Did you read last week's Words of Wisdom? If so, you heard a little about my plant and my promise of more info about it's giver this week. If not, read it here.
About 16 years ago, I received the beautiful plant pictured above. If was from my "Secret Sister", a church program where we drew names of other ladies and secretly blessed them throughout the year. We had recently moved and I was pregnant with our third baby while trying to homeschool and get the house in order so I remember well how appreciative I was of those kind, surprise gestures.
Anyway, when the Secret Sister reveal came, I was surprised at who mine was - I hadn't suspected her at all. :) She was a very kind lady, a friend of my grandma's and the reveal was the beginning of my getting to know her. (Unfortunately, she is no longer a part of this world, but I know where she is and I look forward to seeing her again one day! But, that's not what this is about.)
This beautiful lady would send out a morning devotional to anyone who was interested and I quickly subscribed. Each morning she would take the time to choose beautiful stationery and even background music to accompany her devotion. And every single day, she would say something along the lines of: "Make it a good day, I choose to."
That's what this is about!! Honestly, I often hated that part! I loved her words and the care she took to send a beautiful, touching message, but I did not understand that I had any control over my day! And, since we're being honest, I will even tell you that I that took it a step further and assumed this sweet lady had no problems to contend with, so of course it was easy for her to "make it a great day."
I know, that's really ugly! And wrong!! I later found out, she had plenty of things to deal with - and who doesn't!?!? However, she was much wiser than I was and she understood joy, hope and contentment! In fact, she modeled it so well, I thought her life was all roses. ;)
It took a long time, but I have learned that I can in fact choose to make it a good day. I can't control all the external influences, but I can decide how I will respond and whether or not I allow those things to rob me of joy, hope and contentment. It has not been an easy, fast or even completed journey, but it is amazing and worth the struggles!
Did you know that you could choose to have a good day? Or better yet, do you BELIEVE it?
If not, please know you can always contact me to chat about how to begin making changes. I certainly don't have all the answers, but I can share what I have learned and at the very least, I am willing to listen!
The verses below have been helpful to me and I wanted to share them with you as well. :)
Commit thy way unto the LORD; trust also in him; and he shall bring it to pass. Psalm 37:5
Humble yourselves before the Lord, and he will lift you up. James 4:10
But he said to me, "My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness."
Therefore I will boast all the more gladly about my weaknesses, so that Christ's power may rest on me. That is why, for Christ's sake, I delight in weaknesses, in insults, in hardships, in persecutions, in difficulties. For when I am weak, then I am strong. 2 Corinthians 12:9-10