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In All Things…


I turned 48 on Sunday.

I celebrate birthdays. Always have, always will. I love getting together with family and friends, a large group or small, doesn’t matter. I really don’t need a birthday, a reason, to celebrate. At least that’s what I’ve always thought. Lately, that hasn’t been true. Lately, life hasn’t been easy. Lately, it’s just been ‘doing life’, rather than living it.

Know what I mean?

Life feels like a roller-coaster that won’t quit. I hate roller-coasters. I mean, really. We spent all year planning, preparing and looking forward to our daughter’s wedding, and then bam, one month before the date, my father-in-law has a heart attack. Dies two weeks later. What. IS. That?

That my friends, is life.

Did we stop the wedding? NO. Was it an awesome wedding? YES!! Did we forget our loss for that day? NO. But we accepted it. We moved through it, and we still praised God in the storm.

If you’ve ever been in a storm, a simple unexpected rain shower that drenches you or a tsunami that sucks the life out of you, you know how very, very, very difficult that is. Yet, if you are a man or woman of faith, you also know that it’s impossible not to praise the One who brought you to that place, because He will bring you through it.

I forget. I forget. I forget.

I get angry. I wail and whine and want to punch somebody’s lights out. I’m really not a violent person. But in those moments, I don’t want to hear that things will get better. That everything happens for a reason. That in all things, God works together for the good of those who love Him…Ā Because, really? Really, God?


In. All. Things.

Confession Time. I’m really not a positive person. I see the glass half empty. A lot. I worry about things that I can’t do a damn thing about and I question and create mountains out of molehills and fire off the occasional angry email or Facebook post before thinking. I may have a slightly sarcastic streak that needs to be reined in from time to time. Too often I forget how my words might sound to the untrained ear. I forget that I might unintentionally or not, open a wound or even create one. I forget to be positive instead of negative. I forget to just be still and know…and trust. And believe.

So here’s the thing.

For the next 48 days, which will bring us roughly to December 2nd or so, I’m going to post something positive on my Facebook wall. I’m challenging myself. Even when life sucks and I don’t want to be nice, I will post something positive. I can’t promise the occasional snarky comment won’t crop up, because really, who are we kidding? But I’ve decided to take this challenge, decided to see whether I can do it, and whether it makes a difference.

Want to join me?

Sometimes it might be a Scripture verse. Sometimes I may write stories here that go along with my posts. Sometimes I might highlight other people, because I know a lot of them and they’re pretty cool. Sometimes I might just say what I need to say and you can all have at it. But I will have to find something positive to say. Every. Day.


Stop laughing. I’m serious.

Let’s do it.

DAY 1 “I praise You because I am fearfully and wonderfully made...” Psalm 139:14

Why do I believe that? Read THIS and find out.

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  1. Stephen on October 16, 2013 at 10:08 am

    You’re doing a countdown!! Yay!! I have a lot of experience with that, if you need some help!

    • Cathy West on October 16, 2013 at 12:37 pm

      If I can make it past 48 I might need your help!!

  2. Beth K. Vogt on October 16, 2013 at 12:30 pm

    Love this. Love you more!

    • Cathy West on October 16, 2013 at 12:38 pm

      šŸ™‚ Keep encouraging me with your wonderful words, friend!

  3. Darlene Lindstrom on October 16, 2013 at 1:11 pm

    Julie, IMO you are just explaining life! I totally understand you on this issue! I feel the exact way! I need to do this also to keep positive and not get depressed as it snowballs!So yes , I will promise you Julie! Everyday , I promise to post something positive on facrbook ! For some I went to to click open this and my cell keeps saying I need to close a ran” the cell does this once in awhile so I have to pull out the laptop to write or open wjsy I want to! See I Just woke up today. I stayed up very Late last night Or I went to bed 4 hrs. Ago! So this is the first thing happening but I am goingnto oikm st Jt like I am blessed to have north items! šŸ˜‰

  4. Susan Mason on October 16, 2013 at 5:35 pm

    Good for you, Cathy!! The power of positive thinking is truly amazing. I pray that once you get started this will become a way of life for you! If you have never read or listened to “The Secret” I highly recommend it. Because it is so true that like attracts like.

    I know this lady (a friend of my mother’s) who is SO negative and for the past 20 years, she has attracted nothing but negative things into her life. She is seriously depressing to be around. If she had only learned to change her thoughts, her life would have turned out so differently.

    Happiness is a state of mind we choose – every day! The good news is you can start immediately – like you are!! Yay!! I pray great things come to you!

    • Cathy West on October 16, 2013 at 8:07 pm

      Thanks, Susan! Should be fun! Of course I know there will still be aggravating things to deal with and days when nothing goes right, but there is always something to be positive about, right?

  5. Mary A Felkins on October 17, 2013 at 2:22 pm

    Great thoughts. I was challenged a few years back that the root of my poor outlook on life is always always a lack of gratitude. Always. We are commanded to praise Him and remain thankful/grateful in all circumstances…storms of life or not. This isn’t pious PollyAnna Christianity. And It isn’t easy. But any other attitude that isn’t gratitude toward Him suggests to the world that God is NOT good. Which He is. All the time. My attitude doesn’t change Him, it only removes me from the blessing of rest (emotional, mental, spiritual). I recently began a regular FB posting of Reasons Why I Admire My Husband because it’s kept me accountable to remain grateful in this particular area. It would be a good thing to post/journal in many other areas of life as well. God bless!

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