Friday, January 8, 2010

Less Than Beautiful

Today I woke up feeling less than beautiful.  The thing that really shook me about this feeling was that I wasn't feeling less than beautiful in the physical sense (though I will admit I'm not all that strikingly beautiful first thing in the morning!).  The thing that shook me was that I was feeling quite ugly in my spirit.  I woke up feeling grumpy, feeling frustrated with having to get out of bed, as my almost-four-year-old woke me up several times last night needing to be tucked in for the fiftieth time, feeling exhausted and feeling run down.  I had no desire to make today a good day.

To top that off, I was harshly awaken by my daughter yelling, "THERE'S A MOLE IN OUR HOUSE!"  Can I tell you a secret?  Kami + Rodents = a BAD situation.  I'm totally grossed out and appalled by them and want nothing to do with them!  Thankfully, my boys came to my rescue and promptly removed the rodent from inside our house and I was left to sit in my crabbiness and left to feel sorry for myself due to having had such a harsh awakening this morning.

As I came upstairs to be spend some quality time being crabby on the computer, all these verses kept popping in my head: "Rejoice in the Lord always, again I say rejoice!"  "In everything give thanks, for this is the will of God"  "Give thanks to the Lord for He is good His love endures forever"  "Enter His gates with thanksgiving and His courts with praise; give thanks to Him and praise His name".

What a way to check my attitude!  I realized through these verses that I so dearly love, that my attitude and my heart were NOT in the right place this morning.  Instead of seeking the beauty, I settled for the ashes.

Thank You God for showing me my fault and checking my heart in the midst of a trying morning.  Thank You for letting me trade my ashes in for Your beauty.

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