This entry is part 20 of 32 in the series Still Standing

Here’s how to measure progress in tough situations.

My friend Jen gave me awesome advice about how to measure progress in these tough situations where we are working on making changes.

Don’t look at day to day progress, where it seems so slow, but look back over weeks and months.

When I look back at where we were a month ago and two months ago, we’ve made tremendous progress. We are doing better.

Our family is calmer. Our son is calmer.

I can get a bit more done each day.

I can accidentally leave the front door unlocked once in awhile and I’m not afraid our son is going to bolt.

We’ve started putting knives back in the dishwasher, then when they are clean, we lock them back up, vs. immediately washing them and locking them back up in the cabinet.

The school district is considering alternative placements besides just the school-down-the-street middle school.

We have a good attachment therapist working with us.

I am still living day to day, but it’s not moment to moment.

I’m not living in abject fear. I’m not panicking like I used to be.

This is progress.

Thank you, God.Even miracles take a little time.|The Holy Mess

Still Standing

Bible Verse

Count it all joy, my brothers, when you meet trials of various kinds, for you know that the testing of your faith produces steadfastness. And let steadfastness have its full effect, that you may be perfect and complete, lacking in nothing.

James 1:2-4

Journal Prompt

Is there an area of your life that you feel you are making no progress? Pour out your heart to God about this. Ask Him to provide clear indication you are on the right path.

Resources

The Hope Toolbox: 31 Day Series

Even miracles take a little time.|The Holy Mess

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