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January 7

Today’s prayer:

Lord , my heart is not haughty, Nor my eyes lofty. Neither do I concern myself with great matters, Nor with things too profound for me. Surely I have calmed and quieted my soul, Like a weaned child with his mother; Like a weaned child is my soul within me. O Israel, hope in the Lord From this time forth and forever.
Psalms 131:1‭-‬3 NKJV

Dear Lord Jesus,
Thank You for Your faithfulness. In a time and season such as this, these words are so applicable. Help us to quiet ourselves before You and to walk with understanding in Your ways. Lord Jesus, please guide and protect us, that we might walk in Your ways and live honorably before You. Lord, let our hearts not strive to “do” or “make” or “force” but instead help us to hear Your voice and to obey. Lord, it is only in You that we find truth. Only in You that we find security. Lord Jesus, please hold us in Your ways and teach us what Your will is daily. Let us not be distracted by arguments, nor slide into selfishness, but instead with humility bring all our needs before You. Thank You for all Your wonderous works. Please, free the captive, save the lost, heal the hurting and sick, protect the innocent, provide for the needy, and return the prodigal. Thank You. Amen.

Refusing stress

Yesterday, I practiced refusing stress.

The Lord has been working on me to simply trust Him no matter the circumstance.

To learn to listen and adjust my own schedule or ideas to His will and timing.

To walk with such faith and peace that when troubling things occur, I can remain quiet at heart and simply listen for His guidance.

The lesson began Friday.

Our daughter, hubby, and granddaughter were visiting, and the baby shower for our granddaughter was at 6pm.

Both Anne and Bell had to work that day, but Sis was ready and willing to help me set-up.

I’d prayed several times, inquiring of the Lord how He wanted me to schedule my day and He kept answering the same thing.

Arrive at the building at 10 am.

My morning wasn’t unfolding like I’d hoped and 10 am seemed to be coming faster than normal.

When I thought I was ready to have Sis and baby in the car I realized the keys were missing.

Not to the car, but to the building.

“Uhm, Lord, I’ve lost the keys.”

Arrive at 10 am.

So, I walked in faith.

I told Sis of the circumstances and we buckled the baby into her cat seat and drove down.

Sure enough it was locked up tight.

I prayed as I walked to the double doors and there was a light on inside.

And the Lord had answered.

I know the cleaning person and he not only opened up the building, he helped me unload the car.

Later that day, about two hours before the shower I was stretched again.

I had felt the Lord encourage me to make a quick visit to a dear friend who recently had a baby.

Jase was having a great time playing in the yard.

We’d been there for a while when one of the children came to tell us Jase was hurt.

When I looked at his leg I prayed.

It had a break in the skin, was already swelling and turning colors.

He was obviously in pain.

My first thought was, “Could it be cracked?”

When we reached the couch our friends went into help mode.

One person got ice and wrapped it in cloth.

Someone else got a large glass of water.

My friend got some Ibuprofen, after asking me if I thought it best.

And lastly, someone else got Jase a puppy, just to take his mind off the pain.

It all turned out simply amazing.

The swelling went down, the color went from purplish to pink, and the cut didn’t bleed hardly at all.

I dropped him at home with my hubby and went to the shower without any concern.

His pain subsided and he was up running around in a few hours.

So when my husband and I had an important dinner for his work last night, I wasn’t stressed.

Nothing in my schedule really was going the way I expected, but I refused stress.

“Jesus, I trust You.”

Even when I realized that the dinner started half an hour earlier than I had thought, it wasn’t a concern.

I drove to where I had told my hubby I’d meet him.

I knew we would need to be promptly picking up his suit, so we could swing by a store to get a few things we no longer own, like mascara, nylons, and dress socks.

As I waited, it became harder to refuse stress.

But each time it started to knock on my heart’s door, I refused to open.

“Jesus, I trust You.”

Finally, my hubby arrived.

He thought we should drop the one vehicle elsewhere so we drove there.

After he got in the car and greeted me he asked, “Did you pick up my prescription?”

“No, I didn’t know you wanted me to.”

So, we headed there and bought the needed items and prescription.

As we headed to pick up the suit he asked, “You grabbed my tie and cuff links, right?”

“No, I didn’t even think about them.”

In my heart, the tapping of stress and fear, asking to be let in.

Silently, I prayed.

“Jesus, I don’t know what to do, but I trust You.”

My husband’s voice broke the silence.

“Well, I bet my dad has both, I wanted to get dressed there anyway. ”

He called him and all was layed out on the dresser when we arrived.

After dressing and getting back into the car I was praising God.

He had helped me refuse stress.

He had walked us through all the details.

He had everything in His hands.

And we arrived ten minutes early.

It is so worthwhile trusting Jesus.

No matter the circumstance, big or small,

His hands are able,

He can carry





The beauty in the smallest details.

The whisper of the tree entangled wind.

The moment of assurance that everything will turn out well.


It has been a gift to me from God alone.
The week previous,
held turn-over, chaos, and fear,
but mostly because I allowed my emotions to dictate my reactions which rippled into skewed focus and frustration.

Until the Lord met me.
(I posted that meeting in Tea Time with the Lord.)

This week has been very different.

When two of our teachers had family emergencies in the same day, I was able to smile and say, “don’t worry about the class, it will be covered.”

Because I knew God had it covered.

When our washing machine refused to finish a load of clothes and looked as if it may be out of service for sometime,  the girls jumped in, helping me deal with the mess.

Because they understood it was one of those things which come at the most inconvenient times.

When my husband gets called in to work because the machines are down and he has to go in 2 hrs early and work 4 hrs late to hopefully have it running the following day.

I was blessed to bring him meals and pray for strength, wisdom,  and knowledge.

Because I understood God can guide him through it all.

These were just a few of the waves which rocked our schedule during this week.

The Lord continually reminded me of His desire to be the guide through each and every decision in my day.

I walked in and out of the issues learning this truth in a new way:

“Draw near to God and He will draw near to you. ” James 4 : 8

True peace is a gift from God and the consequence of a life lived in faith.

How close do you feel?
Will you draw near Him?

If anything, please don’t follow my example of chaos, stress, and fear from the previous week.

Instead place your trust in the Lord Jesus.

“Preserve me, O God: for in You do I put my trust.” Ps. 16:1