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PITY PARTY

1 Kings 21:4 “So Ahab came into his house sullen and vexed because of the word which Naboth the Jezreelite had spoken to him; for he said, ‘I will not give you the inheritance of my fathers.’ And he lay down on his bed and turned away his face and ate no food.

ONLY YOU SHOW UP

 Here is the king of Israel pouting like a baby. Can you believe him?  But wait, have you ever pouted about anything?  “Not me, Carl.”  Yea, right?  We have a tendency to pout when we don’t get our way.  Ahab was no different.

 He wanted a vineyard and when Naboth would not sell it to him he had himself a pity party.  The only thing wrong with pity parties is you are the only who comes. It is really kind of sad.  It doesn’t help anything.  Feeling sorry for yourself is really a waste of time and energy.

 TEACHING MOMENT

 Our children will naturally play the pity card unless we teach them it doesn’t work.  Your little Johnny will learn to pout and cry when he doesn’t get his way if it works. Don’t let it.  Be firm. Be consistent.  Love him like nobody’s business, but don’t let that love let you get pulled into the pity party ploy.

I’ll be honest. It’s hard when our children are crying to not go into the room and comfort them and give them whatever their little heart desires.  Stop right there.  Don’t do it. When we are teaching them this lesson it may just hurt us more than it hurts them (I know you heard that from your parents).  Bear up under.

Are you struggling with feeling sorry for yourself? Do yourself a favor and stop it. Allow the Lord to satisfy you as no one else can.  He will remind you of how special and complete you are.  He will let you know what you can or can’t do.  Just go to Him.

Lord, You are amazing.  You speak to me in my lowest.  You lift me when I am in need.  You supply what I need when I need it.  You are the only one who can.

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