+Jeanne Takenaka @JeanneTakenaka
Five Minute Friday prompt this week is—TEST. This largely unedited “rough draft” form of writing stretches this perfectionist, in the best of ways. I write for five minutes on a given topic. If you’re interested in learning more about 5-Minute Fridays, check out our hostess, Kate Motaung’s site. Or, click on the link at the bottom of this post. As you read my simpler Friday posts, I hope you’ll join in the conversation!
Today’s been a testing-sort of day. And I confess, I’m pretty sure I failed.
I learned a long time ago that in order to pass a test, I need to prepare.
Somehow, I keep having to relearn that lesson.
From getting to bed way too late last night and up early this morning, I didn’t prepare well for the tests this day held. I’ve been running on tired for days now, and my sharp responses and impatient words give me away. Not to mention that need of a nap at about noon today.
The test was handling two boys on fall break, both of whom had to live out consequences from earlier in the week.
Yeah, I know. Not a great way to begin fall break.
I tried to cram for this test with time in the Word. And I got some reading time in . . . in bits and pieces. Between interruptions from one boy or the other.
Bits and pieces of time with God has been all I’ve gotten lately. See? Cramming. Trying to get some good time today, because I knew I was going to need His presence, His wisdom, and His grace.
When I don’t prepare well for life’s tests, my failings often show up in how I treat others.
The hard thing is? This is such a reflection of what’s going on in my heart.
I’m learning with the boys coming into the teen years that I must be on top of my game. I have to be prepared for whatever the day throws my way.
The best way to prepare for any test is to come before my Father.
It’s when I come before Him that I can be at peace with what may be coming. Something about that time in His word and in prayer equips my spirit for whatever tests the day holds.
It’s the meditating on His word that reminds me how to pray when my boys affirm they’re most definitely still in training.
Getting the physical rest I need, eating right? These also prepare me for life’s tests.
But it’s that time in the Word, that time spent still before Him that is the most effective way to prepare for any test that comes my way.
Thank goodness for God’s grace. And for those mercies that are new every morning. I have a chance to begin tonight to prepare for tomorrow’s tests.
Because I already know, they’ll be written into my day.
What about you? How do you prepare for life’s tests? What Bible verse helps you on a day when you feel like you’re failing?
I’m linking up with Kate Motaung’s Five Minute Friday—Test