Thursday, April 7, 2011

Days like today...and I told you I'm a list-maker

It's days like today...



- when I wake up oh-so-tired after a night of restless sleep...

- when work is so beyond stressful that I just feel like leaving my desk and taking a little trip across the street to Quips...

- when I feel like I can't get it right and wonder why God has me at the job I'm at...

- when yet another earthquake hits an already hurting Japan and you wonder what effects this one will have...

- when the tied-up traffic almost doubles the commute time home...

- when that guy just cut me off on purpose...

- when I get a great "potty report" from the babysitter, only for my son to pee in his pants and rain boots the second we step foot on our property...

- when I come back into the bathroom with fresh clothes for said little boy, only to find poop on the floor, on his foot, and possibly on his hands (to which he confessed only after he touched me)...

- when my impatient responses are not what they should be...

- when I feel lonely and friendless...

- when Hubby's truck has to go baaack to the mechanic because it's still giving him problems...

- when the worries of life seem to outnumber the joys of my heart...



...it's times like this that God usually provides a song that serves as a gentle reminder to me. It came on the radio while I was lost in thought and getting dinner ready:

In Christ ALONE, my hope is found
HE is my light, my strength, my song
This Cornerstone, this solid ground
Firm through the fiercest drought and storm
What heights of love, what depths of peace
When fears are stilled, when strivings cease
My Comforter, my All in All
Here in the love of Christ I stand.



He always seems to remind me, usually through music, that I'm not living this life for myself, for my bosses, for my children, for my husband, for my friends or family. I'm We're supposed to be living for HIM and putting our hopes, worries, regrets, and anxieties in HIM, not in this world or in others. And I say "we" because it not only applies to me, but also to YOU!


This means:

* remembering that He has me at this job for a purpose.

* working as if I were working for the Lord.

* fulfilling my roles in this life with a cheerful heart, not one that is burdened and focused on myself.

* always loving the "unlovable", no matter what.

* if I ask God to give me more patience (especially with the little people in my house!), then I better wake up and realize the opportunities are there.

* TRUSTING in His plan (even if that means Caedon will still be wearing diapers in middle school). ;o)

* remembering that He always loves and we are not alone.



(I've always said I love lists. Can't ya tell?) ;o)


3 comments:

Stephanie said...

Thanks Brain! I needed this tonight. Wishing we lived closer. I miss one of my bestest friends! Love you.
-Brain

Anonymous said...

Start the day with prayer, its the only antidote that revives me to make it thru the day. Besides a little coffee! haha.God is good all the time.

Kara Stoltzfus said...

alone & friendless. you are not my friend.

love ya.