Yesterday was a rough day for a lot of people.
It used to be for me to… until I decided to not let it.
Easy for me to say– living life with the love of my life, huh?
But let me tell you, I was in for a shock those early years when I thought that a day that used to make it painfully obvious that I hadn’t found my special someone was supposed to miraculously turn into a magical dream day.
It didn’t take long before I realized that those dream Valentine’s Days weren’t exactly written in the guy handbook the same way they were written in this gal’s book.
Now don’t get me wrong, my man has done right by me on Valentine’s Day in the past, but these days we skip the hub-bub and I am thankful for it.
No, yesterday–like most holidays– was more about the kiddo than anything else.
Now, the hubs and I need a date night, but I’d prefer it to be on a night when we both didn’t have to work and the kid doesn’t need to get up early for school the next day… just sayin’
So, like most things, we do things our own way… we will get the date night sometime, just not when the official holiday calendar and Walmart says so…
But back to my original point… many deem this day as a “bad” day.
Hallmark aside, I can relate to that sentiment.
In fact, I have been having a lot of those lately…
Too much to do… shift change…too little time… shift change…something breaks… did I mention the shift change?
Add to it that my bad days are quickly accompanied by my bad attitude and that NEVER makes anything any better.
On one particularly bad week, when my bad attitude may or may not have been at an all time high, THIS is what kept running through my head…
That is a tall order when the car breaks down on the way to school pick up and the fridge is leaking and did I mention the HOLE IN MY WALL…
But it really does change things when I think about them.
So this verse (and the song that goes with it) played over and over in my head for the last month and a half.
So much so that I am making it my 4th verse for my Memory Verse Team Work…
Wait, what about verse 3 you ask? Well even though Psalm 118:24 came to me first, I quickly knew I needed a verse to “get me there”.
Because when life is throwing all kinds of wrenches at my head, my first thought is not “This is the day that the Lord has made, let us rejoice and be glad in it.”
So I started looking for a verse that helped me get in the right frame of mind and THIS is what I landed on for verse 3.
English Standard Version (ESV)
8 Finally, brothers, whatever is true, whatever is honorable, whatever is just, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is commendable, if there is any excellence, if there is anything worthy of praise, think about these things.
This has helped me so much… OR the combination of the two new memory verses have.
If I don’t find myself honoring a particular day, I immediately think about what I am thinking about
Can you imagine if the news actually focused on this list?
Anything Worthy of Praise.
I find Miss Add has a lot easier time focusing on these things than I do…
“Mommy isn’t the moon lovely?”
“Mommy, Daddy knows everything! He can fix it!”
“Mommy, I just love Valentine’s Day”
“Daddy, you have the element of kindness”
So I am trying to take a cue from my little life coach and I am finding that life is a lot more enjoyable when my head is in the right place, honoring that each day is a gift, not just something to make it through.