We started our morning devotional with a hymn and prayer in Spanish. Right after the prayer, Jackson announced that his notebook was lost. I tried to instruct him in Spanish on the importance of putting things in their correct location and preparing his things the night before. Jackson stared at me blankly, and I broke into English. Now our scripture study and Spanish study were missed as we all looked for Jackson's notebook.
I felt discouraged with the way our day was beginning. I even assumed that the rest of the day would continue likewise.
I sent Jackson and Tyson on their way to school for their elective courses and tried to start the younger ones on their school work.
In a moment of dramatic expression, I told my husband that I wasn't doing anything right! After my pity-party, I decided to read my scriptures which were opened wide on my lap... just waiting to speak to me.
I read a beautiful scripture from The Book of Mormon in Alma 26:27:
"Now when our hearts were depressed, and we were about to turn back, behold, the Lord comforted us, and said....bear with patience thine afflictions, and I will give unto you success."
Since I still had the assumption that all would go wrong for the day, I immediately felt frustrated and assumed Jordan was playing around when I saw him sitting in front of the computer.
With a heavy sigh, I asked, "Jordan, what are you doing?" He sweetly answered, "I'm reading Daily Miracles for an hour."
I froze... yes, that is EXACTLY what I would want him to do. After all... I do write these stories for my posterity. This was a great blessing to see him thoroughly enjoying the stories and miracles of God's hand in our lives. This was definitely a success!! How could I have assumed otherwise?
Every day has the potential to be fantastic and full of success- no matter what silly things try to discourage us.
Just because the first hour of the day started out crummy, does not mean that the remaining hours until I sleep have to go wrong. Just because one child made a mistake, does not mean that I have to assume the worst from that child's following actions or anyone else's actions either.
I am going to assume and expect the very best from everyone around me today... even if another notebook is lost at an inopportune time. God wants success for each of us!!