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The Trap That Gets You Every Time

It can paralyze you in minutes.

It can render you helpless, weak and confused.

It can steal the good and leave you with bad.

What am I talking about?

Worrying about what others are thinking.

I’ve been there and quite honestly

 I still need to deal with this at times.

It doesn’t matter what we do….

   or what we say…..

someone might criticize us.

That’s just life on planet earth.

Growing up many, many years ago I tended to be shy

and fearful.

I scrutinized the faces of people- family members, teachers, acquaintances etc

trying to see if they approved of me. What they were thinking.

Round and round my thoughts would go.

Always worried. Always uneasy. Always wrong in my thinking.

Because the truth is

   God knows us deeply – through and through –

Only He is worthy of our trust and adoration.

Only He knows us well enough.

People have their own issues. 

They struggle with their own insecurities but as long as

we put our confidence in them and how they see us

we will always be weak and confused.

Yes, it’s a futile battle, isn’t it?

But as we learn to live for the applause of One

 we will experience a peace that does pass understanding.

We can learn from the comments of others but live our lives for His approval.

Refuse to worry about the thoughts of others.

Stand tall. Stoop low as you serve. And give thanks for all.

So are you looking for ways to build more peace in your life?

Here it is.

Stop worrying about what others are thinking.

 And, I, for one, need the Lord to help me do this.

“The greatest prison people live in is the fear of what other people think.”

Proverbs 29:25 It is dangerous to be concerned with what others think of you, but if you trust the Lord, you are safe.

 

 

 

We’ve All Been There, Haven’t We?

Living like a sheep can bring tremendous peace of mind.

The Shepherd by his very nature provides for all the needs of his sheep.

All the needs.

Yes, living like a sheep can be so peaceful.

But all too often we become dissatisfied with the Shepherd’s care

   Or become fearful that He will not provide for us.

    Or will let harm come to us.

We look to have our wants and oftentimes all of our needs met

  in just the way we want them to be met.

Like cranky toddlers we fuss and cry

insisting on our own way.

But The Shepherd by His very character cares for His sheep.

He is willing to lay His very life down in protecting them.

He gives them rest and refreshment as needed.

He feeds them from His very own nail-scarred hand.

And those sheep love their Shepherd and follow Him.

Following the Shepherd brings peace.

Life might sometimes bring great sorrow and loss.

Unexpected tragedies might come our way.

But we can always trust the Shepherd.

He knows what is best for His sheep. 

As long as the sheep follow the Shepherd all their needs will always be met.

Do you ever worry that the Shepherd might withhold something from you?

But could it be that your focus has shifted to your want rather than to your Shepherd?

Instead of gazing into His eyes your attention is fixed on something or other?

Yes, we’ve all been there haven’t we?

But the psalmist believed that the Shepherd would supply all of his wants.

Every. Single. One.

And with that trust he rested in the care of his Shepherd

And so can we.

Have you lately been missing the joy

 that comes from resting in the care of the Shepherd?

Don’t wait one second more.

Return to Him today.

He sees. He knows. He cares.

Living like a sheep can bring tremendous peace of mind.

Do You Ever Feel Like You’re Getting NOWHERE?

As I opened my new 2015 calendar and hung it on the wall

I wondered –

What new challenges will I face this year?

What if a water pipe springs another leak?

What unexpected demands will come my way?

You and I know that life is no rose garden

and although we do our best to prevent this and guard against that

the unexpected does happen

whether we want it to or not.

That’s life!

So is there a way to defeat those ‘what ifs’

and to live in peace?

YES

‘What ifs’ are often the mental diet of the anxious soul

and like having one foot on the gas and the other on the brake

you get ABSOLUTELY NOWHERE.

My imaginative mind can create ‘what ifs’ faster than a scared bunny can hop for cover.

But that only drains my positive energy and depletes my resources.

If I tell myself to stop thinking that way

it only seems to get worse.

How about you?

No, I have discovered that as I intentionally lay those ‘what ifs’ at the feet of Jesus

I am free to go living

knowing that He has it all under His control.

Yes, He not only has it all under control

He knows exactly what I need to equip me to handle everything.

Without Him

I am truly inadequate

but with Him ‘I can do all things though Christ Who strengthens me’. Philippians 4:13.

Precious words of truth that sink deep into my sometimes trembling soul.

Words of promise for you, my friend.

He sees

He knows

He cares

As we place our hands in His big Hand

we discover a power beyond ourselves.

That’s what I want.

That’s what I need.

2015 I’m excited to live it in peace.

As a very young child trusts his parent to care for him,

let’s choose to let Him have all those ‘what ifs’ and just supposes.

He knows our every need.

He cares for us much more than we can possibly imagine.

Join me, won’t you,

in living each day as an adventure with Him.

What will be the first step you take in doing this?

april 13m 2014