Psalm 4:8 - I will lie down and sleep in peace, for you alone, O Lord, make me dwell in safety.
The alarm clock goes off and you roll out of bed. You don’t feel anymore energized than you did before you went to sleep because you hardly slept. Can it be something was rolling around in your head that you need to get done the next day? Here’s a suggestion: Have a notepad next to your bed. When an idea comes up write it down then go back to sleep. If that doesn’t work, write the list before bed and put the list in a drawer. Out of sight. Out of mind. Do you have difficulty falling asleep because you have too much on your mind?
Galatians 1:10 - Am I now trying to win the approval of human beings, or of God? Or am I trying to please people? If I were still trying to please people, I would not be a servant of Christ.
Sometimes I feel it’s my job to try to fix all the problems around me. It’s not part of my job description to fix everyone either. I get so caught up in being a “people pleaser” and try to “fix” the problem that I miss the opportunity to experience another’s troubles without trying to fix them. Are you a “people pleaser” or do you try to fix everyone? Let’s work this out together. I’d love to hear from you.
Luke 8:24 - The disciples went and woke him, saying, "Master, Master, we're going to drown!" He got up and rebuked the wind and the raging waters; the storm subsided, and all was calm.
How can we find peace in the midst of the storms raging all around us? Whether it is the political realm or in our personal lives, it can bring us down into depression. There is a plan, though. Our world isn’t spinning on its axis alone. God holds our world together in the palm of his hands. So stop giving so much emphasis to what the media says and start to allow God to calm the storm in us even if everyone around us may be drowning in discouragement. But I need to heed my own advice. I need to find the courage to believe God’s in control and pass on that courage to those around me. Do you have trouble finding peace? How do you deal with all that’s happening in the world around us?
Deuteronomy 22:3 - Do the same if you find their donkey or cloak or anything else they have lost. Do not ignore it.
Sometimes I do feel like that ostrich with its head stuck in the sand. I just don’t want to deal with certain things, so I put off trying to fix the problem until that problem won’t be ignored. Like right now. My internet is being really slow but I put off calling ATT. Now my problem wants to be noticed. Sometimes I can’t get onto the internet at all. So up goes my head out of the sand and off to make a call to tech support. Are there things in your life that you put off dealing with? I’d love to hear from you.
Jeremiah 15:21 - I will save you from the hands of the wicked and redeem you from the grasp of the cruel.
Everyone gets hurt from time-to-time. We know it’s just part of life. But that doesn’t make it much easier. Being in physical pain and illness can be difficult, but I think it’s the emotional pain that’s harder to handle. People can be so cruel at times. Thanks be to God, Jesus pours a healing balm on our wounds and binds them up with strips of love and hope. Have you been hurt recently by the cruel words that came from someone you know? What helped you get through it or are you still reeling from the blow?
Karen Dalske is a freelance writer, public speaker, is active in her church and writes her blogs out of her own experiences of pain, illness and loss.