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Desperate for a Mood Change

Do you think God has moods? I believe I could make a Biblical argument to say that He does, but I would also have to concede that they must be different from mine, because He is unchanging. My moods can change me from hour to hour. And my moods change the way I hear things. When I’m feeling confident, I might hear someone make a negative observation about me and process it as humor or sarcasm. But if I’m in an introspective mood, I am more likely to hear it as criticism and beat myself up over it.

When two people get together to converse, they each bring a mood. It’s no wonder discussions can veer so desperately off track. And when a group of people get together, it is nothing short of a miracle that communication happens at all!

But there is an upside to mood changes. I can read the Bible every day for as long as I live and receive it differently each time. So much of what I understand and take away is based on the mood I bring to the table.

Giraffe and sky: mood change
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Is weariness a mood? What do you call your attitude when you look ahead at your life and can’t quite see a break in the clouds? Unfortunately, but honestly, that is the mood I was in when I took my lunch break today. I was feeling the pressure of an already-tight budget, which has had some new and unexpected columns added to it lately.

I often scroll blogs and social media while I eat, but today, I recognized the desperate need for a mood change and decided to read my Bible instead. I came across this verse, which I’d read many times and never really noticed. Today, it stood out like it was in a pop-up book.

“Whoever pursues righteousness and love finds life, prosperity and honor.”

Proverbs 21:21

The first thing I realized about this verse was what it does not say. It does not say to pursue prosperity. Instead, it says to pursue righteousness and love, and in so doing, I will also come across life and prosperity and honor. I could feel my mood changing already! I know that God’s definition of prosperity does not necessarily mean money. I also know that when God prospers someone, they have everything they need. When God fills a person to the brim with contentment and joy, for example, a tight budget is of no real concern.

Society says to pursue riches and applause and you will have a life you love. God says to pursue righteousness and love and you will find honor and a prosperous life.

I realized I’d inadvertently listened to the philosophy the world offers, and it had affected my mood. The message of society is to pursue riches and positions of honor in order to be loved and have a good life. But God met me in my weariness and encouraged me that the very choice to read my Bible was the best thing I could have done. It may have been inadvertent but, by going to Scripture to soothe my mood, I was pursuing righteousness and God’s love. And that, my friend, turns out to be the very thing that will ultimately lead to fulfillment and joy and prosperity.

Have you noticed that you see, hear, or recognize things differently based on your mood? Have you been desperate for a mood change? Have you unwittingly bought into the world’s backwards prescription for prosperity? Let’s turn ourselves around and pursue that which God promises will be the ultimate mood and game changer!

“Whoever gives heed to instruction prospers, and blessed is the one who trusts in the Lord.”

Proverbs 16:20

“Blessed is the one… whose delight is in the law of the Lord, and who meditates on his law day and night. That person is like a tree planted by streams of water, which yields its fruit in season and whose leaf does not wither – whatever they do prospers.”

Psalm 1a, 2-3

11 replies on “Desperate for a Mood Change”

Beautiful! God is walkways in the mood for us isn’t he? As I’ve grown older (and hopefully wiser:), I attempt to live by the truth instead of by feelings. And when the waves of circumstances knock me off my feet, I can change my mood by going to HIS word and help. Finding likeminded friends hand sisters, such as you, gives me support and encouragement to carry on! ❤️

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Thank you, sister! I’m not sure if it was a typo or not, but I love that you wrote “friends hand sisters”, because arm in arm, hand in hand, we can team up and live well for His glory!

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You’re so welcome. I’m trying to balance so much in writing, classes, and life, in general. Aren’t we all? And today I wanted to take time to read a bit before working on some goals. And I found you. I’m so glad! In the Garden is one of my all-time favorites. 🎵🤍

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Hi, Mama Lava,
Wondering if Father has mood changes? Definitely! Think of His moodiness over Moses when the leader argued over his qualifications; or the tenderness He expresses in some of the Psalms. Too many folks mistake the idea of an “unchanging God” to think He never has a new thought or does anything differently than He did before, but that is not in the Bible. “Jesus Christ, the same yesterday, today and forever” is referring to His character and identity. He DID change when He came as Mary’s little baby. He experienced death (‼️), something God certainly had never done.
And thanx to The God Who Is that He hears and answers our prayers. Great blog! 🙂

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