For the Days You Want a Do Over

It’s been happening a lot lately.  I lie down, exhausted, and find myself unable to rest.

My mind plays over and again the failures of the day just passed:

  • Didn’t fix breakfast for the girl before school
  • Watched “Grey’s Anatomy” instead of cleaning the kitchen
  • Rewashed the clothes in the washer because they had sat there four days and smelled bad
  • Got a shower just in time to pick up the girls from school
  • Had no plan for supper
  • Fussed at the girl for her messy room – while mine looked even worse

and so on …

We’ve been in the midst of some stress lately.  The kind of stress you can’t do anything about because it’s not really your “stuff” but still it seeps into your life and wreaks havoc on your sleeping, eating, be polite patterns.  Anyone else familiar with that sort of stress?

I’ve sort of felt like my iPhone looks …

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Shattered. Broken.  Yeah, it all still works but it doesn’t look good.

Some days you just want a do over.  

And then you read a post like this one that reminds you that you are the mother God chose for your child.   And another one written by a friend who also knows the frustration of no words and has found the answer in stillness.

And you get a tweet from a sweet encourager who reminds of those new mercies every morning.

And somehow, the day’s failures and the heart’s weariness and the body’s exhaustion slip into the warm comfort of a God who calls me friend and simply is.

There are no do overs, I suppose … but there are new beginnings.

The steadfast love of the Lord never ceases; his mercies never come to an end; they are new every morning; great is your faithfulness. Lamentations 3:22 – 23

How has God used others to encourage you when you are weary?

8 Replies to “For the Days You Want a Do Over”

  1. Isn’t it nice we get a new beginning each day? Whatever happened (or didn’t happen) yesterday is over. Each day is a new beginning. Sometimes, we just need to sit, relax and chill, watching our fav. show. Not a fan of Grey, but don’t expect anything out of me when my guys are on, NCIS, NCIS LA. 🙂 Plus, you just made me feel better, I thought I was the only one who rewashed clean clothes because they’d sat too long in the washer. Have a good day today, remember you are the mother God chose for your child, and the mate He chose for your husband. Quilted blessings, Nita
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  2. Isn’t it refreshing to know that you are not alone in these things. I am always amazed to find out others do the same things I do. I have had to wash towels, whites, and rags, yes, rags, over again because I forgot they were in the washer and never made it to the dryer. I am embarrassed to say that I had to throw away a “nice” top because I forgot to get it out of the washer and it got so wrinkled…”permanently” wrinkled. Another thing I’ve done is empty half of the dishwasher before realizing the dishes were dirty…I forgot to run the dishwasher! The detergent tablet was still in its place…I just forgot to turn the dishwasher on. Oh well, these are my confessions for today. 🙂

  3. […] days though, we wish we could ‘unsew’ a day and start it over. Terry Lynne Underwood, blogged about those re-sewn or do-over days. Check it out, it may make you feel better about your […]

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  4. Hi! My name is Mollianne and I have clothes in my washer right now that I threw in ummmmmm….Sunday evening when we got home from Missouri.
    Its not even that I’ve forgotten about them, I’ve ignored them.

    I love this, Teri Lynne. Reminds me of something I used to tell the boys when they were little and I was bathing them at the end of the day. I’m sure its not an original idea with me, but I would tell them that we were washing away the day so they could go to bed clean and fresh for tomorrow. Anything bad that had happened would be washed clean. Any hurt feelings, disobedience, angry words…it was all washed away. I do that with myself on bad days. Take a bath before I go to bed to wash it all away, so I can start over tomorrow.

  5. This was great! I so am encouraged on how God uses others at the perfect time to bless me during hard times…. like meals, calls, and just saying ” I get it”. Love your heart. Love, Traci

  6. I am reading this at the end of a long day and I just remembered that I have a load of wet clothes in the washer! It is amazing how stress affects unrelated areas of our lives, adding up to a big ball of yuck. At the end of the day, it is easy to feel like nothing is going right. I guess that’s why I like mornings so much. They are new and his faithfulness is great. His mercy is so fresh and evident then. Oh, that I would see that truth all day long!
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  7. […] last month has been rough.  I might have mentioned that a few times.  The laundry hasn’t always been done and I have felt like a bad mom.   It’s been easy to forget simple […]

  8. So glad that the Lord used all these people, including myself, to encourage you. It’s amazing how He works even through our weaknesses and vulnerability.

    You my sister have encouraged me! So, we are doubly blessed!!!

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