Monday, January 10, 2011

What was I thinking?!!!

My life was  seeming a little too busy, so a few days ago, I prayed for some snow.  It seemed like a good idea at the time.  In my mind I pictured this beautiful blanket of snow which would slow down everything and just give us a break from the stresses of life. 

It snowed last night - not much, but enough to call off school.  And guess what?  It didn't slow down my life at all.  More people in the house.  More meals to fix.   More activity instead of less.   I guess I needed the reminder that dealing with stress is an internal thing.  The snow can slow down the world around me, but only I can stop the storm inside my head.

So, how can I tame the storm inside of me?   Well, an attitude adjustment is where I need to start to put things in perspective, and to remind myself that "all stuff is small stuff".  A physical therapist gave me that good advice when I was hospitalized due to stress related problems when my husband was in the Arkansas State Senate. 

Most importantly, I need to remind myself of where inner peace comes from.  I get that from reviewing, believing, and applying God's promises. Some of my favorite verses that I rely on are:
   Isaiah 26:3  "You (God) will keep in perfect peace all who trust in You, all whose thoughts are on You!"
   Philippians 4:6&7  "Don't worry about anything; instead pray about everything.  Tell God what you need, and thank Him for all He has done.  Then you will experience God's peace which exceeds anything we can understand.  His peace will guard your hearts and minds as you live in Christ Jesus." 

It always amazes me how God restores peace to my mind when I take my mind off my perceived problems and place my thoughts on Him.  I feel better now - hope you do, too!       
    

  

4 comments:

Lois said...

Dear Auntie,
so looking forward to following you blog - I put it on my favorites bar!!! and I am blessed and encouraged by your first post... just today I wrote a friend... "I'm doing ok. just busy. but i want to be at peace and organized
and restful in the midst of many activities and work and fun!" so my heart's cry sings along with yours... "In returning and rest shall you be saved, in quiet and confidence shall be your strength."

Shirley said...

Great post! I am looking forward to following your blog. There are many different ways to encourage and share our testimony and I have found when I started mine a few years ago,that sharing in this way blesses others.
Shirley

sheila said...

Love it and love you! thank you so much for that. I really needed it today. It spoke right to my heart. I am so excited that you are doing this.

beckbrad47 said...

So glad that you are doing this!! I look forward to following it. Stress is certainly what describes my life of late and I am seeking the Lord for His guidance. "Take my yoke upon you and learn of me for I am meek and lowly in heart and you shall find rest for your souls. Love you.