Tuesday, June 26, 2012
What a difference a day makes!
I have to apologize for yesterday's post. I reread it today, and I am not sure it made complete sense. I don't know if it was the heat of the day or the fact I was trying to do 7 things at one time, but I didn't completely convey all my thoughts. Today is a complete and total change from yesterday. For starters, the weather is unbelievable!!!! It feels like a perfect spring day. Temps are in the upper 70s vs. yesterday's 90s. The girls and I played and did our lessons and devotion outside today. Instead of keeping cool in the sprinkler, we were trying to keep our paintings from flying away in the breeze. (We painted w/ cut potatoes today and it was super fun!) The other change is it is just me and my computer right now...no other tasks on my plate (at least not for the next 30 minutes) and no little ones to answer...just the keys, screen and me!
What a difference a day can make?
I thought of that saying as I pondered the change in the weather as well as the changes of being back in good ol' NC. We touched down at RDU last Thursday evening and I experienced a feeling I have never quite felt before. I have always been excited and eager to get back home after being away for a few days. But, I can honestly say I was not that thrilled about being back. I realized that the trials my family has been facing seemed to diminish in the sunshine state. They were out of sight and out of mind. We didn't discuss the house selling. We didn't discuss where to move. We didn't discuss any of the things that have been the topics of most of our conversations. We had fun! We felt relaxed! We had forgotten our troubles! Now, as soon as we landed, everything we have been questioning came rushing back after being out of our thoughts for 17 days!
Yes we still prayed about the subjects while we were away, but they weren't staring us in the face. We had completely handed the matters to God and not thought about them more than necessary. I felt a little down as we drove home...but why? Why did I feel like I had to think, worry and wonder about what to do now that we were back home? Worry is a sin!
But again, what a difference a day makes!
The Lord put so many inspirational stories and verses that touched my heart in my path over the weekend. Things that could only have come from Him to lift my spirits. Reasons to be thankful. Ways to count my blessings. And most importantly my immediate family to remind me we are all in this together...we are seeking the Lord's will as a team, and I am so thankful for my team! We also have a wonderful extended family who missed us dearly and was glad to have us home.
In my case it took a few days to make a difference in my outlook on life. It took a few days to be encouraged instead of discouraged. But today I am thankful for my God that is holding my hand through all my uncertainties. I am thankful He can change so much in a matter of seconds!
Colossians 2:10a "And ye are complete in Him..."
Psalms 31:14-15 "But I trusted in thee, O LORD: I said, Thou art my God. My times are in thy hand: deliver me from the hand of mine enemies, and from them that persecute me."
PS - Not to make anyone panic...but today is June 26th. That means that this year is almost half way over (hence the recalculating of budgets yesterday), which also means there is now less than 6 months until Christmas!!! Yikes!!! The countdown begins!!!