Ah….Monday. The start of a new week. I like Mondays (at least today.) With Monday comes the hope of a better week, a more productive seven days, another week of digging for treasures with the Lord, and the determination to actually go to the gym three times! With Monday morning comes my usual organizing of the calendar, menu planning, grocery list making, and retrospect of the weekend.
This morning, as I pondered the past weekend, I couldn’t help but notice my change of mood from yesterday to today. I was just plain grouchy yesterday. I didn’t even know why. I was happy one minute and feeling empty and irritable the next.
Can anybody relate?
I’d like to blame these fickle emotions and mood swings on hormones, and perhaps they were playing a role, but I really can’t point to them as the culprit. I’d also like to blame the enemy of my soul who would much rather have me empty and irritable. He might have been the cause. I don’t know, but I do know this: My mood changed when I stopped focusing on my feelings and chose to start thanking the Lord and praising Him for even the smallest of blessings. I just chose to smile, to cook dinner (which I did not want to do!) and begin to worship the Lord. Whenever the doubts or doldrums tried to raise their sticky heads, I would just knock them down with my mallet of praise.
Can I just tell you how sweet it was to go to bed with a smile on my face and wake up with it still painted there? I found as I knelt in prayer this morning, all I could say was “Thank you!” No petitions would come from my mouth, only thanks to the Lord for the answers to prayer even before I’ve seen the results. It was almost as if Holy Spirit had taken over.
Friends, I am the queen of fickle emotions, but I know there are other queens in my court. We are not alone. This is an area the enemy and our flesh would love to control and maneuver. Let’s don’t let him. Let’s choose to pour out our thanksgiving and praise to the one who offers Living Water. The One whose gift is free and Who causes life to overflow in us.
This is a choice we have: fickle emotions or a spirit that worships the source of Life even when life isn’t pretty. I’m tired of being thirsty, are you? Let’s choose to drink from the well of worship today and every day!
Yet a time is coming and has now come when the true (genuine) worshipers will worship the Father in spirit and truth, for they are the kind of worshipers the Father seeks. God is spirit and His worshipers must worship Him in spirit and in truth. (John 4:24)
How will you choose to worship the Lord today?
Grace and peace,