I was reading from My Jesus Calling devotional and knew if this spoke to me today, it would probably speak to at least one of you…
Read this as if it was Jesus speaking this to you:
“Give up the illusion that you deserve a problem-free life. Part of you is still hungering for the resolution of all difficulties. This is a false hope! As I told My disciples, in the world you will have trouble. Link your hope not to problem solving in this life but to the promise of an eternity of problem-free life in heaven. Instead of seeking perfection in this fallen world, pour you energy into seeking me: the Perfect One.
It is possible to enjoy Me and glorify Me in the midst of adverse circumstances. In fact, My Light shines most brightly through believers who trust Me in the dark. That kind of trust is supernatural: a production of My indwelling Spirit. When things seem all wrong, trust Me anyway. I am much less interested in right circumstances than in right responses to whatever comes your way.”
Boy, did I need this reminder! And don’t you love the excitement in “the promise of an eternity of problem-free life”? Won’t that wonderful!!
If you are down in the dumps or caught up in trying to perfect your life, just stop. Take a deep breath, and read the words above one more time. It gives you an immediate
reality check and slight kick in the fanny sense of relief, doesn’t it?! God wants you to LET GO, sister!!
For another post I had written about getting through the trials of life, read: Making the Best of Human Life
This week I’ve been in a “funk” that I can’t seem to kiCk. Do you ever have those?
We’ve talked or written many times about hitting the reStart button. I’ve been trying to hit the restart button for days now and it has frustrated me because I wake up and my feelings haven’t chaNged. I know the things I’m suppose to say, “Be positive…count your blessings…start new today…etc” but it isn’t always that
It’s ok to have down days every now and then. We occasionally need down days like these to help us appReciate the good days. I guess you can relate it to taking a vacation…eventually it’s time to go hoMe and get back to norMal life :)
This week started off a little rough. On Monday I got an email from a customer saying that I sent her the wrong colored blocks. I was working on two similar sets and happened to swap the colors. This meant that now I had 2 customers that wouldn’t be getting what they ordered. When I realized this my stomach was immediately in knots. I am a bit of a perfectionist and don’t like to make mistakes. Although I triple check all of my orders before they get mailed, regrettably I still have a small percentage that are made incorrectly.
Although I was upset with myself, there was no point in panicking. I contacted both customers and luckily they were very understanding…thank goodness! BUT I continued to experience a lot of anxiety over what happened. Even though I was CONSTANTLY telling myself that this sort of thing is going to happen from time to time, the feeling in my stomach never got better.
We may know something is right in our mind but it takes our body a while to catch up with our thoughts. My mind knew this was not worth worrying about but my stomach felt otherwise. To minimize my anxiety I continually told myself, “Everyone is human. Everyone makes mistakes. No one is perfect. You rarely make errors in your business …” and sure enough the next morning my stomach had finally listened. Sometimes it only takes a few minutes and other times it can take days. Unfortunately you have to wait out the storm until your feelings become balanced with your thoughts.
(*This picture was taken from our backdoor last week)