lot.

  18. what a great way to remind ourselves what December is all about. Thanks for sharing the positive vibes!

  19. I do so believe in positive thinking. It really does play a part in the out come of things in your life. My mother beat all the odds the past couple months after her massive heart attack. It was because we all helped each other to stay positive even with the worst of odds. She is still with us today because of faith and because of all the positive energy around her.

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