Pelican moms will sacrifice their own blood to feed their children. Jesus sacrificed Himself to give us life. Pelican Promise is my offering as I attempt to live a sacrificial life for Him. Will you join me? "And walk in love, as Christ loved us and gave himself up for us, a fragrant offering and sacrifice to God." Ephesians 5:2
UGH! Not Morning, Again? I did not want to
get out of bed! Life was too hard. My husband had not been working for almost a year. The bills were plenty and the food was gone. My 5yr old son was diagnosed with Asperger’s and ADHD.He was having such a difficult time in school.He would kick, scream, bite, and pull hair. He tried to communicate his feelings but did not know how to.I didn’t know how to help him and did not have the energy to even try.I felt like a failure as a mom.My chronic illness rendered my entire body useless. I barely had enough strength or energy to put the dishes in the dishwasher or fold a load of laundry.
Life’s trials had truly overwhelmed me.
you ever felt that way? Be honest! God
knows your innermost thoughts and feelings.
Of course I knew that difficulty was part of life. I would teach it to other women. So why did I feel so defeated?
I threw the covers over my head, sighed and said,
"I needed an attitude adjustment."
"Go to your Bible and
looked up the word attitude!” The Holy Spirit whispered to my heart.
slowly and in pain walked down the stairs, poured my coffee and began my
I could not believe how many Bible verses mention attitude. Let's review a few.
“You were taught, with regard to your former way of life, to put off your old self, which is being corrupted by its deceitful desires;to be made new in the attitude of your minds;and to put on the new self, created to be like God in true righteousness and holiness.” Ephesians 4:22 – 24 (NIV)
Attitude adjustment is mandatory. In the original language the verb tense for "put off" means a one time throwing it off. The verb tense for "put on" is a continual action of putting on.
I think of an old dirty, stinky shirt that you can't get off your body quick enough; you just want to burn it. Then, everyday, you can put on a fresh, beautiful garment that never spoils or fades.
What a concept. No more dirty laundry. No more dirty way of thinking. Only a new way of thinking.
The Word changes our attitude . It is alive. It can hug us when we need encouragement or slap us up side our head if we need an attitude change (don't be offended, God has to do that to some of us who are stubborn).
“For the word of God is alive and active. Sharper than any double-edged sword, it penetrates even to dividing soul and spirit, joints and marrow; it judges the thoughts and attitudes of the heart.” Hebrews 4:12 (NIV)
That morning I desperately needed an attitude change.
I kept studying. My bad attitude began to change to a thankful attitude as I was reminded of the attitude of Christ.
"Have this attitude in yourselves which was also in Christ Jesus,who, although He existed in the form of God, did not regard equality with God a thing to be grasped,but emptied Himself, taking the form of a bond-servant, and being made in the likeness of men.Being found in appearance as a man, He humbled Himself by becoming obedient to the point of death, even death on a cross." Philippians 2:5-8 (NASB)
A tear rolled down my check. "Lord, help me to have that attitude."
I asked God to give me an acrostic for attitude. I do much of my teachings using acrostics. I did not think He could do it. (guess my attitude still needed adjusting.) What He gave me sent chills down my spine.
A – A.
T – Thought.
T – That.
T – True.
U – Undivided.
D – Devotion.
E – Every time
Oh to always be consumed with thoughts that ignite a wholehearted devotion to serve my Heavenly Father.
I instantly thought of one of my favorite bible verses.
“ my son Solomon;
acknowledge the God of your father and serve Him with wholehearted devotion and
with a willing mind for the Lord searches every heart and understands every
motive behind the thoughts ...” 1 Chronicles 28:9 (NIV)
"Make my mind willing, Lord! Change my attitude"
Did you know that your brain can only think of one thing at a time? You can chose what you think about.
I want an attitude like Christs. I chose to think about Jesus and claim His promises.
Will you join me in an attitude adjustment? copyright 2015 Cherrilynn Bisbano