There are days when I am ablaze with purpose and confidence.
There are days when the Word nearly glows with passages for me and I can’t possibly show and speak gratitude fast enough.
There are days when I blow through item after item on my to-do list and collapse into bed at the end feeling vibrantly accomplished.
There are days when I feel all sunny yellow and bold orange and joy flows from all of my full places.
There are days when I write, when I homeschool, when I paint, when I love, with vigor and enthusiasm, and all feels easy.
There are days I just need to graciously and intentionally accept the other side of me without judgement.
There are days that I can’t see past item two on my to-do list without feeling overwhelmed and certain of failure.
There are days that my emotions lie to me so loudly that I have to force myself to even get out of bed.
There are days when even the simplest of tasks becomes a heavy burden sure to drag me to the floor.
There are days when my soul is pale and drained of all color, and I put down the crayons and leave the creating for another day.
And because there are days like this, and days like that, I choose to love myself differently depending on my need. Like Jesus does.
I challenge you today to do the same.
Can you accept the different sides of yourself, the opposing emotions?
Do you know when to lower your expectations?
Aging is worth nothing, if we do not become more aware of ourselves, more forgiving of ourselves and more willing to embrace our frailties. And someday I want to be able to say:
Yes, there were days like this and days like that, but on all days I extended myself grace.
Linking up with Thought-Provoking Thursday at Michelle’s.