“Therefore I tell you, do not worry about your life, what you will eat or drink; or about your body, what you will wear. Is not life more than food, and the body more than clothes? Look at the birds of the air; they do not sow or reap or store away in barns, and yet your heavenly Father feeds them. Are you not much more valuable than they? Can any one of you by worrying add a single hour to your life?
“And why do you worry about clothes? See how the flowers of the field grow. They do not labor or spin. Yet I tell you that not even Solomon in all his splendor was dressed like one of these. If that is how God clothes the grass of the field, which is here today and tomorrow is thrown into the fire, will he not much more clothe you – you of little faith?
“So do not worry, saying, ‘What shall we eat’ or ‘What shall we drink?’ or ‘What shall we wear?’ For pagans run after all these things, and your heavenly Father knows that you need them. But seek first his kingdom and his righteousness, and all these things will be given to you as well. Therefore, do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry about itself. Each day has enough trouble of its own.“
Matthew 6:25-34, Jesus’ teachings
The last two days, I fought against the need and desire to give up. I was feeling sick, I had a headache and my body was just worn out. I wanted to not care, anymore. I wanted to disappear and let life pass me by for a bit.
Here’s what I didn’t do while feeling this way:
- I didn’t wallow in self pity on Facebook.
- I didn’t wallow in self pity in my bed.
- I didn’t run and hide, ignoring life and all it’s needs.
- I didn’t call/text all my friends, my dad, etc and tell them so they could commiserate. I did tell one friend (near-80 years old) – but he just nodded and said, “Yep. Ok.”
- I didn’t pray. My bad.
This is what I did:
- I tried to find scripture verses in the Bible to keep me going. That doesn’t mean I followed its mandates. I’m still figuring that part out.
- I got my hair chopped off. It looked pretty for a day, now it’s up to me to style it.
- I cleaned up the house/bedrooms and made it all sparkle.
- I kept it together – the boys didn’t see mommy all beat down and tired.
Did it all work? I’m not sure. I’m still doing my internal check of all systems to find out if I’m “ok.” However, it got me through two days of not feeling well and my boys didn’t even notice.
Do you see the last part of that scripture quote? It says, “Seek first my Father and His righteousness – and then all things you need will be given to you.” Given.
Follow God’s mandates and get all I need. Sounds simple.
Here’s a question: of the various blogs I read, why do none of them have a bad day? I’m not whining about my bad day – I am informing and sharing. But I would like to know others have bad days, as well. Not because I am morbid. I’d like to know: how do they get past the bad day?
Thank you for listening,