I went to bed last night feeling stressed, I woke up stressed. Same as the day before and the night before. At the moment we have a major life decision we are trying to make and we need some answers about a few things before we move forward but the answers we need are slow coming. I was super irritated and kind of depressed last night because I have absolutely no control over the speed of this situation. All I can do is wait and I don’t like it because as you can probably agree, waiting is hard. I don’t like it. After my alarm clock went off I asked my husband who had been up already, “any e-mail?” When the answer was no I just sat down defeated. I just wanted wanted to pull the covers over my head and go to sleep and ignore the situation.
You know the poem I shared the other day, “do the next thing?” I’m really being put to the test because more so than at anytime in my life that I can recall I just having to focus on today because I’m justing waiting for some information before I can make plans for tomorrow.
I opened up Facebook and saw an update by Rachel May Stafford on Hands Free Revolution. She had posted about her experience of carrying around a bag full of cold drinks and looking for people who looked thirsty to surprise with the kindness of some unexpected refreshment. “This is how I’m going to beat this stress I feel about this situation,” I thought. “I really am thinking to much about me and if I can change my focus to others I can beat this stress.”
Racking my brain to think of ways to bless others took away my stress because it took my thoughts off myself. I sent a message to someone I know going through a hard time and told her I was praying for her. I baked peanut butter cookies and had the joy of seeing the librarians surprised when I told them I had made them for them. I put down my book today and instead listened to someone who needed to talk. I reached out to a foster family about bringing them dinner later this week.
Reflecting back on my day what started off with me feeling blah has ended on a really positive note because I feel like I made every effort to make the day in front of me count.
Proverbs 11:25 “The liberal soul shall be made fat: and he that watereth shall be watered also himself.”
1 John 3:18 “My little children, let us not love in word, neither in tongue; but in deed and in truth.”
Mark 10:45 “For even the Son of man came not to be ministered unto, but to minister, and to give his life a ransom for many.”
challenge: next time you feel the weight of stress pressing down on you or you find yourself feeling anxious over a situation you can’t control, look for another person who you can share some love with. Find a way to bless them. A kind word, an encouragement, a hug.. Let me know how you get creative in sharing God’s love with others!