trust more, do less


While I was in Homegoods, in the home decor section at the front of the store, looking at throw pillows it happened.     On one of  the days between Christmas and New years,  I found a new calm.  Actually, I found the space to be quiet and listen without the general craziness of my people around…

It so happens, (and I take comfort knowing I may not be alone here,) that the holidays twist me up.  This year was no exception; the holiday season ended with a great deal of self-talk.    Specifically, it was self-talk that didn’t  involve much needed conversation with the Holy Spirit, where I ended up believing things that aren’t true.  The brokeness of my own heart,   complicated relationships,  situations I can’t control – they all piled on and wound me tightly into a never-ending tail-spin.

What I find when the “after holiday blues” show up is, I begin trying to fix everything.  I want to correct it all.  More spinning and spinning.  That’s just the position I found myself in while I was looking for some throw pillows:  “Oh this pillow looks perfect… Maybe I should call up ‘so and so’ and have a conversation about ‘such and such’…This pillow is super soft…  Then I’d say this or that to them, I mean surely that would make things better… ”  And on and on it goes, you get the idea.

So, as I was trying to decide between a few different oversized, faux fur, off-white pillows for my bed, I also discovered the quiet moment I needed. The spinning in my head slowed just enough for me to hear Him loud and clear –

Stop trying so hard.  Trust Me. This is not your responsibility.”

“But, if I just… I mean, don’t you want me to…”

No.  You need to trust Me more and do less. I have everything under control.”

“Are you sure I’m not supposed to…”

I’m positive.  Really.  You have no idea just how much I’m taking care of you – and all these things. I promise.

Just like that, my Heavenly Father and Healer, provided the anecdote for my heart and mind.  In a moment, the turmoil was over, my heart and mind slowed to a stand-still.  For me- as a mama, wife, sister, friend who wants to take care of everyone and everything in her sphere of life –  this is probably the most happy, calming, and peaceful instruction I’ve ever been given.

Trust more.  Do less.

**Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding.  In all your ways acknowledge  Him and He will direct your paths. Proverbs 3:5-6**



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