I'm still in resting mode for awhile, probably because I went directly from having the flu to having fun with my sisters and inviting people over to join that fun. So... it is time to "pay the piper" so to speak and do that which is just above maintenance level housework. Which includes a couple loads of laundry, dishes, and a simple dinner (meatloaf and baked potatoes). Although I did make a Texas Sheet Cake (aka Tulip Time Brownies) as promised for my son.
I've been fascinated to listen to Fox Business News lately. Christopher has it on today while he's working on his math and his statics homework. Over and over we hear experts talking about what a new playing field they are experiencing and how no one has any real answers. This generation may be able to look back and see how greedy people got us all into this mess but they are clueless how to get out.
Aren't you glad God is still in control? None of this surprised Him. I love that verse that tells me God has not given me a spirit of fear but of power, love, and a sound mind. I think of it often when I'm very fearful because if it is not God causing this sense of fear... who is it? Only the enemy of our souls... or at least one of his crew whispering not so sweet nothings causing us to worry and fear. Or my own inner voice nagging me to uncertainty.
I wish I could say I've overcome fear in all areas for it does pop its' ugly head up from time to time, especially in the wee hours of the morning when the world is dark and my mind wonders to that which brings uncertainty, doubt, and anxiety.
That is when I need to spend more time in the Word, perhaps immerse myself in Psalms for awhile... talk to Him Who Knows All Things... and wait for peace to flood my soul. If anxiety continues then I often will listen to music or pull favorite books off my shelf... those which have fed my soul with peace and comfort for many years.
There are those seasons in life which I find myself needing good "get away from it all" fiction where I may be solving a mystery, finding myself reliving long ago history, stand side by side with the author as they live in 18th century English families... are to experience time travel and enter a forest where trees talk and a Lion saves.
Just as I set aside food for the pantry, I also "put back" books I know will help in times of trouble. Many on my shelves are old tried and true friends just waiting to visit with me again. Those whose words have often brought wisdom or an escape from fearful circumstances. They once again meet with me as I curl up in a cozy chair or at the end of the sofa with the scent of a candle, a warm throw, and a fluffy cat... bringing the wisdom I've read over and over but how it seems to be fresh and new with each read.
Still others are placed on shelves "for such a time as this"... books recommended by those I trust that I have never read. They wait for the day when I need to "get away from it all" by meeting a new author and hero or heroine. Most purchased for a dollar or less... here and there... diamonds in the rough so to speak.
Books that are never to take the place of the most important Book, for only those Words can bring true Peace. But nevertheless... time well spent when we find old friends and have new adventures to take us away just for awhile as we gain rest and encouragement to meet a new day.
Picture: Time For Reading, Judy Gibson; allposters.com