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I would be just fine if I didn’t eat another sweet potato until Thanksgiving, I’m just saying.

There are only so many ways that you can make a sweet potato… baked, french fries, hash-browns, and that pretty much sums it up. Think about it, what else can you really do with it (besides making it into a pie). Well the past couple weeks I was fasting by only eating seven different foods and sweet potato was one of my items. Everything was going smoothly and I had no complaints until about four days into the fast. Between the items that I had picked for the month I didn’t really have much option of sugars, besides an apple, as well as the drastic decrease of calorie intake I began to have some issues. My blood sugar dropped and I wasn’t eating enough calories in the day to even get me enough energy. So I made the executive decision to swap some items out for bread and strawberries to meet the needs that my body was lacking. But with all the switching of ingredients the sweet potato stayed. Ugh! I have a love/hate relationship with that vegetable! You see I have always enjoyed a good slice of sweet potato pie, or give me a big scoop topped with marshmallows and brown sugar for Thanksgiving! However, when I am eating them every other day without the delicious marshmallows I began to realize that I just do not care for them as much as I had thought.

I would love to say that this month I used each repetitive meal as an opportunity to be more grateful. I’ll be honest with you, that was not the case. I found myself complaining about my meals- the texture, I am so sick of the mushy texture! It would be so nice to eat something that doesn’t need so much effort to make. UGH, I am so SICK of sweet potatoes! I even found myself wanting to end the fast because I “never” learn from food fasts. All I wanted was to prove this thought so that I could eat something for dinner other than the same thing I had eaten for breakfast and lunch. Then it hit me- WOW, I have a terrible attitude! Within one week God brought it to my attention that I needed to work on my attitude, more specifically He told me to be more positive in my current circumstance. I don’t know about you, but when I hear the same thing from God three different times within a matter of five days I assume it safe to believe that this is a lesson God is really wanting me to learn!

Confession: when I learned that God wanted me to be more positive I still had about a week left of the fast. I tried to reason that since I had learned what God was showing me I was now able to end the fast early.

Not my finest hour.

Then I was humbled by my husbands response. “Maybe you learned the lesson a week early so you could spend the next seven days of the fast implementing the positive attitude.”

Wow!

So that is what I did, I spent the next week eating my fast friendly foods and praying constantly for God to transform my attitude. And He did! I have to say that it was an amazing week, I could actually feel God’s presence as he helped me change the way I thought and how I looked at the rest of my fast. It has even carried over since the fast has ended. Now when I am in a frustrating situation my mind has started looking for the positive.

Truthfully I love this lesson that God gave me because who couldn’t use an extra dose of positive some days!

Photo Credit: Marie Kare

“Attitude is a little thing that makes a big difference.” Winston Churchill

“A healthy attitude is contagious but don’t wait to catch it from others. Be a carrier.” Tom Stoppard

Last Friday night was date night for me and my husband. Eli went to yaya and papa’s house and we were headed to dinner and a movie. This was the first night that Eli was staying all night with yaya and papa so Chase and I didn’t need to rush our date. After dropping him off we headed over to eat at a new restaurant by my parents house that was close to the theater. It was a 45 minute wait and we were hungry so we left and settled for something else. Once we got to the theater they were sold out of the new X Men movie until the 10:30 showing. We really wanted to see it so we decided to leave and go to another theater that was closer to our house. When we got to this theater there was absolutely NO parking at ALL! We had never seen the parking lot completely packed. By this point we were getting rather frustrated, the dinner didn’t work according to plan, we have attempted two theaters and still have yet to see a movie plus there was really annoying drivers we kept encountering. We both were getting so frustrated we started to get a little short with each other. As we headed to the third theater (yes we were that determined by this point to see the movie) I told Chase this was not what our date nights are supposed to be like, we are not supposed to be snippy with each other and taking out our frustrations on each other, yet here we were doing just that. Once we pulled into the parking lot we apologized for our attitudes and headed inside. I however still had a hard time shaking my attitude, now I was irritated that we were seeing a 10:30 showing instead of an earlier one. While Chase was getting us some snacks I prayed that God would help me to shake my bad attitude and for me to be able to just enjoy my time with my husband. Of course God came through! I got over my attitude and both Chase and I were able to enjoy the rest of the evening, and we have done nothing but laugh about our attempt at a date night since then. I don’t know about you but when I get the chance to go out on a date with my husband the last thing I want to do is be snapping at each other. I want to enjoy the time that we have together just the two of us. Our Friday adventure was just a reminder to me that our most frustrating circumstances can bring out whatever attitude we are willing to let it. We can let our circumstances get the best of us and we can spend our time with bad attitudes OR we can put forth the effort and ask God to change our attitudes and He will!

“Set your minds on things above, not on earthly things.” Colossians 3:2 (NIV)

“A cheerful heart is good medicine, but a crushed spirit dries up the bones.” Proverbs 17:22 (NIV)

I don’t know how easy it is for you to get out of a bad mood, but for me not so easy. My husband is so great, it’s literally like a light switch, one minute he is in a bad mood and then he can just flip the switch and its done, no more bad mood. I wish I was like that. I know that everyone is different when it comes to this. Some people are like the light switch and others are more like me, they need a minute to just let it go. No matter the case though we all have days where we may not have the best attitude. Maybe your attitude today was not exactly where it should be. The car wouldn’t start, got in an argument with someone, you ran late for a meeting, your dog got into something she shouldn’t have, it could be any number of things that can put us in a bad mood. The hard part for me though is telling myself not to dwell on it and to have a better attitude. This is an easier thought than it is to put into action. These two verses are both excellent for our attitudes and a challenge all at the same time. When things are going rough it is easier to focus on the negative than to turn our thoughts on Him and how this is not our home. I am the first to admit that this is hard. It is not the first thing that crosses my mind, yet we are supposed to focus on Him and not let the world get us down. We have all heard that laughter is good medicine, that reminds me of this verse in Proverbs. Negativity spreads fast, but happiness spread faster. Lets all commit today to actively change our attitudes when we are in a bad mood. Let’s focus on Him and spread the cheerfulness!