I've got these rules for life. Perhaps you already know that. Some may not. The rules themselves are nuggets of wisdom. Some were heard from others but most were learned the hard way. Which basically means that I fell flat on my face enough times to learn their lesson. They aren't in a particular order, this happens to be the fourth in the list - Don't sweat the small stuff (almost everything is small stuff). This is definitely one of the rules I learned over many years through multiple face plants and failures. I can't count the number of times that I tripped over what I thought was a mountain and it was really just a tiny crack in the pavement. Worry, anxiety, stress, fear, and pride are potent reminders to check my attitude before I say or do something that trips me up. To be sure...
There’s one thing that I’m glad I don’t remember from my childhood - the stress and anxiety over potty training. I’ve relived it with my children and now they are going through the process with their children. Dealing with the accidents, the attitudes, the anxiety of learning and teaching this one basic life skill in huge. On top of that is the stress the child goes through - its pretty hard to go when you’re all tensed up. A few days ago Rebekah sent the video below. What the camera doesn't show is that Eli is sitting on a training potty chair while singing his song. Asher joins in to encourage and celebrate with Eli. https://youtu.be/L0kQIxJegEo It seem to be easier say “casting all your anxiety on Him, because He cares for you.” (1 Peter 5:7, NASB95) than really doing it when
I don’t know what your day has been like. What stresses arose. The rejections you faced. The anger that rose like a tsunami in your life. Or worse, the complacency and apathy of being treated as if you were invisible. I don’t know the trouble, the pain, the illness that colored every waking moment. I didn’t see the worry and anxiety that assaulted you at every turn or the bear trap of circumstance that gripped your heart. I wasn’t there when the baby cried or the check bounced or when the car wouldn’t start. I don’t know, I didn’t see, I wasn’t there as you faced these things today but I know who was. My prayer this morning was very simple - Lord, what do your people need to hear? The answer back was just as simple and straightforward - “Tell them that I love them.” God loves you. No
My granddaughter Mackenzie is enamored with the Disney movie Frozen. She loves to sing and dance along with the princess’s song - Let It Go. She knows all the words and the motions, which is quite an accomplishment for a three and a half-year-old. I’ll add in a grandpa kind of way that her performance is very cute. Of course she’s cute anyway, but even more so as she sings and twirls with the song. To be honest, I haven’t seen the movie, I know a little bit about it, but the movie and why the character is singing this song is not the point of this article. What does matter are the three little words from the chorus of the song - Let It Go? There are several things that we are supposed to “let go” as we follow Christ. One is our worry and anxiety. “casting all your anxiety on Him, b
What is it about humanity that desires peace and longs for conflict? We want our lives to be as peaceful as a mountain lake on a still day; perfectly reflecting the world around us. Yet, business, sports, novels, shows, even the news, must have conflict and challenge to hold our attention. Essentially, we find peace to be boring, beautiful perhaps, but tiring. There is a third element that must be considered to understand the desire for peace. The element of control. When our lives are filled with anxiety and worry, when there is trouble in the family, when our job is a frustrating mess, we may say we want peace but often we are really desiring control. Peace then is not defined by the absence of conflict but of maintaining some form of control in the conflict. Ever notice that when
“Casting all your anxiety on Him, because He cares for you.” (1 Peter 5:6–7, NASB95) Sounds simple, right? When worry, stress, and anxiety find their ways into our lives all we need to do is pile them on to Jesus and go along as if everything is hunky-dory, a-okay, zipadee do da - what a wonderful day. Can I tell you that over my lifetime there have been several times when it seems that Jesus and I were playing catch - pitching the anxieties of life back and forth? I’d throw them his direction and find some peace, only to have them return a few hours or a few days later. Do this often enough and it can make you anxious over your anxieties! Worrying about why you are worrying. What I eventually learned is that there is a second part, well, actually a first part to this promise of God. The