True Confession Time: I’ve been cranky and irritated and frustrated and sad and discouraged and irritated and annoyed some more this week.
My husband gets the worst of it.
Why in the world do I get like this?
Do you ever get like this?
You know, when everything in the world is colored by a terrible attitude. Tears are close to the surface and it takes just the teeniest, tiniest tap to cause an explosion.
Am I the only one here?
Why are us gals such a tangled web of irrational emotions?
Which I believe are quite rational when I’m feeling them.
Today, I’m getting out of that pigpen of a place to reevaluate why I’m on this warpath. Sitting and stewing in a self-pity place doesn’t help anybody. It’s time to check the areas I could be needing a tune-up.
My Mind: Negative thoughts. Angry irritations. My private thoughts have been an ugly mess. What have I been listening to? What am I reading? What have I been watching on TV? Have I been more engrossed in things that are depressing and discouraging? Things that maybe I have no control over? The news does that for me. The upcoming election, national politics and world politics get into my head and into my heart.
Time to step away from the news for a bit. Time to think on things that are good. Think good things about people. Good things about a lot of things.
Finally, brethren, whatever is true, whatever is honorable, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is of good repute, if there is any excellence and if anything worthy of praise, dwell on these things. Philippians 4:8-9
My Body: Have I been exercising? Nope. Those endorphins everyone talks about that are like magical unicorns are lacking in my blood stream. I spend most of my day sitting on my behind. They say sitting is the new smoking. Perfect.
Time to download a few podcasts and go take a walk.
Or do you not know that your body is a temple of the Holy Spirit within you, whom you have from God? You are not your own, 20 for you were bought with a price. So glorify God in your body. 1 Corinthians 6:19-20
My Spirit: Here’s where I think I’m doing pretty good. I finally have time to sit out on the back deck and enjoy devotion time. I get to hunker down with Jesus and talk to Him without the rush of getting kids off and out to school. But, apparently what He has been trying to tell me during our morning coffee-chats I haven’t been listening to.
Listening to all the noise in the world has me in a flux of a pace. It’s so easy to drown out the Lord when I’ve got my ears wide open to the sounds of social media, TV and whoever or whatever else strikes my fancy.
If I’m reading God’s word but not applying it — what’s the use? It’s like holding a bottle of sunscreen in 100 degree weather and wondering why I’m getting burned.
Application is the Holy Spirit exercise I’ll be working on today. And, that just might mean not spending as much time with a few people I love so much for a little while. And, that’s okay.
This Book of the Law shall not depart from your mouth, but you shall meditate on it day and night, so that you may be careful to do according to all that is written in it. For then you will make your way prosperous, and then you will have good success. Joshua 1:8
Our mind, body and spirit work together. God wired us that way. His Spirit in us makes the biggest difference. But, when my thoughts and my physical health aren’t along for the ride, life gets a little clunky.
So, this morning I decided to do a little something for myself. On my way to an appointment I left early and got my absolute favorite coffee in the Nashville area.
This, my friends, is “The Fireside”. A warm concoction of coffee deliciousness. With a heavy cinnamon and vanilla taste. I enjoy this mug in the worst way. Plus, the swirly, foamy heart on top reminds me that no matter how old I am, deep down I’m still that little girl who would draw hearts over her “I”s if I could get away with it.
And, that muffin in the background there? It’s a banana-chocolate chip muffin. Pretty tasty, but not half as good as my Fireside.
Whew…I’m feeling better already!