Tuesday, April 7, 2009

Calming down

Good morning, Dear Friends and Prayer Partners! This is the windy, chilly day that the Lord has made and we will rejoice and be glad in it! I am a little later this morning, because our friend, David, who mows the yard for us just finished his work. I did not really expect him this morning, but am glad he came. Just a little rain caused the grass to grow! God is good!

Yesterday I saw a roseate spoonbill in the lake near us, and wondered if they know how breathtakingly beautiful they are. I am sure the peacocks do, because they strut, but the spoonbills just go on scooping along gathering whatever it is they eat. God gave us pretty critters to enjoy. Speaking of critters, a new crop of squirrels have taken up residence in our trees and they seem to look for peanuts. One chased the other all over the tree, before listening to me and getting his own peanut. Little rascals!

From Quiet Moments with God:

It's virtually impossible for you to sleep if you are wound up. Do memories of the day's events keep you from falling asleep? Do you sometimes feel as if you spent the day pushing a boulder up a mountain with a very small stick? If so, memorize these words.

I lift up my eyes to the hills---where does my help come from? My help comes from the Lord, the Maker of heaven and earth.
Psalm 121:1-2

Are you worried about making mistakes, disappointing your boss, or letting your family down? If so, memorize these words.

He will not let your foot slip-he who watches over you will not slumber; indeed, he who watches over Israel will neither slumber nor sleep.
Psalm 121:3-4

Does unnecessary anxiety sometimes get the best of you, causing you to fear for your own safety or health? If so, memorize these words:

The Lord watches over you--the Lord is your shade at your right hand; the sun will not harm you by day, nor the moon by night.
Psalms 121:5-6

Are you already starting to agonize over next month's deadline, next year's taxes, the college tuition that has to be paid ten years from now, or funding your won retirement in thirty years? Are you asking all of that on when your head hits the pillow at night? If so, memorize these words:

The Lord will keep you from all harm--he will watch over your life; the Lord will watch over your coming and going both now and forevermore.
Psalm 121:7-8

You have just memorized an entire Psalm! Repeat ti to yourself every night. Substitute My for Your and Me for You. Then rest in the knowledge that God has you, your life, and the rest of the universe under control.

Worry is an indication that we think God cannot look after us.
Oswald Chambers

I always give thanks for you, remembering you in my prayers with thanksgiving, joy and love!

Love and hugs,