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Forgiveness Thursday – Rely on God

“But when this priest had offered for all time one sacrifice for sins, he sat down at the right hand of God, and since that time he waits for his enemies to be made his footstool. For by one sacrifice he has made perfect forever those who are being made holy.”
‭‭Hebrews‬ ‭10:12-14‬ ‭NIV‬‬

It’s Forgiveness Thursday and a great time to forgive yourself and others.

This week has been truly hectic. I worked the weekend and the holiday, and still couldn’t catch up. However, I felt a little relief on Tuesday morning, knowing I had delegated out a large portion of the assignments in my office. That didn’t last long though. Every day, more and more assignments piled up. Yesterday, I locked myself in my office trying to meet deadlines only to find out that I had even more to do at the end of the day. I worked until the very last minute before I sped to Church to teach the youth. Last night I was thinking, “I don’t want to work this weekend, plus I have school work.” I felt like I needed a break, so I could live outside my job, enjoy my family, clean my house and complete my school assignments.

This morning I came to work early, but it wasn’t long before my heart was racing. I suddenly remembered that I had not made time for my devotional. I stopped for a moment, to read my Bible. The priest in Hebrews 10 trusted God rather than relying solely on himself and others. That’s when I realized what was happening. The only one who will never let us down is God. I was putting the burden on myself. While it is good to do the very best you can at everything, stress is not healthy. God doesn’t want us to feel like we are alone and everything depends on us. He wants us to do the best we can and depend on Him.

Put your trust in God every day. I hope you have a wonderful day. May God bless you.

End of the Week Reflections – Watchfulness

The Israelites had lived in Egypt 430 years. At the end of the 430 years, to the very day, GOD ’s entire army left Egypt. GOD kept watch all night, watching over the Israelites as he brought them out of Egypt. Because GOD kept watch, all Israel for all generations will honor GOD by keeping watch this night—a watchnight.
‭‭Exodus‬ ‭12:40-42‬ ‭MSG‬‬

Happy Saturday!  This week has been crazy busy.  Many good things happened.  I made a new friend, reunited with two business colleagues, changed my hair color and had some good things happen at work.  A few troubling things happened.  I heard about a customer with stage 4 cancer, a special friend’s adult child has been going through troubling times and another friend was stopped for speeding on the way to work resulting in a costly ticket.   I was so tired this week that I dreamed that I was tired two times.  I’ve been studying the book of Jeremiah and one night I dreamed of a modern day situation related to what I had been reading.  Funny!  This morning I was supposed to drive to Pensacola (about 2 1/2 hours west) for a class on emergency preparedness for church.  I didn’t make it.  Sometimes we just need to rest.  So, today I’m resting and studying at home with my husband by my side.  Today is also our son’s birthday.  We are very proud of him.  He’s a great husband and father.  Happy birthday Tim!

9A77AAEA-CF18-4814-8AE0-36CA023BFD46Isn’t it great to know that through all the happy, silly, frightening, insecure, exhausted and helpless moments, God is there keeping watch over us.  Aaron Shust compares God’s watchfulness to himself as a new father watching the baby monitor.  Baby monitors have come a long way, but I could totally relate to his story.  When we brought our oldest child home, I listened to every breath he took cautiously, always ready to rescue him.  He’s almost 29 now.  While we aren’t as involved, I’m still in the background wanting to help him when trouble arises.

Today, take time to praise our Heavenly Father.  Nothing compares to his love!  God bless you.