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CHAPTER EIGHT // HOW WILL HE NOT ALSO?
|adorable otter card from the Little Matters|
these last couple mornings i have been setting my alarm a little earlier and actually listening to it when it starts singing at 6:45 in the morning. i am getting up. making coffee. spending time with Jesus and feeling a whole lot more refreshed than i usually do when i wake up at 8 or 8:15 and try to rush to get ready, grab food, and head out the door at 8:30. it begins in rush mode – stress mode (because lets be honest, if i don’t speed or i hit too many red lights i am going to be late for work!). and once i start there i cannot seem to break it.
stress mode is not good for my heart so i tried an experiment to see if 1) i could get out of bed early and 2) to see if it was worth it.
it is so worth it friends. my heart needs a heart check before i run out the door. i need a lot of Truth to fight the lies of the enemy that will be whispered in my ear all day. i need the time to eat breakfast, grab lunch, maybe even stop for coffee on my way into work (i cannot believe i have time for that!).
but it doesn’t always work that way. sometimes i sleep in. sometimes i cannot fall asleep because i am thinking about finances, work, projects, lists, relationships. sometimes all it takes is a low gas tank or a cryptic text from a friend to send my heart back into stress mode. i was convicted by this quote:
i never really associated stress mode with my relationship with the Lord. i mean, isn’t life just stressful? how many times do we respond to “how are you?” with “busy & stressed”? how many times has stress effected the way we respond to our husbands, coworkers, ourselves? how heavy is stress literally on your shoulders – the tension in your mussels. stress is s big deal people, and it is doing more than robbing you of joy:
when i chose to give into stress. to worry. to wonder. to try to fix it alone. i fall into sin. i fall away from the Lord. the one to holds me in His arms and rocks me as He says “TRUST ME. trust Me”