When I realized it was time to wake my kids, I prayed for them as I walked to their rooms because I hadn’t prayed for them during my ENTIRE hour that I was supposed to be having my Bible study/prayer time. This morning it was a “Check email, update iPhone apps, watch YouTube music video” time.
I felt just as drained as when I woke up with a bonus dash of discouragement and disappointment in myself.
Bam. Recipe for a stinky day.
Then I was grumpy with my kids who were a little cranky because we were up late last night. At church.
But somewhere between making oatmeal and emptying the dishwasher I decided what I to do with my stinky day. I’m going to kick it in the shins.
“This is the day the LORD has made; let us rejoice and be glad in it.” Ps 118:24
So, I will. I may not feel like it, but Joy is a choice and I will choose it today.
The Bible says, “Be self-controlled and alert. Your enemy the devil prowls around like a roaring lion looking for someone to devour.” 1 Peter 5:8
Another version says, “Your enemy, your great accuser…”
My accuser. He wants me to be discouraged. He recites a litany of wrongs over me.
I forgot it was my son’s teacher’s birthday today. He was the only kid wlking in without a present. There is a pile of dishes in my kitchen sink and our refrigerator is nearly empty. It’s 8:28am and I’m only just now writing today’s post.
My accuser hurls feathers at me that I let crush me like boulders, as if guilt brings redemption.
So, I have a choice. A distinct, clear, transformational choice. I can live today under a banner that says ACCUSED or I can live today under a banner that says RESCUED.
God has already rescued my TODAY. No matter how silly and small the chains are, He’s freed me from their weight.
And what He HAS DONE is always greater than what I haven’t done.
Zephaniah 3:17 says,
“The Lord your God is in your midst,
a mighty one who will save;
he will rejoice over you with gladness;
he will quiet you by his love;
he will exult over you with loud singing.”
He is in the business of making sad things come untrue, of trading ashes for beauty, sorrow for joy.
Who am I to let a stinky day get in the way?
3 Steps for Kicking A Stinky Day in the Shins
1. Choose Joy – If I have to quote Psalm 118:24 and Zephaniah 3:17 all day long, then that’s what I’ll do, but I choose to listen to my Savior and not my accuser.
2. Take Action – I forgot a present for my son’s teacher, but I can pray for her now. I was grumpy with my kids, but I can pray for them all day long. I refuse to be stalled my discouragement. My purpose is to bring glory to God and others to Him, so choose to fall forward in prayer.
3. Drink Coffee – OK. I’m kidding, mostly. But I love what Katie Davis (I know I quote her ALL the time) says about how as a 22 year old she manages to care for hundreds of Ugandan children and adopt 14 of her own, “A little bit of coffee and a whole lot of Jesus.”
…a little bit of coffee and a whole lot of Jesus. Amen.
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