Today's chapter (Chapter 1) is entitled "Scattered Lives"! Yep, sounds about right to me! We get SO BUSY with life that we forget to concentrate on what's important. There's a section talking about clearing the cobwebs. Basically, it's asking what YOU do to relax, to forget about the stresses of the day and the chaos. Do you soak in a tub of bubbles and hot water? Do you take a walk? Go shopping? Garden? What do you do to unwind after a long day? For me, it's reading a good book. I'm actually starting a review for Tommy Nelson Publishers of a book titled "Sweet Sanctuary" by Sheila Walsh and Cindy Coloma. It's about a woman who finds her self amidst a very stressful, chaotic, and demanding time in her life, and she's trying to do it on her own. I'd say it fits the time of my life. She's dealing with financial crisis and family drama. I will be posting a review here on my blog for you to read when I finish it. What do YOU do to unwind? If you don't do anything, find something. It's really a very necessary part of your day. As necessary as doing the dishes, going to work, or taking a shower.
Being stressed and overwhelmed is a part of life. It's almost unavoidable. We go through seasons that things just don't go smoothly. But it's how we respond to those seasons that define who we are in Christ. Do you trust Him with your struggles, do you cry out to Him and give your fears and stresses to Him? Or do you try to do it yourself, and become overwhelmed and begin sinking into an ocean of debt, fear, anger, pain, and resentment? Let's be real for a minute, ok? I'm doing a LOT better than I have in the past about trusting God, but yesterday, I sank. I was drowning in depression and stress. I was completely overwhelmed. I whined on Facebook, even though I could hear God telling me "Brooke-don't do that. Please trust me.". I failed Him. But, I was able to get on my knees and in the Word and find my peace again. My goal is to get to the point that becoming overwhelmed isn't an option. I said a lot of not nice things about my hubby's employer, when instead I should have simply prayed for them, and our situation. ♫♪"He's still working on me, to make me what I ought to be...."♪♫
Listen to my plea!
2 Don’t turn away from me
in my time of distress.
Bend down to listen,
and answer me quickly when I call to you.
3 For my days disappear like smoke,
and my bones burn like red-hot coals.
that I might not sin against you.
and store them in your heart.