Hello Dear Friends,
Today I have a few thoughts. Maybe you have something to add to them. I appreciate your comments.
-I remember when I was much younger how sad I felt if any day was "ruined" by unpleasantness. It could have been a plan that cancelled, a recipe that did not work, some sewing that needed to be unpicked and re-stitched. An unexpected expense or a fickle friend could be very discouraging. Being able to look back is a real advantage. Now I see how the Proverbs 31 woman could "laugh at the time to come."
-Every day is a precious, but because of the other things going on around us, it will not always be the way we personally want it to be. Other people and events will mess up our plans and our goals. We have to develop the attitude that although there can be nonsense going on around us, we can have peace inside of us and not lose our minds or give up. This is a fact we need to teach our children so they wont be discouraged.
-Sometimes when you take a risk to do the right thing, it seems like every thing is against you, but it can be a test to see if you really mean what you say, or live what you believe. Yet in spite of any conflict in your day to day life, you can have peace and happiness within.
-Housekeeping is a lot of work, and it is good to include some time to rest and refresh and dream. Include in your routine the things that need urgent attention and the things you would dearly love to do. It is good to have that balance of duty and creativity.
-What should our reaction be to any setback, or anything that threatens our mood? Do more of what you are doing and do it better. It is a way of overcoming the negative. Clean and beautify the home, eliminate things, go through boxes of storage, and get back to sewing or the things you enjoy.
Look deep into the following verse and observe that there will be problems in life, but you can still have a calm assurance.
John 16:33 These things I have spoken unto you,
that in me ye might have peace.
In the world ye shall have tribulation:
but be of good cheer;
I have overcome the world.