This graphic was given to me by my mom and comes from an excerpt from the book, "Lord Calm My Anxious Heart" by Linda Dillow.
A couple of days ago, after having had a grand total of maybe 4 hours
of sleep the whole night (the bulk of that after 5:30am), and realizing
that the heat wave we are having is going to be sticking around until at
least the end of this week, I was reminded of this little list I have
on my fridge.
Key #1: Never allow yourself to complain about anything - not even the weather.
that's all I've been doing the past week (or more....frankly). "It is
hot. It is in my 90s everyday. The humidity stays in the 40% range,
bringing the heat index up to near 100 or more. We have no A/C and it's
too hot to let Robi play outside during the day because the
beating-down sun is not safe. I can't sleep. I have the mother of all
prenatal hot flashes that seem to come quite frequently while I am trying to
has been pretty much the topic of my thoughts for the past few weeks.
And while I rehashed this out once more a few days ago, that first key
came to mind. Make no mistake, it was God reminding me that I was
wallowing in deep discontentment.
is so easy to complain, we do it without even realizing it. And the
weather tends to get all sorts of complaints - no matter what the
weather's like, someone will find fault with it. I love rain, I am a
Pacific Northwest girl, I grew up in Olympia, WA - right next to
Seattle: the rain capital of the world. I am totally not used to the tropical climate of Croatia. But, if I truly believe that God is
the creator of the universe - thus the creator and controller of the
weather - then I must bring my thoughts and emotions into agreement with
the verse, "This is the day that the Lord has made, I will rejoice
and be glad in it."
Sometimes, it is a willful decision and we must
wait for our emotions to follow. It is a good discipline. So, this week, while we endure more
temperatures nearing or at (or maybe above) 100, and while Robi is bored
out of his mind, not being able to enjoy the outdoors, and while I
try to keep my inner thermostat at a reasonable level - I will choose to
find joy in it all....knowing that I am building contentment into my
character - one choice at a time!