Keep Calm. Trust God.

Friday night. Already. It seems like the weeks keep flying by. This morning in morning meeting, our administrator said….Wow, we made it another week. We survived­čśâ

As I drove home from a Costco trip tonight after work with a birthday cake in tow, I thought Wow, I did make it. I know God has been carrying me through the week, day by day, moment by moment.

After the Casting Crowns concert last weekend, I downloaded their new album to my phone. I have been listening to their music to and from work during my long commute. The words really resonate with my anxiety struggles right now.

In God of All my Days, there is a line…

In my worry, God You are my stillness.

Stillness. Stillness is what I need. My mind needs stillness. My body needs stillness.

Be still and know that I am God. Psalm 46:10

That is all I truly need to know right now. As a visual person, though, I appreciate visual reminders.

The bracelet I ordered from Tatum Bradley company came today. 

Keep calm. Trust God. 

Life changing, life breathing words I need.

When I feel anxious, I can look at these words, rely on the integrity of God’s Word, take a deep breath, and take one step forward… calm and trusting.

Words

Yesterday morning, I stepped off the treadmill and saw a tiny post it note on my wooden floor. It was crumpled a bit, forgotten about.

I picked it up intending to pitch it in the wastebasket. I paused, read the words. My own writing. Powerful words I had written. At some point. But for this point in time.

Words infused a strength.

I paused for a moment, snapped a picture of the little note. Unsure of the day, the reason I had scrawled the words across the note…no doubt so I would remember them for a moment such as this.

Infuse….to fill, pervade, to cause something to be added

I thought of an exchange of words with someone I had had over the weekend. Were they life breathing words? Did they fill the person with strength? The answer would have to be no, my words did not.

As I read my little note again, I reflected..  listening is powerful but so is the power of the words we express in return. Are they life giving or life zapping? Do my words fill others with strength or something else?

Scripture speaks of guarding our tongue, of being mindful of the words leaving our mouth in so many verses.

A gentle tongue is a tree of life, but perverseness in it breaks the spirit. Proverbs 15:4

Gracious words are like honeycomb, sweetness to the soul and health to the body. Proverbs 16:24

Let no corrupting talk come out of your mouth, but only such as is good for building up, as fits the occasion, that it may give grace to those who hear. Ephesians 4:29

May our words infuse strength today in others and for others as well as ourselves.

Don’t let the sun set on your anger. There is such power in healing words of forgiveness.  A simple I’m sorry, I love you…infuses healing strength.

Words…such powerful things…