Have you ever have an a-ha moment and you just want to face plant your palm on your forehead and quip, “I could have had a V-8!!”? (For you young’uns, this was a cute commercial that came out in the 70’s about eating poorly and then realizing you could have drank a can of V-8 Vegetable Juice instead) This happened to me this week but it wasn’t a V-8 I needed, but a simple prayer. It took a couple of the gals in the Hunger Within class that I am co-leading to open my eyes to some truth and give me the push I needed to make an easy change.
I have been grouchy. There I said it. I don’t mean cute like Oscar the Grouch from Sesame Street. I mean like this:
I have been having a difficult time at work. I’m a bookkeeper at a CPA firm and the crunch has been on because of tax season. The pressure has been high and the tensions are flaring. I would like to use this as an excuse, but I can’t. I would really like to blame all the drama at the office for my grouchy mood, but I’m not. This is my third time being involved in a class for Hunger Within, and the Holy Spirit is opening my eyes to portions I have read and taught on, but haven’t implemented very well in my day to day life.
Our chapter this week is Holy Action. Isn’t that a great title? Part of this chapter talks about the eight aspects of holy action. They are Love, Knowledge, Discernment, Responsibility, Self-examination, Prayer, Surrender and Boundaries. This chapter also goes through each piece of the Armor of God and how we use them in our lives. I want to share with you the lesson I learned in our Hunger Within class last evening and how all of these things just became my lifeline to take me from grouchy to glowing.
We were discussing the Armor. A couple of gals in our class shared how they pray on the Armor of God each morning either first thing or on their way to work. Here is where I had my a-ha moment. I know to do this. I’ve led a Bible Study about the Armor of God. I’ve done this before, but have never kept it up. I needed to start doing this first thing in the morning. Maybe this simple action would bring about the great change I needed in my grouchy life. I know some of you may be thinking, “Duh!” while others of you may be squirming in your seats because you are struggling like I have been and maybe aren’t quite ready or willing to try this. Oh, sweet reader, I understand! I have been realizing that I had become comfortable in my grouchy state. You could say that I have been self-righteous in my grouchy state. After all, I was only grouchy because the world wasn’t doing things the way I though it should. Honestly, I knew this was becoming a bad habit and the part of me that is being transformed by the Lord wasn’t happy about it and really wanted a change.
So, using the lesson of Holy Action, I decided to love God, myself and others enough to use my knowledge of the Lord and how He works in my life to help me discern how I needed to take responsibility for my grouchy demeanor. Through self-examination (and listening to others) I realized I needed to be focused in my prayers in the morning. So, this morning, I surrendered my day over to the Lord and prayed on the Full Armor of God, ending my prayer time with some extra jabs with the Sword of the Spirit by praying specific scripture prayers over troubling areas of my life. Then I committed my food and relationship boundaries to the Lord and off to work I went. I really felt a new song in my heart (even driving in rush hour traffic on a major interstate). I looked at the challenges I was facing in my day with an attitude of surrender, instead of being self-sufficient. I opened myself up to some wonderful help that I needed, instead of sulking. My 20 minute drive home took 45 minutes, but I just cranked up my praise music and had worship in my car with bumper to bumper traffic all around me.
I know there will be struggles another day. I am not expecting a sunshine and lollipop day every day. After all, I am human. But one thing I know; if I start my day out right with that special time with the Lord, my own attitude will be different and maybe, just maybe, I can help someone else go from grouchy to glowing by sharing what the Lord did for me.
What about you?
This was very good! I really struggled last week with this and am claiming a more positive attitude this week 🙂
Thank you Amanda! So glad to hear you are claiming a glowing attitude!
I think any time getting moving in the morning i am full of whispers for God on all He has done for me, and starting the day thanking God, but i too forget to put on the full armor of God daily i do it for a few days then forget, so i think i will hang a sign on my bed to put on the full armor of God, and i notice too that God has been asking me too for a long time to give up coffee, so i am remembering to reflect on that. Thanks!
Thank you so much, dearest Deanna, for another wonderful post – full of much-needed-by-me “enconvictagement”!!! ??? (Yes, I just now made up that word! I bet you can tell what to do but words are!)
Thank you, Deanna!
SO many times I think, I will get to my prayer time in in a minute when I can give God my undivided attention…but guess what? One thing leads to another and it never happens unless…I pray first thing each day.
Many times too, I will be thinking, God, you already know what my needs are and you know my full schedule today so…I will pray for needs through out the day..but guess what? I find myself only asking and never listening.
Deanna, I needed to read this blog and thank you for sharing. I love the HW material!
Pray, that I too, will daily, “put on” the armor of God, prayerfully.
I will seek you in the morning..I will learn to walk in your ways..and step by step you’ll lead me..and I will follow you all of my days..PTL!!
Marge, thank you for sharing your struggle! We are walking this journey together with the Lord and with each other. BTW, I love Step by Step by Rich Mullins. One of my favorites…”Whenever I think of Abraham, how one star he saw had been lit for me…”
Hi i am reading TW ch 11 and checing off all of the lies, i belueve lots and lots of lies. I am also doing questions from WD and still seeking out counseling from WD i am because i can have spiritual conversations with them that i wish i could have with others too. I think reading out of TW tonight was perfect timing, and TW really opens my eyes to my eating for wrong reasons. I have been having a hard time waiting for 0 and have since i ended an abusive relationship been gaining weight even in the switch of WD to TW to WD and back to TW, undecided and not sure which one to do.
Carisa, I suggest you pray for guidance from the Holy Spirit. I don’t like to address WD. Many here have been hurt by WD.
HOW DID I MISS THIS POST??? SPOT ON!
Thank you Suzanne! Grateful to be on this journey with you!