What do you do when it is only 10 am and you just want to crawl back in bed. When you have mornings when everything that can go wrong, goes wrong and nothing sounds better than escaping back to our covers.
Being a home school mom of three, I well know these mornings. Mornings of trying to teach/referee three vivacious kids, who have more energy in their pinky than I do all together. Mornings when even after that third cup of coffee, you still feel tired and worn out. It is on such days, God has taught me some valuable lessons.
When it gets too much and your nerves are shot, close your eyes and breath. Take a deep, deep breath and however many needed to refocus. I’m always amazed how much this deep breath helps in the midst of frustration.“The Spirit of God has made me, And the breath of the Almighty gives me life (Job 33:4).”
It is at such moments that it is easy to lose our cool. To gripe and to complain. Yet, this is the moment when we have a great opportunity to deny self and praise our Lord. What peace and joy are ours when we choose to be thankful rather than complain.
So thank Him for the kids who may be driving you crazy. Thank Him for the dog who peed the floor. Thank Him for the clothes that must be washed. For the house that though has to be cleaned provides you shelter. There is always a reason to give thanks. “Give thanks in all circumstances; for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus for you (2 Thes. 5:18).”
The Lord often allows such mornings to show us how much we are in need of Him. To get our eyes off of self and fully upon Him. Even if only for two minutes, get away. Close the door, lock it if needed and cry out to the Lord. If you are driving and unable to really get away, wherever you are, cry out to Him. Ask Him for His grace and His strength to see you through. The Lord longs to give us these good gifts and is only waiting to hear our humble cry. As you pray and release your frustrations to the Lord, He provides the peace to keep on keeping on. “Look to the LORD and his strength; seek his face always…(1 Chron. 16:11).”
There are days, when this is needed more than once. Days when not just in the morning but throughout the day. Deep breaths, praise offering and prayer are all that carry me through. Yet, I have found that as I do these things and rely upon Him, I find joy and peace in His presence. As I allow the Spirit to guide and control me, I am less likely to fall prey to the enemy or my flesh and more likely to please Him.
Yet, we all blow it right. There are days when the frustrations mount and we give into the flesh. Afterwards, we are left feeling defeated and worn. It is on such occasions we must remember that though we may have failed to be faithful, God is always faithful. He is waiting to forgive us as we come humbly to Him and tomorrow is a new day and a new chance to do things right.