Day by day, and with each passing moment,
Strength I find, to meet my trials here;
Trusting in my Father's wise bestowment,
I've no cause for worry or for fear.
He whose heart is kind beyond all measure
Gives unto each day what He deems best
Lovingly, its part of pain and pleasure,
Mingling toil with peace and rest.
— Excerpt from "Day by Day" by Karolina Wilhelmina Sandell Berg
It is easy to be good in those wonderful, awe-inspiring moments of either great beauty or great sadness. One cannot help but feel obedient, helpful, and dutiful . . . it is in the days afterwards where we lag, the days that seem dull or too placid for our tastes, the days when we argue that being a little lax will not affect anything greatly. But that is where we are wrong. For it is in the formation of little, day-by-day habits that our lives are either turned gradually towards Christ or away from Him.
"For a week the amount of virtue in the old house would have supplied the neighborhood. It was really amazing, for everyone seemed in a heavenly frame of mind, and self-denial was all the fashion. Relieved of their first anxiety about their father, the girls insensibly relazed their praisworthy efforts a little, and began to fall back into old ways. They did not forget their motto, but hoping and keeping busy seemed to grow easier, and after such tremendous exertions, they felt that Endeavor deserved a holiday, and gave it a good many." — Little Women, Chapter 17: "Little Faithful"
I speak these words not because I myself am above them, but because I experience it every day. Far more often than I should like, I encourage little habits of not speaking respectfully to my parents, procrastinating, spending more time on the computer than I ought, ignoring my tasks, and just being stubborn. But the Father is ever loving and ever merciful, and I can see His hand in my life, slowly welcoming me, the wayward sheep, back into the fold. I know I will never achieve perfection — I will always be growing and have room for improvement — but it is my hope that I will learn to trust more in the Lord and ultimately choose His path over my own.
"I press on toward the goal to win the prize for which God has called me heavenward in Christ Jesus." — Phillipians 3:14
Have a lovely afternoon, ladies!