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

Life Lesson 1: Don’t Follow Your Heart

November 5, 2013 by  
Filed under Inspirational

For years we have heard the expression, “follow your heart”. Whom do you date? Whom do you love? Whom do you marry?  The decision is usually based upon following your heart.  Roxette sang a famous catchy song that says, “listen to your heart”. Following your heart seems to be the popular answer. When faced with a decision, people will quickly tell you to follow your heart.  They’re not giving you an answer or some type of guidance — they’re basically telling you to do whatever feels right or whatever it is that you want to do.

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The problem is, my heart is deceitful. It can’t be trusted.  Jeremiah 17:29 says that the heart is deceitful and desperately sick.

Our hearts tell us to be rude to someone that upsets us. The truth is they are having a bad day and need grace.

Our hearts tell us to talk about a friend that annoys us. The truth is that we should be loyal and discuss the issue and work it out.

Our hearts tell us to leave our spouse and to seek comfort in another mate. The truth is our mate is our gift. No one else knows us like they do.

“For out of the heart come evil thoughts, murder, adultery, sexual immorality, theft, false witness, slander.” Matthew 15:19

Those are pretty strong accusations.  Solomon is considered to be one of the wisest men that ever lived. He warned us to “guard our heart above all else”.  God’s idea is not that we would follow our heart, but that we would guard it.

The problem is, our emotions lie to us. They tell us we’re not pretty enough, not thin enough, not good at our job, that people don’t like us, that our spouses are lousy, that we could do better, and that we need things we can’t afford.

Emotions aren’t bad things. It’s important to realize that they are emotions; they are not dictators.

Feelings are indicators, not dictators.  ~Lysa TerKeurst, Proverbs 31 Ministries

Feelings can indicate where your heart is in the moment but that doesn’t mean they have the right to boss you around. You are more than the sum total of your feelings!

photo from kidultchia


Karen

Happy Easter!

April 8, 2012 by  
Filed under Easter, Holidays, Inspirational

Happy Easter! The day is ending but thankfully the story never ends and it is always relevant. This is a picture I took this morning. I hope you enjoy it. Happy Resurrection Day!

 

“I am the resurrection and the life. Anyone who believes in me will live, even after dying. Everyone who lives in me and believes in me will never ever die.” John 4:10


Karen

Free Printable Calendar: How to Pray for Your Children

January 16, 2012 by  
Filed under Freebies, Inspirational

Many years before I had my children there was one thing I prayed — that they would know Jesus and have a personal relationship with Him.  Now that they have been with me for a few years there are other things I pray for them. I pray that they will find a Godly spouse, that they will be a good wife/husband, a good father/mother, that they will always follow God, etc. 

Today while I was searching around on Pinterest I found this free calendar.  Each day has a topic, prayer, and verse so that you can pray something specific for your children.  Of course we will always mutter prayers like, “Please let them sleep in on Saturday.”  lol  This calendar provides and easy way to pray intentionally for our children.

Enjoy and let me know what you think!  🙂


Karen