There are days that are wonderful, full of joy and happiness. Days when all three children take naps at the same time. When the house is spotless. When you're all caught up on your work and can sit down and relax with your feet up, reading a magazine, and sipping hot chocolate.
And there are days that are not.
In life you will have bad days where the baby gets into everything, the two older children don't want to listen, and the activities you've planned and worked so hard on aren't appreciated or valued at all. Days when you go to the chicken coop and find a dead chicken. Days when you've told the kids to turn off the T.V. ten times, yet here it is on once again. Days when the baby is clingy and refuses to be put down. Days when nap time doesn't happen because they're just not tired. Days when life is just a bit overwhelming. It's ok. Some days are like that. And today was one of those days.
Tomorrow may be better. Or it may not.
I don't get to control the events of my day. Though it may make my life a bit easier, I don't get to puppeteer my way through the day, forcing everyone to act in the way in which I wish they would. It's not how the world works, and honestly, it's what makes this life so fun in the first place. Life's unpredictable, messy, beautiful, and wonderful. And there's good in all of it.
Yes, today was hard. But I woke up to a beautiful scarlet sunrise with each of my little girls snuggled into me.
Yes, the activities that I thought they would love failed. But tomorrow is a new day and I am ready for the challenge of bringing excitement to my children because they deserve it.
Yes, I was challenged as a parent today. But, nevertheless, I look at these little people sleeping so beautifully and peacefully now and I am so overwhelmed with love I can hardly find my breath. I am filled with gratitude to be their mother; it's all I want to be in this life.
So as I end the day, I choose to see the good. I choose to embrace the day. And I pray for God to give me patience, a clear mindset, and strength for tomorrow. Each day is a gift from Him, after all, and though today wasn't as I had hoped it would be, it was still a joy to be able to live it on this Earth. When I see the good, I can see Him, and when I see Him, things are just better.
Our days are as we make them. Our life is as we make it. We cannot control what happens to us each day, but we can control how we react. We cannot control what others say, but we can control how we think about it. And most importantly of all, we can pray that God helps us, that He gives us wisdom and strength to carry on.
Though the bad days are bound to happen, we have the power of what to choose to do. So when the bad days happen, remind yourself of these things:
And now, after writing it all out, I've decided maybe today wasn't really so bad after all.
How do you get through the hard days?
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