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What Works for Me: The Not-So-Great Days

This week is a pretty full one, and I’m tired. I have to be honest, my attitude was not that great this morning. Not exactly grumpy – just tired. And my kids were energetic (and have been all week). And their energy makes me feel even more tired.

I don’t know about you, but I have noticed that it can be hard for me to turn not-so-great days over to the Lord. The really bad days bring me to the end of my rope, and I have nowhere to turn other than to Him. The great days fill me with praise automatically. But these in-between, just tired, not really feeling up to life kind of days are a little tougher.

So, what does it take to get me redirected? It really is quite simple – I just need to know I am not alone in my not-so-great day.

That can be hard to discover, though, because I really don’t like to whine and complain. I want to be positive. I know I’m not always that way with my husband and kids. (Poor things get the brunt of my emotions when I am not having a great day.) But, my natural instinct is to hide the negative from others.

The key, though, is to share without being so negative about it. Adding in a funny or saying, “Who’s with me?” can often work.

Yesterday I got to spend time with some fellow ministers’ wives. We had such a great time visiting and fellowshipping (you do understand that, for Baptists, there’s a difference there – fellowshipping must involve food). But today we are all back to real life. Today we are separated by many miles. Today it would be nice to ditch everything and just go back to yesterday’s visit.

And that, my friends, is just the way I shared my struggle on this not-so-great day. I asked my fellow ministers’ wives if they wanted to join me in ditching the day and just getting back together.

And I discovered pretty quickly that I wasn’t alone.

Suddenly I had someone else to pray for. And I knew how to pray for her because we shared the same struggle. My heart and mind were able to redirect, and, even though the tired didn’t go away, my spirits were lifted.

How do you redirect your focus on the not-so-great days?


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.

2 thoughts on “What Works for Me: The Not-So-Great Days

  1. I woke up the same way this morning, and I’m not a pastors wife. It was my BSF day and when I met my sweet ladies who rode with me my attitude changed. God had blessed one of them by seeing several women in jail pray to receive Christ….she was beaming…our ride to class was so fun. Then, meeting my group of ladies was icing on the cake ! My tired, grumpy day turned into one of praising our Savior, AND it isn’t over….we are heading out for Wednesday night Bible study, to God be the glory ! Thanks Ann


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