Just One of Those Days…..

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Have you ever had just one of those days when you aren’t feeling it?  I know I have! Just one of those days where you are just NOT feeling it, your expectations are none because you know the day is just going to be a bad day!  Since we are teleological beings, remember we gravitate towards what we believe then if we believe today is going to be a bad day then guess what, it is highly likely that today is going to be a bad day.

Have you ever known someone accident prone?  You just know that before the day is out you are going to see them trip, fall, spill or something, just clumsy.  Did you know that Monday’s have the most reported accidents?  Why, because everyone hates Mondays.  Mondays are already set up in people’s minds as bad days.  But what about Fridays, everyone loves Fridays!  Why because most people end their work week on that day, get paid on that day, go on vacation on that day, so Fridays are good days!

So what if it was just that simple, what if we were to turn it around by changing our perspective on the day?  Did you know that if you place a pen in your mouth it forces the corners of your mouth to go up which is what they do when you smile? When this occurs it actually produces endorphins in our brain that trigger positive mood.  Another thing that can have a positive effect on the mood is positive imagery, close your eyes and think of you children as babies, immediately produces a warm positive feeling.  If you don’t have babies think of warm sunny beaches or your favorite childhood memory, something positive that brings a smile to your face every time you think of it.

Bad moods and bad days are going to happen, but we have to make up our minds that we will determine the day’s outcome and not allow our emotions to control us.  Our will is stronger if we will it to be.  We see David in the Psalms crying out to God on his bad days.  He commanded his spirit to bless the Lord.  He said in Psalm 103 : 1-5 , “Bless the Lord, O my soul, and all that is within me, bless his holy name! Bless the Lord, O my soul, and forget not all his benefits, who forgives all your iniquity, who heals all your diseases, who redeems your life from the pit, who crowns you with steadfast love and mercy, who satisfies you with good so that your youth is renewed like the eagle’s.”  See what David is doing here, he is reflecting on the positive things that God has done.  I know when I do this I cannot help but smile because I don’t know about you, but I have A LOT to be thankful for.  When temptation to be miserable comes our way we just need to, think positive, count our blessings, give God praise, and know that life is too short to spend it miserable.  Every day is a gift!!!!  Have a Hallelujah Day!!!!

Speak Blessings not Curses

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Has anyone said something so terrible to you that it literally hurt, you actually felt pain? I am embarrassed to say that not only have I been the victim of this occurrence, but I have been the offender in this circumstance.  Words are so powerful that the Bible says in Proverbs 18:21, “Death and life are in the power of the tongue.”  We have the ability to speak life by encouraging, exhorting and honoring, and we have the ability to degrade, shame and destroy from the very same mouth.  How many times have you said something that you wish you could take back?  I know I have done this too many times to count.  James 3:8-10 talks about this struggle, “No human being can tame the tongue. It is a restless evil, full of deadly poison.  With it we bless our Lord and Father, and with it we curse people who are made in the likeness of God.”  The tongue is something that we cannot tame alone.  We are called to build one another up and in doing so we will experience the love of Christ. We must walk in the opposite spirit of the flesh, SOOOOO much easier said than done, right?

So how do we do this?  Start with a simple daily prayer from Psalm 19:14 “Let the words of my mouth and the meditation of my heart be pleasing to you, O Lord, my rock and my redeemer.”  When you feel yourself tempted to say something hurtful to someone, know that it is to gratify your flesh not anyone’s spirit. We are called to encourage one another and build each other up including ourselves, not to tear each other down.

I once heard a wise woman say something extremely profound and it brought me great revelation.  She was asking how the enemy becomes the accuser of the brethren.  How does the enemy have information to accuse us?  It is because we gossip, we backbite, and we blame others.  We talk down to our children; convince them by our words that they are less than what God created them to be. We tell our spouses and our parents all that are wrong with them, and lastly we condemn ourselves, we are our own worst enemy. We destroy our own potential by saying we can’t or we aren’t good enough, or we aren’t worthy, but “The power of life and death is in the tongue.”  We must speak life. God spoke the world into existence. Jesus spoke, “Lazarus come forth”, and he rose from the dead.

What if we conduct and experiment? Let’s determine and will ourselves to seek help from the Lord daily to let the words of our mouths and the meditations of our hearts be pleasing to Him and speak only positive, only encouraging, only edifying things to ourselves, our family and our friends as well as impart blessings to them and to strangers. A lot of time we do not even realize we are speaking curses, but guard from calling the kids bad, the husband or wife lazy to just name a few examples, but speak absolutely nothing negative.  From this experiment I can guarantee if conducted correctly we will see the manifestation of the life spoken and see transformation and change.  Have a hallelujah day!

Some examples of blessings we can pray from the WORD- insert children or husbands name

Romans 12:2      Be not (My children are not being) conformed to this world’s system, but they are constantly being transformed by the renewing of their mind, that they might know what is the good, acceptable, and perfect will of God for their lives.

Psalm 1:1-3      Blessed is the man (my husband) who walks not in the counsel of the wicked, nor stands in the way of sinners, nor sits in the seat of scoffers; but his delight is in the law of the Lord, and on his law he meditates day and night. He is like a tree planted by streams of water that yields its fruit in its season,     and its leaf does not wither. In all that he does, he prospers.