Overwhelmed

You are just finished dealing with one thing and the next hardship already comes along. Or, you are still in the middle of battling with one issue while another — and maybe yet another — is added upon your shoulder. You feel overwhelmed. You know you won’t be able to cope with all of this much longer. You have come to the end of your rope.

Ever felt this way before?

This is how I have felt yesterday morning. Then the LORD brought something to my mind — something my old Pastor used to say often, mostly during our prayer meetings. He said that especially in times like these we need to look up to the One who can change things, the One who loves us so deeply, and who cares for us and our sorrows. We need to go to His Word. And then he shared that, in situations like these, he often goes to Psalm 91, reads and prays its words. That’s exactly what I did on Tuesday morning and I urge you to do the same.

If you feel like you have come to the end of your rope today, get your Bible out — even if it is dusty — and start reading the healing Word of God. Why not start with Psalm 91 and keep on going, reading a little more each day?

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Anxiety

When I become anxious I tend to feed myself on the wrong thoughts. I’m so eagerly but helplessly trying to figure things out. I want to have them fixed so I can go on with life. I’m not only feeding on the wrong thoughts, though, but I’m also tempted to use negative words; maybe not even so much toward others but toward myself: I mean, what good am I anyway?

Perhaps you know that kind of feeling? It’s been one of these days all week long. It all began last Saturday and its peak was on Tuesday this week…

I’ve got up early, read my Bible and enjoyed a freshly brewed cup of my favorite German coffee. However, that morning my dog was sick. I’ve called the vet, made an appointment and then we’ve headed toward Dublin.

Depending on how heavy traffic is, it usually takes us about 75-90 minutes to get there. It rained heavily that morning. Then, after about 45 minutes, the maintenance light came on. Immediately, the car slowed down which, for a moment, felt like a kick down of an automatic car. After that I couldn’t do more than 55mph (80km/h). I pulled over and stopped the car. I’ve sent a text message to my husband and then took a glance into the glovebox and reached for the owner’s manual. I’ve searched for words like maintenance and repair but couldn’t find anything helpful in the book. Now, what shall I do? Rapsy started whining and I felt irritated…

I knew that the more I would give into my own thoughts, the deeper I would get into trouble, and the harder it would be to snap out of it again.

The Bible says that we should:

Be anxious for nothing, but in everything by prayer and supplication, with thanksgiving, let your requests be made known to God; and the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus. Finally, brethren, whatever things are tru, whatever things are pure, whatever things are lovely, whatever things are of good report, if there is any virtue and if there is anything praiseworthy — meditate on these things. (Philippians 4:6-8 NKJV)

So I decided to stop everything and pray. I’ve praised God and then asked Him to bless this journey and to use it for His glory. After my prayer I felt this inner peace that everything is going to be okay and I continued driving up to Dublin.

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Mothers, Teach Your Daughters

If she hadn’t died in 2011, my mom would have turned 77 today.

My mom made the best German cheesecake on earth! No, sorry, you cannot convince me otherwise. Sad but true, with her death the making of these cakes ceased too. The recipe, you ask? No, sorry, she didn’t leave instructions behind nor had she taught me how to make it. Throughout her life she has kept it as her secret and now it is gone forever.

My mom also had the talent to keep her home spotless. I don’t know what she has done to them (there we go again) but all the furniture in her house stayed dustless until she and dad had returned from a two-week vacation.

My mom had been gifted in knitting and made the most beautiful sweaters you could ever imagine. She was the best! No, unfortunately she didn’t show me how to knit.

Isn’t it a shame that with her death all of this knowledge is gone? I wish my mom would have taught me how to bake, how to clean, how to knit but most of all where to find help when life gets tough.

Young Women Need To Know

How are we able to do the things we are doing? What is the best way to accomplish certain tasks? What is true? What is false? How do we know? Where do we find practical advice? Where do we go to when hardships strike? Who can we really rely on?

Deuteronomy 6:5-9 (NKJV) says:

You shall love the LORD your God with all your heart, with all your soul, and with all your strength.
And these words which I command you today shall be in your heart.
You shall teach them diligently to your children, and shall talk of them when you sit in your house, when you walk by the way, when you lie down, and when you rise up.
You shall bind them as a sign on your hand, and they shall be as frontlets between your eyes.
You shall write them on the doorposts of your house and on your gates.

It’s time to take our calling seriously. Mothers, training begins while they are still young. Train them up in the way they should go (not in the way the world wants them to go). Keep sharing your wisdom and don’t neglect that important relationship with your daughters! Grandmas, share the knowledge and understanding that you have been blessed with over the years. Older women, teach the younger women. Teach them what? That’s for another day’s post.

Want to keep on reading? Teach them diligently might be of your interest, too. And/Or, if you are wondering if my mom has been a Christian, in Death Of An Unbelieving Loved One I have shared how I wrestled of not knowing where she has gone to. I pleaded with the LORD over this question. (If you’ll read the post you will find out how He has answered in such an amazing way.)

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