i am so exhausted! it has been one of those days. i am sure that you know exactly what i am talking about because we all have them.
i went nonstop for hours driving back and forth from thing to thing, knowing in the back of my mind that the house was a disaster at home and we had company coming over tonight. i had grouchy little ones not making life any easier. just when i would get a moment to hang up clean laundry something would come up - nursing, making lunch, grouchy 1 year old, the phone ringing, or time to go get in the car to drive to the next thing... oh my!
but i made it! the day is almost over.
my frequent prayer today was: give me the grace to have the fruit of the Holy Spirit at work in my life today. help me guard my tongue from grumbling and complaining. (a few times i would start to complain out loud without thinking right in the middle of praying this - oops!) i choose joy in the middle of this day because You gave me today as a gift. thank you for allowing me to serve my family and help me choose joy instead of grumbling...
i probably said that prayer, or a version of it, about 10 times throughout the day - every time i would start to feel my blood boil or my heart race. self-control and patience were two fruits i was needing Him to grow in me today. i am not afraid to pray for patience because i need it!
grumbling and complaining, the opposite of self-control and patience, have become all too natural for me as i go about my daily life and sometimes i need a roll of duct tape to just keep myself from sinning over and over again. it always amazes me to think that an entire generation of israelites died in the wilderness and it was saved for the next generation to inherit the promised land because they couldn't keep their mouths in control. Lord help me!
my allergies were such a mess today that it was easy to want to give myself the excuse that i could just be in a bad mood because i didn't feel well. but if i can't be an overcomer today, how in the world will i be one in real tribulation and trials?!
so i choose joy and i choose to shut my mouth if joy isn't flowing so freely.
on an amazing note - the jeep was found! i will have to tell you the story when i am not so exhausted, but i just have to say that God has my attention from all that happened with this whole situation. even the way it was found baffles me.
whether He gives or takes away... blessed be His name.
still counting gifts to 1000...
673 - 682:
673. the jeep was found!
674. time with my husband's parents.
675. good company and talk time.
676. kids finally in bed and sleeping!
677. a better night sleep where i got into a deeper sleep than i have since hosea was born.
678. selling things on ebay and making room in the closets.
679. clean sheets.
680. our upcoming trip to ihop and to st. louis to see family!
681. surviving a busy exhausting day.
682. the prayer for patience will pay off.
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