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How To See A Bad Day As Holy To The Lord

This graphic, with the words below, was shared a while ago by The Busy Mom.


This is the story of motherhood. The struggle is worth it! You are stronger than you know. Neh. 8:10


It caught my attention because I’ve been having my share of mothering struggles lately. We haven’t found our summer rhythm yet, and the kids are doing their best to tear each other apart despite my valiant attempts to eliminate rudeness. I’m not doing so great at sticking to my attitude plan either.

The reference, Nehemiah 8:10, was familiar, but I couldn’t recall the verse right away. I made a mental note to look it up during “quiet reading time.”


As soon as I read the verse, I knew why it was familiar. I often use that last part, the joy of the Lord is your strength to encourage myself when I’m getting weary.


“Then he said to them, “Go, eat of the fat, drink of the sweet, and send portions to him who has nothing prepared; for this day is holy to our Lord. Do not be grieved, for the joy of the Lord is your strength.”


Ever wish you could get a do-over on the day? Take heart from the words of an Old Testament prophet, and don't let the bad days get you down.


What stuck out to me this time was a phrase that comes before that.

This day is holy to our Lord.

These words were spoken to the Isrealites when they heard God’s law and wept at their failure to keep it. Their leaders did not berate them for their foolishness. They encouraged them. They pointed them back to God. They told them to rejoice. To worship the forgiving God. Yes, He had allowed them to experience severe consequences for their sin. He had also faithfully prevented their utter destruction.


The same is true for me and you. On our worst days – even on our best ones – we experience natural consequences of our sinful choices. We also enjoy the merciful forgiveness of a faithful God. This, the way our heavenly Father graciously guides us through the daily struggles, is holy.




Set apart.

For God.


My “bad day” and the struggles it contains have been set apart by God for His purposes.

Your day, your struggles, they too are instruments of God.


The trials and temptations of your bad day aren’t getting in the way of God’s plans. They are part of His plan. The ornery children, broken appliances, and other messes of motherhood – yes, even my own waning patience and sharp tongue. God is using each one to accomplish more than you or I can currently see.


“And we know that God causes all things to work together for good to those who love God, to those who are called according to His purpose. For whom He foreknew, He also predestined to become conformed to the image of His Son.”

Romans 8:28-29

“For I am confident of this very thing, that He who began a good work in you will perfect it until the day of Christ Jesus.”

Philippians 1:6


Ever wish you could get a do-over on the day? Take heart from the words of an Old Testament prophet, and don't let the bad days get you down.



On days when the struggles are fierce and victory seems far, far away . . .

When the failures loom larger than successes . . .

Remember, even those days are holy to the Lord. Our trials are not meaningless. They have been lovingly designed to fulfill God’s work in our hearts.

Our struggle is part of the story He is writing in us. The story in which we become more like Him. In which our trials slowly burn off the impurities in our lives and leave behind a more Christ-like character.

What can you do at the end of a bad day?

“Come, let us worship and bow down, let us kneel before the Lord our Maker. For He is our God, and we are the people of his pasture and the sheep of His hand.”

Psalm 95:6-7


Stop wishing you could do it over.

PRAY! – Express your dependence on God. You need Him to make sense of your struggles, complete the work He is performing in you and carry you through ’til the end.

GIVE THANKS! – For who God is. For what He has done. For how He is working. For what He has promised.

Move forward with God’s approval.

“Blessed is a man who perserveres under trial; for once he has been approved, he will receive the crown of life, which the Lord has promised to those who love Him.”

James 1:12


Then he said to them, "Go, eat of the fat, drink of the sweet, and send portions to him who has nothing prepared; for this day is holy to our Lord. Do not be grieved, for the joy of the LORD is your strength." Nehemiah 8:10


Shared at: Waiting on Wednesday, Women With Intention, Coffee & Conversation, Thoughtful Thursdays, Grace & Truth, Saturday Soirée, Art of Homemaking Monday, Nourishing Joy, Modest Monday and Tuesday Talk.


  1. Hi Abi.

    This really blessed my heart. I have tough days and sometimes I fail as a mother. This is such a great reminder that my disappointment and struggles are His appointments for my good. Hope all is well with you. Say hi to all.

    • Hey, Patti. I’m glad the biblical truth God used to encourage me has blessed you too. So thankful that He is pleased to work through our faults and brokenness to achieve His purposes. Keep up the good fight!

  2. I needed this. Thank you for speaking life and truth!

  3. I SO needed this balm to my mother soul! We’ve had more of our share of rough moments this summer, complete with fighting and hitting, and now my kids are encroaching on my precious morning quiet and writing time. Thank you for the soul refresher! You’re featured this week at the Sat. Soiree!

    • I’m right there with you, Sarah Ann. These interruptions seem counterproductive, but God is always at work for our good. I’ve had to rehearse these thoughts DAILY this week! Honored to be featured.

  4. Abi, thank you so much for sharing this at Waiting on…Wednesday! I too have not found my summer rhythm and realizing that we only have 2/3 left to enjoy was sucking my joy. You’ve given me a new perspective. Thank you so much and I look forward to you linking up with us again!

    Holly @ http://www.iwillservewhileiwait.blogspot.com

    • Here’s to a joyful July and August, even if they are a little bumpy. Let’s focus our eyes on Jesus, who’s already solved our biggest problem! Blessings on your day, Holly.

  5. Abi,such an uplifting post and so true in many aspects. I love when a bad day in the morning ends with rejoicing at night all by God’s great and mighty hand. Thank you for sharing at Tuesday Talk!

    • Thanks, Michelle. God is good to turn what looks or feels awful to us at the time into something that honors Him.

  6. That is such a great thing to remind myself-this day is holy. My girls either play nicely or fight like cats and dogs. There is no in between, so I need this today!

    • So glad God’s truth encouraged you today, Sarah. May He give you grace to find joy amidst the squabbles and wisdom to instruct them patiently over and over again. Even Jesus endured these things with His disciples!

  7. This post is so timely for me. I’ve been in a season where I keep reminding myself that life is not necessarily supposed to be easy, I simply need to claim the peace and joy He gives in the midst of the hard.

    • Sorry you’re in the midst of a rough season, Rose. God knows how to carry you through it; keep making Him your refuge. Psalm 73:26-28

  8. This is great! I think I should print it out- I needed it this week!

  9. Abi, thank you for reminding me that, upon my return from a restful few days with my husband, the broken dishwasher pouring out water all over the floor and the dryer that is suddenly on the blink are also ordained for this day!!! UGH!! I’m glad you pointed that part of the verse out, because I’d never really noticed it before. Wonderful post as usual – catching up with you on Grace and Truth (wonderful graphics, by the way;)!

    • Thanks for your kind words, Ruthie. Hope you get those appliance troubles sorted out soon. Keep your eyes on Jesus. 🙂

  10. Abi, what a post! So full of truth. I had never considered this: ‘the way our heavenly Father graciously guides us through the daily struggles, is holy.’ But, it is true. God never wastes our struggles, but uses and redeems them for our good. Stopping in from Grace & Truth. Blessings to you.

  11. Thanks for sharing! I love that quote–I need to be reminded that the struggle is part of His Story, and part of His plan to make me more like Him! So glad I got to read this today! 🙂

  12. Thank you!

  13. Some of my favorite uplifting verses in the Bible! My husband and I just dealt with this the other day. We were having a horrible day with things breaking at the house, it was overwhelming, and the day was quickly escalating into a horrible one. We stopped everything, prayed together for peace and that the Lord would turn the day around…and He did! We ended up having one of the best days and made good memories 🙂 Thanks for sharing this! I’m your neighbor at Women with Intentions 🙂 Have a wonderful day!

    Alexis @ http://www.chemistrycachet.com

    • God is so good to redeem faults, failures and struggles both large and small. We are blessed to experience some of that now and will one day see all made right. Nice to have you visit again, Alexis.


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