The Good, The Bad, and The Unpredictable

bald_man_combI saw a meme the other day that said “My luck is like a bald man who won a comb.”  That about sums it up.

My life is NOT awful at all.  I’ve been through and continue to go through lots of challenging situations, but even though some of those situations are pretty bad, my life as a whole is still good.  I have a pretty awesome husband.  We have a crazy wonderful son.  We live in a great area.  We are children of an amazing and powerful Father God.  When I lay my head down on my pillow at night, that is what counts.

The challenges are still hard.  For example, after hubby being on unemployment for a while, we were just starting to get back on our feet.  Then one by one, our appliances started breaking down.  First the stove, then the dryer and the fridge.  Also during that time…BOTH vehicles had to be replaced.  We also had to replace our roof.  The washer is now on its last legs and now our water heater needs replacing.  It feels like we are taking one step forward and two steps back.  It doesn’t feel like we’ll ever catch up.

It’s overwhelming at times especially when you see so many other people who manage their obstacles much easier. I know behind the scenes they are probably just as overwhelmed as we are.

The Bible tells us not to be anxious about tomorrow “…for tomorrow will worry about it’s own things. Sufficient for the day is its own trouble.” Matthew 6:34 I tend to be a worrier, especially when it seems that everything that could go wrong, has. I am TRYING to focus just on today. I’m telling myself I can’t do anything about the washer or the water heater right this moment, but I can take care of the things that I can right now…and the rest will wait in God’s capable hands. Then I will do the same tomorrow.

So that’s it. How do you eat an elephant? One bite at a time. How do you run a marathon? One step at a time. And man’s steps are ordained by the Lord, how then can man understand his way? (Proverbs 20:24) I just have to keep repeating this to myself, reminding myself that we’ve made it through worse, and keep counting my blessings.

Until next time – live simply and love abundantly!  Grace and peace…

Ann’Re

When I am afraid, I put my trust in you. In God, whose word I praise, in God I trust; I shall not be afraid. What can flesh to to me? Psalm 56:3-4

For I know the plans I have for you, declares the Lord, plans for welfare and not for evil, to give you a future and a hope. Jeremiah 29:11

Do not be anxious about anything, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God. And the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus. Philippians 4:6-7

For I am the Lord your God, who takes hold of your right hand and says to you, do not fear; I will help you. Isaiah 41:13

Living With One’s Self

Living With One’s Self

A farmer whose watch needed repairs took it to a jewelry shop, and asking for the proprietor, said, “I want you to fix this watch. Something has gone wrong within in the last few days, and it will not go.”

The jeweler opened the case, looked at the works, and said, “What do you think is wrong?”

“Guess the mainspring is broken: I let it fall on the floor about a week ago, and it seems to be broken up.”

“Very good,” said the watchmaker, “I’ll fix it up for you.”

“How much will a mainspring cost?” the farmer inquired.

“A dollar and a half.”

In three hours the farmer returned, “Have you got that watch ready?” he inquired.

“Yes,” said the jeweler, winding it up and setting it by the regulator in the corner.

The customer counted out a dollar and a half and pushed the amount across the counter. “It will be only fifty cents,” said the jeweler. “The mainspring was not broken, as you supposed. One of the pinions was bruised a little where it sat in the jewel.”

“Well, now, I reckon that’s pretty honest,” said the customer, pocketing the dollar.

“I would have paid the dollar and a half and never have known the difference.”

“But I would,” the watchmaker said, and I have to live with myself.”

There is a bit of philosophy in this last remark that we would do well to remember. If in a deal one man does another wrong, the greater injury is not done to the man who is deceived. It means only the loss of an extra dollar to him, but the other fellow has to carry that secret round with him, live with it, try to make himself believe that it was not wrong, and ends up despising himself and losing his self-respect and manhood. It’s worth a good deal to have a decent man to live with.

-Author Unknown

 

Myself

I have to live with myself,
and so I want to be fit for myself to know;
I want to be able as days go by
Always to look myself straight in the eye;
I don’t want to stand with the setting sun
And hate myself for the things I’ve done.
I want to go out with head erect,
I want to deserve all men’s respect;
And here in the struggle for fame and self,
I want to be able to respect myself.
I don’t want to look at myself and know
That I’m bluff and bluster and empty show.
I can never hide myself from me.
I see what others can never see.
I know what others can never know.
I never can fool myself, and so,
Whatever happens, I want to be
Self-respecting and conscience-free!

– Author Unknown