Here are a couple of pitfalls I tend to dive into:
1. Instead of taking one day at a time, and realizing that I am truly doing the best I can, I let myself worry about the things I am not doing.
Did Selena get enough outside time today?
There's dust on my windowsill.
I only got through one load of wash and not three today.
I haven't baked in 10 days.
I haven't blogged in a week. Okay - more then a week.
2. The Wallowing World of Martyrdom
I am allowed to take Tylenol, but I am just going to suffer through this headache to show what an Amazon woman I am.
My hip is about to fall off, and my leg is numb, but I am going to play on the hard floor with my daughter because I am a wonderful mom who puts my kid first.
I am really tired today, but I am going to make the most complex recipe I have to show my husband how much I love him.
These pitfalls cause me to lose my joy. They also prevent me from giving glory to God with my lips, the expression on my face, and my heart. The little mini-me who follows me around the house is sure to pick up on these things.
On days like this one, I have debilitating sciatica. Today, I can barely feel my left leg! I am trying from the start of the day, to its finish - to make all my thoughts and actions captive to Him. As I literally and figurately limp through this day, I will try not to trip and fall into these pits ...
Because I can do all things through Him who strengthens me.
Because I am to rejoice in the Lord always.
Because I am made in His image.
Because my chief end is to glorify Him and enjoy Him forever.
I am going to smile through this day!