- washed one load of diapers (I'm using cloth!)
- planted 7 pots of impatiens
- pulled a bazillion weeds
- walked to church and back
- took my daughter out to eat at Subway while on our walk
- did some work for the things I volunteer for at church
- kept my house somewhat in order
- kept alive, fed, clean, and hopefully happy, two children
Whew! I feel a bit like superwoman! I'm bragging a little I know, but here's the thing. I often do these things during a day but there is something different. Today, I did them with joy. I did not let Satan get after me about all that I have yet to do or infuse me with an attitude that this is all too much.... AND? It felt wonderful! I didn't crab at my daughter for being ... a toddler. I didn't stress about the floor that still needs vacuumed or the to do list on the counter for tomorrow. I often have days like this but when 8 o'clock rolls around I feel like a big crank. I'm tired and feel overworked.
My attitude plays so much into my day and today I chose joy. I chose to let God be in control and the little things that did go wrong did not dig under my skin like they have in the past. I know I'm not the only one that gets bogged down under her "to-do" list and I'm not the only one who let's little things upset her.
My prayer is that when I wake up tomorrow I will remember this day and remember that I CHOSE joy. And I'm praying that I will ask God to give me the strength to do it again.
Edited to add: It's Friday morning- we all got up late which means not being ready when the little guy I watch got here... it's raining and blah outside and PBS isn't coming in (cartoons for Gracie)- BUT I AM CHOOSING JOY!!!!!!!