Stressed-Less Liiving – After the Study

I went to Melissa’s website (melissataylor.org) this morning without even thinking about the fact that our study ended last week.625439_408667745895242_189186595_n

I panicked.

What was I going to do now???

How am I going to live this stressed-less living thing without the support of our group?

Then I recalled the verse from last week:

Because of the Lord’s great love we are not consumed, for his compassions never fail.They are new every morning; great is your faithfulness.I say to myself, “The Lord is my portion; therefore I will wait for him.” Lamentations 3:22-24.

And, I realized that I can do this.

Living stressed-less is God’s plan for me and He is still here. Right beside me. Waiting for me to sit at his feet like Mary and her his voice.

It’s not been easy though.

This is the week when my husband had his doctor’s appointment.

We went.

We know nothing.

The “C” word still lingers in our minds.

It hangs in the air between us.

Our hearts are troubled, but not broken.

As a friend just told me, “apparently God is not ready to give us an answer.” So, this is the time when I hit the reset button and trust him to have it all under control no matter my circumstances.

He alone knows what the future holds.

He alone controls the answer.

So, I decide.

No stress. I am sitting at his feet.

I am hearing his voice.

I am sharing my fears, my anxiety, my anger

with him.

Tracie’s book and Melissa’s study helped me to know that I can do this. My life doesn’t have to be stress filled but can be stressed less.

Even in the storm.

 That day when evening came, he said to his disciples, “Let us go over to the other side.” Leaving the crowd behind, they took him along, just as he was, in the boat. There were also other boats with him. A furious squall came up, and the waves broke over the boat, so that it was nearly swamped. Jesus was in the stern, sleeping on a cushion. The disciples woke him and said to him, “Teacher, don’t you care if we drown?”He got up, rebuked the wind and said to the waves, “Quiet! Be still!” Then the wind died down and it was completely calm.He said to his disciples, “Why are you so afraid? Do you still have no faith?”They were terrified and asked each other, “Who is this? Even the wind and the waves obey him!” Mark 4:35-41

My prayer is that my faith is strong enough for whatever my circumstance.

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Stressed-Less Living – Martha, Martha

I just had to giggle last night as I read Chapter 12 of Stressed-Less Living.625439_408667745895242_189186595_n

Mary and Martha.

Really!!!

I love God’s sense of humor, his sense of timing and his constant urging.

You see, it happened again this week.

God using what I hear, see and read to get His ultimate plan through my thick skull.

As I’ve mentioned before I start most mornings watching Joyce Meyers. And yesterday, guess what she talked about.

Go ahead.

Guess.

Yeah, that’s right.

Mary and Martha.

Then yesterday at a work retreat, out of the blue I was asked to prepare a special dessert for a co-worker whose last day is Friday. I wanted to say no, but my boss was there and so was everyone else in my office. So, I said yes. I had to, right?

What???? How did that happen?

Oh yeah, I know. Busy making things and bringing them in. Trying to impress those I work with. Trying to be sure everything is perfect. Being busy.

Always.

After complaining about that experience to my husband, I pick up Tracie’s book and start to read chapter 12. From the very first sentence I knew where we were headed.

And, I giggled.

That’s right.

I giggled. And shook my head. And had a conversation right there with God.

See, I’m a Martha.

I know I am.

I worry. I clean. I fret. I clean. I complain about lack of time and then invite 10 people over for dinner. And, I clean.

I told God. I told him.

I want to be a Mary.

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But I’m afraid if I don’t do, then no one will.

You know what he told me.

That’s right. He told me to choose the “one thing.”

So I am.

And those I love will be fine.

The young wives I love will pick up the slack and I will allow them to do so.

Saying no will start to come more easily.The word no made from jigsaw puzzle pieces

Choosing will become not a stressful event, but a calming influence.

And, I will try to be who Mary was.

“Mary has chosen what is better, and it will not be taken away from her.” Luke 10:42b

Let me sit at his feet, hear his word and live the life he has planned for me. And may I, like the prophet in Lamentations say:

The steadfast love of the Lord never ceases; his mercies never come to an end; they are new every morning; great is your faithfulness.
“The Lord is my portion,” says my soul, “therefore I will hope in him.” Lamentations 3:22-24
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