feelings, moods, reality, thanksgiving

The "M" Word

Moods. I’ve never considered myself a moody person, but I remember the day when my mom told my best friend as they pow-wowed about my quick engagement to Mike, that I was moody. I was offended.

Me? I’m not the “M” word. I’m very even tempered and rational. Okay…well, maybe most of the time I am. But I admit once in a while something just comes over me, usually when I’m very tired. And I start feeling as if I can’t do anything right nor anyone else can do anything right and I just want to cry. I build a wall around me and try not to talk.

The irony of it all is that nothing changed in my life to cause these feelings. My blessings were still all around me, but my feelings changed.

How do I fight these moods? Well, I give into them for a minute or so; well…maybe an hour. Then I know I have to get my mind off the things that are causing the feelings to rule. I go for a walk or I crawl up in bed with a good book. But most importantly, I fight the feelings with thanksgiving. Thanksgiving is the sledge-hammer that shatters the mirage of feelings. It has the power to put our lives in perspective–God perspective.

I know I’m not alone in this battle.

How do you fight the “M” word when irrational feelings attempt to rule your day?

Much grace and peace,

Give thanks to the Lord for He is good; His love endures forever (Psalm 118:1).

ps. if we have nothing else to give thanks for…we have this.

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