Monday, December 12, 2011

One of those Days...


Today it's been just one of those days. Overslept, got up to feed a starving baby and send a sleepy husband running out the door. Still felt exhausted after feeding the babe, and after a 20 minute couch nap didn't revive me, I headed back to bed, feeling guilty, but more tired than anything else. Once I got up for good (at ten, yikes!) and was back on the couch feeding baby again, the despair started to descend.

"You've wasted half of the day! Look at this house! There is no way that you are going to be able to get it all accomplished. Think of your poor husband- he's tired too, but he's had to work all day anyway. What kind of lazy woman are you?"

Thank God that we don't have to succumb to these things. There have been days that I've dwelt in despair-land, but today I took a deep breath and decided to forget what was behind me (half of a wasted day). The good news is I still had half of a new and beautiful day ahead of me. There was no sense in dwelling on what couldn't be changed. I've done that before, and at the end of the day I was still tired, still bummed, and my untouched to do list was still looming like a dark cloud over me.

So instead I asked the Lord to help me where I was. He knows I am tired, and discouraged. He alone can give me the grace I need to face the rest of the day. Even though it didn't make me feel productive or like I was making a dent in the demands of my day, I took time out and prayed. And it helped. I was able to exercise, shower and get dressed, read my Bible, work on laundry. Now I am hitting the afternoon slump, but by His grace (and with the help of some pick me up caffeine :) ) I intend to finish the laundry, do the dishes and make dinner. Ready set go!

Are you doing the best you can today with a joyful heart? Or are you feeling overwhelmed and hopeless? What are some things that help you look to the Lord and persevere when you are tired and busy?

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  1. Ah Rachel.. your honesty is so refreshing! So your question in the end.. Today Adele had her little surgery. She is doing GREAT! And Praise the Lord doesn't seem to be in pain. I too am feeling lazy, and enjoying some much needed time at home with my baby! As I force myself to put away laundry, which I have been procrastinating, I remind myself how the Lord has blessed us beyond what I imagined with a beautiful little girl. Most of her clothes that I am putting away are gifts and hand me downs from friends. Today I will put away laundry with a joyful and thankful heart, for the Lord has truly provided for the needs of our little family! I miss you dearly and can't wait to peek in the window at your little darling in just a couple of weeks! I will contact you when I know the dates that we will be in your neck of the woods. Thanks again for your post : ). You are doing a great job momma!!!!! Love you! Jen L

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