Years ago when my children were little, on particularly stressful days when everyone was fighting or whining, or both, I discovered a way to reset the day.
It started with my attitude.
With my last nerve about to snap and children screaming in the background, I would sing:
“Create in me a clean heart, O God
And renew a right spirit within me.
Cast me not away from Your presence
And take not your Holy Spirit from me.
Restore onto me the joy of my salvation
And uphold me with your free Spirit.”
At that point I was ready for a clean heart. Most of what was right in my spirit had disappeared in the chaos of the day.
Instead of being grateful for my children I was burdened by them.
Instead of lovingly redirecting, I was in a huff.
If the joy of my salvation—overwhelming love and unconditional grace—were restored; and if I was upheld by the Spirit, then and only then, could I pour that same love and grace into my family.
Do you find yourself two or four or six hours into your day or two weeks into your year wishing you could start over?
Have you cringed at the words or tone coming out of your mouth?
Do you wish there was joy in your life again?
If you’re ready to reset, start with the “Create in me.” It’s part of psalm 51. Psalm 51 was written by David after the prophet Nathan admonished him for sinning with Bathsheba. David needed a serious reset.
No matter how bad your situation is you are not beyond the reach of God. He loves to hear the humble prayer of a sinner repenting and turning to Him for help.
He will not cast you away.
He will not take His Spirit from you.
He will restore and uphold and renew you.