Monday, 5 December 2011

What attitude are you choosing today?

My husband and eldest daughter, ok ok, and me too, I admit it, when we get behind the wheel of a car with oomph, we utilize said oomph with gusto!


I can remember a season when my husband bought an Isuzu diesel double-cab.  It sounded like a tractor and drove almost as slowly as one.  What I remember from that vehicle is that because it did not go very fast, my husband tended to be more, shall we say, sedentary in driving it.  I noticed a definite calming in his driving and consequently, a calming in him.  It did help that the tractor like noise lulled one into a calmness too!

My point is that in realizing the car's limitations, he chose to drive it differently, more conservatively.  And in that 'choosing' his demeanour was more relaxed.  When I 'choose' to drive more relaxed, even though my car is more, hmm - excitable - I am more relaxed.

I believe its in the 'choosing' that our attitude can be determined.  Are you 'choosing' a fast-paced, high stressed existence today?  Or  are you 'choosing' to smell the roses, make time for a stranger, or perhaps a child's concerns?  Are you ending this day blessed because of your choices?  I hope so.

Duet 30 v 19:  Today I have given you the choice between life and death, between blessings and curses. Now I call on heaven and earth to witness the choice you make. Oh, that you would choose life, so that you and your descendants might live!


Choose LIFE today!

God bless
Tracy

a HUGE ps:  Thank you ladies for praying for me.  My op went well and I believe God was with me the whole time.  There's a blog post or two in there for the future about God's favour!  I missed you all so much and will be spending this week catching up with you.  So glad to be back blogging!

Linking today with Joan from The beauty in His grip for:


And
Jen from Finding Heaven for:

And
Shanda (on Tuesday) from A Pause on the Path for:


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23 comments:

  1. Welcome back, I missed you too.
    I trust that you will go from strength to strength.
    I choose life today and a sedentary car.

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  2. Glad, you're feeling better Tracy. Love this post... slowing down, yes!

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  3. Choosing to have a slower paced life and a good attitude are not always easy, but when we make these choices, life flows so much easier.

    I haven't visited your blog in awhile, and was unaware that you were ill. I do hope that you are feeling better these days.

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  4. What a joyful blessing that you are home and recovering; missed seeing your here! :)

    This is an awesome post Tracy; a perfect fit for me. I often let my high anxiety (even though I don't choose it to!) get the best of me. It is with great determination, prayers, and faith that brings me down a notch!

    Blessings and love friend,
    Denise

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  5. Hi Stefanie - you so don't have a sedentary car. You make me laugh. Enjoy beauty matters :)

    Hi Marja - amen to that! kind of been forced to slow down, great feeling though

    Hi Mara - thank you, I appreciate that. Have bounced over to visit with you

    Hi Denise - thank you for your prayers they are so appreciated. I know I will use this opportunity to slow down too!

    Ladies - its so good to see you here. Have missed you
    God bless
    Tracy

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  6. Tracy,

    I am choosing an attitude of gratitude, I am choosing to seek Him and His will I am choosing to live a life that is pleasing to God. Glad you are feeling better. Blessings to you Tracy.

    Kandi

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  7. Hi Tracy,

    So glad to see you on here, you have been missed! Thankful you are feeling better. Thia is a great post.
    I am choosing today to rest in HIS peace and joy no matter what the day brings! Be blessed today Tracy.
    Chelle

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  8. Glad you are back and that everything went well. Yep, it's ALL in the choosing. And what I love about God is that if we make the wrong choice, we can, right this moment choose differently. Love His grace.

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  9. Desiring to make the right choices today. Glad to hear everything went well for your Tracy.

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  10. So glad you are back!! :)

    Each day we have many choices. I want to chose that relaxed, smell the roses path. Great encouragement.

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  11. Glad you are feeling better! Thanks for encouraging us in our choices. We really do have more say in that than we often think. As my kids got older, I made a conscious decision to savor the time with them. I'm glad I did. Have a great week! :)

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  12. I'm so thankful your op went well. Im praying for a quick recovery! It's nice that blogging takes so little energy!

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  13. What a great reminder that we have a choice, Tracy. Today I choose blessings and life.
    I'm so glad your surgery went well and you are recovering nicely. Great to have you back!

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  14. Moving in the right direction in a relaxed mode is a good reminder. Our attitude must be "willing and obedient" to God's ways and to His voice.

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  15. So true that everything is a choice--even our attitude and pace in life. Thanks for sharing this, Tracy. I'm following your sweet blog. Blessings!

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  16. So true! Choosing to slow down and "smell the roses" enables us to see, feel and taste the blessings all around us that we would have otherwise missed.

    I'm so glad you are up and about now! Blessings to you, Joan

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  17. So thankful God took such good care of you :)

    This really spoke to my heart:
    "Are you ending this day blessed because of your choices?"

    Welcome back-

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  18. Such a good reminder, especially in the midst of this Holiday season. =)

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  19. So true, slowing to "make time for a child's concerns" I'll try to do this today. :)

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  20. This was great! I've always told my boys that they can choose their attitudes, not to let the circumstances choose it for them. I want to smell the roses!
    Glad you are feeling better!
    Blessings~
    Kris

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  21. Your illustrations were so appropriate for your post about the choices we make. Take care, and choose to rest when you need to! (That's advice from a nurse!)

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  22. Hi Ladies - thank you for all the well wishes and all the encouraging comments. I really appreciate them and Esther Joy, I will choose to rest when I need it! Thank you. Look forward to catching up with you all on your blogs tomorrow.
    God bless
    Tracy

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