Do you ever feel like this donkey? This sure does make me laugh!
Or how about this woman? I am not only amazed at the load she is carrying, but the fact that she is carrying it across a rickety bridge in flip flops! I imagine that she does this everyday without grumbling or complaining.
I looked up these pictures on bing, not because I feel like the donkey or this woman, but because I am ashamed that I complain when I have a small load of troubles and find myself grumbling!
Over the holidays, there were many unexpected events that were out of anyone's control. The problem is not the fact that we were sick or the unforeseen circumstances, but more the fact that I grumbled, because my Christmas wasn't as I had planned.
I have a small devotion book called,Jesus Calling by Sarah Young. The first few devotions for 2011 have been about being thankful always and finding rest and peace in Him. How often I am looking for peace in my circumstances and when the circumstances fail, I grumble! I need to seek my peace and rest in Him. I need to have a heart of gratitude always to the One who provides so many blessings!
Do not be weighed down with problems and unresolved issues, for I am your burden-bearer. In the world you have trials and distress, but don't let them get you down. I have conquered the world...
I have told you these things, so that in me you may have peace. In this world you will have trouble. But take heart! I have overcome the world."
I pray that you and I will be able to look past our circumstances, good or bad, and see the face of Christ.
Note: This is a great little devotion book, if you are looking for one to start the New Year! Even if you don't know Jesus Christ, (as I didn't for 20 years of my life!) this little book speaks such truth and will meet you right where you are! I encourage you to look up the scriptures that Ms. Young provides at the bottom of each devotion.
Seeker of Truth; married to Rob on a journey to the cross; mom to three amazing children who teach me more about life than I do them; blogger; recreational photographer; writer; designer wannabe; student of the world with a wanderlust appetite to travel and see it; grateful...always.