Nothing Out of the Ordinary — and Grateful for It

The beauty of an ordinary day. (And may there be many, many more.)

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sunriseWhen I was young, I craved excitement.

Now that I’m smack-dab in the middle of my life, I pretty much crave ordinary days…you know, those rare commodities when you don’t receive, read, or hear some heart wrenching news about someone near and dear to you or about someone far, far away and unknown to you personally.

Ordinary days.
They are priceless.
Here’s hoping today is one of them.

Elisabeth Elliot writes…On one of those terrible days during my husband’s cancer, when he could hardly bear the pain or the thought of yet another treatment, and I could hardly bear to bear it with him, we remarked on how wonderful it would be to have just a single ordinary day.

How many of us fail to express gratitude for those ordinary days, wishing instead for something better? If you’ve had a single ordinary day recently, why not thank God for it?…

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Shaking off the Downcast and Troubled Frame of Mind

Grant me to rest on thy power and faithfulness, and to know that there are two things worth living for: to further thy cause in the world, and to do good to the souls and bodies of men; This is my ministry, my life, my prayer, my end. Grant me grace that I shall not fail. The Valley of Vision

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Isn’t this true?

We fail and then our emotions nosedive into discouragement and despair.

I know mine do.

I’m particularly impatient and upset with myself when I struggle with the same issues as I did twenty years ago.

Ugh.

But I’ve learned something over the years. Despite how often I fail (and believe me it fluctuates between hourly and minute by minute)…I now realize that the absolute worst thing I can do is to stay stuck.

No matter how badly I feel about my failings…I make it my earnest attempt to get back up and take the next step.

Can I undo the damage I’ve inflicted? Not always.
Can I right every wrong? Nope.

So, I do what I can to make reparations and keep on going.

One little step at a time.

I love how Oswald Chambers describes this so common human emotion of despair and discouragement.

The sense…

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Sin and Temptation (it’s part of life)

Temptation…we experience by virtue of being human.

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Way back when in 1999, a dear friend gave me a devotional I believe I’ve continued to read almost every single day. It’s one of the best out there…and most folks have either heard of it or own a copy themselves.

My Utmost for His Highest by Oswald Chambers….written way back when…when folks still called “sin” sin and understood what “sin” was and how every single person does indeed “sin.”

This morning I opened up the text and what should appear before my eyes but this, “No temptation has overtaken you except such as is common to man…” 1 Corinthians 10:13.

Common to man (woman)….so pretty much temptation is just that, “common” to us all.

If you’re like me, you feel bad when tempted to do, think, behave, act out, or imagine doing something, well, “sinful.”

I know I do.

And as I read further….this “feeling bad” is a very…

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A Hot Mess – When Our Hearts Go Haywire

The sad truth of misbehaving hearts.

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Awhile ago my oldest daughter was remarking that her almost two-year old son was feeling out of sorts because he was teething.

She warned me. Any second he’ll go from being just fine to dissolving into a hot mess.

I pictured that scene in my mind and then I watched it happen.

Logan went from fine and dandy to collapsing on the floor, sobbing as he went down, and staying there. He sure looked the picture of a hot mess with tears streaming down his cheeks, hair all mussed up, and his mouth quivering. It was quite the transformation.

Unlike toddlers who are still too young to truly understand all the fits and frustrations they feel and how to cope with them, adults know better than to dissolve into hot messes every time something goes wrong.

Still, I’ve seen quite a few hot messes take place in big people (and…

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Dwelling on These Good Things

Thoughts on not worrying…from Spurgeon.
Many of God’s people are constantly under apprehensions of calamities which will never occur to them, and they suffer far more in merely dreading them than they would have to endure if they actually came upon them. In their imagination, there are rivers in their way, and they are anxious to know how they shall wade through them, or swim across them. There are no such rivers in existence, but they are agitated and distressed about them… They stab themselves with imaginary daggers, they starve themselves in imaginary famines, and even bury themselves in imaginary graves. Such strange creatures are we that we probably smart more under blows which never fall upon us than we do under those which do actually come. The rod of God does not smite us as sharply as the rod of our own imagination does; our groundless fears are our chief tormentors.

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Last week during a group discussion on panic/anxiety and the like; I read a specific portion from the book we’re studying on the power of the mind and how the thoughts we mull over pertain to our general outlook on life.

What I found the most helpful in this section was the authors’ statement that each of us has to learn to discipline our thoughts (take them captive) in such a way that we do not, ever, ever, ever, take on tomorrow’s responsibilities (burdens, worries, and fears) today.

For when we do start down that dismal road of “what if’s, what will I do, and what will happen if?” There’s no turning back (at least not without lots of concerted effort and back-tracking hard work.)

Read what famed theologian, C.H. Spurgeon preached to his congregation back in the 1800’s.

Many of God’s people are constantly under apprehensions of calamities which…

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Singing Through the Disagreeable Duties of Life

Worry blackens every hour.

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You have a disagreeable duty to do at twelve o’clock. Do not blacken nine and ten and eleven, and all between, with the color of twelve. George MacDonald

All week long I’ve been struggling to not allow a “disagreeable duty” blacken every day and hour right up to the one thing I’d been dreading.

At some points, I was able to put it aside, other moments I wasn’t and my thoughts were increasingly pre-occupied by the very thing I was dreading.

So what’s the big deal?
What kept distracting me from other more important duties?

A silly MRI.

I kept asking myself why I was dreading it so much. Unlike some people, the actual test doesn’t bother me. I don’t feel claustrophobic inside the tube and I don’t mind the loud banging noises it makes during the test.

What I did mind…was that this test was a…

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Two of the Most Powerful Words You Can Speak — Me Too.

Me too.

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Helen Keller, blind and deaf since a toddler, wrote, “Although the world is full of suffering it is also full of the overcoming of it…Believe, when you are most unhappy, that there is something for you to do in the world. So long as you can sweeten another’s pain, life is not in vain.”

Often when I am in a group of women, someone is depressed (or knows someone who is) and very often what brings a smile isn’t some flowery platitude…it’s simply another woman speaking out loud these two powerful words.

Me too.

Suddenly, that island of despair and loneliness morphs into a continent of cure…and hope is birthed again.

I’ve seen it happen more times than I can count and still, it amazes me how honesty sparks hope and then healing in another person.

Let me share what counselor and author, Ed Welch, has to say on…

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