Sunday, August 28, 2011

He Maketh No Mistake

It's Sunday morning, and Hurricane Irene has prevented us from leaving the house. So many people have prayed for those of us on the East Coast, and so far, the damage has been relatively minimal. So, I turned to the TV for an early morning dose of Bible teaching. I've never heard of Bill Purvis before. He had a good word about how we grow in the valley times of our lives, and not the mountain experiences. He then shared this poem. It is appropos as we weather the storm today. I pray it blesses you as you go through the valleys and storms of life!

He Maketh No Mistake
A.M. Overton

My Father’s way may twist and turn,
My heart may throb and ache,
But in my soul I’m glad I know,
He maketh no mistake.

My cherished plans may go astray,
My hopes may fade away,
But still I’ll trust the Lord to lead,
For He doth know the way.

Tho night be dark and it may seem,
That day will never break,
I’ll pin my faith, my all in Him.
He maketh no mistake.

There’s so much now I cannot see,
My eyesight far too dim,
But come what may, I’ll simply trust
And leave it all to Him.

For by and by the mist will lift,
And plain it all He’ll make,
Through all the way, tho dark to me,
He made not one mistake.

Sunday, August 14, 2011

Please Lighten Up!

Stress can be very stressful! But there is something I’ve learned about life and stress. Life happens. Every single day you live, you can rest assured there will be opportunities to get stressed. And there will be opportunities to laugh.  I know lots of people who seem to thrive on the stress-they cause it and then wallow in it. Being around them is like living with the plague. Their negativity is infectious and makes it difficult to have joy when they’re around. It’s draining, and you find yourself being just as negative and stressed as they are!

This morning, my husband was a wreck. The printer to his computer has not worked for a while, so he was working on making the dumb thing function. I was writing a paper for a class while he was behind me sweating bullets, cussing like a trucker, and threatening both his computer and the printer of impending doom! With every outburst, it got funnier and funnier…to me. So far, he still hasn’t gotten it reloaded and working, but as I laughed, so did he and he calmed down. My reaction to his reaction changed his reaction!
In reality, choosing the stress road is the harder way to go. It eats away at your countenance, your health, and your joy, to name a few. However, if you choose to laugh, it lightens matters that might otherwise stress you out and it puts things in perspective. So please lighten up!
I recently heard Joyce Meyer say that many of us declare that we can’t help the way we act or react to the stressors in life. “It’s just the way I am” or so and so “made me act like this.” But if your pastor came to the door in the middle of your stressed out tirade, you’d more than likely pull yourself and your mouth together really quickly! So, as Joyce pointed out, you CAN control it.
Let's be real. Some of life's situations are going to get to you, no matter what. In this world, we WILL have tribulations, trials, and difficult moments. But how you react and continue to act is your choice. We can lose control, or we can be of good cheer. That’s not to say we go through it all unaffected. We just chose how we manage ourselves through it all. For your own good, make a habit of living light.
So lighten up, would you please? Here are some suggestions to reduce stress and ways to choose to live lighter…
*      Laugh more

*      Complain less

*      Pray often

*      Forgive quickly

*      Slow down

*      Never gossip

*      Be kind

*      Focus on blessings

*      Chose peace

*      Eat better

*      Sleep well
Add to them whatever it takes to live light. And really. Smile more. People will wonder what you’re up to!