Stress? Nah!

      No, not stress….just further reminders to be in prayer, to realize our utter dependence upon God, and to open our eyes to the everyday ways He blesses us. 

     I’ve already mentioned the little fender bender my husband had while we were out shopping the other day.  Early this morning I had a call from our insurance company.  The woman has filed a claim, which, of course, she is completely justified in doing.  When I called my husband at work to tell him, his comment was, “It’s just another thing.”  I am thankful that we have full coverage for this incident, and we will not be “out of pocket” any money.  And yet there is the chance that this “chargeable accident” (he pulled just a hair too wide into a parking spot and scratched her van) could cause our rates to increase next year.  Money is tight here, and yet the Lord provides our every need, and an abudant portion of our wants, too.   

     One of the tires on my van is flat.  Flat, flat.  Aaron filled it this afternoon with his Dad’s air compressor, and it was completely flat again in minutes.  We refilled it again so that I could back it out of the garage so that my husband can put on the spare tonight.  As I backed out of the garage, the air could be heard rushing from the tire.  Yet, there is the need to be thankful.  Dani was the last one to drive the van.  She drove home yesterday afternoon on a couple of long stretches of country road, and yet the tire did not go flat until sometime after she was safely home.  His tender mercies never cease. 

     My husband and Aaron attend a study group with the men from our church every couple of weeks on Thursday night.  My husband gives us a call when he passes a certain point on his way home, and I drive Aaron to the freeway on/off ramp.  My husband pulls off the freeway, picks up our boy, exchanges a word or two with me, and then they continue another 45 minutes or so down the freeway to the study.  Tonight, as Aaron was getting showered and ready to go, he performed the not-so-wise fete of hurdling over a couple of laundry baskets sitting on the floor of the laundry room (just outside of his bathroom door).  He ran, lept and……….fell, badly, sliding hard into the pantry doors before stopping.  My boy, thankfully, is okay, though I suspect he may have a few sore spots come morning.  The pantry doors did not fare quite as well.  In fact, the track they run on is in need of a major chiropractic adjustment.  We were still able to get Aaron to the meeting spot with Copper tonight because we are blessed to have the vehicle here that Lisa and Eric are letting Dani use to travel back and forth to their home. 

      My guys will return home from the study tonight quite late.  They usually pull in around 10:00.  My husband will then need to change the tire on the van, so that Dani and I can get to town tomorrow for the mega-shop.  Our first stop will be the tire store.  Once the tire is changed, he will have to see if he can fix the pantry doors.  If not, perhaps he can at least take them off of the track so that we can access our pantry shelves.  Hey!  If the doors have to come off, it will certainly be adequate motivation to keep that pantry neat and tidy all the time!  

      My husband is faced right now with several things that are, I am sure, causing him some stress.  The car/insurance matter.  Bad tires.  A van that needs a tune up.  The cycle we seem to be in right now with things breaking, or being broken, in and around our home.  A couple of unresolved issues with folks which are completely out of his hands for the time being.  Stress?  Yeah, there’s stress.  However, the Lord would not have either my husband or I “stressing” about things.  He would have us resting in Him.  Leaning on Him.  Casting our cares at His feet.  Do we?  Yes, but not completely, or we wouldn’t be feeling stressed at all!  

      My highest calling right now is to be in constant prayer for my husband.  For the Lord to bring peace to his mind and heart and for wisdom in dealing with all of these matters in a Christ-like manner.  Constantly in prayer.  As I’m folding the laundry, as I’m making up our bed, as I’m driving the car, even as I’m doing the mega-shop tomorrow.

      And, yet, in all of this, the Lord brings such an abundance my way!  A call this very evening from a favorite aunt (and uncle) who, through their generosity and love, are blessing our family to overwhelming proportions in the coming weeks.  An eight year old son, whose multitude of named and unnamed disorders are currently, praise God, ebbing, and who is delighting us once again with broad smiles, laughter and his trademark “drive by lovins” (a term describing his ability to run past, stop on a dime, backtrack just long enough to give a good, tight squeeze, and then be back on his way).  Spending the afternoon with all of my treasures with me – all four children and all four grandbabies!  Abundance!  Full to overwhelming! 

     An afternoon spent reading to my grandbabies.  Feeding everyone store-bought cookies!  Listening to my two year old granddaughter’s sweet voice.  Listening to my five year old grandson’s, “Grandma, come see what we built!”, and then seeing it!  Answering my four year old grandson’s questions as we read.  Cuddling and playing and whispering in the ear of my youngest treasure, our little pixie-girl, for a good long while this afternoon.  Chatting the afternoon away with my two grown girls. My cup is full!  My heart overflows!

God bless you as you look well to the ways of your household!
Proverbs 31:27
 

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22 comments to Stress? Nah!

  • I will be praying for your family.  I know God will provide all of your needs.  Thank you for sharing your heart.  I learn more and more from you every day.  🙂

  • Don’t think my last comment went through. Just wanted to say that some days God thinks I need a dose of copperswife and He is right..Thanks!!

  • I will be praying for your family today.  I know that some days it just feels like we are being pushed further and further down.  I appreciate your attitude and the reminder that we are so blessed.  If only we could keep that in the forefront of our minds at all times.  (I think that’s where scripture memorization helps!)

  • Doesn’t the old saying go…”when it rains, it pours”? Life is so unpredictable, but the WAY we handle things doesn’t have to be. It seems that Copper does have alot of things on his “shoulders” right now, I will be praying for him AND you.:yes:

    I love the way you think.  You are able to see the bright side:sunny: of everything, not just the bad part. I really need to practice this.” Pollyanna-ing”. It is not my forte’-but it could be with a little effort and practice.

    Have a wonderful day mega shopping, be careful-it’s a zoo out there!!!:giggle:

  • Doesn’t the old saying go…”when it rains, it pours”? Life is so unpredictable, but the WAY we handle things doesn’t have to be. It seems that Copper does have alot of things on his “shoulders” right now, I will be praying for him AND you.:yes:

    I love the way you think.  You are able to see the bright side:sunny: of everything, not just the bad part. I really need to practice this.” Pollyanna-ing”. It is not my forte’-but it could be with a little effort and practice.

    Have a wonderful day mega shopping, be careful-it’s a zoo out there!!!:giggle:

  • I am in the midst of preparations for a large holiday open house here at my place tomorrow afternoon……I am so prone to “stressing out” as it were…..there is much to do food wise and things I would like to tidy up even more…..

    It was a nice reminder to bring it to the Lord to receive the peace that he has waiting for me.

  • I am in the midst of preparations for a large holiday open house here at my place tomorrow afternoon……I am so prone to “stressing out” as it were…..there is much to do food wise and things I would like to tidy up even more…..

    It was a nice reminder to bring it to the Lord to receive the peace that he has waiting for me.

  • You and your family are in my prayers.

  • You and your family are in my prayers.

  • Ah…the answer to stressing…counting my blessings!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    It was a happy day when I “figured” that out!:)

    Alesha

  • Ohh, don’t I know those kind of days! Stress is something we live with on a continual basis around here and we have to keep reminding ourselves of the many  blessings and little joys of the day! Enjoyed this post, Cheryl You’re a ray of sunshine each day! :sunny:

  • Stess…it is the polar opposite of peace. What a blessing to read of people who SHOULD be stressed but are instead experiencing God’s peace.

  • Cheryl, thank you for the good reminder to always be praying for our husbands. My DH is under significant stress related to an unpaid loan payment at the time. I will remember to pray for him often!!!

    Hoping your tire is an easy fix! We had the same thing happen a few weeks back (air rushing out as soon as you filled it) and the tire was able to be fixed, and didn’t need replacing. What a blessing that was to us!

  • Praise God for His provision!  Your post reminds me of what the prophet Jeremiah wrote about the Lord’s mercies in Lamentations 3:21-24 .(..they are new every morning, and He is faithful.)

    Blessings,

    Mrs. C

  • Your post made me smile so much Cheryl! He certainly does provide 🙂

  • Thank you for your sunshiney ways!  :sunny:  Jenn

  • Sounds like when it rains it pours with the car situation.  But we are still to count it all joy 🙂

  • Thank you for reminding me to pray for my husband, not just once, but numerous times a day.  :goodjob:

  • Thank you for this wonderful post. I’m glad for the reminder to pray for my husband every day.
    Catherine

  • What a great reminder of what little faith I have when I allow myself to stress….  Here’s hoping some of your situations turn out well and without too much inconvenience.  Look forward to seeing you AND talking with you on Sunday!  Sorry I missed out on the talking part last week 🙁

  • Sorry to hear about the tire, but very glad Dani got home safely before it went flat. Hoping the boo boo doesn’t make your insurance go up to much.

    Glad to see that Will is coming back to his sunny self. I love the description of the “drive by lovins” 🙂

    You are definitely blessed full to over flowing with your family Cheryl. I enjoy reading about your day and your life with your loved ones.

    May God richly bless you this Christmas
    Melody

  • ***My highest calling right now is to be in constant prayer for my husband.  For the Lord to bring peace to his mind and heart and for wisdom in dealing with all of these matters in a Christ-like manner.***

    Oh, what a necessary reminder — for me. Now. Thank you.