Mr. Rogers once said that when he was a boy, and he would see scary things on the news, his father would always point out the positive, "Look for the helpers. You will always find people who are helping."
Life is scary sometimes. Life is painful sometimes, and if we get caught up in focusing on the pain and the fear, it can be really overwhelming.
This summer, I've told you in some of my Monday Messages, that I have not been in a great place, emotionally. A lot of little things have gone wrong, and piled onto other things, and allowed even older things to resurface in my head space. I have really been feeling beat up.
And it is easy to dwell on those things. It is easy to over-analyze, overthink, and play on repeat, all the things that have gone wrong. They are frustrating, sometimes infuriating, and happen with little to no reasoning behind them. But that is life.
How often do we stop and think about all of the needs that have been met? My word, if during all of my mess, I had stopped in that moment to recognize how God was caring for me through it, my stress levels would have been very different!
Just as He proved Himself to be there with the sweet singing voice of my toddler last week, He showed up throughout every stress and every curve ball. I just wasn't paying attention!
Last Monday was my birthday, and instead of celebrating, I was dealing with a broken toilet, and a sick child. Instead of eating my favorite things. I was nauseated after holding a garbage bag in front of my child to vomit in, because of the strep test at the doctors. If you don't know me, any symptoms related to the stomach bug are my greatest fears!
Also, instead of noticing God's presence, I was angry with Him. Instead of focusing on the good, I became distracted with the bad. But...
What if, instead of Look at all these horrible things happening to me, our attitude reflected one of gratefulness with, Look at all the ways God helped me.
As a wife, mom of 4, and business owner, finding time to spend in the Word, can be difficult, so I get it! Come join me each Monday for a simple message of hope, faith, and encouragement amidst some honest mommy moments.
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