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Lord, Iím in a Frump!
By Darlene Hight

Are you feeling a little frumpy today? When your husband looks at you will he see the woman that sets his heart racing or ĎHagar the Horribleí?

OK! OK! Donít get defensive. I know that some of you are sitting for the first time, today. Youíre operating on about two hourís sleep due to your little night owl. Even as you read this article, your two-year-old is tearing the pages out of the Bible that has been in your family for five generations, while the other little angel is decorating the bathroom with toilet paper and Elmerís white glue. "How dare you come marching in here and start asking personal questions? Yes, I have been wearing the same sweat suit for a week. No, I havenít put on any make-up today. Did you see the ĎCocoa Crunchiesí all over the living room? That mess happened during my two minute shower!"

Believe me, Iím not criticizing. It was my week old sweat suit that started me thinking on this subject. In fact, Iím not really talking about the mess or how youíre dressed. What I really want to know is whether your heart is a little frumpy, today? Does your attitude need a bubble bath? Is Satan weighing you down with every possible burden? Are anxiety and self-pity your houseguests? Is the wallpaper on your heart insecurity and discouragement?

Fifteen minutes of prayer and meditating on Godís word is all that is needed to redirect that frumpy heart. As David wrote in Psalm 16:8-11, "I have set the Lord always before me. Because he is at my right hand, I will not be shaken. Therefore my heart rejoices; my body will also rest secure, because you will not abandon me to the grave, nor will you let your Holy One see decay. You have made known to me the path of life, you will fill me with joy in your presence, with eternal pleasures at your right hand."

Allow Godís word to vacuum the cobwebs, fluff the pillows, straighten the throw rugs and polish the furniture and make room for his peaceful presence in your heart.

"Lord, my heart needs a bubble bath, some soft music, candle light and sparkling cider. Ah Ö thatís better! Thank you, Lord, for giving us joy!"

Now, put on some joyful music, take the children for a picnic, for a nature walk or corral them into the kitchen for a play dough party. Allow your day to be steeped with the joy of living. Donít be surprised when Mr. Wonderful gets home and sees your joyous countenance. In spite of your week old sweat suit, the toy-strewn kitchen and spaghetti boiling over on the stove, his heart is sure to skip just a little by the joy that illuminates your face.

Scripture taken from the HOLY BIBLE, NEW INTERNATIONAL VERSIONģ. Copyright © 1973, 1978, 1984 International Bible Society. Used by permission of Zondervan. All rights reserved.

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Darlene Hight is a freelance writer who lives with her husband, Mark in Southern Ohio. She is a member of Christian Writers Guild and 500 member of Faithwriters.com She is Golden Apples Editor for FaithWriters Magazine and a Columnist Crossmap.com. She can be contacted at Didget_01@yahoo.com
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