Annoying People and the Holy Bathroom | You’ve spent time with Jesus; you’re prayed up, fired up, and looking up. And then annoyances start poking holes in your “It’s a Good Day” balloon. Image having a practical, biblical, and even humorous approach to fall back on when people seem annoying.

Annoying People and the Holy Bathroom

Imagine having a practical, biblical, and even humorous approach to fall back on when people rub you the wrong way.

Let’s be honest. We all have days when someone around us seems annoying. Or maybe that doesn’t happen to you?

Let me tell you how it is.

I live with a lot of people. A couple of them are little. One of those makes it seem like I’ve been taking care of 80 kids by nightfall. So let me be truthful: I get annoyed with my kids. (Any other moms out there that can relate?)

Some days you wake up feeling great and it slowly creeps up on you. You’re holding your hot cup of tea in your hand, and feeling fine. You’ve spent time with Jesus; you’re prayed up, fired up, and looking up. Today is going to be unforgettable!

And then annoyances start poking holes in your It’s a Good Day balloon.

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First annoyance:

It’s when you hear, “Moooommm, I just spilled my orange juice all over me and the floor! On purpose!”

Sighing, you clean it up, redress the kid and start the day again with the outlook that today is still going to be great!

Second annoyance:

Morning is in full-swing, and you’re singing along to your favorite tunes. You’re dancing around picking up stuff that’s out of place to put away. Feeling accomplished, your arms are full of said stuff when you trip over your husband’s shoes left in the walkway after the toddler decided to stop trying them on. More stuff is scattered on the floor and your ankle is throbbing.

A small growl escapes your lips, but you decide to shake it off. Today is still good. Nevertheless, your optimistic mindset is fading.

Third annoyance:

You’re on the phone for an important call and your family members are making too much noise. Being on the cordless allows you move to another room, but they follow you. Either the noisy people are oblivious or they are playing “follow the leader” and made you their leader.

“Can I call you back? Thanks!” Click!

The unforeseen irritations keep coming, and they better watch out because your shadow has changed into a grizzly bear!

Some days, oh, some days! You get to the end of the day and feel drained. Being physically tired at the end of the day is normal. I get that. But when you are emotionally drained as well—it’s time for a new tactic.

Go Into Hiding

We all have days when someone gets under our skin, rubs us the wrong way, and our Super Christian status disappears. I found this gem one day and it has been a great practical scripture:

Come, my people, enter thou into thy chambers, and shut thy doors about thee: hide thyself as it were for a little moment, until the indignation be overpast. Isaiah 26:20 KJV

This verse is talking about hiding until the Lord’s anger is passed. But on the flip side, you can still go behind closed doors to regain control of your emotions. Ahem…the bathroom is a great place to escape! Just lock the door, turn on the fan and it’s like a second throne room as you start praying. Ha!

It reminds me of another verse:

But when you pray, go into your room and shut the door and pray to your Father who is in secret. Matthew 6:6a ESV

So when family members (or coworkers, or customers, etc.) are annoying you, get thee to thy private room. Make sure it’s one with a mirror. Seeing your face while angry can be entertaining and also quite telling.

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In all seriousness, though, it’s better to flee behind that locked door and regain your composure rather than letting your heart stay in the wrong place.

3 Ways to Treat People

After you’re in there, pray to God for help. I know, I know. You’ve been praying that God would help them because you’re about to strangle them. I’ve been there. But that’s not exactly the kind of help I mean. Ask God to help you respond in a different way—His.

God has given us biblical protocol in His Word. James 1:22 says to “be doers of the Word and not hearers only.” What does that mean exactly? It means we can make a plan by pulling verses and apply them to our situation. Specifically, ask that He would help you do the following:

  • Love one another. “And this is his commandment, that we believe in the name of his Son Jesus Christ and love one another, just as he has commanded us.” 1 John 3:23 ESV
  • Honor. “Love one another with brotherly affection. Outdo one another in showing honor.” Romans 12:10 ESV
  • Be kind and forgive. “Be kind to one another, tenderhearted, forgiving one another, as God in Christ forgave you.” Ephesians 4:32 ESV

If you go into the bathroom and pray these verses every time they’re needed, you will remember them. Eventually, when another annoyance comes, you will remember to respond with the wisdom they provide. You won’t feel drained because these verses will help you recharge your outlook.

“What if I want to clean their clock but I’m too worn out?”

I’m glad you asked. If you’re in a situation of being a caretaker or an ongoing burden-leaden circumstance, you may need to grab a different plan when you “find your escape.” If you feel tired, worried, stressed, or empty from serving those around you all day, look at my Take 5 Rejuvenation proactive strategy.

These strategies bring sweet relief to my days. I guarantee they will work for you, too.


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An Opportunity to Impart into the Next Generation

Looking Up_JDBA couple of years ago I felt God leading me to do something that surprised me. God has entrusted me to train my children in His ways, but I had reached a season of uncertainty. I turned to my mentors. How did teaching Bible to their kids look in their family? What studies did they use?

He wanted me to teach my children from my own mouth. Was I supposed to teach them Biblical truths? Bible stories? Character traits? I knew the answer was yes. It seemed like a tall order. My tendency leaned toward having them watch a Bible video, send them to read their Bible, or picking up a book and teaching from that instead of creating my own lessons. After all, it was certainly less time consuming.

In obedience to God, I made time for creating lessons. I gingerly stepped into this a couple of years ago, and I found that I love the challenge of the adventure! I’ve learned that almost any Bible lesson for adults can be taught to children when you simplify it for them by using vocabulary that is on their level, and keeping the class to the length of their attention span. Seeing them grow from the seeds of the Word being planted in their hearts is very rewarding. It’s definitely the highlight of my day!

File Jan 08, 3 08 00 PMSimply defined, virtues means moral excellence. What would you do with lessons teaching virtue? Biblical principles or character-building lessons? What would God have you do with them?

Today I’m establishing a new category here on the blog. I’m providing you with the opportunity to impart into the next generation. I wouldn’t be here today without the training my parents instilled into me, reinforced by the teachers I was blessed with at church as a kid. I believe we are to impart to the next generation.

The lessons are simple, but I’m going to be sharing them here on the blog from time to time. Even though they were designed by me for my children, they are appropriate for anyone of any age. The lessons for Imparting Virtues are free for you to use to teach your kids, teach at a small group, or even for your own Daily Time with God. Many of the lessons are simply outlines, and I teach straight from what the scripture says by spotlighting certain words or phrases that are on the topic being taught. Never underestimate the value of simple truth; these lessons can be a spring board for you to dive deeper into the concept as needed.

Train up a child in the way he should go: and when he is old, he will not depart from it. Proverbs 22:6

{For HOMESCHOOLERS: I often make an outline ahead of time, and teach a new subject each week. The main concept is taught on Monday, and reinforced throughout the week. Sometimes we have an activity or object lesson during the week for practical application. Write the title and points on a dry erase board, have your kids copy what you wrote in a special spiral for “Virtues Class,” look up the verses to read aloud together, and optionally let your kids use a no bleed highlighters to illuminate the verses in their Bible. Then take advantage of any practical applications given, or go with your own idea.}

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