My goal with this blog is to have something to post at least every other week. That didn't seem like a lot until I really examined my schedule. Since starting this blog, I have quickly realized that posting new content every other week is going to be quite a sacrifice for me. After all I only have so much time available to write in between everything else that I have to get done. That is why I became very excited to receive the following email from none other than Sarah Walkerow. As soon as I read her words I knew that this was going to be the content for my next blog. So, not only did she write an amazing word of encouragement that I feel like everyone needs to read, she also provided me with a little extra time to get other things done on my "to do list".
Without further ado, Sarah Walkerow's "My Monday".
I just thought I would share this with you cuz Jason thought it would be good to put on the website?? Either way, just here to be a blessing…lol
Just driving to work this morning I had a thought that went something like this…
“It’s Monday, it’s raining, I have to wake my whiney kids up early to take them to daycare since Jason has to go to work now – I’m tired.”
I paused for a minute to realize that I was beginning to allow the “case of the Mondays” to creep up on me! So I started to laugh because I wasn’t about to have that happen – not that easy! So I began to RETHINK the same thoughts in this way…
“It’s MonDAY – this is the DAY that the Lord has made, I will rejoice and be glad in the fact that I have breath in my body, I slept in a warm bed last night (out of the rain), I have clothes to wear and all my senses are working well (so I took a deep breath to smell the clean rain). I woke my kids up – and yes, they were whiney and getting on my nerves – but I was thankful that both of my kids are healthy, alive, and they still love me even though I had to wake them up. At the same time I noticed my husband getting up, and found something else to be thankful for, more love in my life and someone to share my life with! Yes, it’s his fault I had to wake the kids up so early, but THANK GOD he has a job too!”
So in the midst of the morning “chaos” it was as if I found myself standing in the middle of a tornado, where there is stillness and an almost eerie peace, and I noticed that once I started to be thankful for all the things I have and all the things that haven’t happened to us (like natural disasters, great loss, or devastating situations) it was there that I realized the meaning of the scriptures that say that “God will give us a peace that passes all understanding”- Philippians 4:7 (because it doesn’t make sense to anyone else to have a peace in the midst of what seems to be chaos) and “the JOY of the Lord is my strength” – Nehemiah 8:10 (God never promised happiness, but He said that His Joy will get us through ANYTHING even when we don’t FEEL happy, because sometimes I have to change FEEL into FAITH).
I am still tired – there wasn’t anything changing about that – but now that I have started to look at my day with a different perspective I don’t think anyone will have to look at me and say, “Somebody has a case of the Mondays!” J
Phillip Reed is the Associate Pastor of Faith Chapel Ministries. His passion is to reconcile the lost to their Heavenly Father.