I have a perpetual calendar that a friend gave me years ago. You know the kind that stand on their own and have a poem, quote, or whatever for each day? Well, sometimes I forget to keep up with turning the pages - time flies, right?!
In cleaning this afternoon, I saw how delinquent I have been. Gracious! I was still in June! So, turning the pages until I got to July 11, I read that page.
God's love is like a harbor
where our souls can find sweet rest
from the struggle and the tension
of life's fast and futile quest.
Helen Steiner Rice
They were glad when it grew calm
and he guided them to their desired haven
Psalm 107:30 NIV
This is the day to stay calm in each and every situation.So much is beyond our grasping control. I have no control over people driving vehicles who really have no business with a license! I have no control over serious world matters. I have no control over other's thoughts, dreams, plans, lives ~ yet all of these affect me when it is someone or something that I care about.
I hurt for others, I cry for others, I pray for others ~ their problems become mine if I allow them to. I know myself well enough to know that I cannot stop myself from feeling everything deeply. That is something that God has placed deep within me and is part of who I am. I am a passionate person. I do nothing half way - I go all out or nothing! I enjoy challenges and have been told that I thrive on chaos.
How can I keep my inner being at peace with the turmoil of friends, the war on terror, even stupid drivers? Simple. I do not look to anyone else for full approval. Yes, I like approval - who doesn't. But it is like an aphrodisiac and that is one drug that can be deadly to one's peace of mind.
Since everyone make a choice each day in each arena of their life, I can only pray that they can live in contentment with those choices. I chose years ago to live simply. To not look at myself according to any standard other than my own, the laws of this country and ultimately the law of God as stated in His Holy Word. To be able to live simply, care deeply, find joy in little things and to give everything in between over to a higher authority make me able to state with the Apostle Paul that I find that whatever my circumstance is, I find myself content.
No person can grow without some trouble or revelation through strife. It is when we turn those stumbling blocks into stepping stones - those problems into challenges, that we can feel success.
Then I realized that today is July 12. Well, my name is Blondie after all . . .