Thursday, March 23, 2017

Be Not Afraid

A friend just told me she “doesn’t worry.” She must have a peace with God that surpasses all understanding.

I have worried my whole life about one thing or another. I’ve always believed in God but worry has taken a large part of my life. I’ve worried about my weight most of my life. (Like thinking about it can change things, right?) Maybe some of my thoughts could have changed, (like make up my mind to change bad eating habits.) Some times I have succeeded in getting things done without worrying about them.

I’ve worried about conversations the day after. Saying things to myself like: I could have told them this or that. We have probably all had conversations like that. There have been situations where I have gone over in my mind trying to change the outcome.

Just think about the things you could have accomplished if you didn’t worry about them. The clothes would get washed in a timely manor. We would get all the other chores done around the house. Things turn out just right without all the worry.

Melinda Martin in her “Musings of a Ministers Wife” says, “There are something like 80 + times scriptures in the context of ‘fear not,’ ‘Do not be afraid’, ‘do not fear,’ and
‘Be not afraid.’”

On the Internet site: the phrase, “be not afraid” is listed as being 26 times. And “fear not” is listed as 62 times. That’s a total of 88 times.

So, I tell myself “Get up off the couch and be active. Get the dishes done, wash the clothes and sweep the floor. Show God he gave me life to live abundantly, without all the worrying.”

2 Timothy 1:7 (KJV) “For God hath not given us the spirit of fear; but of power and of love and a sound mind.”

1 John 4:18  (KJV “There is not fear in love but perfect love casteth out fear.”

Saturday, March 11, 2017


It was an overcast day and sprinkling rain on and off. I felt miserable. I wanted to sleep, yet had just awakened from an early afternoon nap. We had planned for a week to go out of town to get away for the weekend. The trip had been postponed. It was disappointing.

My husband woke up energetic and had a pep in his step; keeping himself busy with this and with that. He decided to bake a cake. ”Ugh,” I thought, “I’m going to have to show him which beaters go in the mixer, there are three sets. Then I’m going to have to show him how to use it.”

Then the thought occurred to me, “You can choose to sit and be sorry for yourself or choose to get up and do something. You can choose to change your attitude from declining to thriving. I could choose to be mad at him for being cheerful on an uncheerfull day or I could join in the celebration of enjoying the day.

I had just finished reading the book by Joyce Meyer, “Enjoying Where You Are On The Way To Where You Are Going.” So I decided to do something I enjoy doing, “Writing.”

On a rainy, not so cheerful day, I hope you can find hope and something to cheer you and as Joyce Meyer said, “Enjoy where you are on the way to where you are going.”

(By the way, the yellow cake with chocolate icing was delicious.)