I have had a rough week. 

 Not the hardest, by any stretch of the imagination, but one of those weeks that makes you doubt your direction, crave chocolate and cry at the drop of a hat.

I have snapped at my children, argued with my husband, neglected to follow up with friends that needed me, gotten behind on emails and not kept up with my house. Ugh!

Weeks like this can get us down in the dumps- if we let them!  Discouragement is a choice. 

I may not be able to change the fact that people I care about are going through a lot.

I may not be able to change the fact that our beloved doggy is going to be more comfortable in permanent sleep today.

I may not be able to change the fact that the enemy doesn’t like it when God’s people are on the right track and will do whatever he can to bring distraction into your life.

I may not be able to change the fact that my children are going through adolescence and the “normal” phase of testing limits, being argumentative and just plain frustrating.

I may not be able to change the fact that MS and lupus limit my ability to do all the things I want to do and feel I need to do.

I may not be able to change the fact that my husband is human and can’t be the one to meet every emotional need I have.

But, I can change and CHOOSE how I respond to these situations.  Instead of throwing up my hands and feeling like a failure, I can choose to grasp the promise of Romans 8:1-2. 

Therefore, there is now no condemnation for those who are in Christ Jesus, because through Christ Jesus the law of the Spirit of life set me free from the law of sin and death.

If Jesus isn’t condemning me for how I have handled some moments this week, why am I?  I did a lot of things right this week, through His power, as well. 

Today I am choosing to focus on that and moving forward.  A change of perspective is a finer thing.

This post is linked to Finer Thing Friday.

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  1. I'm sorry to hear that you're having a rough time. I'm praying.

    I agree that discouragement is a choice, and we can choose not to take that path. It's very difficult sometimes, but we can depend on God's promises.

    Not long ago I was talking to someone in my church family about my struggle with perfectionism. The response was, “Grace.” So now, when things look bad, I try to take a deep breath and remember that! Thank God we don't have to do this on our own strength!

  2. i'm so sorry you've had a stinky week. cheers to your new perspective today!

  3. Weeks like that just suck! But you are right, it's how we choose to respond that makes the difference. It's so much easier to just throw our hands in the air and whine, but so much more pleasant to change our direction. Hope this weekend is relaxing and that next week is better!!

  4. mjroberson5 says:

    Aw!! I'm so sorry you've had a rough week! I can so identify with everything you mentioned though! (Especially the need for chocolate! Lol) Keep your chin up, Girl! “This too shall pass!” Prayers and Hugs!! 🙂

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