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!