December 2, 2017

Stress

Life is hard. We are all stressed. Someone on Facebook posted that he overheard an 8-year-old say to her mom, “I’m so stressed out. What are you going to do about that?”

 

Now, whether she was just parroting what she’s heard her parents say or she truly is a frazzled 8-year-old, either way is both sad and scary.

 

And then enter Christmastime. When everyone’s expectations of each other and ourselves go through the roof, on top of all of our regular responsibilities, and no matter of what sadness or pain we find ourselves walking through.

 

Stress upon stress upon stress.

 

So, today, I’m going to ask you to rest. That is your task today. To look at your mounting to-do list and scratch one thing off.  You heard me.  Just simply eliminate something. Don’t move it to tomorrow or next week or January. Just take it off the list.

 

And in that space that is created by not doing that one thing, I want you to stop.  Do not fill it up with doing another thing.  Just stop.  Lie down and take a nap. Or sit on your couch, maybe with a cup of tea or coffee or hot chocolate.  And do nothing.  For like, fifteen minutes…thirty if you’re feeling daring.  Yep.

 

In the middle of your day. In the middle of your life. In the middle of your Christmas. In the middle of your difficult season. In the middle of your stress.

 

Do. Nothing. (Even if it kills you.) (Hint: it won’t kill you.)

 

You are tired. You are carrying heavy burdens. You are carrying things you were never meant to carry.  Jesus came for so many reasons but one really beautiful one is to lighten your load.  Look towards Christmas morning. Today, as you sit doing nothing, rest in the thought that he wants to carry your burden and carry you.

 

“Are you tired? Worn out? Burned out on religion? Come to me. Get away with me and you’ll recover your life. I’ll show you how to take a real rest. Walk with me and work with me—watch how I do it. Learn the unforced rhythms of grace. I won’t lay anything heavy or ill-fitting on you. Keep company with me and you’ll learn to live freely and lightly.” –Matthew 11:29-30

 

God, I am so bogged down by the details of life, by the pain and stressors of my life. I can’t keep going. Meet me in this place of rest. Help me recover my life. Help me hand over my burden to you. Please carry it for me. Please carry me today. Please help me live my life freely and lightly. Amen.
If this post resonated with you, Holidays for the Hurting: 25 Devotions to Help You Heal would be your companion through this season.

Elisabeth Klein is the grateful wife to Richard and grateful mom and stepmom to five. She writes, speaks and mentors women in difficult marriages, those going through divorce, single moms, those dating post-divorce, and those who are remarried and stepmothers. You can find her at www.elisabethklein.com.


Karen

February 21, 2016

Avoid This Ad: DOC to PDF

doc to pdf ad

You might see this ad inside of youtube videos or on blog posts. Avoid it!!!! Do not click on it. 

Somehow my dad accidentally clicked on it or downloaded something. We have had quite a time getting rid of this malware.

Just wanted to warn you all about this so that it doesn’t happen to you.

If you have had success permanently getting rid of the DOC to PDF toolbar, please let me know what you did. Thanks!


Karen

June 18, 2015

Wordy Wednesday: Cape Lookout Lighthouse

Sorry this is a day late. I meant to post yesterday but got busy doing other things. Saturday we had the privilege of visiting Cape Lookout Lighthouse. This is the first time we were able to go onto the island. The last time we went there signs were posted about the government shutdown. I’m not sure why it’s taken us so long to make it back out there. It’s a nice place to visit and I hope we can spend more time there exploring soon. I can’t imagine what life must have been like on the island in the 1800s. Sounds like a lonely yet beautiful place to be. I hope you enjoy the pictures.

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We didn’t see any wild horses while we were at Cape Lookout, but we saw one on Carrot Island on our way back to the Beaufort boat ramp. He was out there by himself feeding at the water’s edge.

wild horse watermark

Have you ever visited Eastern North Carolina?


Karen

August 6, 2013

Remembering Chris Campbell Today

It’s hard to believe it has been two years since the helicopter was shot down in Wardak province, Afghanistan killing 31 U.S. troops.  Of the Navy SEALS that were killed 15 were members of the Naval Special Warfare Development Group, also known as SEAL Team Six.  A long time family friend Chris Campbell was one of those killed.

chris campbell

Chris’ request was that if anything happened to him in combat, that his family wouldn’t focus on his loss. His wish was that people would focus on wounded troops. Chris requested that 100,000 people donate $1 to Wounded Warriors to help our wounded troops that have given so much for their country. Chris’ family and friends are dedicated to seeing his request fulfilled.

Read more


Karen

July 31, 2013

Favorite Reads: July 2013

Here are this month’s favorite reads. Some of them keep appearing each month. You might also want to check our June’s favorite reads.

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1.  Easy Do-It-Yourself Luau/Beach Cupcakes

2.  Do-It-Yourself Pacifier Baby Shower Favors

3.  Bugs in My Yogurt?!

4.  30+ Ways to Clean with Vinegar

5.  Wordless Wednesday: Lazy Fat Cat

6.  Dayspring Customer Appreciate Sale (expires today, July 31)

7.  Menu Plan Monday: July 14, 2013

8.  How to Save Money on Laundry

9.  Laundry Tip: How to Keep up with Kids’ Socks

10.  Easy Fruit Pizza Recipe

Which articles are your favorites?


Karen

July 31, 2013

Wordless Wednesday: Recycling Robot

recycling robot

My kids crack me up sometimes. I never know what they’ll do next.  My son has always had a gift for building things. He creates all sorts of cars, buildings, and things with his Legos. He enjoys using the recycling and making it into something.

Last week when we were visiting family, he took some of their recycling to make himself a robot costume.  I thought it was very creative.


Karen

July 24, 2013

Wordless Wednesday: Canned Salsa

Last week my dad went to the farmer’s and picked tomatoes. I was fortunate enough to be given 49 tomatoes. I have canned tomatoes, salsa, and spaghetti sauce before but the one that gets eaten the fastest is the salsa.  I decided since I would be going back to work soon that I would first focus on canning salsa.  It’s much easier to come home from work and pop open a can of salsa to use with your dinner than it is to pop open a can of tomatoes and make the salsa to go with your dinner.

canned salsa

One bunch of cilantro, 2-3 onions, 2 jalapenos, and 17 tomatoes (plus the garlic, salt, etc) yielded 7 pints and 1 quart. I haven’t canned in a few years so I am out of practice. It took a few hours to make all of this.  This is going to be delicious though!

Last night while I was canning I had an accident. I put a jar into the water and the water splashed up and burned my face. I jumped back quickly so it could have been much worse.  I am thankful but in pain.  Prayers are appreciated.

Have you ever canned salsa?


Karen

July 17, 2013

Wordless Wednesday: Lazy Fat Cat

fat cat smidge

This is my cat, Smidge. He is a big, lazy, and sweet cat. No, I don’t need to put him on a diet. It is the type of breed that he is. Isn’t he cute? He makes me smile. 🙂


Karen

July 10, 2013

Wordless Wednesday: Osprey at the River

I took this picture last summer at the river. An osprey had built a nest in this old tree that was in the water. I didn’t get too close but the bird’s protective instincts kicked in and it began to circle the nest.  This is just another one of those times when I wish I had a nice camera to capture the details. Still, I think it’s a beautiful shot. I love living in North Carolina!

osprey

 Do you have a Wordless Wednesday post? Leave a comment below and I will drop by.

P.S. My WW posts are never wordless.  😉


Karen

July 9, 2013

Kroger and Harris Teeter Announce Merger Agreement

You may have heard the news by now — Today Harris Teeter announced that a merger agreement had been made with Kroger.  Kroger was looking to expand in the Southeast and mid-Atlantic regions of the United States.  According to the news release from Harris Teeter, Harris Teeter brings to Kroger an exceptional brand and complementary base of 212 stores in attractive southeastern and mid-Atlantic markets and in Washington, D.C. 

Together, Harris Teeter and Kroger will operate 2,631. Harris Teeter will continue to operate its stores as a subsidiary of Kroger. There are no plans to close stores.

What are your thoughts about the merger? A lot of couponers are concerned about the possibility of Harris Teeter’s coupon policy changing. 

 


Karen

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