Maureen Pratt Author PicIf you are really down, and challenges are heaping themselves upon challenges, then you might find yourself thinking, “Can’t I have just one good day?” Yup, I’ve been there myself -and it’s okay to ask that question, borne of frustration and perhaps a little amazement that “yet another” thing could go wrong in an already “wrong” life.

At those times, I’ve allowed myself a shoulder shrug, a look upward and a quizzical eye. I’ve allowed myself to raise my voice in questioning. And then, I’ve refocused to something that, I usually find, turns the situation around.

That refocusing isn’t “rocket science.” It just means that I look at life as it is, with all of its proverbial warts, and resolve to find something good, even one small thing, that I can expand on in my mind and heart, to take the rough edges off of the present day. I try not to worry about tomorrow. Tomorrow’s going to be what it is. But, I can make it a little better if I take the present day and try to squeeze out every ounce of good there is to be had.

To find the “good,” I try not to turn to those momentary temptations that might seem so on the surface, but might bring problems of their own. Overeating chocolate, for example. Lessening my exercise program instead of maintaining it. I pray that God will lead me to the good, fill my heart with it, even if my outer day is troublesome. And, the most wonderful thing about doing this?

God never lets me down.

Even if the day in question is still overall filled with tough issues, if I can find the good, then the day is not lost. Rather, the day is saved, and I feel much stronger for it!

Joy and peace,


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