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Monday, January 30, 2012

Reasons to have a Pollyanna Monday

I'm not gonna lie to you... I've got a bad case of the Monday Grumps. I slept great until about 12:30am and from that point on... I saw every hour on the clock. Oh, I dozed in between... but it wasn't that perfect night of comatose sleep that serves me the best.

We didn't get child support this weekend. Would have been nice to go ahead and do a decent grocery run but our pantry is bare. I get paid on Wednesday. I'll be picking stuff up piecemeal throughout the week.

I watched Pollyanna yesterday. I loved the book when I was a child and would check it out of the church library often. Then it was shown on tv and I fell in love. If you've lived under a rock or for some reason haven't been able to watch the movie... basically this young orphan goes to live with her rich aunt and she indoctrinates the towns people about this power of positive thinking device that her father taught her when he was a poor reverend and they subsided on handouts. She calls it the Glad Game. When she becomes paralyzed due to an accident (falling from her third story window in the movie, getting hit by a car in the book) she loses her will to play the Glad Game and the towns folk all crowd into her home to see her off for her surgery to be able to walk again... and remind her of her Glad Game.

(there's a much better summary of the movie here.... ) 

Anyways... my Reasons to Love Monday are my own little version of the Glad Game because, folks, Mondays are hard for me. Most of the time we have staff meetings so I have to be at work earlier... Austin is usually less cooperative on Monday... etc, etc.  However... I am stitched together with prayer. I am sustained in my walk, I have the ability to keep going on only because of the Power of Prayer. So my joy, my RTLM, come exclusively from a desire to find joy in my journey. I hope you will too... find joy in your journey...

1. This is the day that the Lord has made, I will REJOICE and be glad in it. Psalms 118:24
2. Let the Heavens rejoice, let the earth be glad, let them say among the nations, the Lord reigns! 1 Chronicles 16:31
3.But let all who take refuge in you be glad; let them ever sing for joy. Spread your protection over them, that those who love your name may rejoice in you. Psalm 5:11
4. I will be glad and rejoice in you; I will sing the praises of your name, O Most High. Psalm 9:2
5. I will be glad and rejoice in your love, for you saw my affliction and knew the anguish of my soul. Psalm 31:7
But may the righteous be glad and rejoice before God; may they be happy and joyful. Psalm 68:3
7. But may all who seek you rejoice and be glad in you; may those who long for your saving help always say, “The LORD is great!” Psalm 70:4
8. For you make me glad by your deeds, LORD; I sing for joy at what your hands have done. Psalm 92:4
9. Worship the LORD with gladness; come before him with joyful songs. Psalm 100:2
10. Evildoers are snared by their own sin, but the righteous shout for joy and are glad. Proverbs 29:6

I know y'all kinda zone out when I put too much in the way of scripture in this thing so I'm gonna leave it at those ten. The movie Pollyanna claims that there are over 800 "glad texts" in the Bible and indeed, that could be true. It is noted that anything that God told us over 800 times must be something He wanted us to do. It's hard. I know... Mondays are hard. I'm going to add a few more reasons to love Monday... and maybe you can add a few of your own to the list:

1. If Mondays mean anything... it means that we have jobs, or school, or responsibilities for the week which means that we have a purpose. Thank you God for my purpose in life.
2. If I'm leaving the house, it means I am healthy enough to function. Thank you God for giving me the ability to work.
3. If I can get anywhere, it means that I have transportation. Thank you God for a car that runs, for gas in my car. 
4. Thank you God for sustenance... for the oatmeal and coffee that fuel me for my journey today.
5. Austin has a safe ride to school. Thank you God for "Miss Nessa". 
6. Austin has continued in school to his senior year and his last semester. Thank you God for his (our) tenacity.
7. Thank you for the clothes we have to wear.
8. Thank you for hot water, soap, shampoo, hair products, makeup... to make us clean and presentable.
9. Thank you God for shoes to wear. 
10. Thank you God that we have good health care and are able to have medicines that make us able to do the things we need to do.

Rejoice and be glad. Live a life of gratitude, not attitude. Know that this whole day was pre-ordained for you by God. Nothing that happens today will be a surprise to Him. If you have accepted Him as Savior, also accept Him as Lord. Let Him guide your steps... let Him guide my steps. If you have never accepted Him, if you have lived a life of disbelief, let today be the day... even though it's a Monday... let it be the day that you come to Him, surrender to Him, lay your burden at His feet. God is good. 


Missie said...

I enjoy reading the scriptures you blog. You have way of posting the one I need to read at that moment. Have a good week.