My paragraph formatting problem has been remedied!
Yes, again but hopefully this time for good. You see this time, Cody taught me how to make the change if the problem recurs. Once we looked into it more closely, there was a simple switch that needed to be changed for my format. VIOLA, it was corrected!
Don't you wish all the major problems of life could be remedied by simply flipping a switch? Pushing the reset button? Changing direction? I want to share three such switches we flipped that have brought great peace to our lives. As you read, I'll bet you'll think of many examples from your own life.
- Frank and I recently realized we needed to dial back even more of our morning tv. Our morning routine used to consist of coffee, devotions, breakfast, at least one or two news reports, then off to work. Unfortunately, the news reports would cause frustration which set a bad tone for the day. So, we Flipped the Switch. Now we do coffee, devotions, breakfast, prayer together, then off to work. Let me tell you the level of PEACE this has yielded is amazing.
- When our girls were little, I quickly became a yelling mom. It made me unhappy with myself, it frightened the girls (and anyone standing around at the time), it sounded like I had lost control. So, I Flipped a Switch. Instead of yelling when the girls were misbehaving, I made myself whisper. I was shocked by their response. Lowering my voice caught their attention more quickly, it made me feel more loving, it sounded calmer to others around us. The PEACE was measurable.
- Lots of adults have fond memories of sleep overs and long vacations spent with their grandparents. But Frank and I didn't have that experience as children and our nine grandchildren all live right here. We've had some sleep overs but when they get together all at one time, it's loud and chaotic. In fact, I have a magnet that says, "Our family is one tent away from a full-blown circus!" So, we Flipped a Switch. Once the babies turn five, they are treated to a special annual birthday lunch at the restaurant of their choice. They have Noni and Papa's undivided attention for the length of our meal. That simple decision has brought us such PEACE. Here we are with two birthday girls just this week.
What I'm trying to say is that sometimes we get all worked up hoping to find a solution that seems impossibly difficult and completely beyond our reach. Then suddenly we discover that all we really need to improve the situation is to flip a simple switch and viola, Peace!
Please don't misunderstand. Simple does not always equal easy. But even if it's difficult and takes time, it will be 100% worth the effort. So, flip the switch. Do the work. Enjoy the Peace.
Thanks again for stopping by today. We would enjoy hearing the kind of simple switches you've flipped to improve your life. Please tell us about it in the comment section below.
Hooray! You and your paragraphs are BACK!ReplyDelete
Great challenge with the flip the switch post. It immediately made me think of things I can do in that area.
Thanks for always cheering with me. What a gift you are, Becky. I'll be sure to cheer with you when your changes happen,too. :-)Delete
Great to see you and your paragraphs back! Your posts are always so thought provoking. I'm definitely looking at ways to flip the switch. :)ReplyDelete
Thanks, LeeAnne! Cheering with you as you keep growing in grace.Delete
Great post. I love that you turned back the amount of news you are watching. We made the same choice as we found we were becoming depressed from all that is going on. Good to be informed, but not overwhelmed. Of course we remember God is in control.ReplyDelete
You're so right, Cathie. We work and pray like it all depends on us then live at peace knowing the final say belongs to God.Delete