Just Say No!/ Sunday Bonus

Matthew Henry Burst

Just say no! It was a popular slogan against drugs, but I hope women will start adopting it. Why? We are taking way too much heat as believers. Why is that if you are loving and maternal, people will see you as an easy mark or a doormat?

I get requests from women all the time, they need help with their children, their families, their health, their church activities. Women have special needs children, some in rehab, mental facilities, they have husbands with health problems, money losses, surgeries, cancer treatments and death. That sounds like a mouthful even typing it.

We have too much on our plates, we feel like jugglers, I was taking a message, checking messages, sending birthday greetings, shampooing my hair, cleaning the bathroom, doing laundry, I grabbed a muffin I baked late last night. I did blog link ups, wrote blog posts, my mother fixed me some dinner, and that isn’t the half of it.

And that can be the small stuff, mundane as it may be. In between meals and school, work, even from home, children, errands, doctor’s appointments, hitting the gym, if you do, and in some turmoil, the chaos the enemy inflicts and we are exhausted.

Jesus asks the weary to rest.  He knew we would need to rest or He wouldn’t be telling us to. Night was meant to be a time of rest, electronics, from to television to phones tend to bend that rule. It is okay to turn them off. You need to rest.

Just say no! Politely, as you can, let me help you. And be firm if you have to.

No, I can’t make it this weekend.

No, you cannot sit up another hour. ( Confiscate the remote if necessary. )

No, I won’t be able to do that today.

No, thank you, my schedule is full.

No, I’m not interested, please take me off your calling list.

No, I can’t keep the grandchildren this weekend.

No, I can’t drive you to the mall.

No, I’m not making dinner, we’re ordering out.

No, I’m going to take a nap. ( If you can trust your children and husband not to misbehave. )

No, I can come to dinner.

No, I just can volunteer right now.

No, I will try and donate another time.

No, you can’t go.

No, you can’t spend the night.

I used a picture of boots because you may have to put your foot down. Lord, knows  I let people walk over me enough. I was busy trying to be Christian, keeping my mouth shut, but I had to start speaking up and out.

And the guilt trips will come and people will lay them on you. I still have a landline too, take if off the hook, or let machine answer. I have gotten to place of rest that I can do that. Or if I am praying, I don’t answer. If it is important, I call back or they will, but usually the Caller ID says, unavailable, unavailable, unavailable. I don’t miss telemarketers.

Now, I’m not telling you not to take serious requests or do important things but some things are just habit, because you are available and will usually say yes. It felt good to write this, like when I reported a telemarketer once for twelve calls in three hours, when another one called me stupid, I was angry, then just laughed and hung up.

The God of peace will soon crush satan under your feet. The grace of our Lord Jesus Christ be with you. Roman 16:20, if you need to, write this on your shoes, or on a post it and put it in there.

I used to hear that we had to to get mad at the enemy and we do, but vengeance is the Lord’s. I want Him to repay. And he is under our feet as a believer, and it is just much better for Him to stomp him, but we have out boots on too.

Matthew Henry / Burst

 

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