Saturday, January 17, 2009

But I dont FEEL like it

How many of you have had this come out of your mouth, "But I don't FEEL like it."


To be quite frank, Im sick. And by sick I mean, I'm running a fever and throwing up sick. As as result of this, I have been cranky and unkind. And Im sure you all can relate. When we don't feel good or when we aren't freshly aware of God's blessings- we tend to snap at innocent people and slack off our responsibilities.

I was reading about moodiness in my devotions this week, and I thought I'd share it with you all. I don't know how this relates to you right now, but you might relate to it in the future. This is what the devotion said:

" 'On the broom' is a term I use when referring to my mood. I have days when, for no apparent reaso at all, I feel like calling that broom out of the corner and jumping on for a frenzied ride, terrozing anyone or anything that gets in my path. Including my co-worker, my family, my friends...even unsuspecting strangers. What causes me to get so hurried that I lose control? It's called being empty- poured out with nothing left, not a single drop. We can keep going on nothing but fumes, then at the worst time possible one of those fumes can spark and it rages into a fire...When we're empty and on the broom, we wind up hurting the people we love most. Then comes the conviction and humility of making things right...Here's the point: Stop and get filled up! Don't keep passing by the Word on your nightstand. Dust it off and fill your heart and soul with the spiritual fuel you so desperatly need."

Here are some questions that go along with this:

How often do you fill up your well?
What are your greatest struggles when the negative attitudes of your heart manifest in your actions?

1 Peter 3:8-11 says
" Finally, all of you should be in agreement, understanding one another, loving each other as family, being kind and humble. Do not do wrong to repay wrong, and do not insult to repay an insult. But repay with a blessing, be3cause you yourselves were called to do this so that you might recieve a blessing. The Scripture says, 'A person must do these things to enjoy life and have many happy days. He must not say evil things and he must not tell lies. He must stop doing evil and do good. He must look for peace and work for it.'"

This post on moods can also be related to Dave's post about quiet times. When we're moody, it's because we're not focusing on the cross, we're focusing on ourselves. When I have my quiet time, I'm in a much better mood than when I don't, even if Im sick and throwing up. I'm freshly aware of all the blessings in my life, and that makes me feel peaceful not quarrelsome. So I would encourage you if you haven't read Dave's previous post, read it! You'll probably learn far more from that than you would from me. If you learn anything from me, it's only by God's hand!

In His Grace,



Samuel said...

thanks for the post Kylie. I just wanted to add that meeting with God show us our own faults which allows us to give grace to others instead of swinging our mood broom around. Its also helpful not to think about haw you feel about things but how other feel about it.

one way up cast said...

thanks for that Sam!

Sorry that post was all over the place. My brain was a little scrambled from being sick.



Elizabeth K. said...

I can see me now, broom in hand, brandishing it like a rapier. Anybody crazy enough to get near me... WHAP!
I know that, at least for me, "moody" can be an excuse to act like God. "I'm tired, so don't push it." "Look, guys, I'm really hungry, so would you just leave me alone?! Get it yourself, for crying out loud!" "Hey, I already have a huge load of work to do, and you're stacking your stuff on top of it?!" Ugh. But, the point is, we're not God (or else it'd be a real mess down here.) We are being arrogant, then, when we use "moodiness" as an excuse to do whatever we feel like doing.
Just a thought.
Solo de gloria!

Jenna said...

Amen, kylie! I often find myself in that place when i get sick or feel pressured in any way. I use the situation i'm going through as an excuse for snapping, laziness, you name it!
And when i'm going through one of those situations, i put on a no-one-knows-how-i'm-feeling-right-now mood. One reason i become such a grump is because i think that no one really cares, or knows, what i'm going through. But what helps me get through the situation? Thinking of the Cross.
Christ was flogged, mocked, and tortured. He put on the greatest burden that there could ever be - the penalty of each sin for each person that has, does, or will live. He felt pain beyond what this world could ever know, for a worthless, little, simmple-minded, sinful germ like me. And i'm grumbling because my teacher gave me too much homework in my class? Because i'm going through a simple sickness?
And God still opens His arms to me when i need rest, comfort, protection, anything. Wow!!! Now THAT is Amazing Grace.

Jenna said...

"I wouldn't even face the troubles of the day, if it wasn't for His grace." - Jeremy Camp (I Am Nothing)

Becky/Mrs. F. said...

I stumbled upon this blog today - and can I just commend all of you?! Bloggers and followers alike - each of you has spurred me on today. Feeling yucky this morning, I skipped my quiet time, and surfed on over here, and lo and behold I find you all encouraging me! (Sorry for the long comment, but please keep reading - you young folks have an important task just like Jeremiah)

Jeremiah 1:1-12
1 The words of Jeremiah, the son of Hilkiah, one a of the priests who were in b Anathoth in the land of Benjamin, 2 to whom the word of the Lord came in the days of Josiah the son of Amon, king of Judah, in the thirteenth year of his reign. 3 It came also in the days of Jehoiakim the son of Josiah, king of Judah, and until the end of the eleventh year of Zedekiah, the son of Josiah, king of Judah, until the captivity of Jerusalem in the fifth month.

The Call of Jeremiah
4 Now the word of the Lord came to me, saying,

5 “Before I formed you in the womb I knew you,
and before you were born I consecrated you;
I appointed you a prophet to the nations.”

6 Then I said, “Ah, Lord God! Behold, I do not know how to speak, for I am only a youth.” 7 But the Lord said to me,

“Do not say, ‘I am only a youth’;
for to all to whom I send you, you shall go,
and whatever I command you, you shall speak.
8 Do not be afraid of them, for I am with you to deliver you,
declares the Lord.”

9 Then the Lord put out his hand and touched my mouth. And the Lord said to me,

“Behold, I have put my words in your mouth.
10 See, I have set you this day over nations and over kingdoms, to pluck up and to break down,
to destroy and to overthrow,
to build and to plant.”

11 And the word of the Lord came to me, saying, “Jeremiah, what do you see?” And I said, “I see an almond branch.” 12 Then the Lord said to me, “You have seen well, for I am watching over my word to perform it.”

The bold is mine - and I hope you see from this two things:
1) Age has no bearing on being a messenger of God
2) It's His message - and so you can never go wrong speaking His truth in love.

Thanks guys! I'll be one of your biggest fans now!

Elizabeth K. said...

Wow, my history teacher found the blog! :-)
Thanks for the encouragement, Mrs. F! Appreciate it!

Kt said...

Yeah, that's me alright... I am like that too often!"Leave me alone!" "Get out of my room!" I wrongly justify myself in thinking that my situation gives me leave to act unkind and grumpy toward other people. But the truth is none of us really have anything to complain about! God loves us so much! Like Jenna said, we're just dirty little germs. Why would God care about us? Yet he does, no matter what we do. That's why when I think of God I think the word 'love'.