Today didn't go as planned. A friend dropped by this morning unexpectedly and spent the morning visiting with us. All that I had planned to accomplished was set aside, and, to my surprise, I wasn't upset at all. I sat down, had a cup of coffee, and rejoiced that our friend had stopped by. Earlier I had prayed that no matter how my plans were altered by the circumstances of the day, I would accept whatever came with joy, and I discovered that this morning I was able to do that, with God's help.
This afternoon I worked hard at cleaning up our yard. The first "crop" of autumn leaves had fallen, and I was anxious to get ahead of them before they became too much to manage. Ordinarily, this is a job I despise, but this afternoon I felt differently. As I worked, I remembered that I had prayed that I would be able to offer every task of the day as a joyful offering, and I sensed God transforming my attitude of thinking of my yard work as drudgery into a pleasant experience. Though I was completely exhausted by the end of the afternoon, I felt great satisfaction and I knew that my morning prayers had been answered.