Tuesday, February 10, 2015

How You Look At It

Recently, I have been reading a book called:
"Saving Graces: the Inspirational Writings of Laura Ingalls Wilder"
I love Laura and when I found this collection of hers, I had to look into it.
Many of her writings have made me stop and think. One especially.
Laura states that it's how you look at life around you, that will make life what it is. That seemed to make sense to me! If you wake up in the morning with the mind set that "life is horrible", well, it will be. But, if you keep your mind on:
 Finally, brethren, whatsoever things are true, whatsoever things are honest, whatsoever things are just, whatsoever things are pure, whatsoever things are lovely, whatsoever things are of good report; if there be any virtue, and if there be any praise, think on these things. Philippians 4:8 

We all tend to look at only the bad side of life. All the trials, worry, and fears. We forget our blessings. We have our family, we have a home. But most important, we have Jesus. He is always there. He is the same yesterday, today, and tomorrow. Why must we grumble and complain? How much happier the world would be if we woke up in the morning, a smile on our face. Our first thought, "Thank you Jesus for another beautiful day!"
Oh, maybe the weather outside physically isn't beautiful. Maybe the sky is a cloud of gray, and the sun is nowhere to be seen. But as my Grandpa says, "The sun is always shining. Even behind the clouds." How true that is! Life doesn't have to be just mumble and complaints. We all have troubles, and we always will. My Mom reminds us quite often:
 "We live in a corrupt world. If it was perfect, why would we need Jesus?"

Life can be hard, but it doesn't have to be "horrible". We can still find joy in the small things of life.
It's not easy to look at life with a positive outlet. Believe me, I know! I sometimes feel like the worst complainer of them all. But that doesn't make it right.
Laura wrote:

Life is often called a journey, "the journey of life." Usually when referred to in these terms it is also understood that it is "a weary pilgrimage." Why not call it a voyage of discovery and take it in the spirit of happy adventure?

Yes, the sun is not shining. You may no feel well. Everywhere you turn you may see something that is another burden, trial, or sorrow.
Still, life is a beautiful thing. And it can be in all times of our lives.
As Mother Dear says: "We can have joy, and not be happy." 
This means, we can have peace in our hearts, even through the troubles. We can still hurt, but we should always remember that someone is there to carry our hurt, and He always will be.


  1. Very nice encouraging post! :) May we all keep our eyes on Jesus!

  2. I often find the greatest peace in the midst of the hardest times, because it is then that I fully depend on Jesus! He really is all we need!

  3. :) "Joy even when you're not happy..." Very true!

  4. Yes, there is always something to be thankful for. I like how Laura looked at life.

  5. Amen! ...it's good to you see you on here :-)