Dealing with the “Junk in your trunk”!
by Jean Mulquin

“Blessed and fortunate and happy and spiritually prosperous (in that state in which the born-again child of God enjoys His favor and salvation) are those who hunger and thirst for righteousness (uprightness and right standing with God), for they shall be completely satisfied!” Matthew 5:6 (AMP)

Do I hunger and thirst for righteousness? Sometimes I act so ugly, that I know I am not even thinking about being in right standing with my God, especially in the way I treat my husband. We tease each other and that is fun, but sometimes, especially when I am tired or not feeling my best, I turn snappy.

I was out shopping with a sweet friend of mine, even though I was not feeling well that day, and I had to drive our Kia. Well, my husband John has so much “man junk” in the back that there wasn’t room for the groceries.

I was annoyed and vented about it to my friend. She said, “He just carries so much stuff so he can help other people.”

I dropped her off, went home, went to bed, and soaked before I could do or say anything else bad. I felt better by the time John came home and we had a nice evening together.

The next day, I apologized to my friend and thanked God for my dear, helpful husband and all his “man junk”!

Time has passed since the above incident and my husband is actually more active in helping others. He is the head of our local Community Emergency Response Team and has even more important equipment and what I lovingly refer to as “man junk” in the back of his vehicle! Even when we travel, all of our luggage has to go into the seat behind us instead of in the hatchback, and he has expanded from a Kia to a Ford Explorer!

When you act out or get snappy with people? Do you stop to think why? Do you have things that bother you about other people, that are actually a good habit or trait for them to have, that Holy Spirit needs to deal with you on?

Today, try to see another side or perspective on what is irritating you. Get quiet and ask God for a word and scripture. Then take the situation to Jesus’ feet. Give it to Him and let Him go in the midst of your soul and heal the root of the wound or trauma – the junk in YOUR trunk – that’s causing the anger, bitterness, or annoyance.

Let us know below how that goes!

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