“Never forget what Jesus did for you. Never take lightly what it cost Him. And never assume that if it cost Him His very life, that it won't also cost you yours.”
~Rich Mullins

Jan 20, 2012

Is your glass half empty...or half full?

Life can be hard sometimes.

Today was just one of those days. I woke up exhausted because my little dog that sleeps in my room withe me got sick in the middle of the night and I was up cleaning up messes at the charming hour of 2 AM. 

Had a crazy morning trying to get chores done and get the girls out the door to piano lessons, and then held the fort down for a few hours with a very pregnant dog. While everybody else was gone, I sat on the couch next to Nina and worked on school - which right now consists of  studying the Westminster Confession of Faith and all the Scripture verses they use to back up their beliefs.

As soon as Mom and the girls got home, we had tons of groceries to unload, friends came over to borrow our truck and trailer, and we forgot to let Nina out...so she couldn't hold it any longer and let loose all over the kitchen floor. Nice.

Just as I settle back down on the couch to start school again, Mom gets an email from someone interested in our Papillon puppies, but they want new pictures. So, we pull out 5 squirming puppies and try to get them all to stay still and look at the camera at the same time while trying to convince the external flash on my camera to cooperate. We get the pictures done, take them back to Mom, and she looks at them. Rejected. Back out to the kitchen for "Take 2."

These pictures turn out pretty good, but when we go back to the computer, Mom has an email from a previous Papillon buyer who says that their dog twisted it's intestine a few months ago and died. 

By this time, it's pretty late in the afternoon and I head down to the barn to bring the horses in from the pasture and feed everybody, and one of the mares is sick. Really, really sick. She's laying down and has obviously been thrashing around for quite some time. Ever since we lost Steam Roller to colic, I just feel sick when I see a horse in the beginning stages. I run into her stall and kneel down next to her to see if she will get up. She doesn't, so I start praying desperately, bring the horses in double-quick and run up to the house to alert Mom and grab some Banamine (equine version of Aspirin). She looks hydrated, but when we try to walk her, she collapses and her legs start shaking. The Banamine finally kicked in. She started settling down and doing better, our friends bring the trailer back, we get the horses fed and settled in for the night, and turned the lights out in the barn.


As we started up to the house, Mom asked me if I'd heard about the little Papillon who died. I told her that Anna had told me, and then paused for a second. I looked at her and said, "Life is hard. Real hard. And pretty depressing at times." She nodded, smiled, looked around our beautiful property at our wonderful barn and awesome horses and said, "Yeah, but it can be really beautiful, too." She's right....so right.

It's pretty amazing how easy it is for us to get caught up in the little things that just annoy us. Sometimes it can be so hard to be content, and I know exactly what Paul meant when he said, " I have learned in whatever state I am, to be content..." It is a learning process...being content is not easy, nor does it come naturally, let me tell ya!

Yeah, it was a rough day. But I got quite a few hours to just pour over God's Word and read over and over the precious promises of salvation, justification, and redemption that it offers. It really depends on the perspective we are coming from. If we could only view our lives through God's eyes, how different we would think and act. How trivial these little things are. We are loved and cared for by the Creator of this universe, and He sends us exactly what we need at the time...sometimes He sends things to grow us, to assure us, to humble us, but whatever it is, He is working for our good.

So is life that bad? Not really!


  1. *two thumbs up, nodding*
    Welcome to life! If life was easy, we would forget how much we need God. All we can do, is do all we can do, and leave the rest up to him.
    Here's a neat perspective. Next time you think your world is crazy, hectic, or simply crumbling around you, stop and think for a second. Visualize you, where you are standing, in comparison with the area around you. Then that area in comparison with your city. Then your city in comparison with your state. Then your state with the world. Then your world with the galaxy.
    Then, think about all the people in your city, state, and world, in that order. Everybody with their own problems, life, and crazy scenarios, similar or worse than yours.
    All of a sudden, our own problems seem kinda small and insignificant, and keeping on plugging along becomes easy in light of the big picture.
    That helped me, hope it helps you. :)

  2. "If life was easy, we would forget how much we need God"
    Amen... we're so much like the Israelites!

    Neat perspective...that's kind of like what we were talking about the other day during worldview.

  3. I don't remember that conversation at worldviews, but it certainly is possible.
    Ha, I hadn't thought of that connection with the Israelites - lets hope we remember to follow God a little more often than they did!
    Hope Dancer is better.

  4. She is much better. She had a rough night up till about 3 AM and then settled down and this morning she seems fine.

    The conversation I was thinking about was when you were talking about how big God is and how small our world seems to Him. (Anything is possible at worldviews....)

  5. It's at the end of days like that, that I always wonder how the unsaved manage to get out of bed in the morning. Tough days will come and if there was no Sovereign God to turn to, I think life would be unbearable. I hope things settle down for y'all!

  6. Right?!?!? Sometimes, I don't know why unbelievers bother to do the things they do. Why be good? Why keep fighting through life? Why...yeah, get out of bed in the morning?

  7. I know its still sad, but all those dudes who commit suicide, made the choice that is most consistent with their worldview. If there is no God, and you are an accident, and life is no fun, why keep on living? Its just perpetuating the pain, with nothing to strive for worth anything. Like a said, its sad, but it makes sense. Them, Hitler, and all the other communists who killed people are the few people I know of, that aren't saved, that are the most consistent in their worldview. All the killers believed that survival of the fittest is the way of life, so they shot all those they thought didn't need to live. Those dudes with what they thought were crumby lives, thought they were cosmic accidents, and since life was no fun and full of pain, ended the cosmic accident. It makes sense.
    Thank God we were chosen for mercy instead of judgement!

  8. This was a really good post, Lisa! I'm sorry you had such a rough day, but thank God that He uses even times like that to teach us lessons--actually, it seems like times like that are especially when He teaches us lessons. Just like David said, "If life was easy, we would forget how much we need God." That's so true!

    I enjoyed reading you all's discussion here, too. Some great points have been made!

    (p.s. I like how you edited your profile pic, Lisa :-)

  9. Great post Lis! Nice way to bring it around to such a great attitude and God's word! =)

  10. Amy...wow, you're observant to notice the change to my profile pic!! I love lightroom!

    Jake (or Jac)...thanks! You crack me up how you call me "Lis!" :)