๐““๐“ธ ๐“ฝ๐“ฑ๐“ฎ ๐“ท๐“ฎ๐”๐“ฝ ๐“ป๐“ฒ๐“ฐ๐“ฑ๐“ฝ ๐“ฝ๐“ฑ๐“ฒ๐“ท๐“ฐ.

Anybody feel like you need to grab a butter knife and start carving tally marks into your baseboards? ๐Ÿคช By the way, this emoji is now in my โ€œfrequently usedโ€ section on my keyboard. Itโ€™s working itโ€™s way up to the number one position as the tallies rack up... and weโ€™re only a few days into our shelter-in-place!

My mind is going back to a very significant message from a counselor during a very significant time of my life. I was overwhelmed. I was defeated. I was crushed. I couldnโ€™t handle the idea of tomorrow. And she shared this simple statement.

๐“™๐“พ๐“ผ๐“ฝ ๐“ญ๐“ธ ๐“ฝ๐“ฑ๐“ฎ ๐“ท๐“ฎ๐”๐“ฝ ๐“ป๐“ฒ๐“ฐ๐“ฑ๐“ฝ ๐“ฝ๐“ฑ๐“ฒ๐“ท๐“ฐ.

She helped me hone in on the single step in front of me rather than on the big, crushing whole. My next right thing turned into a sweet morning that unfolded into a complete and good day. These days combined into chunks of time I settled into with peace that blended into weeks and then months. And those months became years that are now memories of experiencing the hand of God in a way I never had before. Gratefulness paints the theme for these memories of simply choosing the next right step with the Lordโ€™s grace covering.

So Iโ€™m sharing this little graphic I created. I canโ€™t handle an hour by hour schedule. ๐Ÿคช Here it is again! Our family, work, and lives donโ€™t fit that.

๐“‘๐“พ๐“ฝ ๐“˜ ๐“ฌ๐“ช๐“ท ๐“ญ๐“ธ ๐“ธ๐“ท๐“ฎ.

I can focus on ministering to one person.

I can select one task to accomplish thatโ€™s been weighing on me.

I can write one verse on a card and meditate on its truth throughout the day.

Sister, we donโ€™t have to take on a public role of virus-fighting and broadcast it to the world in order to make a difference right now. We can make a difference in the one home, one life, one heart we have been given today.

Letโ€™s simply do the next right thing.

Oh Father, thank you for being the God of one. You have extended us this single good day. Help us to simply sit under your hand of refuge and blessings and enjoy the ones you have given us in these moments. Amen.

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TIMELESS TRUTH:

But for me it is good to be near God; I have made the Lord GOD my refuge, that I may tell of all your works.ย  - Psalm 73:28


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