Danielle and the Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day | St. Augustine Photographer
It's time for another encouragement post. Yesterday was one of those days. I felt like Alexander from the book "Alexander and the Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day." I just couldn't seem to do anything right. Nothing went my way. Let's just say getting my blog post done yesterday was the highlight. Do you ever have those days? How do you pull yourself out of your funk and keep going?
For me, I am reading through One Thousand Gifts by Ann Voskamp. Ann is always talking about how it's not enough to stop thinking about the negative. Years pass and you are continually nailing negative nails into your life. "I'm not a good enough photographer. I can't seem to keep my house clean. I wish I were a Proverbs 31 woman." Whatever your thoughts are, it's not enough to stop thinking them. When you pull out a nail of negativity, you need to replace it with something, or else a hole is left. Ironically that hole is something only Christ can fill. Replace those thoughts with thankfulness. "I've grown a lot in the last 4 years as a photographer. I am thankful to have a house to clean and the ability to do it. I am thankful to have the skills and abilities God has given me to be the woman He wants me to be."
That sort of thinking isn't easy. Yesterday when nothing was going my way. I tried my best to think about the things I'm thankful for, but it just wasn't enough. I was still late to things, my car still doesn't have gas, and my cell phone still doesn't have reception in my house. It felt like no matter how hard I tried, I was still doomed to fail. I spent the rest of the day content to ride out the negativity.
Now that it is a new day, ultimately, I just feel guilty and sorry. I feel like there was potential to be used by God and I let the opportunity go. But I am encouraged by the verse Lamentations 3:22-23. "Through the Lord’s mercies we are not consumed, Because His compassions fail not. They are new every morning; Great is Your faithfulness."
If you had a day like I did, or are currently having one, you are not alone. As Christians, we are called to follow Christ, not be perfect. I am such a blessed woman. I have a photography business. I am my boss. I have a lovely home, a great husband, and sweet little kitty. Here I am shaking my fist at God for not letting things go my way. Are things supposed to go my way? Is that the call we have as Christians? That's the thing about a fist. It is closed and unable to receive. I'm still learning to be thankful in all things. I hope you will join me in replacing those rusty ungrateful nails with nails of thankfulness. After all, when we focus on what we are thankful for, we will be too busy to focus on what we think we are lacking. Take heart friend. His mercies are new every morning. Great is His faithfulness.
Here are some photos from over the weekend of things I am thankful for.