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What Today Is

Today is another one of those I don’t know what to say kind of days. I’m pretty unmotivated as I continue to climb out of an allergy-induced fog. I have an inclination toward whining, to be honest, and I know no one wants to read that.

Besides, what does that communicate to my children?

As I walk into this day, that is the real question on my mind. How does what I do affect my children? And ultimately, what do I want to communicate to them about this day?

It is so easy to pass my gloominess and lack of motivation onto those sweet, energetic, easily-excited children. Earlier this morning, I could have let my sluggishness drown out the enthusiasm of my seven-year-old as he realized there was work going on in our yard. Some men from church had arrived to continue working on the fence going up in our back yard. My son wanted nothing more than to go help. I could motivate him through his morning chores so he could head back there. Or I could beat him down with my “we have to stick to the routine no matter what we want to do” sluggishness.

I sent him outside. And when I looked out there, I saw my precious son cheerfully carrying a shovel, cheerfully chatting with the man he was “helping.”

I honestly have no deep and meaningful thought to accompany what I have seen and felt this morning. I have no way to tie my sluggishness or my son’s enthusiasm with a great concept from Scripture. All I have is this:

Today is a day to choose to keep going.

Today is a day to encourage my children instead of dragging them down.

Today is a day to not be ruled by the schedule or even by the knowledge that this week will require extra work to make up for being out of pocket next week.

Today is a day to listen to the Lord rather than my emotions or physical limitations.

Today is a day to choose to not less agitation or restlessness rule.

What is today for you? How can you let the Lord control it, no matter what else is going on?


I am a homeschooling preacher's wife and managing editor for the Well Planned Gal. But, I also love to write just for the fun of it. I also process best through writing, and my thoughts tend to flow from things I learn through the Bible, interacting with my family, and moving through life in general. Thanks for joining me in my not quite ordinary journey.

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