Where do you run when the world is topsy-turvy? What do you reach for when life swirls in chaos? How far do you allow yourself to be swept away in a current of worry, before you look for something to ease the strain? Some of our pacifiers are more or less harmless, but others…
Finding relief is a wonderful feeling, yet I’ve learned in my parent support group, that many outlets chosen can instead end up hurting ourselves and others. Actions that may make me feel better for a moment could have consequences that leave terrible scars.
My favorite safe de-stresser is meditation and art. Reading and thinking, then allowing creativity to flow. Todays verse was:
For God did not give us a spirit of fear, but of power and love and a strong mind. 2 Timothy 1:7
I always thought of this verse as a kick-you-in-the-pants thing. God didn’t create me to be timid and fearful, so get yourself together. But as I began meditating on each word – I realized this could talking about the Spirit He put inside believers.
His Spirit is not timid or fearful.
His Spirit is powerful and full of love.
His Spirit has a well-balanced mind.
It is completely disciplined and self-controlled.
And I have been filled with this amazing Spirit since I give myself to Him! He did for me what I could not do for myself, offering supernatural gifts of peace through His Holy Spirit. Amazing
“And God has identified us as His own by placing the Holy Spirit in our hearts as the first installment that guarantees everything He has promised us.” 2 Corinthians 1:22
Now I have something bigger to rely on in the chaos. I have courage and stability of mind. I have God’s promise of something far more powerful than myself. This Spirit knows His very thoughts and lives in my heart. Ahhh relief.