August 23, 2012

level ground

oh my goodness, i'm still reading this & i just don't want the book to end. i'm halfway through her chapter about stress & trusting the Lord. oh my gosh... so good! here are some of her words that challenged me & encouraged me & reminded me there are so many others that deal & have dealt with the same sin.

"worry is the facade of taking action when prayer really is. & stressed, this pitched word that punctuates every conversation, is it really my attempt to prove how indispensable i am? or is it more? maybe disguising my deep fears as stress seems braver somehow."

"fear keeps a life small."

"stress isn't only a joy stealer. the way we respond to it can be sin. ...knowing that stress stands in direct opposition to what He directly, tenderly commands: 'do not let your hearts be troubled. trust in God; trust also in me' (john 14:1)."

"i can't fill with joy until i learn how to trust: 'may the God of hope fill you with all joy & peace as your trust in him, so that you may overflow' (romans 15:13)."

"stress & anxiety seem easier. easier to let a mind run wild with the worry than to exercise discipline, to reign her in, slip the blinders on & train her to walk steady in certain assurance, not spooked by the specters looming ahead. are stress & worry evidences of a soul too lazy, too undisciplined, to keep gaze fixed on God? to stay in love?"

"isn't joy worth the effort of trust?"

"stress brings no joy."

"to lack faith perhaps isn't as much an intellectual disbelief in the existence of God as fear & distrust that there is a good God. if i don't emotionally believe, practically believe, in the goodness of God, am i a believer?"

"my supreme need is joy in God & i know i can't experience deep joy in God until i deep trust in God."

*sigh* yes Lord!
this man is so steady for me. he's level ground. not easily upset over things. handles things with grace. & i am thereby challenged to do the same. 
funny story. we were trying to get a good picture of the 2 of us & it took close to 15 mins. we were trying to be silly & it just wasn't working. so this is what we ended up with. :)
would 'ja look at this.
i really really really want to buy this embroidered hoop art (scroll to the bottom of the post, the one on the right)!!!!!!!!

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