Not today, Satan.

Over the last few days I have been proclaiming the Lord’s blessings on my life and thanking Him every chance I get.  My life is one good fortune after another, with any setbacks or stresses being – in the grand scheme of things – minor.

I had a wonderful day on Wednesday, feeling so blessed by my job, and I praised the Lord. Yesterday, I found out that there is going to be some positive restructuring of staff positions and titles which may include a raise for me. I also got to catch up with a friend I haven’t seen in years and enjoy some good coffee and girl talk. I praised the Lord for those things, too. Of course, as many of you who share my tendency to praise the Lord may know, the minute you give everything up to God and start thanking Him and being grateful for all He does, Satan gets a little pissed off. 

Well, that was today. It startee with the hubby’s truck not starting. Turned out to be something dumb, but still. Not a fun way to start the day. Then, work was the most stressful it has been in a while. A piece of rental equipment went missing, an event required more attention than expected, I spent a half hour putting a desk chair together for a faculty member, the phone didn’t stop, and I found out that some of my work study staff members aren’t doing what they are supposed to. The last on list was the one that irked me most. Made me feel a little taken-advantage-of. That’s ok, it just means that now I have to be the kind of boss I don’t like to be for awhile until they get their crap together. It also means an overhaul of current policies and procedures is how I will be spending my summer days at work.

None of this is earth-shattering. It’s mild in comparison to most jobs, and the overhaul is long overdue anyway. However, it was a crazy, busy, stressful day that came right on the heels of a whole lotta praise. Well, I have just one thing to say about that:

Not today, Satan.

My life is truly blessed and my Lord will always win, so you might as well just pack it in. I will give Him the praise no matter how many stressful days you throw at me. You can’t take away His love from my life and I know he won’t let you steal my joy. So get the hell out of here, in the name of Jesus. 
Now, Monday when I go to work some changes will begin, both on my behalf and others. Some changes need to wait until the summer, but others can start now. I am not perfect and know there are areas for improvement in my job, and so in the meantime I will work on those and start planning for the summer.

And through it all, I will give thanks and praise to the Lord for everything.

Take that, Satan.

“Get out of here, Satan,” Jesus told him. “For the Scriptures say, ‘You must worship the Lord your God and serve only him.’ ” Then the devil went away, and angels came and took care of Jesus.

Matthew 4:10‭-‬11 NLT


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