Revisiting: Stop It

A revisit for today.  This was written two years ago - almost to the day!  I can see how many of my issues are ongoing and that I need to continually seek God - and learn more and more to cease striving with what I cannot control. It continues to be true that my dearest lessons come from my deepest pain.

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“Cease striving and know that I am God; I will be exalted among the nations, I will be exalted in the earth.” Psalm 46:10

"Cease striving."

"Do not fret."

"Fear not."

"Do not be anxious."

Kinda sounds like God really knows our natural tendencies, doesn't it?  The main thing I hear in the many verse that echo these thoughts is "stop."

I am finding out just how hard it is to stop.  Yet, the peace that comes with turning it all over to God!  This has been a difficult week: my own pain, my husband's medical issues, dealing with our adopted daughter's psychological problems that have erupted as she understands more about her mother's death.  How easy to get caught up in it all.

But, step-by-step I'm learning.  Stop.  Stop thinking the thoughts that escalate out of control.  Stop looking ahead.  Stop looking back.

The words that keeps coming to mind ... Be still - Cease striving. Look to me.  

Sometimes I forget about God.  An awful thing to say, isn't it?  But, I do do that.  I look a what is happening around me and focus on the problem.  That is so much easier.  

But when I force myself to stop doing what I have always done and slow down ...  I begin to understand.  Striving doesn't help. Fretting doesn't help.  Being afraid doesn't help.  Being anxious doesn't help.

What does help?  

Remembering.  Remembering God.  Remembering His words.  It can all look so overwhelming.  Yet, nothing can or will overwhelm God.  In the midst of chaos, it can be challenging to  trust.  

It's all about letting go - and letting God be God.

I'm finding my dearest lessons are being learned from my deepest pains.  What a difference it has made to look at life that way.

So, dear reader, what do you need to "stop" today?

Father God, Thank you that you have everything that touches our lives covered.  No matter what, You are there.  You are there even when we feel alone, scared, helpless, and in pain.  Help us to remember to stop ... and look to You.  Amen and amen.

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