Monday, August 3, 2009

Coping Skills

Good morning Dear Friends and Prayer Partners! This is the day that the Lord has made and we will rejoice and be glad in it! The star that I have seen in the southwest is now in the west, but still the only one I can see shining brightly for some reason. Maybe because it is so light so early, now.

Well, The sign and map of the Park have been taken down at Sawgrass, and benches put in their place. The windows of the office are covered up with plaques of the history of Sawgrass. Guess it is to avoid vandalism, since no one will be there to keep track of who does what. The mowing has been done over a little larger area, so it looks better, but no one is there to keep the sidewalk cleared of trash after the rains. It is really sad, but God is good!

From the book Quiet Moments with God:

My times are in your hand.
Psalm 31:15 NRSV

How we handle delays tells us a lot about ourselves. How do you handle a traffic jam when you left the house already late or work? What do you do when your flight is delayed because of mechanical difficulty or bad weather? How do you respond when the register in your checkout lane runs out of tape just you get to the head of the line? Can you take a deep breath and enjoy a five minute break at the railroad crossing when the guard rail goes down to allow a train to pass?

Consider how one man handled a delay. Just as the light turned green at the busy intersection, his car stalled in heavy traffic. He tried everything he knew to get the car started again, but all his efforts failed. The chorus of honking behind him put him on edge, which only made matters worse.

Finally he got out of his car and walked back to the first driver and said, "I'm sorry, but I can't seem to get my car started. If you'll go up there and give it a try, I'll stay here and blow your horn for you."

Things rarely go as smoothly as we would like, and we don't usually schedule ourselves any extra time just in case something goes wrong.

The ability to accept disappointments, delays, and setbacks with a pleasant, generous spirit is a gift of graciousness that comes from one who has received grace from others in pressured circumstances. Life is a series of choices, and no matter what situation we are in, we always have the freedom to choose how we are going to respond.

Refuse to get out of sorts the next time your schedule gets interrupted or turned upside down. Pray for enough strength to remain calm, cheerful, relaxed, and refreshed in the midst of the crisis. And always remember: God's plans for you are not thwarted by delays!

Never become irritable while waiting: if you are patient, you'll find that you can wait much faster.

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

Love and hugs,