THE CURE FOR A TERRIBLE HORRIBLE NO GOOD VERY BAD DAY!

 
 
 
Last Friday, I opened my eyes and rolled out of bed as tired as I got into it the night before!
 
 Five minutes later, with coffee in hand, I was going through the long checklist in my head of things that had to be done that day as I was checking my email on my iphone and trying to stuff sheets into the washer… while 3 dogs were barking and running circles around me…
Yes, it was going to be “one of those days”! I could just tell. For a few seconds I contemplated junking the whole day and climbing back into bed! “I think a few more hours of sleep followed by reading a stack of magazines and drinking copious amounts of strong coffee might be just the thing to let this dark-cloud-of-a-day pass by”!
 
Not possible! I had a house filled to the rafters with family… and breakfast to make for all of them. And for some reason I had been in an  anti breakfast making mood lately. And today I particularly did not want to make it! But I was just too tired to carry the guilt of not making breakfast for my family around all day… so I begrudgingly and sorta grumpily got through it! 
 
By 8:00 AM a DOZEN other things were plucking at my last nerve.
 
Later that morning when breakfast was over and cleaned up but I wasn’t… and the family went in their different directions for the morning I settled in working on a decor project for my home and blog, trying to check one thing off the long to-do list in my mind!
 
That was quickly interrupted by bad news about my new upcoming blog design… news I really was not prepared to hear!
 
By then I was mad at the world and frustrated and wanted to cry and I was not handling life very well at all!!!! A heavy black cloud had formed over my head. And, albeit imaginary, it was the thunderous kind and sparked with flashes of sharp and jaggedy lightening and it was not raining… but pouring… on my parade-of-a-day!
 
As I was digging through a closet to find the glue gun a shelf came unfastened from the wall and crashed to the ground! Glitter and glue sticks and papers and burlap and paint came crashing down. One of the paint cans bounced off my big toe… OUCH… and it’s contents splashed all over the floor!
 
Standing in a pool of duck egg blue paint with little floating glitter islands I wanted to say every bad word I had ever heard!
 
But instead, “This is NOT working” came out in a thin defeated breath!

I was having a terrible horrible no good very bad day!

 
As the words were escaping me, like air being let out of a tired balloon, I realized where I had gone wrong earlier that morning! 
 
Yes, it certainly was a “terrible horrible no good very bad day” as Alexander would say … but at that second I remembered the antidote… the cure to a day like this… and it had nothing to do with going to Australia (if this is a little confusing you need to read the children’s book…. Alexander’s Terrible Horrible No Good Very Bad Day).
 
I cleaned off my duck egg blue feet… leaving the rest of the mess to deal with itself… grabbed my bible and my journal and r-a-n upstairs to my bedroom and locked the door.  No, not to sleep… but to spend time with My Father!
 
He, and He alone was the cure to my Terrible Horrible No Good Very Bad Day! Jesus knew this too. His example taught me.
 
Jesus spent time early in the morning praying and communicating with His Father. He spent time, when things got bad, communicating with His Father.  
HE SPENT TIME… WITH HIS FATHER!
 
There has never been anyone on the face of this earth that has had more stress in their human life than Jesus… and never will be!
 
His answer.. his cure to a Terrible Horrible No Good Very Bad Day… time with God!
 
 After time with My Father… talking… and crying a little and reading His words of comfort and advice from His book… and telling Him my failings and shortcoming in handing the terrible horrible no good very bad day I was in a much better, stronger and happier place. A place of Shalom… peace.
 
Nothing about the circumstances of the day had changed!
 
I was still physically tired.
 
 I still had a huge long list of things to do… but now most of them did not seem that important.
 
I still had a house full of people… but people I love so!
 
 There were still 3 rambunctious dogs making messing of my windows and floors. There was still that one dog with a slobber issue… which is never okay in my book, but I was handling it (and him).
 
Breakfast was over, but dinner was still ahead of me!
 
 The blog news did not change and believe me the pool of duck egg blue paint with glitter islands was still there.
 
Nothing had changed… but ME!
 
 I had changed! God changed me… and equipped me and strengthened me and blessed me for the day ahead! 
 
Spending time with Him…being honest and transparent and authentic before Him… giving Him all the terrible and horrible and no good of this very bad day was a very good thing!
 
So, now I know and you know the cure for our terrible horrible no good very bad days!
 
But we’ve known all along… sometimes we just need to be reminded that things happen… terrible things and horrible things and very bad things and no good things… but God is always there… always waiting… and He is always Good!! 
 
He is the Eternal Listener! The All Powerful Burden Lifter! The Loving Father with big strong arms! The Merciful Cure to all our days… bad, good and in between!
 
 This week’s memory verse:

Casting all your anxieties on him, because he cares for you. 1 Peter 5:7

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

122 Comments

  1. Amen, Yvonne! I know I’ve certainly had those mornings where nothing seems to go right. You’re right, the answer is to spend some time with God, read the Bible, and just look around at what all we have to be thankful for. I hope you’re getting better and better each day physically. Thanks for the reminder to open the word of God and spend some time with Him.

  2. I needed to read this blog this morning!
    Am home from church…and well, just needed this connection!
    Thank-you for being the inspiration you are!
    I am not going to get my Bible out and do the same as the
    wonderful example you are and have written about!
    Thanks again!
    🙂

  3. We’ve all had “Alexander” days. Love that children’s book…I am grateful for the bad days. It helps me to appreciate the good days. I believe in giving it all to God.

  4. Great post and what caught my eye was the book ! My oldest in her 30’s Loved this book and just the other day she was having a rough day and I reminded her of this book. I will now forward her this posting !

  5. Amen!!! It is always our attitude that determinrs our days. We can make it a great day…..or a terrible no good day…which day do you want? I say Thank you Jesus ..for this wonderful day?

  6. HUGE WHOOPS!
    Major Typo error!!
    Above in my comment….
    I meant “Now”and not “Not!”
    Wishing you a Grand and Glorious Sunday!!!

  7. That was a great read. Thanks for sharing. You are completely correct. Its lovely to see a blog written by someone of faith. Really feels like home to me.
    God Bless you,

  8. Good advice. A wise old minister at our church once said ‘It is not what happens to you but how you handle it. Some blessings turn out to be disasters and some disasters turn out to be blessings.” You handled it perfectly!

  9. Yvonne, isn’t it so silly of us how sometimes, we just muddle on, until finally the lightbulb goes off? I certainly have had days like this, and then, finally, I open my mind and ears and hear God say ” please come talk to me” and it changes me, and the horrible, no good, very bad day. (Favorite book of one of my girls, ever!)

    Our God is such a good God. The fact that we can have a personal, loving relationship with Him is nothing short of a miracle! Xo

  10. Good reminder this morning! We should always put God first, but I know I start my day too many times without prayer. I jump right in without taking time with my Heavenly Father. Forgive me Lord.

  11. Amen Yvonne! The older I get the fewer “raging days” I have. The reason is I “finally” take the time to read His word every day. Jesus Calling has helped me stay consistent in my daily devotion. One verse can change my attitude into gratitude. My attitude change is usually caused by not enough sleep. So simple yet so important.
    Have a blessed day!

  12. Yes, just like Jane Lee Logan AKA Princess Sassy Pants says and she quotes” If things are so hard you just can’t stand it, try kneeling”. She has very inspiring words almost every day! It does get better, thank The Lord!

  13. I have found that if I read His word and spend time in prayer before I really get into the day, things go so much smoother. Not always the way I expect but His ways are always better. Thanks for the reminder because
    I don’t always do as I say.

  14. Thank you for reminding us we are all human and we have to take the bad with the good. Isn’t it amazing that when we take our troubles to the Lord he comforts us. Everything that God allows to come our way is always with a purpose. He uses even the greatest errors and deepest pain to mold us into a better person.

  15. Great reminder.

    Whenever I am troubled I try SO hard to remember when I am grumpy about doing laundry I am grateful for clothes on my back and certainly extra grateful to have a lovely home with a washer and dryer in it! When I first was married I certainly had neither.

    Whenever I am feeling extra mopey about having to make dinner and do the dishes, again – food on the table and clean fresh water to wash the mess away.

    So we always have the ability to change our ways of thinking. BUT, even Jesus knew how difficult it is/was/will be for humans; we’re weak, we’re grumpy, we’re forgetful and not as mindful of our blessings as we each need to be.

    Great reminder and wonderful thing to read first on a sunday.

    God bless you, Yvonne. Your devotionals don’t go un-noticed. ♥

    Hugs.

  16. How appropriate…for me. This past week was one that if something could go wrong it would. Then a couple of days ago when I was cleaning up my sewing room the words to a hymn came to mind and I began to sing, “All your anxiety, all your care, Bring to the mercy seat, leave it there. Never a burden He cannot bear. Never a friend like Jesus.” This lifted me up; and your words that you shared today reinforce this lesson to me…AGAIN!! Bless you for sharing all of this.

  17. this made me smile! Yes, I have been there way too many times, but as you said…….time with THE FATHER is the route to go! Thank you for sharing this very personal side. You rock!

  18. All our days are his and our time is his . We are always a blessing to each other if we remember we take his spirit with us daily. Even 10 minutes in Jesus teachings will keep us closer to our special purpose.

  19. True, how true. Yesterday hubby and I were clearing an area of the property of nasty trash trees that seemed to have grown 30 feet tall overnight, some sort of vine that looked like the beanstalk Jack climbed, and a whole bunch of bad weeds. Hubby is not a very patient guy and got angry so quickly when something wouldn’t cut or carry like he wanted. I wanted to ask him why he couldn’t just work with a happy heart. I didn’t, but I should have. Not that it would have made much difference in his attitude. I try not to let those little things get to me. Although sometimes they do. We’re human. It’s nice to have the reminder “Let Go. Let God.”

  20. Wow Yvonne. I hope your bad foot was not involved with that accident. And as I was reading I was thinking you just need to stop and ask the Lord for his help and blessings to get through the rest if the day. We do and so often just get wrapped up in all our daily “stuff.” Sending blessings your way?

  21. I am sorry that you had one of those days.
    The bible tells us: The love of the Lord will be our strength. He will not fail he will not falter!

  22. Yvonne, I love your Sunday inspirational messages. While I always look forward to your homekeeping and decorating tips and advice, your Sunday, messages always seem to be exactly what I need. Coincidence, I think not! Praise God for allowing you to work through Him for our betterment!

  23. A lovely and inspirational post, Yvonne. No matter what our spiritual beliefs are, getting in touch with that which is greater than ourselves helps to put things in perspective. It helps us to feel loved and cared for, and grateful for all of our blessings. And we always have that choice! Many Blessings to you and your loved ones. And I love your new podcasts!

  24. i was happy to hear that your prayers gave you some peace. “It’s not what happens in life but how you handle it” A quote my mother was famous for repeating to her five daughters. My mother has passed but I often hear those words when overwhelmed. i hope the rest of your day passes more smoothly.

  25. Thank you for your Sunday messages! I look for your message each week knowing you speak truth and hope. You are a blessing in your witness for our Lord!

  26. Yvonne,
    So glad you shared this! Ive always thought you had so much energy and I didn’t know how you did it all! What I really enjoy is your effervescence and positivity (love it) Yvonne, we all certainly can relate.

    I just turned 60 and I can’t do what I used to. The hardest part is getting your family to understand your new limitations, but I’v got a feeling you can handle it!

    Sincerely, you are an inspiration!
    Esther

  27. Thank you, thank you, thank you! I have been really struggling with panic over a long list, insecurity about starting my own blog, Curator’s Cottage, and taking care of my family.

    I do read my bible, but I think I have been just skimming … not digging in. I am coming to dig in every morning after the family leaves for work and school.

    Thank you so much for the realness of your blog and the encouragement you share!

    Blessings!

  28. Thank you for posting this great lesson. My husband and I start and end our day with the word of God and prayer. We moved over a year ago to a town where I don’t know anyone and I have taken the opportunity to immerse myself in teachings and the word. When my husband comes home for lunch he’s anxious to hear what I’ve learned during the day because his days are usually very challenging. I am so grateful to God for leading me to your blog. Thank you for putting Him first.

  29. I have finally learned in my walk with Christ, that while I’m impatiently waiting for him to change my situation, he is actually using the time to change me. Took me a while to learn this!

  30. Another good post from you. No matter how busy the day is going to be the time given to God first thing is more important than anything else. I was taught to say the following prayer when I found myself in the middle of a bad day, when I had to do something I didn’t especially want to do, when doing an act of kindness or even before doing every day necessary chores: “O my Jesus, it is for love of You, for the conversion of sinners and for the reparation of sins committed against the Immaculate Heart of Mary.”

  31. Isn’t it wonderful to know that our Lord is always right there beside us? Just waiting for us to take the time to let Him speak softly to us if we just listen.
    Can you please share your furry dog friends with us ? I’d love to see them AMD Iam sure the other dog lovers would too !

  32. Oh Yvonne you just took me back to almost a year ago. My dad was living with us… a brittle diabetic and this particular day we had 3, count ’em 3… doctor’s appointments. It was past dinner time when we got home… got him into the wheelchair from the car and up the step into the house where he rolled himself into the living room and announced he was going to watch tv. I cut him off at the pass and told him he had to get into bed off his pressure wound he had been on past his limit and I would get his colostomy bag emptied and his meds ready so I could take his blood sugar and gave my husband an order for takeout. My husband went out the door and I heard my dad say, “Look what the cat did.” I turned down the hall to see my dad with his bag tube in his hand, emptying the bag onto the tile floor as he rolled his way down the hall to his room. He was mad at me and showing it the only way he could at that moment. I quickly emptied the linen closet onto the floor and got him into bed., cleaned up and medicated… then out to the dining room for supper. Prayers and trust in the Lord’s timing was the only thing that got me through this terrible time. Now I can laugh through my tears as I remember how weeks later in the hospital he briefly roused from loss of short term memory to say, “I’m sorry for how I treated you, can I come home now?” Thankfully God hears us even when we cannot speak a and especially at 4 in the morning. And He teaches us….. no regrets. Love and hugs.

  33. Thanks for sharing how the Lord gave you the victory in that situation. Perhaps you need to be more patient with yourself while you continue to gain back your physical strength. Prayers for complete healing. Loving those podcasts. Found myself referring to something my “girlfriends” said about a decor issue to my husband.

  34. Very same kind of morning, resulting in despair. But God, His word, and time with Him made the difference. I was renewed and ready to face myself and my day. God is so good. Thank you for sharing.Hope your foot is okay. Let’s continue as we count our blessings and remember to be thankful!

  35. The story of Alexander is endearing to us all! I have definitely wanted to head for Australia! Your day sounds every bit as bad as his! Thank you for sharing this story, as we all can identify. I will be posting this in a different place on Pinterest. One with a deeper message. Thank you!

  36. Such a basic, life saving concept. But some times it takes me a while to say “Duh, I need to give this to the Lord”. Blessings!

  37. Thanks for sharing this. It was definitely something I needed to be reminded of. God bless you and your family.

  38. I’ve had a few days somewhat like that, but somehow I don’t think mine were quite as bad as what you describe. I sometimes think it is days like what you describe help me appreciate the good days, the great days, the fabulous days. I spend almost 30 years workimg with military personnel at US Army and USAF bases and somehow learned to “soldier through” the bad times.

  39. I’ve had a few days somewhat like that, but somehow I don’t think mine were quite as bad as what you describe. I sometimes think it is days like what you describe help me appreciate the good days, the great days, the fabulous days. I spend almost 30 years working with military personnel at US Army and USAF bases and somehow learned to “soldier through” the bad times.

  40. Yvonne
    First I want to thank you and ask for prayer. I have been a pastor wife for 25 years with my family along side us however 1 1/2 years ago our secretary made a false statement about my husband my children made a big issue about it without speaking to myself or my husband about it and left the church along with many others after a year things seemed to be better but this week my daughter got mad at her dad and I because they continue to talk with some others and make false statements and we are tried of this where is forgiveness in the body of Christ and now my daughter told me I am not welcomed at her house I will not see her and never see my grandchildren again I am saying that to say I have trusted in the Lord for most of my life this is one of the hardest times of my life and thought I would never get to a place where I would doubt that the Lord is there my faith is differently shaken and I am hopeless! Pastor wife is a very hurtful and hard job I would not wish on anyone. I am ready to see the TRUE BODY of CHRIST!!!! By the way for all of you that are judging my husband right now he did nothing wrong but cared and love others more than himself. I am not sure where I stand in my faith right now?Please pray for me??

    1. A, I am praying for you! The church is a body of sinners just like the outside world. But we are forgiven which should make us seek a sanctified life! I am deeply sorry for your hurt!

  41. Thank you for this reminder. I, too, as you sometimes feel overwhelmed with the moments or troubles of everyday life. So often I forget that there is help when we need it most, we just must remember to simply ask. God bless.

  42. Thank you so much for sharing about your terrible, horrible, no good, very bad day…..I needed to hear & read that today! I think everybody has had some of those days. I always look forward to reading your posts & blogs. Your home is beautiful, you are so talented. Thank you so much for sharing!

  43. I’ve only been reading your blog for a few days, so I was so happy to read today’s post! You are so right, with how you handled your bad day. God is in control and can change our attitudes and hearts, but putting everything in perspective. Thank you so much for your inspiring message today : )

  44. Thank you so much for the post. It is comforting to remember we are not alone and to lean on our Heavenly Father.

  45. Amen! What makes me love your blog is that you are a faith filled person who loves Jesus – thank you for this post.

  46. There is a lot wrong in my life, but my love for God is not one of them. He is my constant and my anchor in life. Thank you for this post it certainly is a nice reminder for the bad, awful, and rotten days that start out all wrong.

  47. Thanks Yvonne for sharing such a wonderful story with us. I know how you feel. We have all had a bad day and it is so funny when it is over what God can do to make us stop and know that he is the Almighty God and just wants our attention. Sometimes (as usual) I lose my car keys and I say “God, you know how I am, but please help me find them and guess what I will find them every time. I always say thank you, but sometimes I feel guilty because I think God, you helped me find my keys and I didn’t even take time to thank you for the beautiful day you gave us. We are so blessed that he knows our heart more than we do and loves us unconditionally. What a miracle he is to love us in spite of our ways. We have the greatest gift in the world, his love and caring for us. Thanks again and thank you for loving God as I do.

  48. I love that you shared your day good or bad. God is absolutely with all of us and my favorite thing my mom used to say is “God never gives us more than we can handle.” Some days I don’t agree but it always turns out to be true just when I feel sorry for myself something is told to me about someone else and I end up being thankful for my life overwhelming or not. May your week be blessed.

  49. Ahh what a wonderful reminder. RUN to Goods Word and quiet time. RUN to talk to our Father. TURN my eyes to My Lord and He shall give me the desires of my heart ❤️ which may simply be to change my heart. Praise God.

  50. Our priest always reminds us that God has His way of “shooting one out of the saddle” [this is Texas]when He wants our particular attention. Think I will be more careful around my duck egg blue paint. I myself am often guilty of too many “Martha” moments and not enough “Mary” moments.

  51. I understand exactly what you went through because it happened to me too once in a while I get upset, mad and frustrated and go to the “secret room” and read some verses and don’t understand any of them until I open my heart and tell Him all about it and then He rescue me and open my eyes and understand that “He got this” He is my helper, my everlasting father and then I can rest. Few minutes in his Presence makes all the difference.

  52. Thanks Yvonne for another great Sunday message. Sometimes I’ve had those days where I I can’t get to my closet quick enough and once I’m there I can’t even get any words out I’m so full of despair but He knows my heart and He’s always there.

  53. Thank you so much for your words.
    Thanks even more for the words from our Father. Reading on Monday morning to our son who’s had an allergic reaction to antibiotics. We are all encouraged that He can handle everything. Blessings!

  54. Thanks so much for speaking the truth which changes lives. Spending time with my Heavenly Father and in His word is medicine for my soul. I agree with the other reader who said that getting enough sleep is vital. It makes all the difference in my outlook and mood and desiring to have a servant’s heart towards others depending on whether or not I am well rested.

  55. Yvonne, I thought I was having a bad day and going through a trying time right now but after reading your post and some of the other comments, my life is pretty problem free now. Thank you for your post and inspirational thoughts. I’m praying harder for my attitude. Also praying for several that commented, especially A. Thank you for sharing your heart.

  56. Thank God I was behind reading my emails. This came just in time. What a great reminder. If I push all the insignificant stuff behind and turn to my Father it all works out. God gave me you!

  57. Oh, did I need to hear this today! I have just been struggling with non-descript stuff. And I KNOW that I am struggling so much because I am not spending time with the Lord. I am so thankful for a Father who cares about our terrible, horrible, no good, very bad days!

  58. AMEN, Yvonne! This writing blessed me so, so much!!! You truly have a talent for sharing the Lord’s blessings. This is the type message I need to hear (unfortunately) allot of days! I would truly like to thank you for sharing this message and putting a feeling of warmness in my heart. 🙂
    With hugs and blessings to you,
    Theresia

  59. Wonderful post, Yvonne! Always enjoy each one! As I read this, my heart was going out to you — especially when your shelf came crashing down! I could just picture all this! It made me laugh because this has happened to me, too, and resulted in a mess!

    I have had some “terrible, horrible, no good, very bad days”, too — and it is usually when I have not been faithful in having my usual morning devotions and spending time in His Word and Prayer.

    What a great reminder for us to make sure our heart is in tune with our Lord!

    Have a wonderful weekend! God Bless!

  60. Oh, Yvonne, you must, MUST listen to the new (to me) Christian song, Thy Will Be Done”
    I love it: the lyrics, the message, the whole thing!

    (And I love Alexanders Terrible, Horrible, No Good Day!) 🙂

  61. How refreshing to hear the word of God in social media today! Thank you for keeping God alive! Jesus has always been my best friend, and I keep reminding myself that I walk tall and strong because He walks right there beside me, and knows exactly what I am going through. He has more power than anyone or anything on this earth and He is my best friend who cares about me.

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