Who is in control?

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On a day like today, I want to be able to elaborate on my sentimental thoughts about Thanksgiving and the coming season; I want to watch romantic Christmas movies and bake. My post should surely be all warm and encouraging. I want to be writing things about the cool breeze and the scent of spices and cinnamon in my house, about using my new Kitchen-aid appliance and about the anticipation of family gathered around the table on Thursday.

But the truth is, I just can’t today. My heart is overwhelmed and I’m teetering on the brink of a major downpour of tears. I have two friends going through major surgery, other friends who lost family members this week, and yet others battling cancer. I could go on and on but you get my point and that isn’t even to mention the chaos all around us.

What’s a girl to do? I can sit here and let myself get tossed to and fro and feel my stress level begin to rise. I can succumb to despair and panic or get angry or dismayed. OR, I can lead myself to the Rock that is higher than I.

Always, but especially in times like these, on days like this, God is my Rock and my Fortress, my Strong tower and my Deliver, my Healer and my Sanity, Lover of my soul and a God who is moved with compassion. Where do I put my trust? I place it exclusively in Him because ALL others have failed me at times.

So, I will cast all of my cares upon Him, who can bear it all and trust Him for all outcomes. I will leave my problems at the foot of the cross and not pick them back up again. For I know, in the midst of trials, storms, and seemingly immovable mountains, my God is still in control.

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Have you not known? Have you not heard? The everlasting God, the Lord, The Creator of the ends of the earth, neither faints nor is weary. His understanding is unsearchable. He gives power to the weak, and to those who have no might He increases strength. Even the youths shall faint and be weary, and the young men shall utterly fall, but those who wait on the Lord shall renew their strength; They shall mount up with wings like eagles, They shall run and not be weary, They shall walk and not faint.  Isaiah 40:28-31

Just do it (or not)

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Just say no! Sometimes you have to learn that life will go on, even if you cannot possibly accomplish another thing.

Sometimes, I find myself overwhelmed and visiting the chiropractor more than normal, having more headaches and indulging in excessive comfort snacking.  It’s at these times I have to stop, take inventory of my schedule and make some adjustments.

Priorities can be sneaky little things and we have a tendency to get them royally mixed up at times.  In our desires to please others and be as helpful as we can, we cram our schedules (and our brains) to the point of overload.

My priorities need to look something like this for my life to flourish.   God first!  Get up, get in the Word, pray and so begin my day and keep my face like flint toward His will for my day and my life.  If I do this one thing, the rest falls into place automatically, but for the sake of getting in on paper and sharing, I will continue.

My family and their needs come next.  If I can’t keep them well taken care of and be there for them when they need me, then something is out of whack.  If I’m neglecting them, it’s not worth all of the meetings I could be attending, or projects I could be a part of.  Sometimes my daughter needs special attention and I want to be there.  My husband needs time alone with me too, not only when I have nothing better to do, but sometimes he needs to know, I choose him, in spite of other opportunities.

There are times that your life, health and schedule will permit you to go out there and embrace all kinds of projects and opportunities – There are so many worthy charities, clubs, associations and just doing good in general for others.  But, there will be times that for whatever reason, you need to realign things.

When you decide to slow down and make some changes, be ready for the naysayers and the people who will make you feel bad because you can’t be everywhere you want to be and get everything done that you would like.  Only you know what’s best for you, your health and your family.  Until people live behind your walls and walk in your shoes, they have no right to evaluate your choices.

So, do all you can do and be all you can be!  Wear yourself out for others; that’s the best kind of “tired”, but keep those priorities straight and know when to say no!

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