An Environment of Grace

“I’m just having a bad day.”

We’ve all said it. (And we’ve all probably let a decent day turn into a bad one because we just didn’t stop it.) No judgment here — but it’s important for us to fight back when the enemy tries to derail our thoughts, otherwise our faith and family might pay the price.

Here are four tips you can use (and teach to your kids) to help you give yourself grace and stop a bad day in its tracks:

  1. Acknowledge it. Take a moment to reflect on what’s happening in your heart and mind. Did you have a bad meeting, receive a call or text that caught you off-guard, or hear something disrespectful?
  2. Pray about it. Talk to God. Tell Him what’s going on, and ask Him to help you lean on His strength, remember His promises, and seek His guidance in turning your day around.
  3. Apologize. Here’s a tough one, but it’s so important. A lot of bad days happen because of bad interactions with people. And an interaction takes two! Apologize for any role you played that could have made the situation negative.
  4. Move on. Leave the burden at God’s feet and believe He’ll help you. Take a moment to reflect on Philippians 4:8, and move on with your day trusting God’s grace is enough!