“Habit is habit, and not to be flung out the window by any man but coaxed downstairs a step at a time.” – Mark Twain

I wish breaking a habit was as easy as popping a “please-fix-me-quick” pill or attending a 6 week course. The truth is, we’ve allowed habits to establish themselves into our daily routine over a period of time and it often requires a “step at a time” kind of attitude to break the momentum habits create with every repetition.

Here are some of my not-so-great habits that have come to the surface in recent weeks:

  • Not always putting things back where they go.
  • Not establishing specific places for specific things to go!
  • Having the mindset that everything has to be “perfect” in order to be hospitable/open home.
  • Thinking of responses while the person is speaking to me… and then cutting them off before they even finish their sentence. (And I wanted to be a psychologist!)
  • Allowing my moods to swing too easily based on other’s moods.

OK, that’s enough. I’m getting depressed (does that count as a habit?)

The truth is, time nor space allows me to share the many areas in my life in need of tweaking and healing but I do share those above to say that if we are serious about breaking the momentum of our not-so-great habits, we must face them head on and quit excusing them.

First, by praying that the Holy Spirit would illuminate every single area in need of transformation. Write them down. Pray over them. Submit to His power. Commit to making any necessary changes. Find confidence in His power. Because let’s be honest. Is there anyone who can coax us to do anything like the Holy Spirit can? He alone makes coaxing a sweet surrender.

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