The Emerald Girl

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Friday, September 9, 2016

Five Minute Friday: Heal

Among other goals, one is to have a better marriage. Under this goal I write out specific steps I could take that would be healing. I'm not in this marriage alone so I couldn't decide how I was going to pick what my steps were alone. To anyone who has ever spent time reading my posts, this will not come as a shock: I tend to be negative and focus on what's wrong in my life. Alas, this has been my husband's biggest grievance. I'm taking a step of faith here and starting the challenge of writing out one Bible verse a day and 5 things I'm grateful for. I've tried this before, it didn't stick but I've heard of other people (1000 Gifts) doing it and experiencing life changing outlooks so I'm gonna do it again and just keep doing it even when I feel like it'll never work its magic on me. I hope the daily practice of writing down gratitudes slowly (preferably quickly) heals this heart of mine.

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4 comments:

  1. Hi Jen! I don't think we've met; I'm Shauna and I'm your neighbour in FMF#55 today. You have a beautiful family. I was touched by your words today, not because you claim to be negative, but because you are just being real. I've got 4 teenagers and I remember these days that you're living through. It's hard work! Between mom-responsibilities and wife-responsibilities, there are some days that just make you wanna cry.
    I just wrote a post yesterday that you may find very encouraging. It's called "My Manifesto of Motherhood" and I pray that it will encourage your mother's heart. Courage, my friend! You can do this!
    http://blaaklistwriters.com/manifesto-of-motherhood/

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  2. Hello, there! I've got to tell you, first I kind of love your post because I believe that you stopped at the five minute timer. I see other bloggers with huge novels, and my first thought is really, "Hmmm! I don't think they stopped after 5 minutes" :P More to the point, Marriages, and most relationships in life, take work. I'm so happy that you recognize it and think it's wonderful that you're taking steps to change that outlook. I also tried doing lists of things I'm grateful for and the habit never stuck. Until, I recently started just listing things that make me happy and that I'm grateful for when I find my mind is ruminating on the negative and it absolutely has changed my life for the better. Keep at it :) (Look into 29gifts.org if you haven't already. It's a more hands-on, action based gratitude exercise that might help)

    Best of luck,
    Girl of Green Gables

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  3. Hi, Jen, that sounds like just the right plan to counteract the negative. I pray it works wonders for your soul. When I've done it, it certainly turned my outlook upside down for better. Your hydrangeas are spectacular, BTW. Thanks for stopping by my blog too.

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  4. Hi, Jen, that sounds like just the right plan to counteract the negative. I pray it works wonders for your soul. When I've done it, it certainly turned my outlook upside down for better. Your hydrangeas are spectacular, BTW. Thanks for stopping by my blog too.

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