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Easter Means No Worries


He died, so that we may live….

“Death came into the world,” the Bible says, “because of what one man (Adam) did, and it is because of what this other man (Christ) has done that now there is the resurrection from the dead.”

“We picture death as coming to destroy; let us rather picture Christ as coming to save.  We think of death as ending; let us rather think of life as beginning, and that more abundantly…. We think of going away; let us think of arriving.”  ~Norman MacLeod~

Happy Easter….No worries.

Worry…It’s So Easy To Do; So Hard Not To


The cobbler’s kids have holes in their shoes.  The woman who gives advice to worriers still worries.  What gives?  Why can’t I stop this destructive behavior once and for all?  Why does it continue to plague me?

Methinks I have to try a lot harder to get a grip. Me also thinks it’s easier said than done. Case in point: what happened over the Easter holiday.

It’s a long story, but suffice it to say, one of my puddies (my surrogate son) got sick.  I frowned; I fretted. I tried to be strong and sensible…. “The facts, Ma’am,” I kept telling my brain. “Just examine the facts. Don’t go borrowing trouble. Don’t go imagining the worst. What happened doesn’t have to be life-threatening….that is, not unless you make it so.  If you act logically; make good decisions based on available information, everything should turn out okay. Now, ask God to help you and leave it in His hands.   Trust God, believe in Him. This is an easy fix for Him, so don’t get all emotional.”

Did I listen to my own voice of wisdom? Nah. I worked myself up into a stupor; had knots in my stomach; cried; pestered the vet; screamed at God; drove my husband crazy. 

I have to say I read my book, and it did tend to calm me…especially the prayers. And I did try to keep busy, which also helped. I wanted to just hide and sulk, but I forced myself not to give in completely.

 In fact, now that I think of it, I wasn’t as bad as I would have been two years ago, when I’d have been ordering the cat’s headstone, and searching the garden for a quiet resting place.

So, I think I’m getting a LITTLE better. 

On the other hand, in retrospect, I realize I brought the stress on myself.  I should have  tried harder to chase it away.  It was much easier to give in to worry and harder not to.

So I get low grades this time.  But, as they say in business… going forward, I’m going to be stricter with myself. I’m going to remember what  Thomas Jefferson said, (no wonder he was President)….”How much pain have cost us the evils WHICH HAVE NEVER HAPPENED.” 

If it didn’t hurt so much, I’d get that tattooed on my arm.

Easter Means No Worries


He died, so that we may live….

“Death came into the world,” the Bible says, “because of what one man (Adam) did, and it is because of what this other man (Christ) has done that now there is the resurrection from the dead.”

“We picture death as coming to destroy; let us rather picture Christ as coming to save.  We think of death as ending; let us rather think of life as beginning, and that more abundantly…. We think of going away; let us think of arriving.”  ~Norman MacLeod~

Happy Easter….No worries.

Worried? Try a Little Silliness


Instead of April Fool’s Day this year, I’m going to propose we  have a National Don’t Worry, Be Silly Day. This would be a day we’d set aside to stop everything we’re doing and take a hard look at all the things that make us so anxious.  Once a year, then, we’d get to see how silly it is to place such importance on things like wealth, looks, status, prestige, and power. 

            Dress on this day would be simple: no Tommy Hilfiger or designer sweats, just really plain, old,  baggy, clothes, and flip-flops.  Hats would be encouraged—and of course, the sillier, the better. Women would not wear makeup and men would not have to shave. So no one would have to worry about what to wear, or how they looked, because everyone would look the same—silly.

            All cell phones, laptops and mobile devices of any kind would be banned, and everyone would have to leave his BMW or Lexus at home and use either stilts or a pogo stick to get places. What’s more, no one would reveal who they really were, and what they really did. Instead, if anyone asked, each person would pretend he worked at some job the very opposite of his own. This way, one day a year, we would all see how it feels to walk in our neighbor’s shoes.

            Meals on this day would be simple, too.  Every town would have a huge fair offering tables of smiley-faced peanut butter and jelly sandwiches and dessert cups of fake eyeballs in red Jell-O.  No low carb, low-fat food, or arugula would be allowed. Cafe lattes and designer spring water would be nixed as well. The good news is no one would go hungry on this day because the food would be free. The bad news is anyone mentioning a diet would have to eat two banana splits with sprinkles.

            Singing and dancing would be encouraged—regardless of ability. There would be silly putty sculpture exhibitions and open mike sessions with topics like, “The Silly Things I Worry About.”  Competitive or status sports would be a no-no. But anyone who had always wanted to bungee jump, climb a wall, go skateboarding or ride a unicycle, but never had an opportunity, could give it a whirl.  This way, since no one would take anything seriously, we could try things we have always wanted to do and not have to worry about doing poorly. Happily, we would all get the chance, as Jesus encouraged us, to “become as little children” again.

Best of all, since the mood would be carefree and silly, there would be no one to hate and nothing to fight about.  And anyone caught sporting a furrowed brow would get a pie in his face, either chocolate fudge, or banana cream.

Now, just before the close of Don’t Worry, Be Silly Day, there would be a contest. The object would be to explain how being silly one entire day could help us stop being anxious for the other 364. Since no one’s answer would be any better than anyone else’s, everyone would be a winner. And the prize would be learning how to worry less, and laugh at ourselves more.

Adapted from: The Worrywart’s Prayer Book

Anxious for Spring to Come? Don’t Worry…


It’s…almost here.

The snow has melted, and this single crocus has just popped its head up through last year’s left-over leaves. It signals to me that things are looking up.

A Prayer for the Pink-Slip Willies


There’s nothing more energy sapping than to try to go about business as usual when you’re nervous about your job, especially if you’re in a position where you’re  waiting for the other shoe to drop. And these days, you never know when it will.  It’s hard to stay up when uncertainty abounds. But somehow you’ve got to keep yourself pumped, and your thoughts positive. Here’s a prayer that may help:

Lord, please give me the grace to put aside my worries about work. Let me live in the moment and be grateful for the job I have right now. Keep me from ruining my day with paranoia about whether I’ll have my job tomorrow.  Help me stay positive. I know you know what’s best for me. So help me remember you will always give me what I need (which may not always correspond with what I want). And if your plans do include a pink slip, help me flex my faith muscle and trust the new road you’re putting me on. Teach me to understand that what I consider a setback may actually be your way of moving me forward. Finally, help me look at any work-related challenge you put before me as an opportunity to grow, secure in the knowledge you want me to succeed and find joy.  Amen.

Still have job jitters, try Jeremiah 29:11 … “For I know the plans I have for you declares the Lord, plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.”

Worry Antidote: Love, Trust, Believe


Every once in a while you come across an affirmation, or a quote, or a piece of writing that’s just so, well, spot on, you can’t wait to share it.   T.D. Jakes, “Just Because,” is one of them.  

It’s an affirmation of self, a call to love the person God made, a call to trust God’s timing, a call to believe God has a plan for you.  And while you’re taking care of all that,  it’ll be next to impossible to worry.  So take a minute to read, enjoy, and internalize:

Just Because by T. D. Jakes….. 

“Just because no one has been fortunate enough to realize what a gold mine you are, doesn’t mean you shine any less. Just because no one has been smart enough to figure out that you can’t be topped, doesn’t stop you from being the best. Just because no one has come along to share your life, doesn’t mean that day isn’t coming. Just because no one has made this race worthwhile, doesn’t give you permission to stop running. Just because no one has realized how much of an awesome woman you are, doesn’t mean they can affect your femininity. Just because no one has shown up who can love you on your level, doesn’t mean you have to sink to theirs. Just because you deserve the very best there is, doesn’t mean that life is always fair. Just because God is still preparing your king, doesn’t mean that you’re not already a Queen. Just because your situation doesn’t seem to be progressing right now, doesn’t mean you need to change a thing. Keep shining, keep running, Keep hoping, and keep praying, Keep being exactly what you are already. COMPLETE!”