What Do You Do With The Bad Days?

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I just wanted the week to be over and done with. That particular week in January had not been on a good course. It didn’t seem to matter what I said or did because I could not get my week back on track. I felt like a bit player in my own life.

It is easy to indulge the pity party when bad days become a bad week. God reminded me that His invitation is always better. One evening, I opened my devotion book to the words that articulated my emotions: frustration and anger over lack of control. God clearly showed me my current state of my mind and then reassured my heart of His presence. God spoke to me when I needed it the most.

The very next day, I received a return phone call from someone I left a voicemail with weeks earlier. As part of my ministry work, I often ask to pray with people before we hang up. It is not unusual for me to pray over them. However, it is very unusual for the other person to ask, “How can I pray for you today?” God orchestrated all the details to bring me special encouragement when I needed it the most.

I find that sometimes frustrations and fears lose their power when I verbally express them to other people. By admitting what was really bothering me deep down, I gained clarity in the various situations that comprised my bad week. I am thankful for trusted ones that listened without judgement and then faithfully prayed for me. First, I had to be honest enough about my own failings and insecurities to ask others for help. God provided fellowship with other Christians when I needed it the most.

I was glad that difficult week came to an end and I had a clean slate for the new week. As much as I wanted to forget about the bad week, I couldn’t. I realized that the week served a good purpose. God reminded me that He is active in every aspect of my life and responds with nudges to look up to Him. I can count on those closest to me and even unexpected phone calls from strangers to pray me through the hard times. As I react to bad days with faith, I grow in confidence of God’s will for my life. God showed confirmation of His path when I needed it the most.

God leads me through the valleys to the next peak. God’s view helps me appreciate the beauty of the rolling hills behind me and yet in front of me. January’s bad week made me realize what I needed the most: more of God!

Isaiah 35:2

Yes, there will be an abundance of flowers and singing and joy! The deserts become as green as the mountains of Lebanon, as lovely as Mount Carmel or the plain of Sharon. There the LORD will display his glory, the splendor of our God. (NLT)

Isaiah 40:4-5 

Every valley shall be raised up, every mountain and hill made low; the rough ground shall become level, the rugged places a plain. And the glory of the LORD will be revealed, and all mankind together will see it. For the mouth of the LORD has spoken.

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8 thoughts on “What Do You Do With The Bad Days?

  1. Something all of us on earth have in common: bad days and weeks! But we also all share a Savior who will comfort and share His abundant love. This resonates, Debbie: “God leads me through the valleys to the next peak. God’s view helps me appreciate the beauty of the rolling hills behind me and yet in front of me.”

    Bad days make us appreciate the beautiful ones all the more.

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    • Ginene, thank you for your words of encouragement. I rewrote this post many times before publishing. (I didn’t like the earliest revision because it sounded more like whining.) With each change, God kept drawing me to the conclusion: what I need more of is God. And that was the personal lesson I wanted to share!

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  2. I Love you Debbie in Christ Jesus, you have such a beautiful heart, overflowing with Love, Integrity , Compassion, and Mercy.

    Now I know I have shared the Scriptures and Song below with you before but as I read your Message they came flooding back to me, this has happened a few times this week, perhaps God is reminding me too He is there for me as my road has been very rocky over the last few months but His Love as you shared always gives us the Victory.

    Your High up on His Shoulders Debbie, so High you can see His Son.

    Isaiah 43:1-3 – Do not be afraid, for I have ransomed you. I have called you by name you are mine. When you go through deep waters and great trouble I will be with you. When you go through rivers of difficulty you will not drown! When you walk through the fire of oppression,you will not be burned up the flames will not consume you. “For I am the LORD your God The Holy One of Israel your Saviour.”

    Jeremiah 29 :11-12 For I know the thoughts that I think toward you, says the LORD, thoughts of Peace and not of evil, to give you a Future and a Hope.

    Lamentations 3: 33 For God doth not afflict willingly nor grieve the Children of Men.

    Christian Love Always – Anne.

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    • Anne, Look at the wisdom in Isaiah 43, Isaiah shares THREE times, “When you go through” and “When you walk through.” It’s not a matter of IF we will have a bad day or bad week, it is WHEN. I am thankful for God’s mercy that we are not alone, He will be with us and He will bring us through it! That’s the God we serve and worship together Anne!

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  3. Marlane

    Debbie, I really love this site. Your insights are really uplifting. I can’t wait to read more…just think…eternity will be so much fun to talk and talk about these things…God Bless YOU! Marlane

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    • Marlane… you did stop by and visit and even left a comment! Thank you! We all have God stories to share in what we would describe as “sweet fellowship!” Praying for the God stories to come in your extended family.

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