The God of the Universe cares for you… Will you let Him?

Day 18 of 31 Days of Connecting

A year and a half ago, I had been working through tons of anger with God for calling us away from our families and our financial struggles were just adding insult to injury. Does God care? was a huge question in my life. And then a preacher stated this:

Day 18

The God of the Universe who has unlimited resources at his disposal cares about you. Will you let Him?

I felt God telling me: Trust me.

So, I did.

You can hear the full story here, within a sermon I preached at Scum of the Earth Church on January 12, 2014. You will need Quicktime player to hear this sermon – or you can search for it in iTunes podcasts under “Scum Sermons.”

Thanks for listening.

Cast all your anxiety on him because he cares for you. 

1 Peter 5:7 NIV

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When Your Monday Feels Like a Wednesday

It’s Monday, and it feels like a Wednesday.

It was a hard weekend. Tim was on a men’s “retreat,” so I was alone with the kids. And, I was grieving. So, though I woke up this morning feeling ready to go, I am now done.

Have you had those Mondays? When, though you get started with gusto, you peter out by mid-afternoon? Though you felt ready to face the week just a few short hours ago, you wonder how you’re going to make it until 5 or 6 or 10?

Maybe you’re having one of those today, too.

I used to beat myself up on these days. What’s wrong with you? Pull it together! I’d say. And I’d feel even worse.

But, I’m learning. Now, when I recognize I’m out of energy, out of cognitive ability, out of any sense of caring for others, I take a break. I stop what I’m doing. And I breath.

Deep breath in.

Deep breath out.

Repeat.

Did you know deep breathing heals? Deep breathing eases depression and anxiety as it produces the feel good hormones occitocin and prolactin while lowering stress hormones.

Maybe you, like me, need a moment or two – or three! – to breath.

I’m too tired to offer an insight from someone else. Too worn out to search for one of my many earmarks in my books and internet browser to find something to encourage you. I’m sorry. But I won’t beat myself up about it. Because maybe you, like me, needed to be reminded to breath.

So, go ahead. Take a breath. And heal.

be transformed by the renewing of your mind…

Romans 12:2

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