10 Things to Remember When You’re Having a Dirty Dog Bad Day

Margaret —  September 16, 2013 — 13 Comments

10 Things to Remember When You’re Having a Dirty Dog Bad Day

Maybe you're having one of those days.

You know.

The one where you lost your keys, ran out of gas, juggled screaming kiddos, glances at a pile of bills, and there just aren't enough hours in a day.

Maybe you feel exhausted-like you're running on empty. Like expectations pile up but you're already spread too thin.

Maybe you are tired of arguing, sick of being left out, or weary of holding everyone else together.

Maybe your body isn't working like it's supposed to.

You aren't alone.

When you're at the end of your rope, wherever that may be, will you remember these powerful truths?

May they fill you with peace, hope, and joy today:

1. God welcomes you with open arms[Tweet this]

But you’ll welcome us with open arms
when we run for cover to you.
Let the party last all night!
Stand guard over our celebration.
You are famous, God, for welcoming God-seekers,
for decking us out in delight. (Psalm 5:11)

10 Things to Remember When You’re Having a Dirty Dog Bad Day

2. God is quick to listen. [Tweet this]

God’s there, listening for all who pray,
for all who pray and mean it. (Psalm 145:18)

10 Things to Remember When You’re Having a Dirty Dog Bad Day

3. He displaces all your worry. [Tweet this]

Don’t fret or worry. Instead of worrying, pray. Let petitions and praises shape your worries into prayers, letting God know your concerns. Before you know it, a sense of God’s wholeness, everything coming together for good, will come and settle you down. It’s wonderful what happens when Christ displaces worry at the center of your life. (Philippians 4:6-7)

10 Things to Remember When You’re Having a Dirty Dog Bad Day

4. You can find refuge in God. [Tweet this]

Because you are my help, I sing in the shadow of your wings. (Psalm 63:7)

10 Things to Remember When You’re Having a Dirty Dog Bad Day

5. He fights on your behalf. [Tweet this]

Your God is present among you,
a strong Warrior there to save you.
Happy to have you back, he’ll calm you with his love
and delight you with his songs. (Zephaniah 3:17)

10 Things to Remember When You’re Having a Dirty Dog Bad Day

6. Tomorrow is a new day. [Tweet this]

God’s loyal love couldn’t have run out,
his merciful love couldn’t have dried up.
They’re created new every morning.
How great your faithfulness!
I’m sticking with God (I say it over and over).
He’s all I’ve got left. (Lamentations 3:22-23)

10 Things to Remember When You’re Having a Dirty Dog Bad Day

7. You are loved beyond measure. [Tweet this]

I’m forever telling everyone how faithful you are.
I’ll never quit telling the story of your love—
how you built the cosmos
and guaranteed everything in it. (Psalm 89:2)

10 Things to Remember When You’re Having a Dirty Dog Bad Day

8. His grace is enough. [Tweet this]

My grace is enough; it’s all you need.
My strength comes into its own in your weakness. (2 Corinthians 12:9)

10 Things to Remember When You’re Having a Dirty Dog Bad Day

9. Choose to #LIVEWONDERSTRUCK anyways. [Tweet this]

Therefore once more I will astound these people with wonder upon wonder. (Isaiah 29:14)

10 Things to Remember When You’re Having a Dirty Dog Bad Day

10. You can still pursue joy. [Tweet this]

The joy of the Lord is your strength. (Nehemiah 8:10)

10 Things to Remember When You’re Having a Dirty Dog Bad Day

What encouragement do you have for someone who’s having a dirty dog bad day?

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13 responses to 10 Things to Remember When You’re Having a Dirty Dog Bad Day

  1. cynthiasmith1@msn.com September 16, 2013 at 4:31 am

    Thanks Margaret, Yesterday was one of those dirty dog days for me.. I woke up and saw this and thought -how awesome… I am wonderstruck by how God gives us the reminders we need. Love you dearly. Proud of you! have a great day! Remember to choose Joy…

  2. I woke up needing hope after running on empty for a very long time. I thank God for your message. May God bless you and heal you.

  3. Beautiful truth, Margaret! Thank you.

  4. Joyce Christopher September 17, 2013 at 5:35 pm

    Awesome promises to claim. We all have difficulties but God is faithful and you remind us to be positive. Grace, Hope and Love through Jesus Christ our Lord. God bless you!

  5. Thank you so much! I came back to check on you and there your encouragement was waiting! I need to read this over and over. I have a feeling that God has used these Scriptures to encourage you as well! In the midst of seasons of loss, the unknown, and fear…..God is our Rock, our Shepherd, our Protector, our Deliverer.
    Maragaret, I pray that God’s presence is very real to yu, that you feel His protective wings around you and His Spirit within you.
    Love and prayers,
    Judy

  6. I just started the Wonderstruck Bible study with a group of ladies at my church. So pleased to come to your site and find more spiritual blessings. It’s hard to be Wonderstruck on those bad days. What a blessing that I’ve discovered this posting as I begin my Wonderstruck journey. These are beautiful truths of how our Lord God is with us in every moment, every day. Thank you for sharing.

    Blessings to you.

    • Hi Jennifer! Thrilled you are all using Wonderstruck– can’t wait to hear what God does in and through you over the next several weeks. Hug to you, new friend!

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