When Things Are Looking Down, Look Up

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I had one of those days … “Eeyore” days, as I like to call them, where I’m dragging my feet, looking at everything through my lens of pessimism. It was actually a fairly typical day. Typical schedule. Typical routine. Typical conflicts with the kids. Really, nothing major.

But because I had set myself up to sit under a cloud, those minor conflicts and road bumps throughout the day seemed like massive mountains blocking my path.

Are you having one of those days? Perhaps you need that same encouragement I needed … when things are looking down, look up.

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Look up and see the blessings

“Behold, children are a gift of the LORD, The fruit of the womb is a reward.” (Psalm 127:3)

When I looked up, I saw that I have been blessed beyond measure with my little ones. Toys and books scattered on the living room floor, and there they were, all four of them, happily playing. I sat there, quietly eavesdropping on their amusing conversations.

At the end of the day, I recalled even more little blessings …
… when my 3-year-old woke up way too early and snuggled with me on the bed.
… when my daughter showed me her designs to open up her own salon.
… when my oldest willingly played with his youngest brother when he asked him.
… when my other son skipped out on his favorite show to help me clean up.

Even on what I thought was a gloomy day, there were rays of sunlight breaking through.

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Look up and see others

“Let each of you look not only to his own interests, but also to the interests of others.” (Philippians 2:4)

There are needs inside and outside my home, far more worthy of my attention and focus than my petty complaints. When I looked up, I saw the friend, who asked for prayer for peace in a family conflict. Then, there’s the text I received from another, who had to start working full-time again after being a stay-at-home mom for the past 4 years. And, my heart is personally drawn to a young mom in my church, who has a child with special needs.

Trials, hardships, and pain abound. People need people.

 

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Look up and see God

“Behold, I will do something new, Now it will spring forth; Will you not be aware of it? I will even make a roadway in the wilderness, Rivers in the desert.” (Isaiah 43:19)

To fix my eyes on God means I begin to see through His eyes. The mountains blocking my way are but a mirage. The obstacles I face are small pebbles in the Lord’s hands. When I looked up, He lifted me up, giving me a new vantage point, where I realized that, all along, my times have been and always will be in His caring hands.

So, if you are still gazing down, look up! See that the cloud looming over you is no bigger than your fist. It only takes one step to depart from its shadow and bask in the warm sunshine.

What wonderful things do you see when you look up?

 

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26 thoughts on “When Things Are Looking Down, Look Up

    1. It often happens when I choose to focus on the wrong things. I get down when things really aren’t that bad. Thanks for your comment!

  1. So, so true. About seeing things through the Lord’s eyes instead of our own. When I’m grounded in the word and in truth, everything clicks for me. That’s the closest that I get to “perfection.” What a lovely post!!

    1. There is coming a day when all will be truly well and perfect, right? But how awesome that we even get a taste of it here and now! Thank you, Ashley!

  2. I needed this today! After being stuck in the house because of the freezing temps, I find myself going CRAZY! Any “mess” my 2 year old made was the end of the world and I just couldn’t take it anymore. Just had to tell myself to breath and that the world was truly not coming to an end.

    1. Even in his most depressing days, people might still find Eeyore cute. But when I am down, I am not cute in the very least! Thanks for reading!

  3. This was such a nice post! haha I was never really a fan of Eeyore- he’s always such a bummer. I’d rather be like Pooh. Just give me a little honey and I’m good to go! haha

  4. This was a fantastic reminder that I really needed to read this week! I often let my negative attitude determine how I will perceive the day… which of course it will be horrible then. I strive to change my attitude and I love the points you made here! Thanks!

    1. Thanks, Jenny! It’s something we need to be reminded of often. Sometimes the smallest thing can set it off for me if I don’t start the day off with the right attitude.

  5. I love this! We all have those days where we get stuck in a rut. But you’re right, we just have to look up. Your kiddos sound really sweet-it’s great you were able to look back on the day and have those sweet moments to remember.

  6. I have found that even when they are the cause of stress and anxiety our children are still the best things that we have from god. I get in ruts like that sometimes and I just try to take a step back and look at how blessed I truly am. Great post!

    1. Absolutely! Even in my most stressful days with the kids, I do see that God is using them to grow me in my own character. They are truly blessings!

    1. Taking the time to think about the positives and writing them out really helps! I think that’s why I like blogging so much. Thanks, Lauren!

    1. Yes, it’s a continual reminder that we need because most of us have a tendency to spend too much time looking inward and missing out on being a blessing to someone else. Thank you for commenting!

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