I Kings 3:9: “So give your servant a discerning heart to govern your people and to distinguish between right and wrong.”
When I realize the truth that every day is a blessing from God and being allowed to enjoy the simple pleasures in life such as family, friends, health, and a job are also blessings directly from my Heavenly Father, it allows me a different perspective. I find my days go a lot better when I first give them to God, asking Him to show me what He wants me to do and how He wants me to do it. I seem to get a lot more accomplished and I’m more peaceful during the process.
Little annoyances don’t bother me as much as they would normally. If my plans are changed, instead of having the attitude of, “Seriously?,” I think, “Okay, what disaster did you help me avoid?” or “How do you want to use me in this situation?”
I find that I’m more tuned in to others feelings and needs instead of trying to fulfill my own. I have more energy, more joy, and overall am just more relaxed. I definitely use more of the “nice voice” with my kids instead of the “mean voice,” and I’m quicker to laugh at myself and my mistakes and slower to get angry at “perceived wrongs.”
I’m not saying that just by starting my day with God in meaningful quiet time that my days go perfectly, I never have disappointments, and stress no longer exists. No, that will only occur when I finally make it to Heaven someday. But, when the little annoyances of life try to sabotage my peace, by looking at life through God’s perspective and trusting that He will equip me with whatever I need brings about a peace that is so deep that it could only come from my Heavenly Father, the One who loves me more than anyone else.