Alas, I am down for the count with a cold (which came out of nowhere…!), and I was forced to scupper all of the plans that I had for today – including church. 😦
Despite this unforeseen turn of events, I landed upon another good quote from Chrystal Evans Hurst that reflects what I’m most grateful for today:
So I had the opportunity to embrace and practice this lemons-to-lemonade mindset today, recalling that
- I got some good sleep; apparently, rest is one of the best ways that our bodies heal themselves.
- I stayed in my pajamas for most of the day. I don’t usually do this, but there was nowhere I had to go, so why not?
- I listened to a great sermon online. We had a guest speaker at church this weekend, and I really wanted to go hear him. However, since I couldn’t go, I found one of his messages from earlier in the year online and watched it, and it was quite a blessing!
- I decided to treat myself to a tasty meal. Since I did not leave my apartment until after 5pm, I dressed up a little bit (after all, why look grubby on the outside when you also feel washed out on the inside? Staying in my PJs in my apartment is one thing, but venturing outside is totally different!), headed to Veggie Grill, and enjoyed a delicious vegan meal.
- While there, I had a charming encounter with a little toddler who kept coming my way (flashing his most disarming smile as he approached). He also appeared absolutely delighted with a nearby chair, and was content to study its angles and design for quite some time. I thought it was a gentle reminder about remaining present, focusing on contentment, and remembering to embrace delight wherever possible.
- I had the chance to catch up on my blog reading, respond to the comments left here at Daily Thankful, and also leave a few of my own elsewhere, too. You all are doing some great writing!
- I resumed reading a book that I began months ago – whenever I was last feeling unwell. I was reminded of how much I enjoy immersing myself in a good book.
So, I could not change the fact that I was unwell and unable to go to church, but I was able to still have a peaceful and restful day for the most part. Truly, our mindset is very important!
Dear Lord, I admit that this day did not go as I had planned, and I am still disappointed that I was not able to hear Tom Randall speak at church today. However, I thank You for providing the ability for me to watch one of his sermons online, and I know that the message contained therein was just what I needed to hear today (I also look forward to hearing Tom’s message from this weekend on our church’s website, when it gets posted in the next couple of days).
Thanks also for giving me the time to let my body rest and be still. Thanks for providing me with opportunity to catch up on the small but important things today – reading, savoring a good meal, and and simply enjoying some (apparently) much-needed R&R.
Finally, I’m grateful that You have a equipped me with a solid immune system that is doing its job by fighting off this cold. I know that it’s just a matter of time before I start to feel better, and I’m grateful that You have designed my body (Psalm 139) in such a way where it fights for me, even without my knowing (or requesting) such a monumental task. In Your name I pray, Amen.