“This is my life”

I say this phrase a lot!  It’s usually in an instance when I accept something I cannot change.  Like, oh let’s see…I need something that I’ve left upstairs…or downstairs…for the umpteenth time and I have to go back upstairs or downstairs again to get it…most likely getting distracted and forgetting it…again…having to go upstairs or downstairs yetyou guessed it…again.  Please tell you you’ve been there.  Or at least two of my children, if not all three, are crying at the same time.  Or, I am up to my elbows in dirty diaper and the phone rings.  This is my life.

God, for some reason and I really don’t know why, decided to make me…I believe the politically correct term is…”vertically challenged”.  At 5’1″ tall you can see why heels are my best friends and I married a man who happens to be 6’4″ tall.  It is invariably when whatever I need is on the top shelf, or just barely out of reach, or when I finally have something in the tips of my fingers and it slips from my grasp and falls to hit me in the head…this is my life.

In recent weeks Jackson, now 1-year-old, has taken on a new fascination…unrolling the toilet paper.  In the past with our other children I would do all in my power to try to nip this in the bud right in the beginning but this child is persistent! Every time he does it is just as fun as the first…he loves it…and he is fast!  On Saturday I just finally gave up and laughed right out loud.  “This is my life!”

There are times in pure and utter chaos Nathan will look at me with a smile laughingly and say “We have 3 kids!”  You would think by now we would be used to this idea and while our life isn’t always picture perfect, it is perfection in its own crazy way.  Everyone isn’t always smiling and in a great mood, there is usually at least one if not two or three people who are lacking the sleep they need, and there is always something to do but what I love is the beauty of it, in all of the calamity, this is my life!

Someone once told me that life is 10% what happens to you and 90% how you react to it.  I really think this is true.  Everyday we all have a choice to make especially in regards to the things we cannot change and it’s how react that makes all the difference.  Will it be with a thankful, happy heart or one that is cold and bitter?  I have been challenged even when I am frustrated, tired, annoyed, hurting and all of them at once to take a second, step back and thank God that this is my life!

Give thanks to the Lord and proclaim his greatness.
      Let the whole world know what he has done.  1 Chronicles 16:8 (NLT)

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2 thoughts on ““This is my life”

  1. God grand me the serenity to ACCEPT the things I cannot change; COURAGE to change the things I can; and WISDOM to know the difference.

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