Monday, May 16, 2011

keep calm and carry on

I find myself all too often thinking "calm down it's not that bad" or "it could be worse".
Anyone else?

Each day is a gift, so why do I take a single one for granted? Like today, I let my schedule for work ruin my lovely day off with my hubby. Thankfully he loves me enough to just put up with me, but I think I end up getting more upset at myself than I do at the situation.

Why even complain? I have a job.
Why let it ruin my day?

Oh, because I'm human.

And then, because God has an awesome sense of humor...I walked past this in Target:


Seriously, keep calm and carry on.
If we stop and think about what we're getting so frustrated with, can we really justify the reason behind the frustration?
Most days, I can't.

I'm almost finished with One Thousand Gifts by Ann Voskamp. It is an unbelievable book, an easy read, and one that keeps your attention. She is a HUGE inspiration, and has such a gift for writing. If you've never read it, I recommend it to you...OR YOU COULD JUST ENTER MY GIVEAWAY!
Ok, I'm terrible at keeping things from people! And I couldn't wait to tell you what I had decided on for a giveaway! Look for the post tomorrow to enter!

Back to my point...the book is all about the gifts God gives us each day, and how we need to not only embrace them more, but when we realize how much He gives us, we need to be so thankful in return.
Yes, life gives us rotten lemons sometimes, but at least we got those lemons.
So lets take the rotten lemons and make them beautiful too!

Also, we saw Thor today...not as bad as I thought it would be. :) Happy Monday!

3 comments:

The Soul Anchor said...

One of the greatest things my high school youth leader did for us kids was to say over and over again, "be still and know that I am God." He really tried to instill that verse in us. And I'm so glad. I haven't mastered it yet, but I'm definitely trying.

Annie said...

i have actually been trying to be more intentional with my thanks, particularly when i want to complain. the other day i was driving to work behind an incredibly slow car and started to grumble. instead i forced myself to thank God for my car, for my job, for the money to pay gas. it's going to take a long time to make it a habit but i think it'll definitely be worth it.

Sydney said...

First of all, Haven't had the chance to read One Thousand Gifts, and I'm so totally excited for your giveaway now, girl! Awesome choice!

But oh my goodness, I'm the same way! I'm kind of always complaining but I've made it one of my four "life goals" to focus on not complaining and instead just be thankful for everything I DO HAVE. Like I always say, I should "Be Blessed"! Take my own advice, right?

 
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