2023 note: this is the beginning of “thinking on the just, pure, lovely,” which has since then been the mantra of my life, and one I have continually needed to remember. See Philippians 4:6-8.
Written in December 2004:
We have been in a hard time, but it was very, very hard from August 26th to November 3rd when we just seemed to be “in the fire” on a daily basis. Our trials during that time included losing our sole income when my dear husband lost his job senselessly and unexpectedly and Hurricane Ivan hit our area hard.
During that time, and even now when I get scared because we lost our insurance policies with the job and when I worry about future money, I remember something that I read a long time ago: We can only have one thought at a time.
That seems impossible for us multi-tasking moms, but it is true. You can only think ONE thought at a time. That means I can either dwell on our hard times or thank God for what I can find that is good.
It has helped me to remember that. Sometimes I find my thoughts going back to what I want to tell my man’s former bosses who fired him, negative #%@!% thoughts. Then I remind myself that I can only think one thought at a time, so I DECIDE to think something positive. Before long, I feel more upbeat and happy.
(Originally published on my 2004-2005 Keeping the Home blog)