Monday, March 26, 2007

Attitude Adjustment

I need an attitude adjustment.

Here I am, queen of my home, with the responsibility to make it a warm and loving palace for the king and princess whom I live with.

Here I am, keeper of the bills, with forms to fill out, and the confusion of taxes to decipher.

Here I am, executive chef, with meals to cook and menus to plan.

Here I am, cleaning lady, with a sticky floor that is calling my name.

Here I am, wife, with a husband to listen to, and to encourage.

Here I am, mommy, with soft cheeks to kiss and yes, (four - today) very-messy diapers to change.

Here I am, research analyst, with future purchases to compare and contrast.

Here I am, administrative assistant, with a house to run while my husband studies to improve himself in his field of work.

Here I am, sister in Christ, with people to pray for and with.

Here I am, child of the King, with a loving Father in heaven Who has blessed me abundantly.

Here I am, wasting time, with a sinful spirit. I need an attitude adjustment.

What did I do today? I got anxious and annoyed. I wrote an email to Mr. S at work, bothering him with my confusion over our taxes. I wasted time getting frustrated because my calculator is out of batteries.

What should I have done? I should have paced myself. Prayed. Waited to bother my husband. Recited a Scripture or three to myself. Sang to Selena - because a joyful heart doeth good like a medicine.

I feel so much better already. The birds are chirping, and tomorrow promises to be a sunny day.


Beka said...

Well, I know you know these verses already, but Mark always reads them to me when I'm frazzled, anxious, or annoyed (which happens more often than I care to admit):
Rejoice in the Lord always; again I will say, rejoice! Let your forbearing spirit be known to all men. The Lord is near. Be anxious for nothing, but in everything by prayer and supplication let your requests be made known to God. And the peace of God, which surpasses all comprehension, shall guard you hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus. (Philippians 4:4-7)

IN fact, Mark had occasion to read those verses to me just last night!

I'll be praying that you'll be able to finish up the taxes without any further frustration!

Beka said...

I just was thinking about this song and thought I'd share it with you:

When I fret over outcomes that I cannot see
It's for certain I'll not have the peace meant for me
But when with thanksgiving I just look to Him
He will answer me time and again with

Grace for the moment, all that I need
Grace for the moment and faith to receive
The promises given to those who believe
Grace for the moment, all that I need.

If I understand faith, it's not counting on me
It's the hope and assurance of what I can't see
It's the daily relying on Jesus to be
Providing more grace faithfully
Further proving His great love for me with

Grace for the moment, all that I need
Grace for the moment and faith to receive
The promises given to those who believe
Grace for the moment, all that I need.
(--by T.Walker/B.Greene)

Maxine said...

Good girl! We have been quite a pair today! With all those hats to wear, you better pray and call out the Word of God and SING! At least when you do it it sounds good. Glad you're feeling better. Remember-this too will pass! Should I tell about the brownies?

Beverly said...

Beka, thank you SO much for sharing the verses and the hymn with me. I read them through twice. And I still love you even though your taxes are already filed!

Mom, yes, a girl needs her chocolate sometimes! I used some of the energy I had to whip up a nice batch of brownies. I intend to share a one with hubby-dear, and polish off a few myself with a side of sherbet.

Sara said...

Oh, it's so easy to get anxious and worried over even the trivial things in life, isn't it? I'm learning to trust God day by day as I fret and worry over things that don't really matter, and it can be very hard at times! God's always there to comfort and guide me though.
Speaking of being lazy, I have tests to study for! :)

Joel and Jaime said...

I have known this feeling many times myself--- that I didn't handle a situation properly, and wish I could go back and fix it. Thankfully, God is all about second chances, so I can look forward to tomorrow and being a joyful Mommy then!

Elise said...

Oh, it is such good medicine. I'm glad you were able to pull yourself out of it.
But I've been there. And I might even be there today. I'm so glad I came here and was reminded to be on guard!
Blessings on your day, friend.

Beka said...

I keep forgetting to tell you...
I LOVE the music! Makes it hard to leave your place!

Sara said...

Yes, the music is very relaxing!

dani-hermit-be-gone said...

Hello Beverly! How beautifully you've captured the struggle! I'd like to hand over my free will and be done with my worries, but i guess growing is the privilege of a loved child.. Quite some time ago i moved to New Mexico in my B.C. days, very much in denial of God and living out the emptiness of agnosticism. Back home, i was a waitress and when i moved, my favorite old regular customer Bill wrote to me often. I barraged him with letters of despair and worry. He wrote back that "worry not" was in the Bible 365 times, one for each day. This was the start of God breaking my heart for Him and I'm a new girl today. Sorry to ramble, but your post really touched me.