What’s The Use?

Some days.

How about you?  Are there just some days you feel like throwing in the towel and screaming “what’s the use?”

Over the years, I’ve felt that way with picking up toddler toys, getting teenagers to stop rolling their eyes, making to-do lists for what turns out to be a multi-interruption Saturday and fighting the crashing waves of corporate in my job and every day events of life.

But I must admit, “this too shall pass” came to fruition.  My kids overcame the eye rolling and leaving their belongings on the floor.  Now I miss it.  I long to have them back home in the innocent stages.  Now my Saturdays are much free-er and I sorta crave the drop-by visits of friends to interrupt the long list of hopeful to dos.  I learned a lot during the frustrating days of my job and have grown to really use those lessons to be a better employee.  And I intentionally look for joy in the crazy events of each day.

But the one that seems to be getting worse is the ways of this world.  Every day it seems the devil shows himself deeper and deeper and starts to infiltrate himself into every aspect of life.  He thinks he is winning by causing chaos in the church, the schools, the government, the family and the freedom of our country.  But I am here to assure you that Jesus says, “I have overcome the world!” (John 16:33).

This world certainly has trouble.  All the chaos the devil is causing seems impossible to overcome but when we know Jesus, we have peace.

Revelations 17:14 says:  “They [the enemy] will make war against the Lamb [Jesus], but the Lamb will overcome them because he is Lord of lords and King of kings – and with Him will be His called, chosen and faithful followers.”

We are HIS FOLLOWERS.  If you know Jesus, you are His followers.  We are chosen.  Jesus is going to overcome evil and all the devil’s chaos in this world.

Today, my heart is aching for those who don’t know Jesus.  I don’t want anyone to live in chaos and turmoil.  No matter what this world brings.  No matter what the media tells us.  No matter what evil people do and what the devil sneaks into the corners of our world, he will not win.  He will spend eternity in hell; in fire and burning and torture forever and ever and ever.  There will be no end.  We must know Jesus in order to avoid that eternal torture as well.

I try to always be positive in my writing.  And God has laid this writing on my heart today.  I find so much comfort in this Peace.  I want all people to have this Peace.  I want the world to have this Peace.  I want chaos exchanged for this Peace.

Jesus is that Peace.

What’s the use?

Jesus.

Don’t give in.  Don’t give up.  Know Jesus.  Know Peace.

Because if we do, we win in the end!

What Have I Done?

I did a thing.

A big thing.

A hard thing.

A brave thing.

I threw away some M&M’s.  Yes I did!

You see, I love M&M’s.  I love most anything chocolate.  But I’ve been feeling this pull to eat less.  I desperately want to lose weight before a big trip in the fall and these M&M’s aren’t helping my cause.

So I decided it was a goodwill symbolic act to actually throw them away.  So I said goodbye not only to the M&M’s but to the hold they have on me.  To this temptation the devil uses to control me.

I”m not sure how long it will last but it’s a start.  And I said it out loud, to the devil, that he no longer controls me.  How about you?

What is holding you hostage?

What do you need to let go of?

Do the hard thing!  You’ll be glad you did.

Because life’s too short to be controlled by little, oval, big-eyed, talking pieces of chocolate.   🙂

Untangled Minds!

Do you ever wake with a million things on your mind?  Like your mind is a ball of tangled string or a necklace that needs the knots out of the chain?

Sometimes I wake up and start thinking, “what was I worrying about when I went to bed?”  That’s just crazy!  But our mind seems to never stop cycling.  It’s like a little annoying hamster who will not give up the endless wheel to nowhere.

It’s good to keep our minds working on creative and positive things, and it’s obviously necessary to resolve issues and mark things off of our to-do lists.

But this racing…..this running is not only stressing us mentally but also putting much stress on our physical body.   We have to figure out how to untangle the mind.  How to quash the devil’s tactics of busyness.  He thrives on watching us worry and stress over the tangled chaos he loves to create.

The only way to straighten out this web of tangles is by trusting in the Master Untangler.  (What a new and unique title. 🙂  )  Yes, Jesus is the Master of helping us create calm out of chaos. Stillness out of stress.  Smooth out of tangled.

A few minutes with Jesus and a commitment to let Him handle the stress is the key to straightening the tangles.   Will you join me today in halting the wheel, pulling out the knots and untangling the web?

I hope so……….because life’s too short to live all tangled up.

One Shoe On. One Shoe Off.

Yes.  That is the story of my life.

On more than one occasion my husband has walked into the living room early morning to find me moving from one place to another, one shoe on while the other lays in waiting by the chair.

“Why is that” one might ask.

My answer……..distraction.

It’s true.  I get so distracted trying to do more than one thing at a time that I often forget to put both shoes on!

Many times, I find myself with all cabinet doors open, the dishwasher rack pulled out and water running in the sink while I stand in the laundry room with a can of soup, a beach towel and my toothbrush trying to remember what I went in there for.

I repeat……..story of my life.

But when I start my morning with the Bible on my lap and worship on my mind, I find the stillness of the Holy Spirit calms me.  My heart and my mind are at rest.

THAT should be the story of my life!

That’s what God wants for us each day.  Peace and calm.  Not chaos and craziness.  I want that…..every. single. day.

It’s going to take some focus, but I know I can do it ……one laced-up shoe at a time.