I’m not gonna lie. Yesterday was a bad day. There were some unfortunate things that happened, some migraines, some discouragement. It happens. It’s so easy to get caught up thinking about self, our circumstances, how we think we deserve better, etc.
If we know Jesus, we have e-v-e-r-y-t-h-i-n-g to be grateful for in this life.
But sometimes we need that extra kick
in the face to ‘turn that frown upside down’, so here are some things that help remedy a bad day [Jenn edition]:
+ I Remind myself of the hope and joy I have in Christ. I deserve death, and now I have eternal life! I remind myself that he loves me for me. I remind myself that it’s not the size of my faith, but the size of MY GOD.
+ I put on some lipstick. I’m not sure why, but it just makes me smile. Instant pick-me-up.
+ I have a coffee date with Shawn or a girlfriend. Taking the time to listen to someone else, hear about their world, their struggles, hardships and joys, helps take our eyes off of self and onto others.
+ I chat with my friend. I realize she can relate, she’s been there, she’s praying.
+ I remind myself that the challenges of living in Senegal do not give me a free pass to complain or throw a pity party.
+ I listen to music. REALLY loud music [earbuds save the day yet again]. I listen to Tenth Avenue North, Jewel, whatever I feel like listening to. Whatever makes me want to dance. Black Eyed Peas? Maybe. “Baby let me love you, let me love you long time.” *line dances like a freak only to realize that the blinds are still open, crawls under the rug and dies*.
+ I ask others what they are thankful for. Being close to your kids’ dorm school? True. Never thought of that. Nine years drug-free? Praise God.
+ I remember fun times with family and friends in the USA and think / plan-in-my-head fun times to come!
+ I remind myself of this:
What about you? Do you ever wake up on the wrong side of the bed? Let discouragement get the best of you? Share your tips and remedies for a bad day!
We have more than 1,000,000 reasons to smile.