Here's the best part though. After drafting the email, I had my quiet time with the Lord and here is what I read from the The Power of a Positive Woman by Karol Ladd:
It's so easy to sweat the small stuff and groan over our immediate cares and concerns; but as we turn our sights heavenward, we gain a whole new perspective. In this life we are going to have happy times and sad times. But at all times, we can be positive, joyful women because we have our heavenly Father's assurance: "It's better higher up."Wow! How timely! This helped me tremendously--it was exactly what I needed to hear. I love that God is in control and helps me deal with anything that comes up. Reading this just reminded me that in the big scheme of things, this is a small and probably a "moe hill" that I really don't want to turn into a "mountain." When I reflect on the situation, what has really been hurt is primarily my pride. I know men compartmentalize things all the time and wish I could do that. But women, you know that we don't do that. If something gets under our skin, it's there no matter where we are or what we are doing, right? I determined not to let this incident ruin my whole weekend and quickly grabbed back my joy, turning the situation over to God.
I may or may not send the email on Monday. I'll have to calmly assess the pros and cons and make sure I am not sending it just to make the other person feel bad but rather because I think it will help in some way. I will also review it and make sure I didn't come across as whiny or disrespectful which would definitely just make things worse. I already am inclined not to send it but rather just talk to the person face-to-face after praying for direction.
|Must Read for Any Woman!|
The Power of a Positive Woman is such an encouragement packed full of interesting stories and great quotes. I really can't say enough good things about it and will continue to write more blog posts sharing more from it in the upcoming weeks. It is definitely one of my favorite all-time Christian non-fiction books. I am actually keeping a notebook of the things I am underlining as I read--it's that good!
Are you ever down in the dumps? How do you get out?
UPDATED 12/3/12: My meeting Monday morning went very well. In fact, it could not have gone any better and I am glad I did not send the email!