Early this morning Glen was doing his usual wood shop and was heading home. His usual day starts off stressful as we have so many orders to get done and no time can be wasted. He was driving up the hill to our home and Old Betsy, his beloved Ford truck, started shaking. He geared up, it started shaking harder. He geared back down… and stop. His transmission completetly blew up. We knew this time was coming eventually, but we thought we had a few more years out of Old Betsy.
Glen loves his truck. Most men want brand new trucks with big rims, but Glen wanted an old truck that already had been loved. He loved his truck and would always choose it over the SUV on any day.
I could decide to feel sorry for myself, for Glen and our family. We’ve had a rough and I mean ROUGH last 12 months. Between sickness to injuries, to our 2012 van engine blowing up in December because there was a flood and we accidentally drove through a “puddle”, to not taking orders for 5 months, to angry customers, to now the truck transmission blowing up & many many problems in between. I could totally choose to feel bad for myself and say “why me?”
I could rant on Facebook about how hard I have it and how easy YOU have it. How stressed out this stupid business makes me and how badly I just want to be a mom and cuddle my babies. But you know what? That solves nothing. In fact, that would actually dig me deeper into the whole of self pity. I deserve better than that. My kids deserve better than that. My clients deserve better than that.
Instead, I’m going to be thankful today. Because I have it all – an AMAZING family that I can fall back on at any point. The best kids who listen and are respectful and full on love me and smother me with kisses. A working & new SUV that we can still use to get from point A to point B. A wonderful place we can call home, near our family. A flexible business that allows us to make more income if needed. My oils… oh man, my oils. This little things have given me so much hope in such bleak times. For times that I feel so down, I can throw in scents that bring joy & peace into my diffuser or throw onto my wrists and temples and it truly does.
I’m sorry I don’t have an amazing DIY for you today. But I wanted you to know, whatever you are struggling with, you aren’t alone. You could be dealing with something worse – cancer, loss of a friend, parent, family member. Financial struggle, mental illness and the list goes on. I’m here for you. Hit me up over email or Facebook, I WANT to chat. People need to bond together more instead of putting on a brave face all the time. Do you see that one person that always looks perfect on Facebook? Well, chances are, they aren’t. Chances are they are struggling with something in their life and can’t bare to share it with people in fear of being judged or having their “perfect image” being taken away.
Reach out today, show love, not hate. Don’t gossip about each other. What’s the point of that? It only makes you look sad. But instead dive into Jesus’ word and figure out how you can better yourself and those around you. Build each other up in his name. Never tear someone down. Do you know what that does for you? Nothing. It engraves more anger into your heart and lets satan take over your life.
Make it your responsibility to reach out and touch someone today. Under the smile & pretty life there is always something. Even if there is nothing wrong, who doesn’t need someone reaching out today and showing some love.
I gotta say, that I’m so thankful that Keltie & Amanda, dear friends, reached out a few weeks ago & showed me Essential Oils from Young Living.. Oh how they have changed my life. Forever. It’s such a God thing too. He knew I needed the oils, in so many ways. We could always use more money, I could always use more joy and peace. These little bottles are literally oozing into every part of my life and I couldn’t be more grateful. So thank you, thank you Jesus for giving me freedom.
I hope your Tuesday is a whole lot better than mine, but know that if you are going through something, there’s a reason why. Try to think about it as a teachable moment. Positive will always come out of the negative.
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