"You shouldn't believe everything you tell yourself. Feelings aren't facts."
I have this Rick Warren quote saved on my phone, and you might be surprised by how often I need to look at it, remind myself that it's TRUE and it's completely true for my feeling right now ( as opposed to someone else's feeling about some other situation at some other time)
This morning I woke up in the middle of the
dark cold night at my back-to-school regular time and oh I didn't feel like doing anything, not waking our daughter, or even putting the kettle on or feeding the dogs, let alone reading my Bible, praying and perhaps even doing a few stretching exercises for my stiff back....but then I remembered "feelings aren't facts" ugh! So, I got on and did those things even though I didn't feel like it...and I'm glad that I did.
I'm sure it helped me face the day in a much better way.
I then went on to tackle last night's red wine stain on my (one decent) carpet - don't ask, it was all my fault, and it's still not really shifting:(
I also sorted the coat and shoe cupboard - turns out my 9 scarves and 6 bags may well have been contributing to the congestion I was blaming everyone else for?!
I'm writing this blog (hoorah!) and then I've got some planning to do for February's Word and Worship brunch (details soon!)
Rachel Hickson preached at Kerith yesterday, and she was brilliant (check out the podcast if you didn't get to hear her - a fantastic start to this new year)
She is also really lovely and kind, interested in our church community, in us and our family, and it was a huge privilege to have her and Gordon back to our house for the rest of the day. It helps that they love Labradors too!
One of the key things from her preach that spoke to me was "Set your minds on things above" (Col3:2)...which I guess is what I did first thing this morning...God is good, and He comes to our rescue - His Word is our sword.
Here's some more encouragement from Twitter - have a great day! X
|Gareth Dickinson (@revgareth)|
‘Do not conform any longer to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind.‘ Romans 12:2
|Stuart Bell (@stuartoflincoln)|
Don't focus on the hardness of the situation but on the goodness of God. God is good and his love endures for ever.