HALT: A Helpful Acronym in our Daily Battles

I’ve just heard an acronym that is used in substance abuse recovery programs, that I think is powerful for use in our everyday fight to become our better selves.

HALT –

Hungry

Angry

Lonely

Tired

Have you every noticed how Satan is just able to “slip into” the cracks when you feel any of these things. Ever notice the dis-chord in your home when you or a family member are feeling hungry? I know my husband is a bear when his stomach is empty. My daughters are absolutely unreasonable and inconsolable when they are tired. If I’m lonely, or bored, I get into all sorts of mischief, wasting time playing solitaire for hours on the computer, and no one is happy when a family member is angry.

It’s like the evil shoulder angels are waiting for your body to feel down. Then he squeals with glee – “Go time! Green light!” to all of the other buddies and suddenly the peace and love that was previously in the home is swept out the window.

Gotta watch ourselves!

And finally, I cannot tell you all the things whereby ye may commit sin; for there are divers ways and means, even so many that I cannot number them. But this much I can tell you, that if ye do not watch yourselves, and your thoughts, and your words, and your deeds, and observe the commandments of God, and continue in the faith of what ye have heard concerning the coming of our Lord, even unto the end of your lives, ye must perish. And now, O man, remember, and perish not (Mosiah 4:29-30).

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