Hello readers, we hope your summer has been filled with family making memories and time spent doing pleasurable activities whether it is recreation, gardening, home improvement, or hobbies. In the rush to savor the last remaining summer days and warm nights, we get blindsided by all that needs to be done to prepare for fall.
With fall comes many changes, children returning to school, seasonal layoff, and this being an election year, changes in our government. If you are an avid news watcher, or maybe not, either way you cannot escape the constant bombardment of negativity. It is easy to get caught up in the doom and gloom of local, national, and world events. We are influenced by what we hear, read, and watch in the news and on television. Listening to or watching the news consistently every morning or evening has a profound effect on our thinking. If we feed our minds a constant diet of negativity soon we start to feel the effect in our thought and emotional processes.
In order to guard ourselves from negativity, it is helpful to fill our minds with positive thoughts. This can be done by starting your day with a devotional dedicated to hope. Sarah Young author of the “Jesus Today” devotional is a great way prepare yourself for the challenges that you face. With Jesus Christ all situations are possible to live through no matter how tragic or life changing. It is possible to have joy, peace, and contentment while experiencing grief over changes.
We wait in hope for the LORD; he is our help and our shield. In him our hearts rejoice, for we trust in his holy name. May your unfailing love rest upon us, O Lord, even as we put our hope in you. Psalm 33:20-22
-Catherine Thorington, M.A., LLPC