Your Mood Can Kill Your News

Have you ever been given a wonderful teaching moment with one of your children, but your attitude leading up to that moment was so grumpy you aren’t even sure you have earned the right to speak into your child’s life at that moment?

Oh, right…me neither.  I love my children deeply & I recognize they are gifts for me to steward, so naturally I am never in a bad mood.

“You can’t share the good news in a bad mood” our pastor said this morning during his sermon about outreach to your world.  Right now, the people who God is giving me the most opportunities to share His good news with are my people. And even though my children are in a stable home with Bibles on most bookshelves they still desperately need to hear the good news.

And, Pastor Sam is right, I cannot share the good news with my people in a bad mood.  Mommas, our little people need to hear the good news again, and again, and again (just like we do).  They need to hear that we all fall short, and as we confess (over & over) our sins, He is faithful to credit us with Jesus’ righteousness.

I asked the Lord to help me see what I can do to equip myself with a good mood, so I am capable of authentically sharing the good news.

Worship: allowing praise & worship music to fill our home, changes my attitude. Audibly worshipping God as I notice His creation and His faithfulness in the mundane fosters an attitude of gratitude.

Word: prioritizing time in the Word daily is a the game changer for my attitude. God tells us His word will not return to Him without accomplishing its purposes, so time in the Word is never wasted.

Work: with the understanding that my service is for the Lord.  My family does not deserve the servant-hearted work, but my love for God leaves me no choice but to serve my people for His sake.  Recognizing who I am really serving changes my attitude.

War in prayer & find comrades. Oatmeal slopped onto your slippers, a teething toddler,  lunches to pack–the enemy will use anything to get you focused on the temporal and mindless of the spiritual. Have friends you can call or text when those moments (hours, days) hit you who will laugh with you at the mess & then intercede on your behalf as you seek to share the good news with your people in the middle of messy days.

So, happy Monday morning, mommas — let’s go out into our kitchens & minivans and share the good news.

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