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Stress, Creativity and Protection

sunrise-in-the-countryJuly 6, 2016 – Stress Relief

life is busy. Life is hectic. Sometimes everything can build up on you to the point you feel like you are going to burst. Many people, like myself, don’t often see the stress building up until they have a complete meltdown. In these instances a person can become very emotional, maybe crying a lot or becoming angry over the smallest thing.

We aren’t made of iron or wood, even though some of us think we are. We are emotional creatures. Not only is there a limit to what we can do, what we should do physically, but mentally as well. There are a lot of ways to relieve stress, but many people just get too busy to think about it. Sadly this can have a lasting effect on their lives when it finally starts to boil over.

The last week and a half has been pretty busy, pretty rough. Not only was it the week that bills are paid, gas is put in the car, but the months groceries have to be bought, doctors visits attended to, infusions for Rich and many other minor chores that just have to be done. Rich got sick, the next day I got sick, then the next day Rich had an angio attack in his throat. As if this wasn’t enough mom fell and hurt herself.

I don’t often have meltdowns. I am usually able to get through all things by being as patient and cooperative as I can. By trying to be polite to everyone I have to deal with, by trying to organize everything into an easy route and in timely fashion and by praying a whole lot, I usually get through the first week of the month without too many problems.

I had a meltdown. What did I choose to have a melt down over? Of all things, a baked potato. I won’t get into all the details, but after all was said and down, apologies made and everything discussed, we finally figured out that the poor baked potato had nothing to do with it. We had a good laugh over it, but I learned a lesson from it to. I learned to notice the signs that tell me enough is enough and I need to back off or slow down.

Ephesians 4:26-28 Be angry and do not sin; do not let the sun go down on your anger, and give no opportunity to the devil. Let the thief no longer steal, but rather let him labor, doing honest work with his own hands, so that he may have something to share with anyone in need.

Today I am thankful that the Lord allows me to learn lessons from my sometimes silly and unnecessary actions.

bucket of flowersJuly 7, 2016 – Creativity

God gave us a lot of attributes when he created us. He gave us seven basic emotions: Anger, fear, joy, sadness, surprise, contempt and disgust. , but there are many sub-emotions that come along with that such as resentment, anxiety, grief, love, trust, anticipation, pensiveness and boredom just to name a few.

He also gave us many spiritual gifts, each person having a specific set that he decides they should have; discernment, evangelism, faith, giving, knowledge, servitude, wisdom and teaching are just a few of them. He also gave us creativity.

Without creativity, we would live in a very different world. It was creativity that brought us all the technological advancements we have made like cars, jets, ships, television, cell phones, computers, rockets, stoves, refrigerators, radios, microwaves, arts, music, fashion and so many more. If man hadn’t used his creativity for cooking food faster, no one would have invented the microwave. If man hadn’t sought a way to communicate easier and quicker, we wouldn’t have phones, cell phones, e-mail, texting, telegrams or computers.

If man didn’t see the wonderful colors, shapes, scents and scenes that god gave us we wouldn’t have perfumes, designer clothes, works of art for our walls, or all the little nick-knacks, vases and statuettes we love to set around our homes. We wouldn’t have different houses, different windows and doors or different styles of dress without the imagination of man. We wouldn’t be able to create beautiful objects of arts, garden designs, home decor, new and delicious meals or children’s toys.

There are just so many things in today’s world that are the product of someones creativity.

Exodus 35:31“And He has filled him with the Spirit of God, in wisdom, in understanding and in knowledge and in all craftsmanship”

Today I am glad that God instilled us all with emotions, spiritual gifts and an creativity.

Hands holding the worldJuly 8, 2016 – Protection

Everyday, when I log onto the internet, I see a multitude of horrible news stories. Police shot by snipers, another person shot in a traffic stop, another rape, another murder, another terror attack or another mass shooting fill my front page.

Besides all the violence and crime, there are also so many stories about intense weather affecting thousands of people, destroying homes, causing the death of those who cannot get to safety, ruining cities and towns. Add to that all the medical news about new diseases, new virus, or new forms of cancer.

Then come the warnings about different health products that are not healthy, additives in your food that could be killing you, side effects from medications that can shorten your life, new mutations in insects and reptiles that can cause debilitating diseases or death.

It seems like the majority of the news today holds something to fear, something to be aware of, something to worry about or something to stay away from. Everyone can fall victim to any one of these, that is a known fact. No one can predict from one day to the next what will happen, what will be discovered. Unfortunately, just about everything happening today is in the bible, close to the time that Jesus will be coming back. Most of it has been predicted.

But I have peace in my faith in the lord. All of my life he has protected me, even in dangerous situations that my bad choices put me in.

2Thessalonians 3:3 But the Lord is faithful. He will establish you and guard you against the evil one

Isaiah 41:10  fear not, for I am with you; be not dismayed, for I am your God; I will strengthen you, I will help you, I will uphold you with my righteous right hand.

Today I am thankful for his protection.

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