Monday, March 29, 2010

Keeping My Peace

Confession .....

These last few days I am having to remind myself constantly several truths in order to keep my peace . But I am determined.

Our daughter is graduating, financial pressures are looming, I have recently been bumped up to president of the project graduation/senior trip committee with a major fundraiser approaching, and many many other things that could drive me crazy if I let them. But I refuse! :)

I am also reminding myself that I am not perfect, nor am I a Super Hero (although I could think of a few super powers that would benefit me at the moment!!).

Yesterday, I updated my status on facebook with one of my favorite quotes (again) that is also listed at the side of my blog:

The thing that is really hard, and really amazing, is giving up on being perfect and beginning the work of becoming yourself (Anna Quindlen).

This quote encompasses many different things for me. One thing in particular is that I don't have to be perfect - which means that I don't have to do EVERTHING myself, because I CAN'T! I can only do what I can do and nothing more. Period. There! Said it! One boundary set. :)

Another thing this quote says to me is that its ok to be myself. No matter what people say or what they think I should be doing, as long as I'm doing what I know God wants me to do, IT'S ALL GOOD. :) I am not defined by other people's opinions of me. Once upon a time, I was totally and completely bound up by trying to please people. Talk about Torture! But my chains have been broken! (Although they do at times try to wrap themselves around my ankles for old times sake).

So instead of dwelling on all the things that HAVE to be done NOW and all the pressures that come with it, I choose today, to set my mind on things worthy of my attention, things that bring peace to my spirit and praise to my Father, things that really matter.

I will not worry. I will not be anxious. I will trust and put my faith in my Father who is more than capable of handling anything that comes my way.

Finally, brethren, whatever things are true, whatever things are noble, whatever things are just, 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. ~ Phil. 4:8

I pray for you today.......peace, love and happiness! It's all going to be ok!! :)

3 friends had this to say:

starleeta said...

YES YES YES...I love that verse at the bottom I too have been reminded of that one lately. I too found freedom from the opinions of all...thank GOD!! All praise to Him who frees us from fear into living in our right minds:0)

And yes it truely is ALL GOOD!!

fallingintofavor said...

Finally a new post! lol!!! Congrats to your daughter, I know those are happy times over there.

You have never lied! We can't do everything. And the quicker that we realized that and focus on Jesus, the happier we are. I used to spend too much time trying to please God by doing things when He just wanted to connect with Him. So now, when I connect to Him early in the morning I feel like I've done all that I need to do. No pressure for the rest of day, lol.

********Shelly********* said...

@Starla: Yes, freedom from FEAR and the opinions of people is refreshingly liberating! :)

@fallingintofavor: LOL...I know, I know.....and I didn't mention this in my post, but you're right...we can never do anything to make God love us any more than He already does. And He is so jealous of our time, desiring for us to know Him intimately and call Him Abba Father.....