Tuesday, June 12, 2012

Simple Solutions With Mrs. Grumpy Pants!

Psalm 12, 42, 72, 102, 132

I sat at my computer to read my daily Psalms this morning and was unable to concentrate. I was discouraged and feeling sorry for myself. I had to stop more than once and ask God to show me something in the scriptures because I was so distracted as I read. After my second time through I decided this must just be a reading day and not a writing day since I had NOTHING. Then my eyes fell on this verse and I thought...let's see, how do I put this in eloquent, well written terms... DUH!
Psalm 42:5
Why, my soul, are you downcast? Why so disturbed within me? Put your hope in God, for I will yet praise him my Savior and my God. 

It's that simple! It really is! In fact sometimes I think it just sounds too simple. Or as my husband would say too "christianese". Can we really just put our hope in God and stop being down? 

I started compiling in my head a comprensive list of all of the things I "put my hope in" to cheer myself up.

A funny movie
A quick cruise through facebook
A couple of chapters of a good book
Food in the form of chocolate
A good conversation with my husband (maybe while eating a little chocolate!)

Why is it so easy to jump straight to self medicating - thinking we can find a quick fix, and yet so hard to put our hope in the ultimate and everlasting "fix"?

My Grandma sent me a little facebook note yesterday with this verse

Romans 12:12
Rejoice in hope, be patient in tribulation, be constant in prayer.

Instead of being down, discouraged, and distracted... Not only am I going to put my hope in God, I am then going to rejoice in that hope because it is the only thing that is going to mend and medicate long term. I am going to try to be patient in tribulation because there is hope.  

A friend sent Jarrod this verse for he and I first thing this morning. It just happens to be one of our favorites anyway, but how fitting for today.

Isaiah 26:3 
You will keep in perfect peace those whose minds are steadfast, because they trust (or hope) in you.

I don't know for sure but I think God might be trying to tell me something? :)

By the way, I have found that putting my hope in God while eating a few bites of chocolate never really hurts anything!

Reading through the Psalms in a month... 5 Psalms a day! 
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1 comment:

Thanks for letting me here from you!