I love harvest season. I love fall. I love the smell of cold dirt. I love the cozy sweaters (of which I have an abundance!). I love cuddles. I love warm drinks. I love the colourful trees. I have been blessed to be working potato harvest this year once again and I constantly have a pink glow in my cheeks. Maybe because I’m teetering close to the edge of sickness because of being in the cold so much, but I chose to think its because of all the great fresh air I’m getting. I recently got to take engagement pictures for a lovely couple, when they asked to wait till the trees were colourful I was so happy! Fall engagement pictures are really pretty. Okay I am so biased towards fall being my favourite season haha. It is hard for me to have a bad attitude in such a beautiful season.
The other night a dear friend spoke on ‘count it all joy’ to our young adults group. I didn’t think that there was much in my life that would influence me towards a negative attitude that evening. Ha. Ha. Ha. Oh how the devil loves to sneak into those types of thoughts! That evening I sunk into a sullen attitude thinking about how people had made life hard for me. I knew I shouldn’t have been/didn’t want to be thinking that way but I didn’t really connect it to an attack with reference to the few hours prior. Since we talked about surrender last week I need to mention that there are definitely areas I really need to work on in that area. Surrendering what happens in my life seems to be easier for me because I realized that I literally have no control over that anyway! But surrender past hurts is harder. I don’t want to hold on because it makes life miserable, and yet things come up and Satan strikes with inopportune accuracy.
Have you ever talked with a person who complained the entire conversation? Don’t you just walk away from that feeling almost sick! To learn to see blessings is almost a practice, and to choose joy is a learning process. I have intentionally had to see blessings. Like yesterday morning I was late for work that was actually canceled, of which I didn’t know about. So I rush to get my lunch made and get out the door without having breakfast. I get the text work is canceled when I’m almost to work so I turn around and head home. I almost hit a deer (had to slam on the brakes, that poor frightened animal was probably 2 inches from a big bang.) and was just driving down the road in a grumpy attitude, I woke up on the wrong side of the bed some may say. Then my eyes seems to be opened to the frosty, grey fog and the glistening, wet trees, there was a beautiful picture before me. I chose in that moment to try and turn my frown upside down. It was a very conscience decision.
I think we have control over our attitude. I think we have control over what we allow into our brain. Like I said before though it is a practice. I believe that we have to train our thought life. None of that works without Jesus fighting for you through that battle. The devil is a conning deceiver. The father of lies. You really can’t fight that master mind on your own. Blessed are the sons and daughters of God that have Him on their side. He doesn’t just sit on His throne chin resting in His hand watching His human creation struggle. Nope there is a heavenly battle going on that we don’t even see! Imagine that Jesus is literally covering you with His wings, holding you safe from the devils attack. I love that concept. Jesus is more then just a protector of the physical but also the protector of the mental.