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One More Night Among The Frogs. Monday June 6, 2016

I remember a wonderful insight from the preacher, Kenneth Copeland. He pointed out the strange response of Pharaoh to Moses in the midst of the plague of frogs. In the account, Egypt is covered with frogs. They are everywhere – especially in the homes of the Egyptians. Open the washing basket and guess what? Yup, your smalls and frogs! Open the airing cupboard, and guess what? Yup, your linen and frogs!! Open the larder, and guess what? More frogs than food!!!

Moses said he would give Pharoah the choice of when he would like the plague to end, and Pharaoh said, "Tomorrow!" (Exodus 8:9-10).

Kenneth said this was the equivalent of Pharaoh electing to spend one more night amongst the frogs.

Give me one more night in this horrible condition – I'll have it changed... tomorrow.

My point is simple – I'm the same as Pharaoh. You might be similar too.

I wait for a birthday, or even a big birthday with an 0. I wait for the New Year or the change of seasons. I wait for a new month or week or day until I commit to change for the better.

Give me one more night among the frogs that afflict me, that hold me back, that pull me down.

Pharaoh could just as easily have said, "Doh, Moses! Now let me see... HOW ABOUT NOW!!!???!!!"

No one said you or I had to wait until tomorrow for our lives to improve.

No one said there we had to spend another second in our current situation.

The time is ripe.

The time in now.

And, like Pharaoh, we've been given the honour of deciding when life is going to change for the better.

Let's choose a better life... now.

Lex
A Moodscope member.

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Carol Anne Mon, Jun 6th 2016 @ 5:59am

...lovely thought provoking post. I hope I think of the frogs next time I procrastinate a change.
Have a great day.

I've wakened very anxious. The symptoms are uncomfortable but it's a good anxious...if that makes sense. t

Last day of work today for 10 days. Going on holiday with my mum. Leaving my husband at home, he's just recovered from cancer. I know I'm feeling unsettled at leaving him, a bit guilty....but my intentions are sound. I need a break, as does my mum and he wants to avoid the sun this year.

...but it's been a tough 9 months and it'll be challenging to leave him at home.

I expect I'll be dragging myself back in to the moment for most of today. Focussing on my breathing and playing some relaxing music to distract while I finish off work and put my out of office on.

Look forward to having more time to enjoy and comment on Moodscope...

PS my tummy feels like it's got a box of unleashed frogs jumping around inside.

Lex Mon, Jun 6th 2016 @ 7:07am

Dear Carol Anne, I feel for you at this time. I also have a strong sense of confidence that all will be well. Let those tummy frogs go back to their pond... L'x

the room above the garage Mon, Jun 6th 2016 @ 8:38am

Hello Carol Anne, keep going...I find I now don't put myself places unless my gut knows it's ok, so trust yourself. Something got you this far, deep inside your body knows all is well even if your mind is hi-jacking things. I hope you have a wonderful break! Love ratg x. Love it Lex,thank you x.

Tutti Frutti Mon, Jun 6th 2016 @ 9:06am

Have a great break Carol Anne and when you start to feel guilty just try to remember that you will be in a much better position to support your husband after recharging your batteries. Love TF

Belinda Mon, Jun 6th 2016 @ 6:26am

Hi Lex, thanks for the wonderful post.
I must admit, I had noticed the same point in the Pharaoh story. I used to procrastinate. I must admit it is easier to begin to initiate a change when my mood is up. The challenge for me these days, is to maintain it over time.

Carol Anne, have a relaxing time if you can. The description of the unleashed frogs is lovely. It so catches the idea of how you are feeling. May all go well in your parting and time away with your Mum.
The reunion will be round the corner.

Lex Mon, Jun 6th 2016 @ 7:12am

Hi Belinda... you've hit the frog on the head, haven't you - our natural and sensible desire to wait until our mood shifts. What we are recommending today is to go against that understandable wish, and go for change even when we don't have everything in the best position to choose. I loved Carol Anne's description too. The only advantage I think of with having frogs in one's tummy is that at least they eat the butterflies! Here's to a bug and frog free day! L'x ...procrastinate tomorrow!

Hopeful One Mon, Jun 6th 2016 @ 7:25am

Hi Lex- great post and thanks for the reminder. Now is the only time that we know.Yesterday is gone and nothing can be changed there. Tomorrow is yet to happen and one may not be there. The Dalai Lama once observed 'there are two days in the year that nothing can be done.One is called yesterday and the other is called tomorrow so today is the right day to love,believe, do and mostly live'

Your reference to Moses prompted the Squadron to dust its log book to find this laugh.

Nine-year-old Joey was asked by his mother what he had learned in Sunday School. "Well, Mum, our teacher told us how God sent Moses behind enemy lines on a rescue mission to lead the Israelites out of Egypt. When he got to the Red Sea, he had his engineers build a pontoon bridge, and all the people walked across safely. He used his walkie-talkie to radio headquarters and call in an air strike. They sent in bombers to blow up the bridge and all the Israelites were saved. "Now, Joey, is that REALLY what your teacher taught you?" his mother asked. “Well, no, Mum, but if I told it the way the teacher did, you'd never believe it!”

Lex Mon, Jun 6th 2016 @ 7:53am

Great words, Hopeful One, and a great joke too... always appreciated! L'x

Tutti Frutti Mon, Jun 6th 2016 @ 9:07am

Love the joke hopeful one - may have to share it with my vicar!

Orangeblossom Mon, Jun 6th 2016 @ 7:44am

Hi Lex
The title is catching & the whole flow of the blog is very thought provoking. Thanks very much for the blog.

Lex Mon, Jun 6th 2016 @ 7:55am

You are most welcome, dear Orangeblossom! I had fun writing it and found the message challenging to me! L'x

Tutti Frutti Mon, Jun 6th 2016 @ 9:15am

A thought provoking blog and the image of a washing basket full of frogs is quite something. I am definitely guilty of procrastinating. It took me 3 1/2 years after my last manic episode and consequent weight gain to manage to start a serious diet. I feel much better for having done it now though. Hopefully the frog image will help next time.
Love TF

Lex Mon, Jun 6th 2016 @ 3:36pm

It is a powerful image, isn't it? Congratulations for taking consistent action Tutti Frutti! L'x

The Gardener Mon, Jun 6th 2016 @ 10:48am

My 'frogs' are evenings and nights. Mr G has a repertoire of at least 10 reasons to get me out of my bed and night, and if I'm not careful with management he gets argumentative verging on violence in the evening. This is all very personal, but this morning I did Lex's lesson before I'd read the blog! I met one of the lovely friendly nuns, who asked, of course, how I am coping. I said 'je resiste'. Just that. I cannot improve Mr G's state - but keeping him with me means I must keep fit physically, of course, but deal positively with my mental state. We popped out into town, just getting bread I was 'accosted' by several friends, one talked for 10 minutes. Until this morning I would have been 'edgy' because Mr G would fret. But, he was in the car, which I could see, warm, comfortable and with the radio - no different from being at home. When he says he's forgotten where the loo is I say 'find it, you've got all day'. Our 'suite' upstairs is lovely - I do the 'chores', washing, ironing, beds, plant water - Mr G yells for me - I say 'come up on your stair-lift', comfort, warmth, terrace, radio - windows on street to watch people going past - it's up to him to move. Anyway, all personal details - BUT - if I can 'hang in there' I will reduce my stress, and I can do nothing to help Mr G's situation. So, eat your heart out Pharaoh.

Lex Mon, Jun 6th 2016 @ 3:34pm

You sound very strong today, dear Gardener. I hear the tones of resilience radiating through your words. L'x

Lexi Mon, Jun 6th 2016 @ 2:19pm

I love this post Lex. I have been down amongst the frogs for too long. Today is a fresh start. xo Lexi

Lex Mon, Jun 6th 2016 @ 3:35pm

Wanna play leap-frog? L'x

Terri Mon, Jun 6th 2016 @ 4:00pm

Oh, Lex - what a great post! I hope I remember that next time I'm procrastinating.

Lex Mon, Jun 6th 2016 @ 9:38pm

It could become a catchphrase, couldn't it, Terri? "Oh give me one more night among the frogs!" L'x

Lex Mon, Jun 6th 2016 @ 9:38pm

It could become a catchphrase, couldn't it, Terri? "Oh give me one more night among the frogs!" L'x

The Gardener Mon, Jun 6th 2016 @ 4:25pm

Can't resist a memory of real, not hypothetical frogs. we stayed in a 'home stay' in the rice fields in Bali, having to walk along a dodgy footpath in the dark. We'd eat in a little cafe/hut. The crickets would start first -noisier than the French ones. Then the bull frogs would start - huge, half the size of a chicken, bright green and deep baritone voices. Then worst of all the rice vipers would appear to eat the less nimble frogs. We got 'home' to find our 'kitchen' deep in ants - then the lights went out for 24 hours. Bali may be one of the most beautiful places on earth, but it has its scary side

Lex Mon, Jun 6th 2016 @ 9:37pm

Dear Gardener, that is such a vivid description... feels like I'm there. Thank you! L'x

Libby Mon, Jun 6th 2016 @ 6:22pm

Right on, Lex! My husband has lived in our house for 29 years. I asked him to plant some fruit trees. He replied that it would have been better to plant them years ago. I told him, "Sure the very best day to plant them would have been years ago. The second best day is today."

Lex Mon, Jun 6th 2016 @ 9:39pm

Oh Libby, I'm in SUCH agreement! Exit frogs, hello trees!! L'x

Frankie Mon, Jun 6th 2016 @ 9:41pm

I LOVE this Lex - thank-you - me too! Frankie x

Anonymous Mon, Jun 6th 2016 @ 11:07pm

Hi Lex. I said to myself this morning that I will try to start afresh with a new day and to leave behind the negativity that's been plaguing me for some weeks now , something like that anyway! I've just come in and could hear the frogs in the river as I was opening my front door. Ha! Hope you have had a good day and evening. Jules xx

Eva Tue, Jun 7th 2016 @ 11:10pm

Hi, completely off topic, my cat is going to be put to sleep tomorrow and I am very sad. I just wanted to tell someone how much I love her and how much she has enriched my life. She's a little bear of a cat, great for a cuddle, but she is also very old and tired and it's time. Love to all.

Caroline Ashcroft Moodscope Wed, Jun 8th 2016 @ 12:24am

Eva, sorry to hear about your cat. I have dogs and I know how much they enrich my life too. I'd be very sad to lose either of them. Thinking of you tomorrow.

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