Thursday, March 26, 2009

Mood Swings

The other day I woke up in the best mood which made me realize there are some days I wake up in the worst mood. What's up with that? Why do we naturally wake up one way or another? And the worst part about it to me is that those closest to us suffer the consequences. Recently, I was having one of those days where I just FELT like being crabby. I was trying my best to keep it together with my kids nearby because everything is contageous around them! But the minute my husband walked in the door I let him have it. He was in such a great mood he walked in the door practically skipping and singing. That made me even more aggrivated! When I'm in a cranky mood I want everyone to join me. Thankfully, my wonderful, stable husband never lets me get away with it. I had to go in the other room, pull it together, and come out a new woman. I know by now that if I fight him it only gets worse, so I did it. It's funny how our attitude makes us beautiful or very ugly. Wouldn't it be wonderful if we could pop in a pill that would regulate our moods so we never have to wake up grumpy? Some say it's called Prozac. I think Jesus works much better. He's the only one who can change us from the inside out and make it a real, lasting change. What's your mood today?

Monday, March 23, 2009

fair but lovely

Well I finally did it. I'm officially a blogger. At first I was going to name it "dark but lovely" from Song of Solomon. In those days the rich girls would stay inside for protection from the sun. These girls were wealthy and well taken care of. The poor girls would have to work outside in the fields. The girl in Song of Solomon says that she is dark on the outside showing that she was not protected from the sun, not wealthy, not anyone special, but calls herself lovely on the inside. Today, you are socially more beautiful if you are tan. Fair girls spend hours in a tanning bed to make themselves look "beautiful" and are totally jealous of the girls who are naturally dark. 
Although I myself am as fair as they come, not wealthy, nobody socially special, I am lovely. Jesus inside of me has healed me and set me free from being a slave to sin. He's given me a special identity found only in him. I know who I am and in that knowledge I am confident.
So I invite you to come along with me on my journey to become the best wife, mother, and minister I can be. Together we will learn how to be lovely where it counts - on the inside.