You know, there is always that one. You know, the ONE… The one that you have to be careful what you say to them because they just may blow up on you.
Every holiday is a season for families and friends to get together. I, for one, love a good get-together, if it’s in the right spirits. Yes, I am guilty of being that one at times. Sometimes, I have to fake the happiness to keep the peace. I don’t like being that one.
As we watch “The Grinch Who Stole Christmas”, I pray that no one really lets it get to that extent. So, me being the “look it up” guru, I had to look up the word grinch.
Grinch – somebody who ruins enjoyment: somebody grouchy and contrary who spoils the fun of others ( informal )
If I happen to feel myself getting in a bad mood or feeling a little contrary, (don’t pretend that you don’t have those days), I just stay home to be on the safe side. You don’t know what has happened in my day to make me feel that way. We don’t always know what each other goes through. We are entitled to have an off/bad day every now and then. I just don’t always share mine with others.
So as we approach the “gathering” season, if you feel like a grinch or a scrooge, ask God for extra covering over your mouth, your thoughts, and most of all, your heart.
Originally written by Angie on January 21, 2010
This morning I woke up in a “mood”. I felt sensitive and vulnerable.
I know that some are affected this way by the weather, but I don’t believe that was the cause of my outlook. In fact, I’m feeling down that our rainy days are coming to an end soon. I love stormy weather, and this week has just been great for me in that sense. I find myself dreading Saturday when it is forecasted to be partly sunny by afternoon.
I started off just annoyed to be awake. I think we all have a day like that from time to time, right? I didn’t sleep well last night, and the fact that today was already here just really flat out ticked me off. Then I checked my email and something that I wouldn’t normally think twice about made me want to cry. In general I was feeling down and discouraged, feeling as though doom and gloom were on the horizon. As I went on with my morning, I just kept thinking “I don’t want today to be like this!” I most certainly didn’t want to be the cause of anyone else’s bad attitude with my negativity, either.
When I was a little girl and a teenager, if I was feeling down, my Grandma would tell me: “Why should you be sad? We have Jesus! Read your Bible for a little while and I’m sure you’ll feel better.” Grandma was also known for her love of Pollyanna and looking on the bright side.
I figured I’d give it a try this morning. I mean, I read my Bible on a regular basis, but what could it hurt to just stop and read and expect something to cheer me up?
How beautiful upon the mountains are the feet of him that bringeth good tidings, that publisheth peace; that bringeth good tidings of good, that publisheth salvation; that saith unto Zion, Thy God reigneth!
Now how does that not make you feel better, huh? Makes it hard to have a negative outlook, I’ll say that much…