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When Things Get Shaky

Right now I'm sitting at my work computer, chowing down on hummus and carrot sticks, and making a conscious effort to take a deep breath.

I feel burdened.

I have several big things going on in and around my life right now. Some things that are frightening, some exciting, and some just down right maddening.

All of these burdens came to a head yesterday as my husband and I made the drive home from Dallas, where we'd been hospital-sitting for 2 days as our newest nephew successfully made his way into this world. As I poured my thoughts out to my husband, who is always a safe shelter in the midst of a storm, I felt tears stinging my eyes. I just needed a release. You can relate, I'm sure.

In situations like these, where we feel the weight of the world more than the weight of the One, we have to go back to what we know to be true. When we are surrounded by unknowns and our stability seems to falter, we have to remember what we've previously identified to be certain, sure, infallible. Otherwise, we'll panic ourselves with the torment of the unknown.

I recall a time when I was waiting on test results, and the unknown was literally paralyzing me with worry. I was putting stock in things that I did not know to be true.

As I allowed God to transform my mind, He reminded me that I didn't need to fret, but instead, "go back to what you know to be true."

I am the Way, the TRUTH, and the Life.
 John 14:6

He gives power to the weak
and strength to the powerless.
Even youths will become weak and tired,
and young men will fall in exhaustion.
But those who trust in the Lord will find new strength.
They will soar high on wings like eagles.
They will run and not grow weary.
They will walk and not faint.
Isaiah 40:29-31

But all who listen to me will live in peace,
untroubled by fear of harm.”
Proverbs 1:33

I am leaving you with a gift—peace of mind and heart. And the peace I give is a gift the world cannot give. So don’t be troubled or afraid.
John 14:27

Y'all, what we know is that God is trustworthy and good in all things. We know that His timing is perfect. We know that Satan is powerless in the face of Jesus. We know that God is able to do exceedingly and abundantly more than we can ask or imagine. We know that He is Sovereign, and He loves us and our loved ones more than we love us and our loved ones.

So, when things get shaky, when you get scared or frightened, go back to WHAT you know about the One you know.

May the God of all peace and comfort invade your hearts and minds today. Love you!

Lindsey Pond

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