Sunday, April 21, 2013

I'm #Blessed

Photo Credit: Saucy Salad (Rebecca Wilson)

It's been a stressful week! 

Last Sunday morning severe thunderstorms came through our community, and as a result of a close lightening strike, several electrical repairs had to be made this week. But the blessings in that are:
  1. Even though it was very close, the lightening did not directly hit my house.
  2. Overall very little damage was done (a part to the water heater, a part to the air conditioning unit, parts to the TV satellite, and DVD players).
  3. The repairs to the TV satellite were covered under our plan.
  4. The remainder of the repairs and replacements are covered by a surge protection program offered by the electric company.
  5. Friends and repairmen, who came to the house, multiple times throughout the week to make repairs and complete the necessary claims forms.
Sunday night my stepdad went the emergency room with stomach pains. And the blessings are:
  1. The diagnosis was food poisoning. While that is bad, it could have been something more serious.
  2. The time spent in the ER was only 2 hours.
  3. By late Monday afternoon my stepdad was feeling back to normal.
On Monday a high school friend, who is a nurse, was at the Boston Marathon finish line working in one of the medical tents as a volunteer. The blessing is:
  1. My friend was uninjured from the explosions.
Wednesday afternoon my stepdad was in an automobile accident, but the blessings abound in this stressful event.
  1. Despite an impact at a high rate speed on the interstate, my stepdad has only bruises and cuts.
  2. The air bags worked, and I'm sure, prevented more serious injuries.
  3. A deputy sheriff witnessed the entire accident and can state that the accident was not my stepdad's fault.
  4. My stepdad was able to get a ride with the tow truck driver back to our city, approximately 35 miles away from the accident scene.
  5. My stepdad already had an appointment with his primary care physician the following day for a check up so he was able to get his injuries checked quickly.
Looking back, last week was action packed, but it was also packed with many blessings and the ones listed above are only a small fraction of how God blessed me and my family last week.

Don't let the stressful times in your life prevent you from seeing God's caring and compassionate hands working in your life.

Linking with Melissa Taylor and Spiritual Sunday.

Thursday, April 11, 2013

Stressed Less

Photo Credit:  Alan Cleaver

To be stressed less -- it sounds divine! It also seems too good to be true.  But that's exactly what I need and want at this point in my life.

I haven't been coping well lately. Life has worn me down. 

My dire situation is not well known because I've become very good at maintaining the fa├žade that says "I'm okay", when in reality I'm barely hanging on my a string.

I'm tired and I'm worn out. Status quo is not working for me.

I started a study of Stressed-Less Living: Finding God's Peace in Your Chaotic World by Tracie Miles this week hosted by Melissa Taylor. Talk about perfect timing!

While this book has proven beneficial to me so far, I know that a book alone cannot fix my problem. The only one who can help me -- to transform me -- is God.  Only God can help me stop trying to control circumstances and people (a major source of my stress) and teach me control my emotions and reactions (another source of my stress).

Every day will be filled with situations and people who will push my buttons.  I need to learn how to respond to these challenges, while being the salt and light to the world.  And along the way, I hope to find the peace, joy and contentment that I've lost.



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