Thursday, March 26, 2015

Putting Things Into Perspective

I'll be honest.  It's been a crazy week. Ups and Downs and All Arounds.

I made the comment to Jeff a few weeks back about how that particular day was "the longest day ever." He informed me that the longest day ever for him was the day I lost our baby through miscarriage.

Hmmm. Kinda put things in perspective.

This week.....this week there were so many moments when I wanted to comment about how terrible of a day I was having.  More than once, "This is the day from hell" popped into my mind. I pushed it away each time, reminding myself that things could always be worse.  And it could, and I know that.

If you know me, you know how much I love words, especially God's Word.  He always knows what I need to hear.

This morning as I was reading my Readings for Lent and Easter, my scripture came from Romans 8:18-25.  Verse 18 says, "Now, I'm sure of this: the sufferings we endure now are not even worth comparing to the glory that is coming and will be revealed in us."  I was reminded that I'm going to have rough days, rough weeks, but I am empowered by God.  He speaks grace and mercy over me.  Because of my faith in Him, I have this amazing hope within me. In him, I have glorious freedom.

When I have a bad day, I try to stop and remember the good, the blessings. God's way of telling me to get over myself and see what good He has done.  So for me, in this moment, that is what I am choosing to do.  Instead of griping or listing here the things that went wrong this week, I want to share with you some things that went right:

We made an offer on a house and then accepted the final offer.

Carson has artwork at the local art gallery.

Colin pulled out a B in science when I thought for sure he would get that C.

Jeff bought me a dress just because he saw it in the store window and thought I would like it (and I do).

Jeff showed up in my classroom with Starbucks.

Hilarie showed up in my classroom with my favorite Route 44 drink.

My little boys still want me to lay down with them every night.  

One of my students at school did the Happy Dance when he found out corndogs were on the lunch menu.

I got to fill in for Leslie at church and hang out with the middle school girls. 

Makennah wanted me to be in the nursery with her.

A new couple joined the church.

We got to enjoy our usual Wednesday night Dairy Queen meal with our church family.

We've had some beautiful spring weather this week that allowed for some extra recess.

This is just a small list of good things from this week.  It was easy to pick them out, especially with keeping the positive in mind.  Mindset is a powerful thing.  I encourage you to pick out the positives when things aren't going your way.  Find the good in your day and dwell on that instead of the bad.


  1. Thank you so much for reminding me to focus on the positive

  2. Love this! Reminds me of this verse that tells us to focus on the good stuff.
    Philippians 4:8 NIV

    Finally, brothers and sisters, whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable—if anything is excellent or praiseworthy—think about such things.


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