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Where It All Began

Six years ago my life was changed by a call to wholeheartedly “seek peace and pursue it” (Psalm 34:14b).  I did not go looking for peace, I was just trying to survive a high-risk pregnancy.  But thankfully God knew what I needed to survive life.

For several years I prayed for peace, I studied peace, I meditated on scriptures about peace, and I read books about God’s peace.  In the process I learned that peace plays into just about every area of my life! Continue reading “Where It All Began”

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Bye Bye Worry Lane

I used to spend a lot of time on Worry Lane. If my husband was 5 minutes late, I had already planned his funeral, panicked about finances and figured out how we would go on after his death. If I encountered a difficult situation, I would continuously re-play the events in my head. Many times I made myself physically sick by worrying about the “what ifs”. Continue reading “Bye Bye Worry Lane”

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How do you handle stress?

The last few weeks have been absolutely crazy for me at work.  A HUGE project due.  With high stakes, because if it isn’t done on time, all sales come to crushing stop.  Yeah, just a little pressure.  Then a week later, Convention!  Which means numbers to pull and presentations to write.  No sooner does that end, and I am thrown full force into and ISO audit.  Since we are a new division, none of our procedures have been put into ISO format, and I have a lot of work ahead of me.  (In case you are wondering, ISO 9001:2008 is a quality management system, and its a huge deal in the manufacturing world).

I hate being stressed.

My typical response is “I choose not to participate”.  I plan ahead.  I even plan in “extra” time at the ending for the crazies.  When there is a lot to do, I just take a deep breathe, say a prayer, put together a quick plan, and dive in to complete the most important task, eliminating the non-essentials, and tackling it one step at a time.

Determined to win.  I am a planner who thrives under pressure.

But this one got the better of me.  Poor planning on the part of others meant that I got roped into a number of things at the last minute.  And I found myself repeating over and over the lessons that God has taught me over the years.  Wishing that I could just once and for all master PEACE.  And finding myself falling amazingly short.

So I found myself rising even earlier than normal, determined to pray.  Instead I spent half the time making lists in my head of everything that I needed to do.  More restless when I finished praying than when I started.

STOP!

One day, determined for a bit of sanity, I shut my office door at lunch.  I sat down on the floor  where no one could see me if they peaked in through the window or opened the door, and I read a chapter of Absolute Surrender by Andrew Murray.  Great book!  (And its in the public domain, so you can get the ebook for free).

And I heard Him telling me that there is more to this life.

It’s okay if I don’t pass this test.   He never expected me to do it perfectly.  I am the foolish one who seems surprised when I find myself on my face again.

I got through it.  My daughter may have puked as I was walking out the door to catch a plane, and I may have been up until 10 PM drafting contracts in between convention sessions.  I may have even shed a tear or two.  But my God got me through.

He always does.  It’s me that forgets.

It’s not about me,

what I can do,

or even about how “I” can remain in

PEACE

in the midst of the storm.

It’s about Him.

It’s always been about Him.

 

Always Him.

 

“Seek peace and pursue it” Psalm 34:14b

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No Fear

An airplane ride to work, a race, a sleepy school in Sandy Hook, date night at the movies.  Is no where safe?  But hear this – I REFUSE TO LIVE MY LIFE IN FEAR.  When you give into the fear, the worry, the anxiety – then it wins. And we were meant for so much more.  We were meant to:

BE STRONG AND COURAGEOUS.

“So be strong and courageous! Do not be afraid and do not panic before them. For the LORD your God will personally go ahead of you. He will neither fail you nor abandon you.” Deuteronomy 31:6. Continue reading “No Fear”