This past week, I had to get my car repaired because of an accident. Nothing serious, just time out of my already busy schedule, not to mention the additional $500.00 deductible. Not a good thing when you’re trying to get out of debt. In addition to the accident, a new publisher I signed with informed me she wasn’t going to have time to publish my Christmas book. That meant either self-publish or wait until next year. Since I’ve told so many people about the book, I thought I should get it out. If those two things weren’t enough, my e-mail is acting up.

fender benderAccording to the NHTSA, over 13,000 lives are
lost due to speeding. Slow down, people!

Needless to say, I didn’t have a very enjoyable week.

I felt the stress from a headache I developed to the sciatic nerve pain in my leg. It’s times like these that I should turn to God, but for some reason, I forgot Him. When I realized it, I felt guilty. It didn’t help when I was reminded of Psalm 5:22 which tells us to Cast your cares on the Lord and he will sustain you; he will never let the righteous be shaken. Does this mean if I have stress, I’m not a good Christian?

Of course not.

stressMoving and job loss are two of the most stressful
events you could go through.

What it really comes down to is that I’m human. And, while not often, stress is part of my life at times. And I’m not alone when it comes to stress. Just look at Jesus who sweated blood because He didn’t want to be put to death on the cross. How can I expect to be any different, though my problems are far less severe?

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The greatest weapon against stress is our ability to choose one thought over another. -William James, philosopher

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We will have stress until the day we walk into Jesus’ arms. Until then, we should turn to God who can lessen our burden if we ask.

I’m not sure why I allowed the stress to get to me. Except for a couple of things, my daughter drove me anywhere I needed to go. Regarding the Christmas book, there are a couple of people who have agreed to help so I can get it released in November. And supposedly Comcast is working on the e-mail issue.

Next time I have things come at me, I hope others will remind me that it’s natural to have stress and that God is still in charge. It might keep me from letting these situations take away my joy.

How about you? Do you have a tendency to allow events to stress you out? If not, how do you deal with them?

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It’s easy to hate those who harm others, whether you’re a Christian or not. We want to see bad people pay for their actions. This is no truer than for a man who kills over fifty people at a music festival.

It’s too bad this man’s heart carried hate instead of love.  If he’d kept Mark 12:31 in his soul, the world would have never felt his destruction. It reads, Love your neighbor as yourself. There is no commandment greater than these.”

I thought I’d share a beautiful song I heard the other day. Some people are calling it a reaction to the attack in Las Vegas; however, it came out before that day. In fact, Maren Morris apparently sang this song at the same three-day country music festival where the 59 people died. She appeared the day before the shooting. Too bad the killer wasn’t listening. They say music can sooth a savage beast, and this man sure was a beast.

We need to keep love in our hearts so maybe one day we can stop all the violence this world has been spitting out lately.  Feel free to pass this on to your friends who are in need of some comfort today.

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