I'm a redeemed child of God and the momma to four vivacious daughters. I'm passionate about finding hidden blessings in the trials of life, living it out in an honest and open way, while encouraging those around me to believe in better.


i decided to turn my twit around

It’s been a little quiet around here lately, huh? I’ve been busy getting the kids off to a new year of school and clearing the wreckage summer left behind. I’ve also been working on a little writing project I can’t wait to share with you. Lastly, I’ve been carrying a bit of emotional baggage.

My life for the last year and a half or so, has me doing all I can, with all I have in me, to keep my head above water. When even the slightest bit of heavy sneaks its way into our lives, it pulls me under. And that’s where I’m at. Sputtering to keep my head above water.

I wish I didn’t feel so deeply. I wish I didn’t care so much. I wish I could close the door and walk away. But God didn’t create me that way. I’ll tell ya what though … I’m so thankful to be in the middle of the 31 days of faith online study … as much as I’m journaling and encouraging you every day, believe-you-me I’m letting each word and truth sink deep into my own heart.

Anyway. I’ve been struggling with this emotional mess and in the process have been just a wee bit short-tempered, impatient, and preoccupied. And, ahem, please don’t ask my children for a definition of “wee bit.”

Last night I was at my computer when the girls came bounding in … all loud-like and full of energy … you know, like kids do. I had just clicked over to this post and quickly read mid-post, “Distracted by one wrong thing, I was missing out seeing many right things.”

As Hunter hit the iPod play button, Wynter broke out in a crazytown dance, and Piper stood by observing it all … my annoyance and impatience gave way to smiles as I too, decided to turn my twit around.

With my twit in check, it was a better day. And truly … we have so much to be thankful for. So much to give praise for. Those are the things we need to stay focused on. His mercies are new each morning … it’s our choice to take hold of them or not.

How ’bout you? Could your twit use a little redirecting today? Wanna make a deal? Next time we feel our twit out of whack, let’s stop what we’re feeling and say to ourselves, “turn my twit around.” Maybe on repeat. I had to do it a few times today and ended up making myself smile. Seriously … how can you not smile by saying, “twit.”

One last piece of wisdom from Lysa:

The Devil loves to make us focus on the little that’s
wrong so we miss the big picture of all that’s right.

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10 Responses to “i decided to turn my twit around”

  1. Barbie says:

    Thank you for sharing Tracie. I feel I need to turn my twit around too. I’ve been a little overwhelmed and have also felt like I can barely keep my head above water. And, my 46 year old hormones are raging and I have severe hot flashes. Time to turn my twit around and get a new perspective!
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  2. I am definitely turning my twit around. Two nights ago I had a mini meltdown over something I cannot control. So I decided to focus on what I can and enjoying. Everything else God has to offer me.
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  3. Susan Lesperance says:

    Dear Tracie, excellent advice…as always. There is a lot of truth to the saying, “Stop and smell the roses”. Life is hectic, tempers flare as we contemplate deadlines and the many issues that crop up and overwhelm us. If we just stop and take a needed moment to “turn our twit around”, we would be once again reminded of all the blessings and positive things in our lives…that includes one Tracie and her fabulous blog. Thank you.

  4. dawn says:

    i hate that sputtering… with all that is in me. i wish i knew how to throw you that little life preserver!!! although, i think your 31 days is a pretty great one :) and i totally agree… twit can make me smile any ‘ol time! xoxo
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  5. By breakfast time today one little one and myself had both been a puddle of tears.
    Some phases in life are much, much more challenging than others. But those are the phases where He is seen more clearly, His presence known in mighty ways. I cling to that.

    “Some went out on the sea in ships, they were merchants on the mighty waters. They saw the works of the Lord, His wonderful deeds in the deep. – Psalm 107:23-24” – the idea being that you aren’t meant to be by the shore – His wonderful deeds are seen when you’re out “in the deep.” Beautiful, eh?
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  6. Candace says:

    Oh how well I understand this. (how i wish I didn’t!)
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  7. terrie says:

    twit….. I do love saying it too. but more importantly i really like thinking of you saying it and smiling, too. thank you for turning around my day

  8. Km says:

    I had a seriously twit-ful morning today! Thanks for the gentle reminder… :) we have so much to be thankful for…. A patient & loving God! our forgiving kids!!!!

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  10. “Distracted by one wrong thing, I was missing out seeing many right things.”

    wise words.
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