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Sometimes grumpy moods happen.  It’s not like something happened, or didn’t happen.  You’re just grumpy and cranky and kind of mad at everything. My mom calls these moods “time for an attitude adjustment,” but most of the time I call these “Mondays.”

But them I’m reminded, usually on a weekly basis, that I should be the most joyful person ever.

  1. I’m a CHRIST follower.  I am not going to hell.  When I die I get to sit at the feet of Jesus and rejoice with the angels!
  2. I woke up this morning with heat, a roof over my head, food in my fridge and running water for a shower.  Per the World Health Organization globally, 1.8 billion people have to use a drinking water source that is contaminated.  I had to run my kitchen faucet to get water for my tea. I didn’t have a concern that it might not be safe.
  3. Today I got to get in my (mostly) working car and drive to a job.  Thankfully, the unemployment rate continues to decline but there’s still 5.7% of the US population that are unemployed.
  4. I have some pretty incredible friends and family.  I have the opportunity to be with them on a regular basis.
  5. My good health allows me to be capable of volunteering.  Some of my favorite people are the Oklahoma Disaster Relief crew.  When something horrible happens they go into high gear.  They have lots of volunteer trainings throughout the year.  There are many other incredible worthy causes but DR is one of my favorites.
  6. Oklahoma sunsets are beautiful!  Glorious colors to remind me how God created all of the spectrum. Proverbs 20:12 “ears that hear and eyes that see – the Lord has made them both.”
  7. We have incredible freedoms.  I can say whatever I want, gather with the people I whose fellowship I cherish, celebrate the name of Jesus boldly in public, and a host of other freedoms allowed by the Bill of Rights.

It’s all too easy to get caught up in the grumpiness of repetitive daily life, but there is oh so much more to be thankful for!  Romans 15:13 “May the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace in believing, so that by the power of the Holy Spirit you may abound in hope.”