I’m not always a clean freak (ask my mom and she’ll back me up on that one) and I am usually the calm and patient one in my and Robert’s marriage. But…
Everyone has their bad days. And amidst the chaos of a fussy toddler, a cluttered house, and a very long to-do list, I found myself much more on edge this morning than usual.
When I finally got Olivia down for her nap, something told me I needed to step away from the to-do list and use my hour and a half of freedom to watch a sermon.
Naming my blog Bless’er House was no accident. I try to focus on God’s blessings daily. Some days are harder than others to find that focus. And today I needed to call in reinforcements.
So since Robert and I have missed church the past couple of weeks, I caught up on my pastor’s sermons.
Through November, my pastor Steven Furtick preached on a series called Surround. And in the sermon I watched today he said, “It is amazing the power that our surroundings can have.” The entire sermon addressed exactly what I had been struggling with all day.
So I felt compelled to take a second and share it with all of you, my sweet readers who take a moment out of your own surroundings to see what’s going on in our home.
I love the Christmas season and the joy in the air this time of year. But it’s also a season of stress for me. Because I know it’s this time of year that people, myself included, get caught up in their surroundings: the pushy shoppers at the mall, the magnified discomfort of missing a lost loved one during the holidays, the tougher-than-usual tasks at work as everyone is ready for a break.
Our surroundings can change us. But it’s also us who can change our surroundings.
So if your surroundings are getting under your skin too, take a little time to watch this message. I pray it fills you with as much hope as it did me.