WHAT HAVE YOU DONE FOR ME LATELY

Sunday, August 7, 2016

50 IS NOT OLD | KEEP CALMHow many of you remember the old commercial from Calgon? A woman is laying back in a bathtub filled with water and lots of sudsy bubbles. She has had a rough day of dealing with the house, the ever ringing telephone, and the kids making messes. She then says those famous words, “Calgon, take me away!”

I have uttered those words many, many times in my life. I have even tried soaking in a huge tub of sudsy bubbles to see if they would wash away my stress. Instead of easing my stress level, it just gave me extra time to stew over whatever was bothering me, and it left me with dry skin. That was not the result I had hoped for.

Stress is something everyone has. Some people will stress over everything, from what they want to eat for lunch, to what purse goes with their outfit. Others only stress over large things, such as being sick or having enough money to pay their bills. Have you ever noticed all the sayings about stress?

  • Tough times never last, tough people do.
  • Storms never last
  • Keep calm, and carry on
  • Live more, stress less

I have tried yoga, with meditation, to ease my stress levels. This is a calming exercise and I enjoyed the relaxed mood I could achieve, but it was only a short-term fix. I needed a long-term fix, one that can work anywhere and anytime. Medications have become a really popular way of handling stress. Doctors write prescriptions for “happy pills” all the time. This is one way that helps people cope with everything that is happening in their lives.

The only thing that really calms me, is prayer. I know that the Lord hears me, and I know that He loves me. That in itself should be calming enough for anyone. Reread that sentence; He hears me and He loves me. I admit that I forget that way too often. I will find myself worrying and stressing over things that I cannot change or fix. That is not my job, I am way under-qualified for that position.

Here are some Bible verses to replace the stress with faith:

  • 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.
  • Proverbs 3:5 Trust in the LORD with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding;
    6 in all your ways submit to him, and he will make your paths straight.
  • Philippians 4:13 I can do all this through him who gives me strength.
  • Matthew 11:28 “Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest.
    29 Take my yoke upon you and learn from me, for I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your souls.
    30 For my yoke is easy and my burden is light.”

There is a classic American joke that tells of a congressman who, when he solicits a constituent’s vote, learns that the man is planning to vote for his opponent. “But how can you do that?” the congressman objects. “Don’t you remember that time ten years ago when your business burned down, and I arranged for you to get a low-interest loan from the Small Business Administration? And what about the time when your daughter got in trouble with the police overseas, and I arranged for her to be released and sent back to the United States? And the time when your wife was sick, and I helped get her admitted to the special hospital she needed?” The voter answers, “That’s all true, but what have you done for me lately?” Is this the message we send the Lord? What have you done for me lately? I hope to replace my worries and stress with thoughts of Thanksgiving. Counting our many blessings, is a wonderful way of thanking the Lord for all He has already provided.

I hope you have a Blessed Day!

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  • julie
    August 7, 2016

    So true I find I’m always on the short side of receiving more than I give – it’s hard to catch up – I’ve been very blessed. I need to do more – I find doing for others helps lower my own stress too (so then is it really doing for others???)

    • Tania
      August 7, 2016

      I feel like that too Julie. I need to start catching up.

  • Nancy Baten
    August 7, 2016

    Thank you for this beautiful post and have a wonderfull Sunday!
    http://www.nancysfashionstyle.com

  • Lisa
    August 7, 2016

    Thank you Tania for this beautiful reminder. I have been going through a long (over) five year personal battle that I actually thank God for. It has brought me closer to God. So, several years ago, I made a commitment to myself (I don’t want to make a promise to God that I can’t keep) to read my Bible daily and have alone time with God first thing in the morning. By doing this and praying for so many others has helped relieve my stress. This has become my favorite part of the day and I look forward to getting up early. This hasn’t made the battle go away but it sure has helped me get stronger through it. I have learned so many scriptures that I can turn too and you have listed some of my favorites. Also, one year ago I started a gratitude journal by writing what I’m thankful for that particular day. It is amazing to look back and see how much I take for granted. Enjoy your Sunday. ~Lisa~

    • Tania
      August 7, 2016

      I love the idea of a gratitude journal! That is something I need to start!!!

  • Diana Crabtree
    August 7, 2016

    I am in a place that needed this today….I am relying on Proverbs 61:2 today New international”From the ends of the earth I call to you,I call as my heart grows faint: lead me to the rock that is higher than I” New living is a little easier to read ” From the ends of the earth, I cry to you for help when my heart is overwhelmed. Lead me to the towering rock of safety.”

    • Tania
      August 7, 2016

      His words are comforting.

  • Joanne
    August 7, 2016

    An encouraging word that I needed to hear today 😊Thank you

  • Susan
    August 7, 2016

    Thanks! I worry so much that I start to worry if I’m not worrying about something!! Does that make sense? I need to keep Proverbs 3:5 in my heart. Have a great Sunday!

    • Tania
      August 7, 2016

      I almost wrote that in my post. I worry, that I am worrying too much. Lol!

  • Glenda Braun
    August 7, 2016

    Thank you. And a very good reminder of my many blessing.

  • Julie
    August 7, 2016

    Thank you.

  • Sandy
    August 7, 2016

    Great job!!!!! Now if we all can remember to do this. I remember something our preacher says “I am not as good as I should be, but I am better than I used to be. I am still a work in progress!”
    Remember Proverbs 3:5!!!!!!

    • Tania
      August 7, 2016

      I will probably use parts from his sermon this morning. I have had two days of devotionals on that very subject, and then he preached about it. Sounds like someone is talking to me, and I need to listen.

  • Patti
    August 7, 2016

    Thank you Tania. I needed to hear this today.

  • Becky
    August 7, 2016

    Thanks Tania! I love your blog…your style is perfect for gathering ideas on how to put things together from my closet, and I love your Christian posts as well. Thanks for all the work you put into your blog for all of us to enjoy

    • Tania
      August 7, 2016

      Awww, that is so sweet Becky. Thank you so much.

  • Debbie Peel
    August 7, 2016

    Thank you Tania. What a beautiful post and reminder for us! Recently I have been feeling the urge to start a Grateful Journal and the Lord spoke to me through your post and confirmed it for me. I will definitely start it now if for no other reason but for me to see each day how God has blessed me. Thank you for all your hard work to keep this blog going. I truly enjoy it every day. God Bless you!

    • Tania
      August 7, 2016

      I just commented to Lisa, that I needed to start a gratitude journal. I think I will start today! How about you?

      • Naomi
        August 7, 2016

        Yes! Tania thanks for helping us focus on our blessings not our stressings.

  • Laura
    August 7, 2016

    Good word, Tania – reminds me of the way Priscilla Shirer encourages us in The Armor of God: Trust leads to thanksgiving and thanksgiving activates peace. Give us thankful hearts, Father.

  • Becky
    August 7, 2016

    Thank you for the reminder. Today is my dads birthday and I felt the need to visit him at the cemetery. Talking to him as well as prayer have helped. I realize that I have two fathers. My dad and the Lord, my God. My family is going through some difficult times. My son is going to start therapy. My daughter and her husband are dealing with fertility issues. I would appreciate your prayers for them.

    • Tania
      August 8, 2016

      Becky, I can not imagine the pain that is in your heart. I am thankful that you were able to find some comfort today with the Lord. He will never forsake you, isn’t that a wonderful comfort. I have already said a prayer for your family, and I would appreciate yours as well. Thanks so much for reaching out to me.

  • Mariana
    August 8, 2016

    Your words are so true. Thank you. I look forward to your blog everyday. Not only are your fashions amazing, your stories amusing but I especially love you reminding me of the Lord.

  • Tricia@MissSippiPiddlin.com
    August 8, 2016

    I’m not really sure how I’ve stumbled upon your blog the last week or so, but I’m glad I did! When nothing else works, Prayer does! Keep up the positiveness and keep throwing out the tips to keep us looking good Tania!

  • Shelly
    August 8, 2016

    Such a sweet post Tania and so true. I can always bet when I begin to feel anxious or stressed about things it is because I have not been having any time in the word and failed to trust him. Thanks for sharing!

    Shelly||The Queen in Between

  • Charlcy Green
    August 25, 2016

    Thank you for these verses & wisdom about stress!

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