Focusing on the Good

I have recently started a new nighttime routine. The other day I went to Target and bought a nice, pretty journal, one that would look good perched on my nightstand, and every night I think of at least 2 or 3 happy or good things that happened that day. I recently saw something on an Instagram page where the girl had a journal on her bedside table that she used only for this purpose and I found the idea so amazing and decided to try it out. 

On top of just the list of good things that I thought of for that day, I’ve been trying to find a bible verse every day that sort of sums up either my activities for the day or my mindset for the day. If I’m having a down day, I’ll find a verse that transforms my mindset or helps it, if I’m having a happy day, I find a verse that captures it and glorifies it. After I’ve written all of my blessings from the day, I read them back to myself and meditate on how great God is and how amazing He is as to give me all that I’ve written down and more. After reading over them, I pray. I pray and I thank God for all that I’ve written and all that he’s given me. 

Writing all of this little things that happened throughout the day really make me appreciate even the smallest blessings from God.  Just yesterday, one of my happy things from the day was “ate a cookie”. I really just felt so blessed by that one little thing that I felt inclined to write it down and thank God for it. It sounds silly, but it really helps change your mindset into something amazing and optimistic. This practice is very empowering and I feel very happy when I go to sleep after reflecting on all of my blessings from the day. 

The things I’ve written down haven’t all been tiny, seemingly insignificant factors to the day. Some have been bigger and more impactful. Such as the fact that my mom has returned safely to and fro her work trips the past few weeks, or the fact that I’ve felt incredibly close and spiritually connected to God the past few months. The blessings vary, but writing them down and reflecting on them at the end of each day has helped put everything in perspective for me and made the days a lot more enjoyable and positive.

Thanks for reading, friends. Focus on the good.

Love always, Abby

1 Timothy 6:12: “Fight the good fight of faith. Take hold of the eternal life to which you were called when you made your good confession in the presence of many witnesses.”

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