If you haven’t learned already through my writing, I try my best to have a positive, encouraging and upbeat mood….most of the time. Let’s admit it. Life happens and everything is challenged by the one who is against us. He is just waiting for the opportune time to strike, but he will NEVER have the last word. That is where my hope lies.
At the start of my day, I choose to dedicate time to Father, God and this usually helps establish my positivity in motion. But what happens if I’m having a hard time seeing the sun of hope, am reminded of past failures over and over and that bright out look is not the way I see my day unfolding? What happens if I wake up in a “funk” and can’t pull myself out of a tailspin? Welcome to the “reset”.
This is where I choose to turn my focus back on the creator of Heaven and Earth among the rhythm of my day. How do I do that at work, home or while I’m visiting friends and family? It lies at making small adjustments to my lifestyle. It takes me to say, “No, I don’t believe I’m going there today, Satan.” It takes me to remind myself that I am the daughter of God and I will take the authority of my emotions, mind and will thank you very much!
If I’m sitting at my office computer, I can have screen savers set to go to beautiful nature pictures showcasing the Father’s creation and reminding me of His awesomeness. If I’m out on the highways and byways, I choose to listen to Christian Music Stations or CDs of my favorite Christian artists that I have in the car and definitely sing to my heart’s content if I’m in the car alone. Classical music is great for instilling peace in my soul. If I am home with my children, I’m thanking the Lord that He has made this financially possible for me, among the piles of dirty dishes, laundry, diapers and precious faces. There are many who can’t.
The driver of your life is you. You determine where you will go and what thoughts you will entertain. Please understand that we all go through times when we need the counsel of another person, professional or friend, but the ultimate counselor is God, Jesus and the Holy Spirit. This is the time to send up prayers asking for help.
I guess what I’m trying to say is don’t just sit there and let the funkiness overtake you to a land of defeat, depression, or destitution. That is not what the blood of Jesus paid for us. Yes, there will be days when our soul (remember it is our mind, will and emotions) will try and overtake us, but this is when we remind ourselves that greater is He!
There will always be employers who don’t have the time to wait for your understanding, impatient people at the grocery store, anxious drivers honking at you, passersby passing you by without a smile or how do you do, and dare I say even people that might spit in your face! Try the spiritual tactic of forgiveness. This is a mindset that develops with time and practice. It is the enemy that wants you to go along with the crowd and do what everybody else does; but with God behind us, he will embolden us to reciprocate with something else that’s pleasing to Him and more victorious!
Fight it, distract it, conquer it, and then wake up tomorrow ready to enter into the battle again.