Beyond the white picket fence

Anxiety and hot flashes!

It's still very dark....yet here I am wide awake. After trying to go back to sleep I give up! Unlike a lot of people my mind spins early in the morning. Which is fortunate as I can go to sleep at night...but about 3:30am after the 10th hot flash my mind starts to spin....

How can I keep up this pace?, How can I keep the four foster kids safe and on track?... Finances, businesses, adult children, teen children, Kevin!!

Ugh...I toss off the covers, shuffle to the kitchen...make a pot of coffee, put gospel music on and begin to pray. My mind immediately goes to 1 Peter 5:7, Cast all your anxieties on Him because He cares for you.

Psalm 5:22 Cast your burden upon the Lord and He will sustain you; He will never let the righteous be shaken.

Another favorite truth:

Matthew 6:27 Who of you by worrying can add a single hour to his life?

The truth is we all fret and fray about what is, what isn't, is it enough?...there's not enough!

In this fast paced, panicked world we run to and fro trying to keep up. But to what end? Sleepless nights, stress, smoking, medication, alchohol or whatever is available to dull the pain of the day.

God never intended us to be tossed to and fro by the waves of life. We can stand firmly on his promises that if we cast our fears, uncertainty and worries on Him, He will give us peace. His name is Peace...not panic! Yet I, like so many get caught up in the daily grind and forget to rest firmly on these promises.

I ask you all to rest today knowing God is in control and all we have to do is ask for His peace. He loves us so much and wants to carry that heavy backpack called "life" we drag along with us. Place it at His feet and let Him carry the burden. His shoulders are big enough.

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