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Help, Lord! I’m Going Crazy!

It’s funny how just an overload of tough things can cause you to feel over your head.

Water pipes burst.

 Baby with an ear infection.

Washer breaks down and a check bounces.

And at that moment….at that particular moment

you feel completely overwhelmed.

Too much. It’s all just too much.

At least that’s how it feels at that moment.

But can we trust out feelings?

Honestly, my feelings have proved to be wrong again and again and again.

The Lord says “Do not fear for I am with you.

Do not be dismayed for I am your God.

I will strengthen you and help you.

I will uphold you with my righteous right hand.” Is. 41:10

Upheld by Him?

The Lord of all Creation.

King of Kings.

The Everlasting One.

He is the One Who promises to be with and help

those who call out to Him.

Every mishap, every overload is another opportunity

to come to Him in your need

and find Him faithful.

So when faced with a crisis

take a moment to breathe

and to lift your thoughts to Him.

Call out your need;

Cry out your petition;

Come to Him with those crazy feelings.

He will help you.

This is His promise and He cares for you.

 

 

 

 

Take Time to Play

In order to increase your energy in life it is important to have times of play. Times when you can just let your hair down and laugh play like children.

We never outgrow the need. But all too often adults develop a habit of work, work, work.

Slowly our energies dwindle, our mood grows heavy, and the light goes out of our eyes.

You’ve been there and so have I. Research shows the negative impact of constant work on the human body.

So what can you do to reverse this deadening tendency?

Play.

Have you ever noticed how just a few minutes of play changes the way you feel?

If you have children or grandchildren, take a few minutes with them and really play. They will love it and you will feel better as a result.

Years ago we used to set up a mini gym in our living room. The girls and I would somersault off the chairs and onto the floor. Giggles and cheers filled the air especially when they saw me do it. If you don’t feel comfortable doing that how about catching lightning bugs, dancing in the rain, making shadows on the wall, blowing bubbles, board games, hop scotch, etc.

There are so many ways to play. The ideas are limitless. Ask a child?  They’ll tell you how.

So make some time to play today. It doesn’t have to take long or cost any money. Just play.

Well, I’m off for a walk in the rain. How are you going to play?

 

Safe

It’s been a strange week. An earthquake on Tuesday left my daughters and I rattled and unnerved. Along with straightening pictures and sweeping up glass from the cherished broken crystal glasses we also sought ways to relax again in our home.

 Relax?

 “I always thought I would be safe here,” my youngest spoke putting words to our deepest fear.

 Even as she said it I sighed within. Would any of us ever feel safe again in our home?

“You are safe, honey,” I reassured giving her a squeeze, “because your safety is in the One Who holds you.

 Safe, no matter what.

 My girls and I held each other close for a long time.

Gratitude filled our hearts as we saw buildings condemned and then torn down.

 In only a few seconds a familiar deli is now permanently closed.

In only a few seconds sanctuary ceilings are cracked.

In only a few seconds school buildings were seriously damaged.

 But

no lives were lost. Miraculously no one was hurt.

 Once more neighbor stood beside neighbor watching with horror and waiting to see if their homes would crumble.

 Shaking earthquakes have led to stronger relationships.

A big hug. A tender embrace there.  Phone calls of concern.

 Hearts that look up in faith to the One Who Loves and understand maybe a little more that safety is only in Him. That’s how it’s always been. And that’s how it will always be.