Monday, September 2, 2013

When You Meet Mrs. Grump

We all know the feeling ... standing in line at the grocery store, kids in tow, and the lady in front of you has a hissy fit at the register. In times such as these, you double up kindness, thankful the kids are in sweetness mode as well.

We can whisper a breath blessing over them as they storm out of the store. And the same at the car speeding down the highway in a race no one can see. But what do I do when I look in the mirror and see her staring back at me? When I meet Mrs. Grump.

The mirror doesn't lie. Honest reflection reveals that I allow far too often the circumstances that surround to dictate my day, my emotions, my me. And Mrs. Grump snarls in my home.

I've decided I'm done with her. I am learning to be led by the Holy Spirit and not my emotions. After all, the fruit He produces, love, joy, peace, kindness, gentleness ... leaves no room for grump. That's just it. The secret hidden for us to find, hidden in a living book that changes lives, changes mine letter by letter.

Each day, my choice. To be led by my emotions or to align them with His Word. True, I live in an emotion packed world. Yet I will no longer allow them to dictate my daily life. Mrs. Grump, Mrs. Frustrated, Mrs. (insert your own adjective) is emotional driven momma. No, I prefer the spirit led momma ...

"But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, and self-control. Against such thing there is no law." - Galatians 5:22-23

Spirit fruit tastes much better, just ask my family. It's the sweet stuff, dripping with goodness and giggles, filling my pantry, better yet ... filling my home.

And as always, I would be crazy honored to have you link up with momma notes.  I jot some on Mondays, but you can link up any day of the week (I get the momma, filled to to the brim, schedules)   Just mom.  Sharing our notes.  Creating a melody.


Julee said...

Can grandma's play on Splashin' with Sara? ;-) God bless you!

Tamara Camera said...

Great photo! Sometimes that grump is certainly me, but never in public luckily!

Denise said...

love and blessings sweet friend.

Unknown said...

Sorry for some reason my link 6 Things I Do After Breakfast went up twice.

Alicia said...

Oh, this is convicting AND encouraging. I don't want Mrs. Grump to move in- I don't want to create space for her or acknowledge her grumbles. Yes, yes, may I have MORE of the Spirit? Drizzling into my soul on the hard days and the easy ones (is there such a thing ?) too. Love your wisdom and your heart. And I'd like nothing better than to have a "couch date" with you- you sip the tea, I'll drink the coffee and I bet we wouldn't run out of words to share :) You're welcome to re-post whatever you like from the Overflow, by the way. I'd be honored to linger here.