3 Steps to Turn Around a Tough Day

Written by on April 6, 2015

Juicer & Mice (resized)

Shout for joy to the Lord, all the earth. Worship the Lord with gladness; come before him with joyful songs (Psalm 100:1,2).

Ever have an Alexander-terrible-horrible-no-good-very-bad-day and wonder how to “flip” your day or week mid-chaos? Last week I did. Here’s how I refused the enemy’s stomp-around.

I was weak with an infection for two weeks. I set up a new juicer like the game Mouse Trap, the mice and diver dude ready to take the plunge.  Then I juiced up seven carrots, a beet, a lemon, and two apples.

But the juiced carrots produced a huge pile of shavings that hunkified as I poured them into the garbage disposal. Soon orange, rusty water backed up into the double sink. Dirty forks, knives, spoons, dishes and pans were strewn across the kitchen.

When I went to the store to pick up more veggies, a driver tailgated me, pulled up next to me in the parking lot, and roared at me until I got a security guard to get her to back off.  I called Tim, who showed up quickly and got me home safely.

Here are 3 steps to turn chaos around: 

  1. Turn up the worship. One of the precepts The Warrior Class: When in battle, ask, “What level of worship does this call for?”The woman roaring at me at the store frightened me. When I got home, I turned on worship (live feed of Kansas City International House of Prayer) and changed the atmosphere of my home. My emotions soon settled down. I was in a safe place.
  1. Declare a turnaround, even when it’s not evident. Faith is being sure of what we hope for and certain of what we do not see (Hebrews 11:1). Speak out the result you’re looking for!  Throughout the week, I said, “Our home’s a culture of miracles. God’s healing me.” Was I chipper? No. Out of pain? Uh-uh. But I spoke it out. Soon it was true.
  1. Playfully lay down a new memory over an old one. A couple of days ago, I felt uneasy when Emily and I shopped at the store where I’d had the run-in with the woman. As we left the store, I sang out, “My Redeemer Lives.” When a woman in the parking lot cheered me on, I sang even louder. Laughing, Em and I piled our groceries into the car and drove home.

Worship, declaration of turnaround and playfulness says to the enemy, “My Savior’s here. And He’s bigger than you.”

Jesus, bring it on!

Friend, what do you do to turn around a day/week when everything goes south?

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Comments
    • Lynn Hare   On   April 7, 2015 at 11:49 am

      Kathryn, hooray for weapons that hold up in the worst, gnarly battles. No weapon formed against us, or our praise, can or will prosper.

  1. Lindy   On   April 7, 2015 at 7:22 am

    Brilliant! My Redeemer Lives!
    May the Lord bless you and keep you, may He make His face shine upon you and give you His peace!
    Thanks for sharing this encouraging word!

    • Lynn Hare   On   April 7, 2015 at 11:47 am

      Lindy, thanks for your kind words. I love that verse. Your countenance is so sweet – it radiates Jesus’ face & reflects His peace.

  2. Victoria   On   April 7, 2015 at 9:08 am

    I love this Lynn! Worship is the thing that I usually look to when I’m having a difficult day. It turns my heart to rejoicing, and it also locks me into a place where I behold the One I’m becoming like. Bless you! – Vic

    • Lynn Hare   On   April 7, 2015 at 11:45 am

      Vic, yeah, I love how worship changes the atmosphere, too. I love the image of worship locking us into place. Powerful.

  3. Susan   On   April 7, 2015 at 3:32 pm

    “For our struggle is not against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the powers of this dark world and against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly realms.Therefore put on the full armor of God, so that when the day of evil comes, you may be able to stand your ground, and after you have done everything, to stand.” And put on the full armor, as you are recommending!

    • Lynn Hare   On   April 30, 2015 at 11:46 am

      Susan, yeah, when we put things in terms of a spiritual battle, Jesus arises, strong and victorious. Thanks for the reminder that it’s not about what’s right in front of us!

    • Lynn Hare   On   April 30, 2015 at 11:49 am

      Tony, thanks for dropping by. Glad to hear that, in spite of some Alexander days (daze?), you haven’t yet booked a plane to Sydney. Who knows what relentless joy will unleash next, mate?

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