I woke up this morning with my flesh screaming. I was grumpy - I knew it - and I didn't care. I was in the mood to wallow - to stew and spat for no good reason at all. I'd like to say I was having a bad day, but the only thing bad in my day was me. When a mom needs a time-out, where does she go? Who's going to put me on my bed, close my door and give me some time to think about the choices I'm making?
About half way through my day I decided I had gone on like that for long enough. I looked at myself in the mirror and heard myself say, "Why are you downcast, O my soul? Why so disturbed within me? Put your hope in God, for I will yet praise him, my Savior and my God. My soul is downcast within me; therefore I will remember you..." Psalm 42:5-6
I knew the verse but needed to see it again - small words written in black and white - words to inscribe on my heart. My soul lifter. This is how we practice - how we work to apply Truth even when our feelings are screaming for control. Go to the pages. Practice Truth.
My prescription for a mommy-sized case of the grumps (according to Psalm 42)
1. Choose God. Fix my eyes on Him. Wait in hopeful expectation for Him. For His presence.
2. Choose Praise. Not because I feel like it but because He is worth it. All of the time.
3. Choose to remember. Remember His goodness, faithfulness and tender mercies. He never fails. Ever!
My kids are thankful for the Word of God because it has the power to change their mommy. Even when she has a bad case of the grumps!