How is it possible we have another snow day? Not that I’m complaining, but I kind of would like a summer break! And I feel like we are getting farther and farther behind at school…which, of course, we are.
I do see this as God’s provision for me. I have caught up on my teacher certification classes, caught up on my planning, and caught up on some sleep! Catching up is a beautiful thing!
And as an added benefit I’ve been blessed to write…and more importantly, get my face in the Word!
Today I plan on making appointments…pediatricians, dentists, veterinarians, optometrists, and hair. I dread some of these appointments, especially the dentist.
I have a friend who can feed her children Laffy Taffy and nothing else, never brush their teeth, definitely not floss, and still nary a cavity will appear.
My children have only to utter the words “gummy bears” and cavities dig deep, root canals are requested, and crowns are ordered.
It is a source of frustration and embarrassment for me. I dread going because dentists tend to look at me like a failure. I don’t even want to write the comments that are directed my way. Even that’s too embarrassing.
It is one of the things that just gets to me. A hundred huge things could be happening in my life, but the stress and dread of visiting the dentist will swallow up all others. It can be the thing that truly knocks me down.
It’s kind of a ridiculous one – at least in relation to all the other things that have happened and are happening in my life. I mean really…the dentist?
And in thinking about it, I realized that a large portion of my angst is because I’m thinking about ME. Me. My. Myself. I.
Ouch. That’s embarrassing too.
So much of my struggles are in my head and about me. My thoughts go to unhealthy, critical, negative, harsh places about me.
If I allow myself to go to those places – which I have A LOT in the past several months – I’m a mess.
I’m impatient because things aren’t going my way. I’m frustrated because things are so difficult for me and my children. I’m tired of all the things I have to do. I’m angry about the situations I find myself in. I’m saddened by the circumstances of my children’s lives.
And when I go to all those “I” places, I’m grumpy, miserable, and no fun to be around (at all).
It isn’t that I’m not thinking about others, especially my children. It isn’t that I’m not doing for others. It isn’t that I’m too busy in my own world to care about others.
I’m a great multi-tasker! I can beat myself up, mentally complain about my situation, AND love and care for a multitude of others.
I just excel at the beat-myself-up part which makes the others part not as effective (or enjoyable for anyone).
Ok I know the problem – what’s the solution?
Immediately this verse from Isaiah popped into my head –
You keep him in perfect peace whose mind is stayed on you, because he trusts in you. Trust in the LORD forever, for the LORD GOD is an everlasting rock. Isaiah 26:3-4
It’s one of my verses – the ones that I cling to when I need encouragement. Unfortunately, I’m searching for peace of mind in what I do, what I accomplish, what my circumstances are, in what I think… needless to say, I’m not getting it from any of those things. My mind is a hot mess.
It is a constant struggle to stay my mind on Christ…so much vies for my attention, my focus. Maybe that’s the whole “take your thoughts captive” thing.
For the weapons of our warfare are not of the flesh but have divine power to destroy strongholds. We destroy arguments and every lofty opinion raised against the knowledge of God, and take every thought captive to obey Christ…” 2 Corinthians 10:4-5
Isn’t that what we need to do…get rid of all those thoughts that are not the truth of who we are in Christ?
I’m not what happens in my life…I’m not my circumstances, my job, my children, my house, my anything.
I’m so much more than those things…so much more than anything I’ve been concerning myself with lately.
This world places our value in so many untruths. We are counted worthy of esteem because of our looks, profession, finances, friendships…pretty much outward anything and everything…BUT GOD, he values us simply because we are His. Nothing I’ve done…everything He has done.
Set your minds on things that are above, not on things that are on earth. Colossians 3:2
Do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewal of your mind, that by testing you may discern what is the will of God, what is good and acceptable and perfect. Romans 12:2
Lately I’ve been comforting myself with the thought that if I could just get more sleep, just sell my house and have my own home again, if we just weren’t guests, if I could just figure out next year, if I could find time to do all that I have to do…you know, if pretty much everything could just change and get fixed already…I’d be better. Things would be better, life would be easier, I’d be calm, cool, and collected. I’d be better at everything! I’d have peace.
Therefore, preparing your minds for action, and being sober-minded, set your hope fully on the grace that will be brought to you at the revelation of Jesus Christ. 1 Peter 1:13
There’s the hope I should have…the true hope.
Maybe when I set my mind on Christ…I’m setting my mind on the hope of Christ…all that beautiful grace that will bring me safely into His arms! And my mind, stayed on Christ, can’t help but love the Lord with all that I am.
And he said to him, “You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind. This is the great and first commandment.” Matthew 22:37-38
I’m not sure how I’ve come to this place in this blog…I’ll have to go back to the start and see the path I’ve taken LOL! I have to be honest though – I’m so very thankful for the reminder of where my thoughts need to be…I’m hopeful for my future, both for this day and for eternity. God is so very good!
Search me, O God, and know my heart! Try me and know my thoughts! And see if there be any grievous way in me, and lead me in the way everlasting! Psalm 139:24