(tea bag tag)
The picture above is what I found after Caleb had taken his bath yesterday.
Bath time is only fun once he gets in the tub and perhaps afterward.
He hems and ha’s and doesn’t want anything to do with cleanliness but
he has learned to make the best of it.
It is apparent he found joy in the midst of drudgery.
Jesus called a little child to his side and set him on his feet in the middle of them all.
“Believe me,” he said, “unless you change your whole outlook
and become like little children you will never enter the kingdom of Heaven.
It is the man who can be as humble as this little child who is greatest in the kingdom of Heaven.
Matthew 18: 3 (Phillips)
I wonder if living a life that boasts of joy might mean dipping our
toes into waters where we don’t want to be submerged.
It could require sitting in hot water long enough that wrinkles appears.
I had to test some waters yesterday.
Maybe not hot waters but warm enough.
It required saying yes when status quo is comforting and familiar.
The rumble of fear settled upon me.
I have found the dull roar is softened and even
*time with Him (reading the psalms, praying the hours, listening)
*asking for prayer
*focusing on a name of God I desperately need
*reminding myself of His blessings and promises.
*eating healthy food
*getting enough rest
*talking a walk
These small, seemingly basic efforts help to quiet the voices that shout doubt and defeat.
When I am overwhelmed by fear, it swallows me and
becomes the controlling focus.
What seems obvious, flees.
As I pause,
take a deep breath
the King is magnified.
all its companions
become less prominent
and I would have to squint to see their outlines.
Joy returns to the living.
It’s for you as well.
I clicked on a blog yesterday and read 5 verses that were
added weaponry in fighting fear.
God knew that fear would be a common struggle,
there are countless reminders in the Word to
not allow fear to overpower.
If you are prone to fear, why not choose
one of those five verses or search for one.
Talk about it.
Write it on index cards.
Enter it in your cell phone memos.
Post it on your walls.
Keep words of truth at close hand.
When the water level and temperature rises
in this bath of life, you will be equipped to pull
the plug and drain fear.
Empty the tub and let joy be the only residue.