This is the day which the Lord hath made; we will rejoice and be glad in it.
– Psalms 118:24
Do you ever have one of “those” days? You know, the kind that from the second you wake up, you’re sure it’s going to really try you?
I certainly have them more than I’d like to say, but lately, I have begun to realize that they don’t usually happen because of some difficult situation I’m being faced with, or some huge obstacle that is in my path. Nope, usually, it comes down to one thing: having an ungrateful heart.
I think this is hard to acknowledge when we’re in a “mood”. We want to feel justified for how we’re feeling, and the last thing we want is to be told it’s somehow our responsibility to turn it around. But truly, our life isn’t as bad as it feels in the moment, our children are not really behaving so uncontrollably, and our daily tasks are not quite the mountain that we think they are.
Life is good. Why? Because God is good.. all the time!
When we spend our days moping around, barking at our family, complaining about this and that, what we are really saying is that we are not satisfied with all that The Lord has done for us, and even more so, who He is to us. That may seem like an extreme statement for a grumpy mood, but if we really think about it, we’ll see that it’s true.
The Lord always provides everything that we need to stay joyful, content, and full of His love. When we have a bad day, we are choosing to reject His offer, in favor of our own. We are saying that what we have been given isn’t good enough to deserve a joyful attitude from us.
I know, I know, this is not what any of us want to hear when we’re pouting on our couch, but let’s really see our grumpy day for what it is. And then, Let’s choose to have a heart full of gratitude for a King who is more than worthy.
So, what do we do when we wake up on the wrong side of the bed, and everything from there on out seems totally negative?
Well, take a look at this list, and try some of them out. But, I want to say this first, if you are going to only try one, I really, really encourage you to choose #1. This is the one that will not only change our mood but our heart as well.
Let all those that seek thee rejoice and be glad in thee: let such as love thy salvation say continually, The Lord be magnified.
The Lord can take our ungrateful heart, and set it straight. If we seek Him, and we repent for the state of our heart, He is more than willing to restore. He will remind us of His goodness, and the many, many blessings He has put into our lives. He will take our “lame day” and turn it into a joyful one. But, what does it mean to seek Him? Talk to Him, find a moment of quiet where you can solely focus on The Holy One. Forget the distractions, the thoughts, and the emotions, and put your eyes and heart on Him. Ask Him to change the way you’re feeling, ask Him to give you a grateful heart, ask Him to help you see the beautiful blessings in your life for what they are.
We need to stop giving so much room to the discontentment, and instead, learn to focus on Jesus. It doesn’t need to be a big production. Just a quiet, beautiful moment of gratitude and communion between us and our Savior.
Turn On Praise Music
Enter into his gates with thanksgiving, and into his courts with praise: be thankful unto him, and bless his name.
– Psalms 100:4
What better way to bring joy into our day than to sing praises to our God. One of the biggest reasons, if not the biggest reason, for praise is to fill our hearts with joy and to remind us of how glorious and wonderful our Lord truly is. Praise music is upbeat, encouraging, and lifts our spirits. When we’re feeling not so cheery, let’s be like King David! Let’s praise our Lord and dance before Him with joy in our hearts. I believe that when we truly do this, our mood can’t do anything but change.
The Lord is good, and He is SO worthy of our love and adoration. Let’s show Him how much He means to us. He has always given to us all that we need and so much more. Yes, not everything in our life is perfect, but that’s okay! God is perfect, and His love is perfect. Let’s praise Him for it!
Get In The Fresh Air
Thou art worthy, O Lord, to receive glory and honour and power: for thou hast created all things, and for thy pleasure they are and were created.
– Revelations 4:11
Being out in nature is not only beneficial to our physical health but to our emotional health, as well. If you’re like me, then you probably don’t get outside as much as you should. It’s not that I dislike being outside, it’s just that I forget to. I’ve always been an inside kind of girl, which means it takes more effort to get myself out there, but I can tell you it’s certainly worth it. Go for a walk, take your kids to the park, or just sit out on the deck. Whichever way is the most appealing to you, go out and do it.
Being surrounded by the creation of our Lord is such a beautiful, soul restoring thing. Breathe in the fresh air, and really pay attention to all that He has made. When I look at the mountains, I am in awe of His power and majesty. It’s a humbling reminder of how little we are, and how big He really is. Getting outside, and appreciating all of the work that The Lord has put into creating the world that we live in, brings a new sense of respect and gratitude.
Make A List Of Your Blessings From God
In every thing give thanks: for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus concerning you.
– 1 Thessalonians 5:18
This is a great way to remind ourselves of all of the wonderful blessings that The Lord has given to us. Sometimes, we forget. We get so caught up in focusing on the areas of our lives that are lacking, that we lose sight of the areas that are flourishing. By writing out a list of the blessings, we are forced to really go over every part, and realize how The Lord has been so generous. You might be tempted to just make the list in your mind, but I really urge you to write it out on paper. By doing this, we are able to go back to it on another gray day and remind ourselves of why we should be filled with so much joy. Writing information down also helps it to stay in our minds. It’s much easier to forget our list if we’re just quickly going over it in our heads, but when we have to take the time to write it down, it stays in our memory.
Beloved, I wish above all things that thou mayest prosper and be in health, even as thy soul prospereth.
– 3 John 1:2
Exercise does the body good. When we are always on the couch, or always at our desk, it can really dampen our mood. The Lord created our bodies to move, not to always be sedentary. Go for a walk or a run. Go to the gym and partake in a group class. If that’s not really your thing, go on Youtube and look up an exercise routine, or just turn on some music and dance. But whatever way you decide, you should try to make it some type of aerobic exercise. When we do this, it brings our heart rate up and gives us the added benefit of endorphins, which brightens our mood.. it’s science, look it up 😉
Exercise will help you to feel more positive about your day, your life, and yourself. It gives us self-confidence, it makes us feel better emotionally, and it gives us the energy and strength to go about our daily tasks. Exercise is widely known to help with both depression and anxiety, and of course, it keeps our weight in check.
Overall, there are so many awesome benefits that we can gain from exercise. By choosing to engage in it daily, and by seeing it as another beautiful blessing from The Lord, we can totally use it to overthrow our grumpy day.
Food affects our emotions big time. When my diet consists of mostly high sugar carbs, I get irritated and cranky. Everything annoys me, I’m tired, and I just want everyone to leave me alone. But when I purpose to eat healthy foods, like, fruit, vegetables/vegetable juice, whole grains, and healthy fats, I feel a whole lot better. My energy is restored, I’m happy and positive, and I am able to get a lot more accomplished.
If we embrace the wonderful food that The Lord has created for us, we will feel great!
Spend Focused Quality Time With Your kids
Lo, children are an heritage of the LORD: and the fruit of the womb is his reward.
– Psalms 127:3
I don’t know about you, but sometimes I forget how fun my kids actually are. I tend to get so caught up in the logistics of parenting that at times, I don’t really appreciate the wonderful children that God has given me. They’re only small for a season, and when they grow big, colouring pictures together, and playing catch won’t be so fun to them anymore.
When I forget about the other distractions of my life and truly embrace spending quality time with my children, it really does brighten my mood and my day.
Do Something You Love
Eat some cake! Okay, this isn’t something that everyone loves to do, but I know I sure do. Ask my husband, cake is one of my favourite things in the world! If I’m having a bad day, cake will always cheer me up. But if that’s not really your happiness, then do what is.
Love to paint? Paint a picture. Love to hike? Go on a hike. I know this seems so obvious, but for a lot of us, it isn’t. Sometimes we get so caught up in the everyday hustle and bustle, that we forget about doing the simple things that we truly love. We all need time, now and then, to focus on the little joys in life. And when we do this, it will certainly make all the difference in our mood.
We all have “those” days when we spill coffee on our favourite shirt, everything and everyone are irritating us, and when nothing feels like it’s ever going to go right, but it’s on those days that we have a choice. We can either choose to throw ourselves a pity party, or we can choose to be thankful to Jesus for all that He has done.
Our God is so caring, so loving, so giving. He always provides, and He always makes a way. Yes, “those” days do come, but let’s stop wallowing in them. Let’s choose to ignore our pesky feelings, and instead, praise our Lord for all that He is. Let’s stop focusing on ourselves, and truly focus our eyes on our Savior.
We need to remember: when we stop putting our feelings at the forefront of our mind, we no longer give them the power to ruin our day.
How do you turn your bad days into good ones?
What are some of your favourite ways to find joy?
Let me know in the comments.
Rejoice in the Lord alway: and again I say, Rejoice.
– Philippians 4:4