Can I just say, it’s been a heck of a week? 😬 I don’t want to seem like I’m complaining, but just wanna be real. Rob and I admitted to each other last night that it feels like it’s been one thing after another lately. We all have those weeks, don’t we? Or months, even. 😔
I know the problems of our past week have been SO minor compared to many others who are going through real pain and hardship. But even in our petty, part-of-real-life stressors, there have definitely been times this past week where I’ve let frustration and exhaustion get the best of me. 👎🏼
The message at church today touched on how there are two kinds of overwhelmed: 1️⃣ an exhausted, stressed-out overwhelmed, or 2️⃣ a grateful, overwhelmed-by-God’s-goodness overwhelmed. It hit me during the message today that we have SO, so much to be grateful for, despite the stresses we’ve been under the past week. 🙏🏼.
First, there was a car accident. But thankfully Rob was fine and no other cars were involved. (Just icy roads that hadn’t been treated🙄) Could have been a lot, lot worse.
On Tuesday, our dog stole FOUR chicken drumsticks off the kitchen counter while I was gone and Rob was upstairs putting Lydia to bed. And she ate them, bones and all. We were in tears on the phone with the animal hospital and prepared that she would need emergency surgery or even pass away. Miraculously, she passed all those bones and is doing just fine.❤️🐶.
Wednesday evening, our kitchen sink started acting up and despite valiant efforts from both the hubs and a legit plumber, we can’t get it unclogged. Our kitchen is a disaster of unwashed pots and pans but we are so grateful our furnace is working in this bitter cold, and we have hope that a solution will be reached this afternoon with the pipe clog. 💦
These are all such minor stresses compared to what so many people are going through right now. I hesitate to even write this because I know they’re such #firstworldproblems 😣 but I do think it’s good to be honest when we’re stressed and not feel guilty just because our problems could be worse.
Today, I’m guiding my heart to focus on all I have to be grateful for. Like these two cuties walking out of church together. 😍 And a warm house. Food on the table and in the pantry. 🍗
I started back up with my gratitude journal in 2018 and wow does it help refocus my heart and perspective. I’ve heard people make fun of gratitude journals or say that they’re cheesy, but there is SO much good to be had when we write down a tangible list of the little and big things we are thankful for. 🙏🏼
Today, I am overwhelmed, not by all the little stresses going on, but by God’s faithfulness and goodness. Cheesy, I know. But for real, He has gotten our family through so much this past year that will never be shared on social media. And even though this first week of 2018 hasn’t been the smoothest, it’s all surrounded by so many blessings on every side. 🙌