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When your bad day gets worse

 

 

 

Perspective for when your bad day gets worse; Bible verses and encouragement to keep going. Don't give up!

 

When your bad day defeats your confidence

On the heels of  the euphoria of going live with my web site (the very one you’re reading now), I spent two days getting kicked off it.  Trying to figure out how to set up email, back up the blog,  and discern what plug-ins to use and which ones are junk.

Am I speaking a foreign language here?  Believe me when I say an emphatic –

YES.

Yes I am.

And so I went to my favorite nail technician for a little R&R.

Only she was having a bad day too.  (We’ll call her Karen.)

Disgruntled customers, health issues with parents and in-laws, and concerns that her customers chose to share pressed in, weighing her down.

I’m telling you, she’s like the psychologist of the beauty world.

 

My friend is a believer.  Her nail salon is a ministry as sure as I’m typing these words.  We’ve discussed her profession at length.  She is right where God wants her.  You can read about it here.

“Every time I think of you…I thank God for your lives of free and open access to God, given by Jesus.  There’s no end to what has happened in you – it’s beyond speech, beyond knowledge.  The evidence of Christ has been clearly verified in your lives.” I Corinthians 1:4-6

 

And then, this happened.

When nail polist and tile collide

 

 

When nail polish and tile collide…

Clean up on aisle 6.

 

Quickly, she grabbed her calendar verse for today, shoved it in my lap, and cackled, “Read this!!!”

 

 

“Trouble is a part of life.  Having fulfillment and peace in the midst of trouble is what living in God’s will is all about.  There is a great confidence in knowing that you are walking in the will of God and doing what He wants you to do.  When you are sure of that, you can better deal with what life brings you.”

She could hardly breathe from laughing so hard.

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1.)  We have everything we need in Christ

NEWS FLASH:

Just because we're right where God wants us doesn't mean everything works out. Click To Tweet

 

I came home and figured out my email problem just like that.

BOOM, baby.

It was as if God smiled down and said, “Yes, my child.  You are still supposed to do this.  But it ain’t gonna be easy.  Good job on figuring it out.”

My friend, Karen,  got doused with gasoline at the pump on her way home.

ACK!!!

 

I’ve been wading through Job for two weeks.  It’s depressing.  I told Karen about it.  I think we both felt a little like Job.

I can’t wait till the part where God blesses his later life even more than his earlier life.

But for a couple more days (at least according to my Bible reading plan) he’s still going to have to sit in misery with his no-account friends and a wife who’s given up on him.

“Why don’t you just curse God and die?”  (Job 2:9)

 

Thankfully, I’m also reading in the New Testament.  The earlier verse from 1 Corinthians was in my Bible reading this morning as well.  (Reading through the Bible in a year gives broad perspective.)

And then, I read this:

Just think – you don’t need a thing, you’ve got it all!  All God’s gifts are right in front of you as you wait expectantly for our Master Jesus to arrive on the scene for the Finale.”  I Corinthians 1:7, MSG

Wow.

All God’s gifts are right in front of you???

 

2.)  God has purpose in our bad day

Mary is a friend who recently moved out of state and her teenage daughter cries every day after school, wanting to return home.  She’s angry.  Mom has guilt.

Tom recently lost his wife to cancer.  It takes everything inside him just to get through the days.  Don’t even talk about the nights.  He’s taking it hour by hour.

Kelly’s husband left her for another woman.  In their 34th year of marriage, plus kids.

Maybe you’re a young mama trying to home school your kids with a toddler underfoot.

Or you just wish you could get a break from laundry and dirty diapers to even get to the grocery store.

The bills are piling up.  There’s no end in sight.

Life won’t slow down and you can’t even see that light at the end of the tunnel, you’re so covered up.

 

Trouble is a part of life

 

 

 

 

“You’ve got it all.”

“God is right alongside you to keep you steady and on track”

“He will never give up on you.”

 

How do we reconcile these seeming contradictions?

I’ll never forget crying my eyes out at the kitchen table, having done the bills.  Six months pregnant, no way to pay the rent on a unit we didn’t even live in anymore.

I saw no way out.  “God!  Don’t you see we don’t have the money for this?  What are you doing?”

An hour later, my husband walked through the door with a giant smile on his face, “They rented the apartment!”

 

3.)  God is The Uncaused Cause

A.W. Tozer’s book, The Attributes of God, helps me focus on God when my thinking tends to narrow and my focus is on my (seemingly) hopeless situation.

“He (God) is the Cause of all things, the uncaused Cause.”

 

God is kind and good and wants us to ask for what we need.  If it’s according to His will, He wants to grant that request.

But we must remember that He is working things to His purpose, and the bigger request that should be on our minds is that God shapes US into what He wants.  Those gifts of love, joy, peace, longsuffering, gentleness, meekness, faith, etc. – those are His will for us every day, in every way.

“He gives, but in giving He gives us Himself, too.  And the best gift God ever gives us is Himself.  He gives answers to prayer, but after we’ve used up the answer or don’t need it anymore, we still have God.”

 

We still have the Uncaused Cause.

 

“God’s wisdom is something mysterious that goes deep into the interior of His purposes.” (I Corinthians 2:7)

“No one’s ever seen or heard anything like this, never so much as imagined anything quite like it – what God has arranged for those who love Him.”  (2 Corinthians 2:9)

“Isaiah’s question, ‘Is there anyone around who knows God’s Spirit, anyone who knows what He is doing?’ has been answered:  Christ knows, and we have Christ’s Spirit.”

 

I don’t have your answer.

More than likely, the nail technician doesn’t have your answer either.

But if you are a believer, you have Christ’s Spirit in you.

You have the “uncaused Cause“.

 

After Karen had her gasoline shower, she texted me.  “Time to REGROUP!!!”

Ya’ll, she’s giving my blog a shout out.

But more than that, she gets it.

In this case, regrouping looks like refocusing.  Coming apart before you come apart.

 

Take the time to ruminate in awe of God.  Cast aside YOU for a little while.

Find a spot – be it behind the door of the bathroom, your closet, or underneath your bed.

Focus on the uncaused Cause.  Worship Him.

It changes you.  He changes you.

And then, get back up off the floor and get back in there.  I hate to say it, but you know I’m going to:

Put your big girl panties on.

 

I’ve had to do this several times during this blog migration.  In fact, I almost threw in the towel.

I sent a text.  “Brb, jumping off a cliff now.”

And then, I received this advice from two different sources.  And one of those was from an 84-year-old, godly man, so he should know:

“This too shall pass.”

So, I got back in the ring.

 

Everything is still not resolved with this blog.  I feel like the little guy with his sword in the Legend of Zelda that fights off the fire and the guy and the thing.  Every day brings a new problem.  I’m a right-brained, techno ignoramus.

But I have to also admit, there have been victories along this path.  BIG ones.

And every day, God gives me a little ray of sunshine somewhere, whether through a new blog follower, a sweet comment, or a fellow blogger cheering me on.

There are a TON of blessings, if I just open my eyes long enough to look around and take notice.

And I’ll just bet my megabytes that you have some too.

Let’s go, girlfriend.  You and God have got this.

Regroup.

 

“Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of mercies and God of all comfort, Who comforts us in all our affliction, so that we may be able to comfort those who are in any affliction, with the comfort with which we ourselves are comforted by God.  For as we share abundantly in Christ’s sufferings, so through Christ we share abundantly in comfort too.”  2 Corinthians 1:3-5 ESV

 


 

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This video workshop from mom of four, blogger, and author, Ruthie Gray, is the perfect blend of encouragement and exhortation for the overwhelmed mom.

7 Key Tips to save yourself from a bad day (or life) teaches moms how to develop a strategic battle plan against negative reactions through two key concepts:

1.  Preventive Measures

2.  Reactionary Measures

 

What you will learn:

1.  The secret recipe actually revealed in Scripture for counter-balancing bad days.

2.  Three preventive strategies to put into practice to head off negative kee-jerk reactions.

3.  Four reactions to redirect emotional gut-responses.

4.  How even the busiest of moms can implement these strategies to fit her schedule.

What you will receive:

  • Your very own copy of the Super Duper Bad Day Rescue Kit for Moms
  • Access to the FREE 5-Day Mommy Anger Makeover Kit  
  • Access to a free closed Facebook accountability support group for moms called MTO (Mom Time Out)
  • Information on how to join the *C2K Prayer Challenge (*Couch to Knee)

Plus a very special discount of 25% OFF Ruthie’s new ebook, Count to Nine; 9 Liberating Steps for Mom Frustration and Anger  (also sold on Gumroad), only for those who purchase this exclusive webinar! (Cupon good for one week only.)

Dear mom, if you are battling overwhelm like most moms these days and you just don’t know what to do, we promise this webinar will boost your confidence that you can conquer those bad days in the strength of the Lord!

 

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11 Comments

  • Reply
    Valerie
    August 20, 2015 at 3:59 pm

    Hi Ruthie,
    I’m so with you. I have learned a whole new blogging language in the last two months. There’s so much I don’t know and sometimes I think I’m the only one that can’t figure things out. I’m glad we are in CBB together.

    • Reply
      Ruthie
      August 20, 2015 at 6:56 pm

      Hey Valerie!
      Thanks SO much for stopping by! It’s good to know we are in this thing together. And I know what you mean. I never EVER thought I’d be doing this kind of thing – all I wanted to do was WRITE! Hang in there! I’ll be by to visit soon!

  • Reply
    Johanna
    August 20, 2015 at 7:24 pm

    Ruthie, so true…all.of.it! God is so amazing and yet He continues to ask us if we will take up our cross daily for Him…even if it is blogging, designing, parenting, marriage, homeschooling, cleaning ……give it all to Him because He sees the big picture! Thanks so much for this inspiring post that is truly grounded in God’s Word! I will be sharing this on my Facebook page today! Thanks again!

    • Reply
      Ruthie
      August 20, 2015 at 7:49 pm

      Johanna,
      I just really like you! You were reading my post as I was reading yours – and I will be sharing yours as well! 🙂 I’m thankful for you and your steady support through these past months. And YES. God is amazing and I am so thankful for His Word for us to share and ground ourselves in!

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        Johanna
        August 20, 2015 at 9:29 pm

        Now that is so funny Ruthie!!! So glad that I am getting to know so many amazing women doing God’s good work blogging! Blessings!!! 🙂

  • Reply
    Susan Shipe
    August 21, 2015 at 12:43 pm

    THIS IS LONG BUT FABULOUS. Ok, so we disagree about scrapbooking but I’d say we’re twins on all the rest. LOVE this post.

    • Reply
      Ruthie
      August 21, 2015 at 1:03 pm

      Mimi, thank you for reminding me that it’s long. I know. But I had so much to say! How could I stop before God was done? I’m glad you liked it. I like you. And all of your posts that I read this week! 🙂

  • Reply
    Christi
    August 26, 2015 at 7:37 am

    Oh, goodness. I can’t begin to explain the mysteries of your crazy blog problems, and I’m really sorry. But they make for a GREAT post! I love “Karen” and I’ve never met her … what a wonderful person to have in your life.

    Big girl panties, coming apart before you come apart, and clean up on aisle 6. I’m laughing and shaking my head in serious solidarity.

    You have been MY ray of sunshine on so many days. So thankful you are choosing to regroup because we need you over here.

    • Reply
      Ruthie
      August 26, 2015 at 11:14 am

      “Karen” is a keeper for sure. I just saw her yesterday (nail repair emergency) and she is praying over my blog. I know that’ll go a long way with God because she heads up the Moms in Prayer group in our area.;)
      Yeah. This blog. UGH. I activated a plug in that showed it went down 22 times yesterday. And that’s after I called tech support for 45 minutes with two different guys who told me two different reasons why and assured me it was most definitely fixed now.
      I don’t know what God is doing, but He definitely wants me to slow down for some reason and not be a part of PN30 and last night I came to grips with it and experienced His peace because of it.
      Anyhoo, thanks for the positive feedback. I’m goin back in there. Ya’ll pray for me, Tex. (And thanks for the ray of sunshine comment – if you saw me today, you’d def be thinking, “stormcloud – as in cumulous nimbus giganticus”.)

  • Reply
    Jen
    August 28, 2015 at 12:01 am

    Hi, Ruthie, your story made me chuckle. 🙂 I’m not very tech-savvy either, but we get there one step at a time, right? Thanks for sharing with us at Grace and Truth last week!
    Jen @ Being Confident of This

    • Reply
      Ruthie
      August 28, 2015 at 8:48 am

      Definitely one step at a time for this ole gal and even that is limited. Maybe more like a half step or a 1/4 step!! Thanks for stopping by, Jen, at least I have made a bit of progress since last week. It’s good for a laugh anyhoo. Glad you enjoyed!

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