The Terrible Day

cryingWhy are you cast down, O my soul?
And why are you disquieted within me?
Hope in God;
For I shall yet praise Him,
The help of my countenance and my God.  Psalm 42:11 (NKJV)

Oh, the terrible day, when the toddler is fussy and so is his mama, and no one in the house is happy.  Everyone tip toes around, not wanting to make mama any grumpier.  And mama feels just awful because she loves her toddler and family so much; she wants to be a good mama, she feels like a failure.  Oh, the terrible day.

How can this mama be a godly Christian wife and mom?  How can this mama encourage other mamas by writing TEA CUPP devotions?  How can she carry on?  The enemy tells her she cannot.  He tells her she is a disappointment to God.  He tells her to give it up.  And she almost does.

But then her husband says, “Go to the library and work on your book.”  The baby takes a nap. The teenager agrees to babysit.  And mama tries to carry out God’s call.  She asks for forgiveness for the terrible morning.  She recalls all the temptations Satan sets up each week during writing time… beautiful weather that makes her want to go on a walk, snowy weather that makes her want to stay home by the fire, interesting programs at church, a dead car battery, and so on.   And each time Jesus has the victory, helping her write a little bit more.

Dear Jesus, please give me the victory every week!  I give you this terrible day and all the others.  Hold me close and help me do your will. Amen

Today’s TEA CUPP:  My friend, have you had a terrible day? I know just how you feel. Please let Jesus pick up the pieces for you and hold you close.  Immerse yourself in His Word, letting Him speak quiet verses of hope and forgiveness to your soul.

Through the Lord’s mercies we are not consumed,
Because His compassions fail not.
They are new every morning;
Great is Your faithfulness. 
Lamentations 3:22-23 (NKJV)

O victory in Jesus,
My Savior, forever.
He sought me and bought me
With His redeeming blood;
He loved me ere I knew Him
And all my love is due Him,
He plunged me to victory,
Beneath the cleansing flood.

New King James Version (NKJV)The Holy Bible, New King James Version Copyright © 1982 by Thomas Nelson, Inc.

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