Have you ever had “one of those days”? I’m sure you have…a day where it seems nothing goes right. I had a day like that yesterday! I don’t want you to ever think that my life is all sunshine and roses. I want to share my life–and not just the good parts. That takes vulnerability. It feels a little scary, but if we don’t share the not-so-beautiful parts of our lives with each other, we give the wrong impression that we’ve got it all together and we might miss a learning opportunity or a chance to help someone with their problems.
It was nothing major really. I just didn’t really feel well (congestion and cough which kept me awake) which made me grumpy. I was tired from a busy weekend and wasn’t ready for Monday. Then, instead of sweetly handing my daughter her lovely bowl of peach oatmeal, it slipped and shattered on the floor making a humongous, sticky mess! Yep, it was Monday.
My toddler, Levi, woke up too early so he was grumpy, too, and threw a tantrum later when I took off the dinosaur shirt (which was dirty) and put on a cute monkey onesie which he angrily pulled off and threw on the floor. (How could I? He loves dinosaurs!) He also poured his leaky sippy cup of milk out on the floor–twice. Yep, it was Monday.
We had planned to go to the skating rink for a homeschool skate day in the afternoon, but my preteen daughter did not want to go since “skating isn’t her thing.” I decided that was a battle I could skip fighting, especially since I didn’t feel well and the outing would disrupt Levi’s nap which he obviously needed. So we missed an opportunity to connect with friends. Yep, it was Monday.
There was more to frustrate and make the day a hard one, but we can stop here! These all seem relatively minor when I think about others’ difficulties. I really have a good life. Sometimes it’s just a bunch of little things that threaten to ruin a day and steal our joy and peace, isn’t it?
Some days it just feels like a battle to keep our focus on the positive and count our blessings. It’s just so easy to give in, give up, and be sad or angry instead of joyful.
The sign above displays one of many verses that came up when I put in the word, “trial” into the Bible Hub search box. The Bible has a lot to say about trials (which usually fill hard days!)
Mind if I preach to myself for a little while? Ok, thanks…🙂
These are the kind of days you are getting ready for when you take time to spend with God each day. Before each day begins, you should be getting ready for battle. You are in a spiritual battle every day of your life! The devil wants to steal your joy and make you so self-focused, you forget all about God’s wonderful plan for you and all the good things He wants to do in your life. When life starts to fall apart and you are tempted to throw in the towel, remember what the Bible says about difficult situations and problems! Here are some of them:
- We know the testing of our faith produces perseverance (James 1:3–oh, that’s why we can “count it all joy!”)
- These trials will prove our faith genuine. (1 Peter 1:7)
- When we stand strong in the face of tests and trials we will receive the crown of life the Lord has promised to those who love Him. (James 1:12)
- We are more than conquerors through Him who loved us! (Romans 8:37) (No bowl of oatmeal can conquer me!) 🙂
- The Lord knows how to rescue the godly from trials. (2 Peter 2:9) (He’s got my back!)
Most of these verses were written by men who faced many great hardships that were much, much bigger than mine and still stood strong. If they could do it, then so can I with God’s help!
I love that! God can use anything for good! One last verse to remember: “Yet what we suffer now is nothing compared to the glory He will reveal to us later.” (Romans 8:18, New Living Translation) Everything we go through down here that stinks is nothing when we compare it to heaven and all we will share with our Savior forever. (Joy’s Translation!)
Thank you for letting me blow off a little steam! I needed that! Maybe it helped you somehow, too. 🙂
Remember: God is bigger!