When My Happy Gets Bumped

When My Happy Gets Bumped

March 10, 2016

“Put on the full armor of God, so that you can take your stand against the devil’s schemes. 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.” Ephesians 6:11-12 (NIV)

Lysa TerKeurst

Most days, I wake up fairly happy. It’s not like I wake up in the mood for a party, but generally I’m not grumpy when I arise. I wake up and things seem pretty good, level and fresh with possibilities. But then inevitably something — or someone — will bump into my happy.

An early morning meltdown by one of my people.

Or a difficult email that makes my heart sink.

Or me underestimating my time and suddenly everything is rushed, hurried and stressful.

Or my husband, Art, lowering the thermostat in the house to 68 degrees and I can’t stop shivering until the temperature hovers closer to 72. It’s amazing how much difference four degrees makes.

Things happen. Things that bump into my happy. And suddenly I’m a little off-kilter and a little less nice.

Can you relate?

Well, I’m learning something about a little mental perspective I need to have when things bump into my happy. In that moment, Satan is scheming to have me help him out. If he can just get me jostled to the point where I react out of anger, it’s like lighting a spark near a puddle of gasoline.

Even the smallest spark can ignite quite a fire. A fire that can spread and feel much bigger than what the situation ever should have been.

Take the temperature situation, for example.

It should be just a simple discussion about the thermostat. But, add a little anger and suddenly things in my brain escalate to the point where I’ve just about convinced myself Art is completely insensitive and couldn’t care less about me.

Is that true? Of course not. He just likes to sit in his house without sweating. Surely, we could find a compromise with the temperature or I could go put on some socks and a sweatshirt.

Instead, when he bumps into my happy, a “growth opportunity” ensues that leaves us both feeling a little burned.

In other words, I play right into Satan’s scheme and help him out. Remember, Satan’s plan is to cause separation. Be it a temperature issue, tight finances, a misunderstood statement or one of the millions of little things that can bump into our happy … we have a choice.

We can choose to play into Satan’s schemes and enable his attempts to separate us from God’s best. Or, we can choose to fight for our relationships and against Satan’s divisive attempts. When I think about it in these terms, it helps me identify the real enemy.

My real enemy isn’t any of the people who bump my happy. My real enemy is the one who tries with all his might to get me to jump into a grumpy mood and help him tear down all that I love.

Knowing I need a strategy against these attacks, I turn to the wisdom found in Ephesians 6:11, “Put on the full armor of God, so that you can take your stand against the devil’s schemes.”

You better back up and back off, Satan. I’m onto your schemes. You are the real enemy, not my people. And now I have a totally new game plan for when my happy gets bumped.

Starting with finding just the right pair of socks and a sweatshirt to wear in the ice cave.

Dear Lord, sometimes my happy gets bumped and my emotions get the best of me. Help me react in a way that honors You instead of reacting in a way that will fuel Satan’s agenda. In Jesus’ Name, Amen.

TRUTH FOR TODAY:
James 4:7, “Submit yourselves, then, to God. Resist the devil, and he will flee from you.” (NIV)

RELATED RESOURCES:
We all have experiences where others bump into our happy, and we can end up coming emotionally unglued. We stuff, we explode or react somewhere in between. Learn how to honor God in the midst of those raw emotions with Lysa TerKeurst’s book, Unglued. Purchase your copy here.

REFLECT AND RESPOND:
What bumps into your happy and sends you off-kilter?

Are there any relationships in your life where Satan is using those very things to cause division and strife? Stop and ask the Lord to help you see who the real enemy is and to bring healing and restoration to those relationships.

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  1. Angela Green says:

    I just happened to stumble on this (thank you Lord) on the heels of a disagreement between my husband and I. While I’ve been fighting the flu, I have had my happy bumped. It was like a snowball. Somehow I managed to go from my husband not doing the dishes to he just doesn’t love me anymore. Seriously?!?! I have helped Satan out and am ashamed to have given him that satisfaction. Thankfully, I recognized it, apologized to my husband, and will do my best to keep it in perspective. I suppose I’m learning to live in my “ice cave”. Thank you, Lysa, for the encouragement and inspiration.

  2. Jennye lumpkin says:

    Thank you for you encouraging post. I have been really getting some encouragement from.

  3. I love your post for today. A bump into my happy…I have unfortunately have been experiencing alot of bumps into my happy lately. Thank you for reminding me to focus in God. The devil has been playing havoc in my life and I will stand tall to defeat him with God by my side. Your message was perfect timing for me. Thank you for sharing and God Bless You.

  4. Marlene Bond says:

    I am no expert at these things. Believe me. However something else I have learned about these opportunities is, are they actually invitations for us to look for an alternative or creative solution to our problem? Yes. We can choose the mood we walk in any time we like. However do we also need to reassess whether what we are currently doing is working? For example, in this situation you mention, where we all have different heat tolerance, could you keep the temperature in between what ever the two of you would like??? Extra clothes and less clothes is another good option. Just suggesting here…….

  5. My ‘happy gets bumped’ …
    I usually falter …
    Then get a grip with a song & a prayer …

  6. Perfect timing for this post. Thankyou Jesus. Going through a very difficult time at present with my husband. My pastor has reminded me as well to praise Him and thank Him for my situation as only good will come out in the end if I do.

  7. Patti S. says:

    Oh, how I have been struggling . Thank you so much for this devotional!

  8. Kathleen says:

    My happy got bumped. Now I see it in a different way! Thank you

  9. This is EXACTLY what I needed today and this past week. Thank you for speaking to my heart.

    Please keep doing all that you do <3

  10. Heather Pachiorka says:

    Bahahaha! the temperature thing HIT HOME!!! My husband does exactly the same thing…and YES it sometimes completely knocks the happy out of the park, let alone bumping it! Thank you for what you do and helping ‘us’ see we are not alone in our life ‘tests’ and that we can beat that enemy!! Bless you!

  11. Thank you for speaking to my heart. Your encouraging words are truly God sent.
    Blessing to you all!

  12. Here I am, losing sleep at 3 am because of a family struggle over which I have no control. Checking my emails because I can’t sleep and I come across your daily devotion. I have been blaming the person who I have felt is causing the conflict instead of the real one to blame – Satan. Thank you so much for reminding me to put on the full Armor of God and pray for God to make Satan flee…not people. It’s amazing how God uses your emails when we need them most! Thank you!!!!!!

  13. Thank you for being human and sharing where you also fall short. It really isn’t just me having to swallow hard and wear a sweatshirt and socks. I say it is a good thing for menopause or else I’d have icicles hanging on me

  14. Thanks for this. Bump in my happy is a better phrase than full freak out. Puts things into perspective Will definitely hold onto this to read over and over.

  15. I love the next part of the one verse used today in James. I recite James 4:7 to rebuke Satan & refocus my mind. I love the next verse that says to draw near to God and He will draw near to you. It’s really that simple.

  16. My happy gets bumped regularly I’m embarrassed to say. This gives me great perspective and a tool to use to stay in balance, Lord knows I don’t want satan to have the upper hand in my life 😳👎🏾❌

  17. I sure needed to see this today! Really struggling with an attack from satan myself…so glad I have such an AWESOME God! Satan has NO chance!

  18. Whew. Does anyone bump into your happy better than a husband? I’ve been wanting to just toss mine out lately! Thank you, for reminding me who is really the problem. Oh, and I can relate to the icebox….guess it’s time to invest in some pretty sweatshirts!

  19. Big, big, thank you and love and adore you writers @ P31 as you have been one of the sources my beloved, supreme Father God has used to walk with me through the ocean of repentance this past 2+months. This devotional reminded me of the enemy’s crafts putting a hindering gap to our sweetest fellowship with the Father God due to my own doings. Not anymore in Jesus name!

  20. Mary in NH says:

    Satan bumping my happy is a good way to describe it! I’m thrilled with my life at the moment, small miracles have happened, however, I’m in the midst of a very busy week, between work and family commitments. Traffic, an extra request from the boss, any little thing can just get me on the crazy train. But it’s all just satans tricks and schemes.

  21. Thank you for this. I drive in Atlanta traffic and that’s the big thing that bumps into my happy. I can be in a great mood and then along comes trying to drive into work (or home in the afternoon). I try to pray or listen to great music, but there are times….

  22. Ah yes.. When the Spirit starts to work, Satan sends in the bumper cars! His goal is to make me park my wheels and leave the field. God wants me to back up and give it another go.

    As to the temperature battle, Lysa, we keep the house cool and use little electric heaters by our desks. With a shawl over my shoulders and warm air on my feet, I am toasty and happy.

  23. Very good story. I dress in my amour daily and Satan knows he gets no where with me. He can’t have my happiness or my joy! GOD is good to me! Be Blessed.

  24. I so needed to see this. May God truly bless you for your dedication to feeding us your sisters in Christ. Thank you for being His tool. Love in Christ.

  25. I got on the crazy train this week. Ugh… “Then you must protect me from the foxes, foxes on the prowl, Foxes who would like nothing better than to get into our flowering garden.”
    ‭‭Song of Solomon‬ ‭2:15‬ ‭MSG‬‬
    Those little critters – husband’s comment, work demands, disgruntled customers. I allow my happy to get bumped and then I feel like my house of cards collapses when I’m stressed. I’m trying to remember that I’m more like a Weeble than that deck of cards scattered.

  26. Marcy Thomas says:

    Great reminders! Thank you. And you wouldn’t make it in our Rock Hill home. 😃 Our heat has been on 62 all winter. ❄️☃ Thanking God again today for your ministry. Marcy

  27. I love the phrase..bump into my happy. latey I’ve had crashes into my happy, normally its not directed at my happiness but its in my house with other members. So now when Satan tries to poke his head in I have a good way of explaining it to them while offering good solutions. Thank you

  28. Made me smile amist a bumper car match of my own.But, like that carnival ride, it doesn’t last forever,The negative energy stops and I stand up tall and go on.

  29. That was beautiful!😂

  30. What a great post!! And so timely, thank you. I can so relate to this. I wake up in the morning early and happy (almost every morning), I have may devotional and prayer time. I feel so full of the Holy Spirit and am ready for anything the day can bring.
    Then, as was so perfectly put in this article, someone bumps into my happy! And everything I had in the morning, I let go of and allow myself to be pushed into grumpy!

    I just did an awesome study on the Armor of God and this article is reinforcing all that I have learned! Thank you so much – I have more studying and learning to do and growing in this, but God is definitely showing me where I need to put on His Armor to fight those evil schemes, and He is showing me who the author of those schemes is.
    And He has given me all His power to demolish those schemes, if I just put on His armor everyday and use it.
    The weapons we fight with are not the weapons of this world. On the contrary, they have divine power to demolish strongholds. 1 Corinthians 10:4

  31. Cindi Dean says:

    Needed this today! My husband(a former pastor) is divorcing me. It has brought me back to a closer relationship with the Lord and I’ve been doing ok. Then… He shows up to get his things and won’t talk to me. ( He really hasn’t told me why he’s leaving) Or his mother will send me a card praying God gives me peace ( and LOTS OF IT)!!! I get rattled and my flesh certainly wants to react. I’ve certainly found strength and comfort in Gods Word. I just need to remember not to react without my armor on!

    • Cindi
      I am so sorry to hear about your husband’s decision to leave. It probably has nothing to do with you. Satan is expert at creating deception and leading people off on terrible paths. I pray that God will deliver your husband from whatever hook the devil has gotten into him and set him free.
      Whatever happens in your husband’s life, God will be enough for you. Easy for me to say, right? But true.
      Totally true.
      May He give you many small blessings, special blessings to remind you how much He loves you and that you are always safe when you choose to trust Him with everything.
      Blessings
      PamW

  32. I really needed to hear this today. Woke up half an hour before my alarm to my toddler yelling for breakfast, waking up the newborn that had me up several times in the night, and threatening to wake up the older two sleeping down the hall. I wanted to be angry and nasty and play the martyr card. But in the few moments of quiet I had I started to pray and realize the day didn’t have to start that way. Then I sat here and received full confirmation. Thank you for this!

  33. Wendy Krueger says:

    Thank you Lysa for sharing your heart! I pray that God would bless you today and fill you with all he had for you!!!💕

  34. What does it mean to “put on the armor of God”? It’s a great word picture but I’ve never really understood how one actually does this

  35. Thanks Lysa, we’re in the midst of a move, super tight finances, parenting issues and on and on. I’m so grateful for your message today and the great insights. This reminds me to arm myself and see my true enemy. It also calls me to see God’s longterm plans, not the short bumps :) God Bless

  36. I just want to say…this is good stuff! It’s so true! We need to know who the real enemy is here, and it’s not our kids, or our hubbies…or anyone else for that matter. The real enemy is satan. Lord, please help me remember that!!

    Thank you for posting!!!

  37. What a wonderful revelation – and one I’m eager to share during devotion time today with 3 of my home-schooled kids. It is a joy and a privilege to be at home with my children, but it is tough, too, as we are just so familiar with each other and able to assist Satan in an easy way. But Lord, You reign in my home and I pray for Your powerful peace to prevail! Amen.

  38. First I want to say how amazing it was to hear you in speak last night at Our Saviors. I’d invited all my friends & not one showed up. I went anyway. The weather was forecast to be torrential but I left early, umbrella in tote & sat in my seat anxious & excited. Ive known since I heard you were coming that I had to be there. The connection I have with your life story is amazing & your book Made To Crave, well… That’s a whole other list of WOW! Anyway, when you came out & began to speak on response in conflict I felt this calm come over me that was God sent without question. You see, this has been a prayer of mine for MY HUSBAND for many months & I even did a fast in Januray & have not until last night heard an answer. The answer last night came to me not only loud & clear but repeatedly. “This is for you Michelle”. My take away from last night can not be articulated in full here but I just really wanted you to know how unbelievably impactful it was. Thank you & may God bless you & your people. Hope you enjoyed your time in Lafayette.

  39. Pam Thomson says:

    Thank you Lysa, a great reminder to kick satan to the curb and put the armor of Christ on in our everyday lives! God bless you for all you do, thank you for following your gift, as God provided you with many. You provide many happy moments in my day🙏

  40. This hit the spot. Putting away or not putting away the dishes was what ticked me off. I fell into the trap where i think that my husband doesn’t care to help. Omg we’ve been married for 35 years. The way he coughs or sneezes or mispronounces things or the way he chews his gum. These are just some of my triggers. I’ve got to get s grip and not allow Satan to get his way. You’d think I’d know how to get over this. What a weak lazy person I am.

    • You’ve been on my heart since I read your response. Please scroll down the comments to find my thoughts for you from two days ago. Congrats on 35 years of marriage!

  41. Valerie Sassi says:

    God is bombarding me with this. Our church showed the movie The War Room a few weeks ago. I was nudged by it. I was able to relate to the situations portrayed in the film. My eyes were opened to the realizations of just exactly who and what the devil uses for his evil purposes. I gained strength and a direction for my prayer life. However, God didn’t only want me to understand these truths-He was planting a movement inside me to help others.

    A few days after seeing the movie, my daughter texted me in kind of a bewildered state. She was praying fervently that day about a situation involving her little son. He has autism, and many days are very difficult. She told me that while she was praying, the verse Matthew 6:18 popped into her head. She wasn’t really sure how that verse might help, or what exactly God was saying to her. I went to the verse, and immediately said to her, The War Room! I told her I felt like the Lord was guiding her to a new level in her prayer life! The following weekend she came to visit me for my birthday, and we watched the film together. ♡

    People are not our enemy. Situation are not our enemy. The ENEMY is our enemy. Pray in private, Submit to God, resist the devil, and he will flee! Don’t try to fight the fight yourself! Trust the Lord and allow Him to do his job!

    Our preacher’s sermons, over the past few weeks, have steadily echoed these truths. My prayer group lessons have reflected the same. Today, your letter to us was yet another reminder. Our God is great, strong, all knowing and IN CHARGE! Without Him, we are nothing! With Him all things are possible!

  42. Wow this happened to my husband and me on Sunday as we were leaving the church parking deck. Satan attached immediately! He used my driving to get my husband on my case which in turn allowed me to attack my husband about his driving. We never fight, we are so comparable and to have this little spat ruin my entire Sunday! Satan won and got the best of my happy that day but No More! I know the Devil’s schemes and next time I’m prepare with my armor!

  43. Ginger Leppert says:

    Thank you! My ex husband has bumped into my happy, actually the devil tried to completely topple it. My Egroup, my sister, and my friends, have picked me up and with this perspective, I will strive to not let my happy be bumped, much less toppled! Bless you Lysa!

  44. This is a great one to remember! I might have to print it off to remind myself of this and to keep my happy thoughts. Thank you!

  45. Thank you for your words of wisdom! I needed to be reminded of this! My daughter and I bump (crash) into each other’s happy everyday right now. I will be sharing this with her when she gets home from school today! No more letting Satin drive us apart or drive us away from God.

  46. I can truly relate to this! Satan has an uncanny way of knowing the best time to attack!! For me when I grow tired I am so much more susceptible and less inclined to take the time to think about the Lords desire for me and to quickly ready to take satans path!

  47. Elizabeth says:

    I really needed this today. Just this morning my daughter exploded my happy and I allowed Satan to use me. Thank you for reminding me who it was. I had to send her a text at school to apologize for my behavior this morning.

  48. Lorraine Newell says:

    Lysa, thank you for your article on the things that bump into our happiness. It lined up perfectly with my First 5 reading this morning about keeping the flame of the Holy Spirit burning. I sometimes find when I’m away on vacation like I am now, that it is easy to drift away from putting God first in my day, therefore providing a gap for the evil one to creep into my thoughts and wreak havoc with my self esteem and attitude toward myself and my husband. That’s what happened to me yesterday and after being reminded to diligently and passionately fan the flame today, I have the hope and confidence of being a light to others in my path today instead of hiding it under a bushel! Thanks again!

  49. Maeleigh says:

    WOW!! Perfect devotion for me this morning!! Just last night Satan was working with me and boy did my happy get bumped. I really needed this today and probably will re-read as the day goes on. I certainly need to purchase your book. Have an awesome and blessed day!!

  50. AndreaSmith says:

    Lysa,

    Thank you so much for this devotional.. This has been me for the last week. All of a sudden I am annoyed by everything. Satan is waiting and watching and with just the right amount of pressure… he’s in. My prayer is to recognize where all this is coming from and to not let him in. This devotional has helped to create an additional buffer.

  51. kathy wyg says:

    Good Morning Lysa…& everyone…..this is one of the neatest devos & i found quite amusing w/the thermostat…you have no idea…& i love your phrase…When my Happy gets Bumped…awesome…the moment i read that phrase..it reminded me of a few yrs ago when i was still working..i worked @ a McDonalds..& I guess God obviously felt it was time to put that phrase into action & boy did he ever…My Happy got bumped alot…to my chagrin…big time….by the time …all was said & done…My Happy turned into time to
    retire…God felt the need to put a speed bump in the road…an irritating one…& w/time
    he showed me i would be happpier w/My Happpy getting bumped…in a good way…
    boy..what a sense of humor he has….& then w/your temperature issues…i foound that absolutely amusing…& Donna….above..talking about menopause….& icicles…on point..!!!….we have learned over the yrs..from that lovely M..word…how to make some
    great adjustments..to make life much more comfortable & easier to manuever thru…
    what a difference it has made…& i am on the severe side of that M..word…

    thank you again for your story/devo this am…Lysa…for me it was about your best one
    for me…the phrase for sure & the house thermostat….THANK YOU….

    have a blesse day………….guys……………..kathy wyg

  52. Thank you for today’s devotions. I always enjoy reading what you have to say, and my happy seems to get bumped a lot by relatively insignificant things. Thank you for the important reminder. I had to laugh about the thermostat. We keep our winter temperature at 64! You would die! Ha ha! I wear lots of sweaters and long johns. :) Thank you for the great devotions you write. They really are a blessing to me.

  53. Thank you for this fresh perspective! Very helpful!! I will be memorizing this verse, so I will be more prepared for the next attack.

  54. This is so awesome…..was in our Bible Study lesson last night and then a co-worker and I were just discussing the exact same thing. We serve an awesome God and I’m so thankful for Ministries of His word and the people of God that obey and bring forth the ministries. Thank you. Be Blessed in the Lord this day.

  55. Boy did I need to hear THIS today! I’m going to star this email and file it away so I never lose it. Wow! Reading “It should be just a simple discussion about the thermostat. But, add a little anger and suddenly things in my brain escalate to the point where I’ve just about convinced myself Art is completely insensitive and couldn’t care less about me,” sounded JUST LIKE ME. My fiancé would probably agree if I showed him. There are so many times when I turn our differences in opinion around and interpret them as “he doesn’t love me”, “he doesn’t care,” “I bet no one else would say/do that” when the truth is I don’t know what someone else would do in the same situation. I read a quote on Facebook recently that said, “Sometimes the grass is greener on the other side, because it’s fake.” So true! We live in a time where people are constantly, and non-nonchalantly, ‘competing’ with each other by sharing photos of all their best days on Instagram and Facebook. From the outside, all looks perfect and well on a daily basis, when on the inside it could be a cover up for what’s really happening. We, and when I say “we” I mean “I”, need to learn to slow down and take a moment to look at situations as they truly are, instead of constantly compare my worst moments to the best moments of my friends.

  56. I love the phrase “when my happy gets bumped”!!! Puts a smile on my face! Thank you! Thank you!! I needed this devotional! 💕

  57. Denise Cousino says:

    I totally know how you feel. I’m pretty good about getting up in an okay mood also. Then, all of the sudden someone (Satan) bumps into me and I’m off kilter. I have really been trying to stop and think about what I’m getting upset about and realizing it’s not worth getting upset over. Also, Lysa, maybe you and Art can compromise and set the furnace at 70? 😉

  58. I needed this reminder today!!!!!! Just a few minutes ago I spoke with someone at work about an issue. She blew it off in a “get over it manner”. I was reminding myself that all I can do is address the issue–I can’t control the other person or make them see my point of view. I have to deal with the problem on my end and move on and not let it ruin my day!! Thank you for the reminder!!!

  59. So true ,Lysa…. Thank you for the reminder so I can push off satan and look to the light when my bump comes
    Blessings to you today and a warm sweater

  60. Thank you for reminding me that when my happy gets bumped, like cancer rearing its ugly head again, that the Almighty, the Son, and the Holy Spirit are there to help me stand up against satan!

  61. Thank you for this reminder. How quickly we forget the enemy’s scheme to separate and divide. I really needed this today!

  62. Great post Lysa! You always speak to right where women are – so real, practical and encouraging!

  63. In response to “ashamed” –
    Dear child of God, do not allow yourself to tell or believe any lies that come right from Satan and tear you down!
    Aren’t we all weak and lazy? Yes! Because of sin in the world. But God’s mercies are new every morning and He is our Heavenly Daddy who raises us up above Satan’s attacks. Confess your failures and accept God’s forgiveness. He loves you! He accepts you! He forgives you! He treasures you! We as women/daughters/wives/moms/friends can be so hard on ourselves. I pray that God keeps US from bumping our own happiness. Girlfriend, you’ve got to change “ashamed” to “redeemed!”

  64. this is such a great teaching today! thank you again P31 for always helping me to keep my heart and eyes on our Lord! Yes, there is a lot of strife in my life right now, A.L.O.T.! Satan is using my husband and stepson to “bump into my happiness.” If I can remember to change my heart and thoughts, and keep my eyes on our Lord, then we will get through this very difficult time. Thank you for this message Lysa. Your gentle and strong spirit convicts me.

  65. Lysa, my husband likes the Air on more than i do so, like you I’m learning to put on socks or cover up with a warm blanket, and not let the devil win the day.

  66. Great day this was written for me! This morning as I was fixing breakfast for the Fellowship of Christian Athletes meeting, I realized I put the canned biscuits in the freezer (and had to figure out how to thaw them!) , the dog threw up TWICE, then got out of the fence, (thankfully a biscuit thrown into the yard convinced him to go back in), showed up late, the singer didn’t show, and now I got a call that I have to pick up my daughter from school. All this plus my husband woke me up at 4:30 AM because HE couldn’t sleep. What?? I have to laugh to keep from crying! Devil you are not going to beat me today!! Gonna keep on smiling and pray !

  67. Thank you! This is exactly what I needed to read this morning!

  68. Oh sweet goodness! I’ve had my happy bumped more than once, and usually over the dumbest things. But I’ve learned recognizing the “bump” is the first step to victory. Preparing our minds with God’s word is the next. Here’s a story of a time my whole family’s happy got bumped…

    https://notmyownblog.wordpress.com/2015/08/11/its-too-hot-to-be-christian/

  69. Patty Kennedy says:

    Good morning! It’s amazing sometimes how something will happen and then my devotion speaks right to the problem…..right to me!
    This morning, driving to work, I was have a wonderful conversation with God when all of the sudden someone in traffic wouldn’t let me merge! Of course I called him an idiot! Then that man shook his head at me in a taunting manner. I yelled at him as if he could hear me! All of the sudden I remembered what I was doing when all of this happened. I was talking to God about my family and telling him how great He is! I had to chuckle a little and apologize to Him! I never did get back to that prayerful state I was in.
    I logged into my email about 10 minutes later to find this wonderful devotion! I actually have seen it before and have even read Unglued. It was just kind of a funny reminder! I love God’s timing!

    Thank you Lysa!

  70. Love this. I’ve been reading a great series on The Enemy at WomenBehindtheScenes.com This is a great addition to all I have been learning there. Thanks for sharing this.

  71. Leanne White says:

    Oh Lysa, I thank God for the timeliness of your message. With God’s Grace I was able to prevent Satan from taking control of my day this morning and miss time with friends enjoying the beauty of His creation. God Bless you!

  72. This was encouraging because it’s something I’ve been working on too. My husband is Mr. Messy…at age 69 he hasn’t figured out the purpose for a wastebasket. So I walk around picking up after the dear man, singing “what a little pig he is” until I laugh. When I catch myself blaming him for bumping into my happy, I reprimand myself with a stern “now, just stop that!” and “you know he’s been the dearest gift God ever gave you!” and my moodiness changes back to an even keel…maybe not totally happy, but on the way. Thank you Lysa for this great reminder!

  73. Thank you! God gave you something to give to me today, again, supplying my need where He has me in my life right now – just when I needed to be reminded of it. Thank you again!

  74. Ellen Cole says:

    Dear Lysa, if you’re anything like me, the day will come when the thermostat is set at 68 and you will be so hot that you’ll be turning it down further while you stick your face in the freezer! Art will be running for warm socks and a sweatshirt. It all evens out in the end and Satan loses either way. :-)

  75. Ahh, so grateful for Truth to be spoken. Thank you for this devotion to remind us all that our enemy prowls around seeking to whomever he may devour. The war has already been won…praise the Lord.

  76. Lisa, thank you for being obedient to God’s whispers! Satan has been relentlessly attacking my son since the day he came up out of the water after being baptized (about 3 1/2 yrs. ago). There are many days we both attack each other with our hurtful words because of frustration and hurt hearts. Today’s message was a display of God’s perfect plan and timing. Suiting up in my armor to win the victory that Christ already won for us.

  77. I can totally relate to this topic. For me, my happy gets bumped from one of my two cats. I love both dearly but my Pistol whines a lot begging for attention when it’s the most inconvenient of times. That definitely “bumps into my happy.” What follows is an irritated tone mixed with volume to stop the whinning. Then, I feel this guilt that I did something wrong. All I can say is, God, help me now overcome my impatience. Your post is a reminder for me.

  78. Lensey M. says:

    I needed this today. My husband bumps into my happy on a regular basis. He’s moody by nature, so his ‘happy’ gets bumped on a daily basis, multiple times a day. And he loves to spread his negativity. It’s hard to stay positive when you live with a negative person, but I am trying! I’ve been reading The Power of a Praying Wife, and boy has it been an eye-opener. So, hopefully through praying for him and repeating scriptures like the ones you listed, I can tell Satan to take a hike because he can’t have my happiness. I like that you reminded me to be angry at Satan, not at my husband. Thank you for all you and the P31 community do to bring God’s Word to life in such relatable ways. You are a blessing to so many!

    • If you get a chance to read “Personality Plus for Couples” by Florence Littauer, it helps a lot. Living with someone who tends to be negative is hard. This book helped me to get a better understanding of our differences and so it helped me to have a better attitude.

  79. I wish we could have our house at 68 degrees. It is too expensive, so I try to keep it at 64. 😉 This reminds me that Satan is smart and tailors each bump to what he knows will get to each person. My family bumps my happy when tantrums are happening, and no, I don’t have any toddlers. Angry words, impatient tones, and regret creep in…

  80. Lonni Briles says:

    This particular email really struck a cord with me. I too am married to an Art and we too struggle with our preferences of warmth. He likes the bedroom cold, cold, cold! We live in Colorado, so it is easy to do. I just put on flannels and pile on the blankets. ;-). Thanks for being so transparent!

  81. Dan Richards says:

    Ha Ha Ha my wife ‘loves it’ when I say “happiness is a choice (sarcasm) . So thank you for the new opportunity to ask “who bumped into your happy”, and to remind myself to have bumper free happy.

  82. Thank you. I needed this today. I have been unemployed for quite awhile and everyday the devil tells me I am worthless and a failure. Most of the time I agree since I haven’t been able to find a job. I just need to have more faith in God and pray that I find something soon.

    • God says you are precious! He also says you are holy, because of what Jesus has done for you.
      There is a study by Beth Moore which was life changing for me. It is called “Believing God.” The theme is that we believe what God’s Word says, not what we feel or what others tell us.
      There are five statements of faith that we would say during the study: God is who He says He is (God is defined by what He reveals in His Word.), God will do what He says He will do (the promises in the Bible, like “I will never leave you or forsake you.”), I am who God says I am! (beloved, accepted in Jesus, forgiven, adopted), I can do all things through Christ, Who strengthens me, and God’s Word is alive and active in me.
      Those statements are true and we need to cling to them.
      God is absolutely faithful and He will come through.

    • Pam
      Don’t listen to the lies. I would be thinking good thoughts about my children and then bam! a negative thought would come into my head. I use to dwell on it and start to believe it. Not anymore, I repeat in my head “My family and me are covered by the blood of Jesus” and begin to pray. I repeat this several times during the day. I refuse to allow the lies of the evil one to ruin my relationship with God. God Bless!

  83. this message is so on time, there is so much stress on this job, but I know God will fix it in his time. please keep olivia young in prayer as she looks at this apartment at 8650 south elizabeth God will lead me to what too do , move or stay in Jesus’ name amen.

  84. Lysa, thank you so much for sharing “When My Happy Gets Bumped. I truly related to that because my hubby and I had the exact same issues with the thermostat on the heater. The only difference that I already had on long-johns, two {2} pair of socks, and two {2} shirts. Just to read someone else as a Divine Woman of God, experience the same Bumps in her Happiness, really was a blessing to my soul and spirit. I read a lot of you quotes and I am always sharing them on my face-book. You are such an inspiration to me. I love to write poetry, inspiring stories, quotes, prayers and etc. My dream is to write an inspiring book of inspiration. I enjoy sharing a word from God daily on my face-book page. My day is not made unless I can share a word from on high. It truly is a passion that I have, and I just give God all the praises, glory and honor. Thank you again for sharing How Your Happiness Get Bumped. So heart-touching and inspiring. You are a tremendous blessing in my life. It is my sincerest prayer that God allow us to meet one day. I would love to meet you in person. Keep sharing your quotes and inspiring stories, and I will keep reading them as well as sharing them. You are the kind of Woman that so many need to take heed from, when it comes to being obedient unto God. Thank You Again, Lysa. God Blessings Be Upon You and Your Family – at all times. To God be the Glory!

  85. Clara Hazelwood says:

    Usually I wake up slowly, and have to remind myself that God is in charge. So right after breakfast I take time to read the Psalms, and remember His goodness. Then when I open the curtains, I try to remember to let the sunshine into my heart! It’s an old song, “Open up your heart and let the sunshine in.” Thanks for the reminder.

  86. Samantha says:

    Oh goodness, this spoke to me. I normally read my devotion in the morning but got off track this morning and just now read it at lunch. Something bumped into my happy and I can’t put my finger on it but I have been bummed out lately. Thank you for this reminder.

  87. Hi Lysa, I thank God for his messages through you. I’m from Mexico, I read all your posts and I have read some of your books, and they are really really good, all your material have been very useful for my life. I hope God be with you and your family every moment, and continues sending us messages through you. Lots of hugs and kisses from Mexico.

  88. JENNIFER says:

    This is absolutely what I have needed to hear for quite sometime. I feel for months people have been bumping into my happy. I have been trying very hard to find a way to block them from stealing my happiness. Your words mean alot. God is absolutely the solution. Amen

  89. Karen L Greene says:

    Wow! I needed this. Thank you.

  90. Marcia Whaley says:

    I LOVE this verse and the prayer with the devotional. So timing as I have been a little short with my 9 yr old daughter and I’m trying to be mindful of my words. Thank you for this reminder.

  91. I was just talking to a co worker about praying for people who they don’t seem to interact well with. This was a great message and I’m thankful how God works. We should know who the real enemy is and this is where we can go to battle with prayer and letting God’s love shine through these types of situations/relationships.

  92. Julissa Nieves says:

    My biggest problem is me and my mom and I know the enemy is behind al this we can seem to agree in anything, we argue most of the time and she is very critical and I respond In a sarcastic way, but, for the Glory of God she stared going to Church an I have definitely seen improvement. Thank You Jesus!!!

  93. Wow I love how God works. I have been having “bumps” the last few days at work that have put me in an angry, frustrated frame of mind and attitude. I was mentally composing an email about the stuff going on when I read this post. I am putting on the armor of God and not going to send an email and react to this in the way that Satan would have me but by turning away from satan and turning to God for peace.

  94. Kristina hooper says:

    Lately it has been emails from my sons teacher. It seems every week it’s something. He is not a bad kid. He is a little bit of a tattler, he is very social, and seems more worried about everyone else’s well being rather than his own. The week will be going well and then like a freight train I’m slapped back and furious. I’m so frustrated with it all and we are looking at changing schools because it is constant and it seems to me the teachers have singled him out. It’s bumping into his happiness too. I have been praying for the wisdom I need to say and do what is God’s will. It is getting harder.

  95. Brenda Tapia says:

    This scenario that Lysa speaks of happens so often, mostly on Sundays getting ready for church. The enemy knows when God’s people are heading out to worship Him and learn more of His promises. Conflict seems to elevate in our household. If we could only see with our eyes the spiritual battle waging around us! Putting on the FULL ARMOR OF GOD is necessary to protect our fallen flesh from the jabs of the enemy.

  96. DEBRA WARD says:

    I was just visiting my friend’s house this evening and we were talking about putting on the armor of God and I came home and pulled up your article about that that same topic, a coincidence? I don’t think so! Guess God and you are trying to tell me something. LOL

  97. Mary J Sowerby in Jacksonville ,Florida is Glad she found you again says:

    So glad to read your devotion today I have been letting Satan bump me too much I will put on the full armor of God
    Thank you for this

  98. Mary J Sowerby in Jacksonville ,Florida is Glad she found you again says:

    My heart has been so confused about alot of things in my Life ,marriage making me feel used,fractured wrist in 3 places,wanting to not work full time anymore 67 yrs old and feeling lost and depressed

  99. I really needed this reminder today! Thanks, Lysa!

  100. I absolutely loved this devotion! Thank you so much for sharing. May God continue to bless your ministry.

  101. Candice Hoagland says:

    WOW! Sometimes the devotions just have the PERFECT timing – this one did. My happy was bumped this evening right after receiving news that a prayer that I had been praying for over a year was answered. At a time I should have been on cloud 9 Satan used one of my insecurities to bump my happy and take my focus off a time I should have been thinking our marvelous God for his wonderful blessing. Then I opened my e-mail and found this devotion. This is not the first time I have received a devotion and it hit right on and really helped remind me of the person that is in control. Thank you for being a vessel for God to use and speak to women.

  102. I’m struggling with trying to find happiness in ea day & stay happy. I’m filled with doubts, fears, anxiety, uncertainty, etc and the enemy is wreaking havoc in my life/marriage. Can you pray for me to stay strong enough to keep fighting?? Thank you!

    • Renee Carmichael says:

      Dear Lord, please be with Mary and her family in all parts of their lives. Only you know for sure the outcome, but please give them all the comfort and guidance they need to do whatever it is you have for them.

  103. Lisa Sherry says:

    God bless Lysa!
    Fortunately I read “when your happiness gets bumped” last night.
    Today my sister went through surgery for colon cancer, and right away family “drama” tried to make a stressful situation worse. Lysa, your words kept me above the fray & all went well. Thanks for all of you!

  104. Terri from Sweden says:

    Hi, Thank you for sharing this! It is definitely going to help me with my perspective on things, because I can get so grumpy (on the subway, in the classroom, when the neighbors are noisy, etc. etc.)

    About freezing — i recommend at least one wool sweater or shawl for home. Wearing tights under you jeans helps. Also, in addition to your socks, slippers or inside shoes make an enormous difference. This is what I have learned from living in a cold climate, though just now my temperatures are running the high side (like your hubby)!

    God bless you,
    Terri

  105. WOW! I needed to read this today!! I am not prepared to let Satan get the victory when my emotions get the better of me.
    This is the most profound and useful thing I have read in a while. praise God, and Thank you :) xx

  106. Thank you Jesus! Boy did I need this message today. This past week has been a “when it rains it pours” for me. My fiancés have been in a storm for the last few months. My new iphone was in the washing machine in my jacket, my one month old car has a big mechanic problem and my daughter has a balance on her account at college. I started to feel overwhelmed and bitter. My husband was feeling guilty because he picked this car. The enemy was thrilled that I was going to explode but I took a step back and said to my husband they are only objects, we are all healthy, our children are doing the right thing. We are good! We will get through this! We are covered by the blood of Jesus! So we will get through these bumps and there will be more but lets be thankful for what we have. When I am calm and relaxed about a situation the whole family relaxes. I will walk by faith not by sight and God will get me through everything. Thank you God !

    • Renee Carmichael says:

      AMEN!!!
      A few years ago when my boys were still in school I decided it was time to check the mail at the post office. We had a Buick Le Sabre that had not been started since Sunday, and it was now Thursday and a bit cool. Not knowing if the car would cooperate with me, I sat side-ways when I turned the key. Well, I heard a BOOM, quickly turned off the car and pulled the hood release…. I had planned to look under the hood to see if hose had blown off or something, but before I got all the way out of the car I heard something like crackling and YUP, my heart started racing then…… the battery had exploded and a fire had started under the hood.
      I called for help, and went to the far end of the house with a neighbor and proceeded to text my husband at work that “the car is on fire in front of the house”…… needless to say, it did NOT take him long to drive the appx. 25 miles home. When another neighbor asked my how I could be so calm about it, I told her it was just a car — a thing — my home was unharmed, my kids had NOT been in the car, and everything would be OK in the end.
      You see, at the time this happened my eldest son had his license, and sometimes if the boys were not quite ready when my husband and I were for church, I would ride with my husband and the boys would come a little later in my car ~~~ the Le Sabre. Things can be replaced, situations always have the possibility of being worked out, but when loved ones are gone you are not guaranteed getting to see them again.
      I look at it this way too, any of us can do our best to show others the path to God but maybe not walk with them along the way. It could someone else’s calling to help them further on that walk; we may never know until we are all in Heaven if they’ll make it there too or not.

  107. First Thank you God for this article right when I needed it. Lysa, the timing of this email was beyond perfect for me. I am our church’s secretary and anything that could go wrong went wrong all week and at the end of the week our sweet pastor brought another problem that was small to my attention while standing on my head “trying” and fix an IT problem. I finally broke and played right into Satans scheme. Thank you for sharing the scripture and story. I plan to put it to good use.

  108. Renee Carmichael says:

    I understand all too well about the “ice cave” — I’ve been married to my “polar bear” for 25 years, been blessed with 2 sons I cannot imagine NOT having in my life, and dearly loved ones that drive be batty.
    It’s not always easy to ‘deal’ with them, and sometimes I struggle to LIKE them — the loving part is never in question, just the liking at times — but when that comes up and I cannot seem to find a positive in that particular situation, I can at least see how I do NOT want to be. When the ‘smoke’ clears a little there, ways of helping, guiding, seeing my own errors, etc start to trickle in and renewal starts.

  109. Thanks Lysa…just what I needed to help and encourage me . Pondering these thoughts and putting on the full armor of God daily is the key eh?…God Bless you….thankful

  110. Minister Janis Jones says:

    I ran into your site accidentally this morning, As I was preparing a post for Victorious In Praise’ I typed in the word “bumped” and it redirected me to your site and the first paragraph was written so well I found myself wanting to reàd on.
    Hopefully I will have many opportunities to visit and share with you.
    If you have a mailing list please add my email at to it.

  111. Thank You Lysa. I still fail to realize that we battle or fight not against blood or flesh but high principalities and evil. I don’t blame Satan many times I blame my family who always disagreed with me believing in the Lord. But they thirst for Lord know. Praise God. But know they compete with me of how I been with God for so long. And they haven’t and God bless them so much more than his own And oh boy a retaliation came out of my spirit. My relationship that I struggle with is all and family and friends. Thank You to this blessed woman Lysa. I’m getting closure.

  112. I enjoyed today’s post and I have to laugh. For years we had this same temperature issue. My husband was always hot, I was always cold. Then a few years ago he lost 100 lbs and I started down “menopause lane”. Now I am hot all the time and he is cold all the time. We are seeing things from the other person’s point of view.

  113. Martha Sayers says:

    I love the thought that you shared “Someone bumped into my happiness!! I am in a study about putting on the armor of God and just was just too perfect for me to read.. Thank you for sharing your wonderful story.

  114. Thank you! I needed to read this. And thank You, God, for leading me to it!

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