I can’t control the things that happen to me each day, but I can control how I think about them. Lysa TerKeurst
Monday was one busy day! I had an appointment with my baby doctor for a glucose test…if you’ve ever had to do one, it’s pretty gross. From there I cleaned out my poor car, did a load of laundry, picked up my niece from school, did more laundry, put away dishes, made dinner, washed more dishes, and spent a couple of hours cleaning the house. I wanted everything to look spick and span. My small group Bible study group would be arriving at 7:00pm to start our study of Lysa TerKeurst’s book, Unglued.
I was so excited to get started with my girls! We took the summer off after we finished Wendy Blight’s online study on her amazing book Hidden Joy in a Dark Corner. My home was clean, made-from-scratch chocolate chip cookies sat out with freshly brewed decaf coffee, and a deliciously smelling candle flickered on the table. I had everything ready to go by 6:30pm, I even hooked my computer up to the TV with Christian tunes playing, Melissa Taylor’s blog up for anyone who still needed to register online, and a really cool background.
With heart and home ready, I sat eagerly waiting for the first arrivals.
And I waited.
Phone call number one: One of my ladies is home sick, the poor thing sounded awful.
Phone call number two: Another one of my sweet ladies is being admitted to the hospital and the one calling to tell me is on her way to be there. Two more not able to come…
More waiting…no more phone calls.
7:20pm I now have a choice before me…
I can come unglued bursting into tears and disappointment blaming myself for no one wanting to come, or even harbor anger that my hard work and preparations were completely wasted. Perhaps that anger could turn into bitterness tucked away for later use. I could just quit, canceling the rest of the study meeting here in my home.
I can choose to shift my perspective.
- As I mentioned before, one of my ladies is sick and needed rest. SHIFT She was kind enough to call me and let me know, even though I could tell just by her voice, she should focus solely on resting. Plus, I’m 6 months pregnant, having someone here who is ill probably wouldn’t be good for me or my baby.
- One precious woman has been admitted to the hospital with another woman from our group right there by her side. SHIFT Such beautiful sisterhood! She is being the hands and feet of Jesus, our sister is not alone in the hospital.
- Other ladies in my group have new work schedules, ladies who have been searching for a job for months. SHIFT God has blessed them with work! We can rejoice together in worship on Sunday mornings, praising God for His provision in their lives.
- All that work, cleaning my home, baking fresh cookies, making my home a welcoming environment for my lovely ladies. SHIFT My hubby and I enjoyed a sweet, unexpected moment together with fresh cookies and coffee.
- All of my preparations for Bible study. SHIFT Time with God going through an incredible book is NEVER time wasted!
On another day, when my preggo hormones are in a tizzy, perhaps I’ll come unglued, but today I made imperfect progress. Today I made the choice to change my perspective, allowing God to penetrate my heart and mind.
How about you? Have you had to choose between coming unglued or allowing God to renew your heart and mind? I would love for you to share a snippet of your own imperfect progress.