If you read my post from last week, you'll know that my life can be a bit.....less than perfect?
Really, lots of days I'm a mess.
After I banged out those words and gave them time to settle and had a decent night's sleep, I woke up Friday morning to some new thoughts, some wisps of things I couldn't quite grasp.
After some time, a question lodged itself in my mind and wouldn't move: are there some things I could be doing that would change my days for the better?
They weren't deep or profound, but they were tiny bits of truth that I could tuck into my heart and mind.
They were a place to start working from.
Some days are just more difficult than others, but choosing to look at only the bad sends my mind careening down that well-worn path of discouragement.
When I make the choice to hunt for the good, I start to see more and more of it around me.
For me, looking through my camera lens helps a lot.
Secondly, when I take the time to look for the joys and then remind myself of them when things aren't quite so picture perfect, the Holy Spirit strengthens my self-control.
I'm re-minded about where I'm supposed to be, and what I'm supposed to be doing ~ right here in my home, raising my little ones for the glory of the Lord.
And last, but a new thought for me, is that I need to see something accomplished during a day to feel like I've done what I should. I'm a task oriented person, and though that isn't necessarily a good thing, it is part of my make-up. When I only manage to do things during a day that are getting constantly "undone," I feel like I've not really done everything I could do for that day.
Scrubbing dishes, sweeping floors, washing clothes, and feeding hungry mouths are all good and important tasks, but they are something I will be doing for the rest of my life. They are not accomplishments, they are just the things I have to do to keep life running smoothly.
I need to be able to point at something at the end of the day and say, "see what I did?" Many times it is only to myself, but it makes a difference to me.
Friday my grand accomplishment was to sharpen all the colored pencils we use for nature journals.
Totally insignificant? Yup.
But the next time we go to sketch and the pencils are sharpened and ready, I'll be happy!
*So this is definitely different than my normal writing, but I'd like to try out some new things.
I'd like to share some of these tidbits I'm learning about myself, simply because this is how I think things through. I'm thinking about posting a bit more day to day glimpses of life, a chance to more permanently remind myself of all my blessings, and maybe offer those who are interested a little better peek into the life of a missionary mama. I'm also going to try to post a little bit more.....though we'll see if that happens or not. I think hubby and I have worked out a possible schedule.
I'd also like to hear from You! What things have you learned about yourself that have led to better days? Please share!