Thursday, March 31, 2011

R&B Kinda' Day

R & B is usually associated with Rhythm and Blues but for me, today, it stands for Rough and Blessed.

I am having the kind of day that makes me wish the day would just be over.  Today is my last day before a 10-day trip.  I do not have trips this long very often, and they can be rough.  Not the work during that time, but preparing to be gone.

Rough getting packed, rough getting business-related things up to date, rough making sure I have everything I need work wise for evening work,  rough making sure I haven’t missed anything in my packing, and rough trying to get things done around the house. 

I spent most of the morning running errands; things such as stopping by the hospital lab to get blood drawn, cleaners, bank, dentist, and post office.   Little things by themselves, but saved up they take up half the morning.    To top it off, I volunteered to work at our church tonight to talk about appreciating our leaders.  What was I thinking????    Combine all of this with being misunderstood during a phone conversation with a family member resulting in painful words being said to me. 

All of this made me want to crawl into a fetal position and close my eyes.  I refer to these types of days as “melt down” days. They happen maybe once or twice a year and are usually after a trip, not before!

Instead, I am at the computer writing this post and being reminded how truly blessed I am.  I am blessed to have a job.  I am blessed to have a husband who loves me more each day and fends for himself while I am gone.  I am blessed to be in good health and only need the lab work for a routine checkup.  I am blessed that I have clothes to pack and a house to clean.  I am blessed to have dental insurance.  I am blessed to have the opportunity to work with 5 to 7 year olds and witness firsthand their excitement singing the Veggie Tales “Lord I Lift Your Name on High” with all the hand motions.  I am blessed to have family. I am blessed to have friends with whom I can share and from whom I know prayers are being said on my behalf.  (Thanks CJ!)

But most of all, I am blessed to have a Lord who understands me – no misunderstandings there. He knows the REAL me and better yet, He loves the REAL me!

A dear friend gave me a daily devotional called Jesus Calling.  Isn’t it amazing  that today’s devotional read:

“I am taking care of you. Trust Me at all times.  Trust Me in all circumstances. Trust Me with all your heart. When you are weary and everything seems to be going wrong, you can still utter these four words:  I trust You Jesus.  By doing so you release matters into My control, and you fall back into the security of My everlasting arms.”

Proverbs 3:5-6 

Trust in the LORD with all your heart
   and lean not on your own understanding;
in all your ways submit to him,
   and he will make your paths straight.

Have a Blessed week! 


  1. You can close your eyes from the things you dont want to see but you can never close your heart from the things you dont want to feel. The feelings can range from joyful to heartbreaking and form who we are and how we respond in future situations. That is why people should choose their words carefully...they can remain in our hearts forever.

  2. Ill try this again. I appreciated your post and look forward to reading more. We love you and miss you. You all are in our prayers.

  3. It is amazing when we actually begin to count our blessings, how just that simple act helps us put everything into perspective, and to again be thankful. I like the way you counted your blessings in the many errands that gobble up precious "spare time" and often lead me to frustration and weariness. I need to do that too.Thanks again for the reminder, you busy, busy, road warrior.Love you ~