Some pretty white and truths of life. Just like a pretty kitchen, life get can messy; it takes patience and time each day to keep it in order and clean up all the little accidents that happen along the way. The end result is always rewarding.
But getting to that end result isn’t always easy.
I can tell you I’ve had moments in my life that felt overwhelming; even trials that lasted long and felt so much bigger than me that I wasn’t sure I’d make it. But I did : ) I was talking with a good friend today and we were each sharing about a personal situation that’s a challenge for us. We like to share (and sometimes rant) then ask each other what our “one joy” we will do for ourself that day. Have you ever tried this? It’s wonderful and actually something that’s manageable to do in your day. Just plan out or write down one simple joy you can plan for your day. Maybe it’s as simple as getting a Starbucks one morning or taking a hot bubble bath after a long day. My friend was so sweet, she said her one joy today was going to be putting together a gift basket for a friend who had just experienced a loss. It’s amazing how much giving to another can make us feel good, isn’t it?
Sometimes it’s good to take a break from a difficult time and plan one simple joy for our day.
Another thing that helps keep me hopeful during challenging times is knowing that there is a bigger plan at work in my life. Sometimes this is hard (or impossible) to see when you’re right in the thick of it. You usually don’t see it until it’s all over. I’ve found that the trial is usually something that helps me develop a skill or strength I’ll need later. It’s comforting to know that God is the master of this plan and that He loves each one of us, despite our shortcomings. That being said, I ran across this scripture and wanted to share it with you today, in case you’re having a tough week or maybe feel overwhelmed about a situation in your life right now.
Know it. Believe it. Live it.
Go find your one joy today!