staying positive

Tuesday, December 4, 2012

Lately I've been realizing a lot of things.

While trying to juggle everything in life {Being a productive wife, work, school, house hunting..} I've done a lot of pondering about...everything.

What I've been realizing is, no matter what you have to do throughout your day or go through, it is all about attitude. It is all about a positive attitude! It is all about being encouraged, and loved, and welcome, to make you motivated to do what you need to cross off your list.

A Steven Curtis Chapman song that came out recently {a year ago} sums it up..

While I may not know you,
I bet I know you wonder sometimes,

Does it matter at all?

Well let me remind you, it all matters just as long
As you do everything you do to the glory of the One who made you,
Cause He made you,
To do every little thing that you do
To bring a smile to His face
Tell the story of Grace
With every move that you make
And every little thing you do

The lyrics explain it well enough, though if you are a visual learner {or auditory} rather than kinesthetic, this music video will work for you (Learning Theory class here!!):

Even though this music video is only lyrics, the song and the message is still there. We must do everything we do, if not for our own satisfaction, then for God's satisfaction! We must do everything in a manner that glorifies Him.

So while I'm at work, I think about this song, and many others on any Christian Pandora station, and do the dishes diligently.. To glorify God. I don't compain, I don't whine, and I fix my mistakes. I am patiently learning how to work the confusing register, and I am making progress. I am always thinking of Him, my Creator, who gave me this wonderful life with the most handsome husband  I could have ever hoped for or imagined. He has planned out everything for us, and all we have to do is surrender our lives to Him in order to reach our full potential. This includes doing everything we do to glorify Him. This includes being positive in the most unpleasant of circumstances, because He always has a will, and He will show us the way.

This is where the positive attitude comes in handy. This is where it comes into play -- Do everything we do to glorify God!

So how can I keep so positive while experiencing this crazy military life?

I try. I do everything  I can to see the best in a situation. I am so thankful that Logistics Officer Course is a much nicer schedule on my man than TBS ever was or could be. I am so thankful to be able to be in school right now, while working, while having so much more time with Marshall now than I ever did during TBS. I think more about what I'm thankful for, rather than what I want to fix about all of this.

I really do enjoy this military life, though it's not for all. I realize that some military spouses get next to no time with their husbands --- whatever their specific job is forces them to be away from family for an extended or specific amount of time. I realize this is a fact of military life, but we must still be thankful -- in ALL situations. God wouldn't give us something that we couldn't handle. Even with this, even with not getting enough time with your man, it is so important to keep positive about it. Cherish the time you do get. Yes, it is stressful, but it is life. It's another fact of this crazy military life. I know, I experienced that too growing up, and I am so thankful for that experience to prepare me for the now.

This is where a positive attitude comes in handy --  rather than being so upset about the shortage of time you get to spend together, or the slim pay you have to live by, realize that this is the life God has given us. Be thankful for it, and glorify Him! He knows we can handle it -- some of us may just need a little help in realizing this.

I realize that, when we get out to Camp Pendleton, I won't get near as much time with Marshall as I do now. I'm preparing for that; I am preparing my heart for that. I know that this is what he's always wanted to do, and I'm respecting that. I am letting him follow his dreams, while keeping the fort together and solid at home {the best I can fit into everything else that's going on!}. I am trying my best to handle these situations God put upon me with grace, and love. A positive attitude is key {Especially when you are glorifying God, in everything you do!}

It's great for me now, partly because of the health insurance. Tricare is a lifesaver, literally, and they are so easy to work with. That's one bonus. Another, is the network of wives. Although there haven't been any spouse events or anything here at Log-O school {since we're technically not supposed to be here for such a short school} it is still really nice whenever I do get the chance to hang out with other Marine wives. That's one huge postitive -- the instant friends, wherever you go. I am thankful that I was involved with LINKS while we were in Quantico -- the instant network of friends and knowledge of the Marine family lifestyle was really a lifesaver.

I am thankful that I have such an optimistic attitude about everything. I really realized this the other day -- about a week after I turn in assignments, they are graded and posted online. In my Education course, as you may know, every week we've been writing lesson plans about different INTASC principles; things that need to be addressed in the classroom through lessons for child development, to put it simple. At the end of the lesson, there is a reflection section we have to fill out, about what we think about what we created, how we can change it in the future, what you think the students will take away from it, etc. And I always have an upbeat attitude about it -- that's just how I am.

My professor pointed out that my attitude, that postitive, upbeat attitude, is truly a blessing. This happened in the dicussion board posts too, which are basically like essay questions you have to research and turn in every other week; It's usually about a kind of behavior issue expected, or how we can positively integrate technology in the classroom. I try and find something great out of it. I am always {doing my best} to stay positive. And my professor loves that, at least she says how she appreciates my attitude and take on life. At the beginning of the course, we had to introduce ourselves, and we could include anything -- I noted my major, where we are from, where we are living, that we're going to be moving {again} soon, etc. But I was positive about it all. I was excited in my words about all the ups and downs I explained that we've been experiencing in this crazy {military} lifestyle. And everyone appreciated that take on life. It's hard to find that nowadays.

Society is telling everyone to want more and more than before, and people are becoming greedy. People are losing hope; in our country, in eachother, in God. People are negative. This is not the way to live.

We are to live in HOPE and JOY and PEACE; We must be thankful and positive, for God is our ultimate Hope, and Jesus is our Savior from all worldly things. Even with the ups and downs while trying to learn the ins and out of this ridiculous military life, we must keep our faith in Him -- because if we have that, then we can't be stopped. Greed isn't the answer, God is. This is why, or how, I am always positive. This is why I'm usually in a good mood, or how I can have so much to do, but still finish everything, and then some-- becoming so productive. We must do everything we do to glorify Him. And this is what I have been trying my best to do. I'm not perfect -- but I've been trying. That's all we can hope to do.

I can keep so positive during this crazy, military lifestyle because I have God on my side.

Do you?

"Rejoice always, pray without ceasing,
give thanks in all circumstances;
for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus for you."
1 Thessalonians 5:16-18

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