Poetry, music, creative writing and a desire to inspire…..Isaiah 41:10: So 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.
Aside from the constant assault on our senses about the Covid 19 pandemic, there are other things in our lives that might be raising our anxiety/stress levels. The most important thing is to remember we can only live one day at a time and in each new day, find renewed hope and inspiration to go on.
So, remember each day to take a moment and breathe. Release the toxic, contaminating thoughts and refesh your senses. Breathe.
“I have set the LORD always before me. Because He is at my right hand, I will not be shaken.” –Psalm 16:8, NIV
No matter what you go through, you can experience unshakable peace, and declare, “I will not be shaken!” as the psalmist did in Psalm 16:8. God knows what you have been through and what you are going through. He promises peace to each believer through Jesus.
Part of our unsettled nature is that we try to cling to the things of earth – to the “American way” of living – to the here and now. When we put our trust in things of this world, we give anxiety, fear, jealously, discontentment, greed, and insecurity open access to our lives. (1 Timothy 6:17-19)
Instead of finding ways to hold on to what you have, be encouraged today to let go.
Let go of what doesn’t matter. Even let go of those things that seem worth your worry.
“So do not worry, saying, “What shall we eat?” or “What shall we drink?” or “What shall we wear?” For the pagans run after all these things, and your heavenly Father knows that you need them. But seek first his kingdom and his righteousness, and all these things will be given to you as well. Therefore do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry about itself. Each day has enough trouble of its own.” (Matthew 6:31-34, NIV)
Seek God first, friend … above and before any earthly thing, large or small. Have faith that He will meet you at your need. God wants us to store up treasures where moth and rust will not destroy.
He wants us to trust Him. When we do, He promises that we can live with an unshakable peace that passes understanding.
Dear Lord, I need your unshakable peace! Please forgive me for placing my trust and hope in things of this earth. Lead my soul to find rest in You and in Your perfect plan for my life. In Jesus’ Name, Amen.
We carry good things and bad things with us throughout life. One of the difficulties is in letting go of the bad. I know there are some hurts which can mark us forever but there are a lot of things we can and should let go of instead of towing them around with us.
Is it easy? Not all the time, but it is doable. We need to cleanse ourselves of bitterness, disappointments, resentment, jealousy, low esteem, comparison and a laundry list of reactions and behaviors that only slow us down in living a forward moving life. There is no need to drag these things around, constantly wasting precious brain power on them.
You see a tow truck pulling a car around that is either not running properly or that is headed for the auto graveyard. I’m sure that even though a tow truck was built for such tasks, our mind, heart and body were not made to be weighed down by heavy thoughts, emotions and feelings. We need to learn to release.
First off, forgive yourself for not being perfect. Who the heck is? Also there is no need to demonstrate how strong and stoic you are. When you’ve been hurt, it is of no use to you to show you are an invincible rock that cannot be penetrated. You are human. Forgiving others is not saying I give you the stamp of approval to screw me over, rather you are saying I’m not going to let you deter my seeking the best possible life that I can live.
Second, let it go. Let go of all the shit that has been lingering deep inside you. All of the nonsense that tries to tell you that you’re not good for this or that. The voice that plays a recording of past failures or shortcomings, past heartbreaks, feelings of inadequacy, self induced mind games that have you thinking in circles without actually gaining any insight. Let go of trying to be a people pleaser, taking a backseat to everyone else’s demands and at times needs if they can do it themselves.
Third, just breathe. Each morning, breathe, give thanks and get up and live. For some of us it could be worse, much worse. I look at those who are in a tougher predicament than myself and know things could be worse. Let’s try less stress and more life. Unhook your heavy load.