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I’ve had a rough day today.

We all have them, don’t we?  Stuff happens.

We watch our children struggle, we experience emotional fatigue, we deal with disappointment, our jobs are demanding, the dishwasher doesn’t work, we receive sad news, the groundhog continues to eat our gardens, we feel a heaviness in our souls, we misplace an important document, our bodies don’t cooperate with us . . . and the list goes on.

You know what I mean.

But as I shared with a friend this week, a bad day does not mean a bad life. No way.

It’s a tough day but this day will only last 24 hours.

I’ve decided to be gentle with myself for the rest of the day — read my Bible, drink some chai, sit in the air-conditioned room, talk to a friend and pray. It’s not a very productive day from the world’s perspective but my soul needs to be refreshed.

It’s a gentle day but there’s no pity party going on. This IS the day that the Lord has made. A little bit of self talk and I will rejoice and be glad in it. (Psalm 118.24) This is when the self discipline needs to happen — telling myself the truth.

God’s truth.

He does not dismiss reality — the “stuff” going on today still doesn’t feel good — it’s all still here — but God covers me with His perspective and His hope.

He wins. He has my heart.

He will cover you with His feather and under His wings, you will find refuge. Psalm 91.4

God understands my day. He is right here with me.

Today is one of those days, as Jeremy Riddle so beautifully articulates, that I “am sweetly broken, wholly surrendered.”

In the multitude of my thoughts within me thy comforts delight my soul. Psalm 94:19







  1. sorry you are having sucha bad day…

    • Diane (Author)

      Thanks, Karen…it happens. Press on, right?

  2. Diane, this post is a keeper. I hope to remember it the next time a ‘skunk’ day crosses my path.
    Blessings ~ Wendy

    • Diane (Author)

      So glad I can encourage you! I like the idea of a “skunk day crossing my path”. Good visual!

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