Friday, August 21, 2009

Attitude shmatititude

Have you ever had a rotten day or week? Or just a rough week where things are just a little harder than usual. Maybe your husband has to work longer hours or you just had an unexpected bill that you weren't counting on?

My dear friend her blog site, Hammocks and High Tea, talked about attitudes and how a good one can make cleaning the house fun. Well, sista, I am going to say that my attitude was not good today. We got home from Molly's house and both of the girls were asleep, great!

Well, they woke up an hour later. Both of them. Screaming their heads off. Ugh. I called Brandon.

Me: "Um, are you going to make it home early today since it's Friday?"

Brandon: "No, hun. I have to work until usual time. I have a lot going on."

Me (thinking while looking at the clock that says, 2:45 pm) "Are you serious? Can't you come home earlier?"

Brandon: "I will see you at 5 erin!"

Me: Seriously, I cannot make it until 5 pm. No way. The girls were both up at 5 am and then went back to sleep. And they have been getting up lots lately.

Verizon Attitude Check
So, I thought I might as well call Verizon and get our minutes changed on our calling plan. As I talked to a majorly chipper Verizon sales person, I was taken aback by how nice and how cheerful he was. I mean there was joy in his voice. Real joy. Ugh. I was too tired to be joyful.

The joy in his voice (and no, he was just happy, not hitting on me) was really refreshing. I never get someone being so polite and nice. I even told him, "You are a really happy person. I wish I could be that happy." He said, "Well, yeah, I am happy."

So, I guess my point is that I want to have that joy that abounds at All times. How do I do that? Mmm. For me, I think I need to work on memorizing the Word more. Letting it live in my heart for those moments when there is a lot going on.

Psalm 118:24 - "This is the day the LORD has made; let us rejoice and be glad in it." (NIV)

Proverbs 15:13 - "A happy heart makes the face cheerful, but heartache crushes the spirit." (NIV)

Proverbs 15:23 - "A man finds joy in giving an apt reply - and how good is a timely word!" (NIV)

Proverbs 17:22 - "A cheerful heart is good medicine, but a crushed spirit dries up the bones." (NIV)

Isaiah 35:10 - "And the ransomed of the LORD will return. They will enter Zion with singing; everlasting joy will crown their heads. Gladness and joy will overtake them, and sorrow and sighing will flee away." (NIV)

Isaiah 55:12 - "You will go out in joy and be led forth in peace; the mountains and hills will burst into song before you, and all the trees of the field will clap their hands." (NIV)


Jess said...

Love this Erin... you are wise. Praying for an attitude adjustment myself as Dave is headed back to work!

Deni said...

Well, I have been having an attitude lately too, thanks for the reminder!

Empie said...

Erin, thank you for being so refreshingly honest and genuine. You are always so caring and encouraging. And I see joy in you!