Skip to main content

Just asking....

When my soul is in the dumps, I rehearse everything I know of you...(Psalm 42:8)

Do you ever end up in the mulligrubs? Oh, you don't know what mulligrubs are - let me tell you a little about that place. It is a place of despondency, sullenness, or even an ill-tempered mood. Now, answer my question honestly - do you ever end up in the mulligrubs? As hard as you tried not to end up there, your day started wrong, went on being wrong, and ended even more wrong than it started! The outcome - mulligrubs. Grumpiness is another term we may hear used for this old-fashioned word. If we were to say this of a baby, we'd say they have the 'colic'. Misery and woe - pain they cannot explain - pain no one else seems to know how to fix. The 'toned down' meaning of this term is kind of feeling 'blah', or being in a 'funk'. Truth be told, we all 'get there' from time to time, but probably have learned to mask it a little better than someone else!

In the dumps? Begin to rehearse the things you know about your Lord and see how long you can remain with feet firmly planted in those mulligrubs! When we rehearse what we know about God, we are really beginning to hone in on what we have come to know, rely upon, and stand firm in when other times have been tough or gotten us out of sorts. Have you ever started counting something, lost count, and had to go back again to 'recount' the things you were counting? When the mulligrubs hit me, I begin to 'recount' the blessings of God - the latest actions he has taken in my life, the last lesson he was teaching me - not the oldest ones, but the most recent. Why? Those are the freshest in my memory and they can actually begin to trigger the memory of those a little further back. It is like a snowball - there is a core all the other snow attaches to and as the ball begins to roll, it gets bigger and bigger until you are ready to see something built from that 'big ball'.

God's graces are kind of like a snowball - they build up what is at the core of our being and begin to roll-up into bigger 'grace balls' until something is ready to be built with the 'bigger ball' of grace we now have. By 'recounting' your blessings, you didn't make the snow that went into that ball - you just allowed it to build the layers until what you see before you is bigger than the misery and woe that was once foremost in your view. It changes our perspective and isn't that what is needed most when we are in the mulligrubs? We need a change in perspective that begins with a change in mindset - we begin to focus less on what isn't going right and begin to focus on what we know about God. It is hard to remain despondent in the presence of God, isn't it? Just askin!

Comments

Popular posts from this blog

What did obedience cost Mary and Joseph?

As we have looked at the birth of Christ, we have considered the fact he was born of a virgin, with an earthly father so willing to honor God with his life that he married a woman who was already pregnant.  In that day and time, a very taboo thing.  We also saw how the mother of Christ was chosen by God and given the dramatic news that she would carry the Son of God.  Imagine her awe, but also see her tremendous amount of fear as she would have received this announcement, knowing all she knew about the time in which she lived about how a woman out of wedlock showing up pregnant would be treated.  We also explored the lowly birth of Jesus in a stable of sorts, surrounded by animals, visited by shepherds, and then honored by magi from afar.  The announcement of his birth was by angels - start to finish.  Mary heard from an angel (a messenger from God), while Joseph was set at ease by a messenger from God on another occasion - assuring him the thing he was about to do in marrying Mary wa

A brilliant display indeed

Love from the center of who you are ; don’t fake it. Run for dear life from evil; hold on for dear life to good. Be good friends who love deeply ; practice playing second fiddle. Don’t burn out; keep yourselves fueled and aflame. Be alert servants of the Master, cheerfully expectant. Don’t quit in hard times; pray all the harder. (Romans 12:9-12) Integrity and Intensity don't seem to fit together all that well, but they are uniquely interwoven traits which actually complement each other. "Love from the center of who you are; don't fake it." God asks for us to have some intensity (fervor) in how we love (from the center of who we are), but he also expects us to have integrity in our love as he asks us to be real in our love (don't fake it). They are indeed integral to each other. At first, we may only think of integrity as honesty - some adherence to a moral code within. I believe there is a little more to integrity than meets the eye. In the most literal sense,

The bobby pin in the electrical socket does what???

Avoidance is the act of staying away from something - usually because it brings some kind of negative effect into your life.  For example, if you are a diabetic, you avoid the intake of high quantities of simple sugars because they bring the negative effect of elevating your blood glucose to unhealthy levels.  If you were like me as a kid, listening to mom and dad tell you the electrical outlets were actually dangerous didn't matter all that much until you put the bobby pin into the tiny slots and felt that jolt of electric current course through your body! At that point, you recognized electricity as having a "dangerous" side to it - it produces negative effects when embraced in a wrong manner.  Both of these are good things, when used correctly.  Sugar has a benefit of producing energy within our cells, but an over-abundance of it will have a bad effect.  Electricity lights our path and keeps us warm on cold nights, but not contained as it should be and it can produce