“Discontentment is: having what you don’t want, or wanting what you don’t have.” a quote by Elisabeth Elliot that I finally wrote it down and tacked it up along with her, “In acceptance lies peace.” I love these. I can hardly think of a day when they haven’t crossed my mind.
Life has this way of throwing unforeseen, unprepared-for moments at you. It certainly doesn’t go as planned. So what’s a girl to do? It’s always my attitude that makes or breaks me. Problem is, I can’t seem to just will a happy face. I need a process.
- It helps when I take my whining to God first. He can handle it. He already knew what I was thinking anyway.
- Next, I write about it in my journal. Not for anyone else to see! Just to get it out and down on paper.
- Then, I stop and reread it objectively and sincerely, asking for help in the matter. Tears usually come at this point whenI see my selfishness, or pride or just a bad attitude.
- This is a great moment to open up God’s Word and soak up some scripture, remembering that whatever “it” is, God did not ask me to go it alone. He is with me, works in me, through me, and is for me.
- At this point I can sit and think a little more clearly, knowing there’s room for His thoughts to move in. Sometimes I even get an idea to try out, or I become inspired to just keep going.
Perspective makes all the difference. There isn’t an hour to sit and spend over every little stress of life, but when I feel that all too familiar mounting aggravation and pressure, I better find a quiet corner and carve out the time needed.
Our vacation is coming to a close. The daily grind of care-giving will again soon be mine to manage. I’m headed home rested and rejuvenated and thankful for so many things. Mostly, that I’m not alone- ever! I have God’s constant grace to carry me through. I CAN do all things through Christ Who strengthens me.