Happy Wednesday to my faithful readers on WordPress, Instagram, and Facebook, and to anyone who has found my blog recently, welcome! Yesterday, I wrote about my brain needing a break, anybody else ever feel that? What do you do with that? In the past I have tried sweeping that feeling under the rug, and I can tell you from experience, that does not do a body or mind good. It is so important to be tuned in to your body and to be able to fill it up with what it needs. I moved my writing space outside today, and I know for certain that my mind and body has needed this sunshine and 60 degrees. Those gray days recently did not help me to be my best self. But even with sunshine and fresh air, I can tell you that I need God most, and sitting out here under blue skies, birds chirping, dog laying in the shade, buds on the trees, daffodils in blooms, shows me that He is always here, but it is me who sometimes chooses not to see past my discontentment and my stuff to see that. Currently, my mind is struggling with some stressors that are out of my control. In my desire for control, I’ve tried to find other things that I can control. You might be wondering how’s that working for me. The answer is, not well. Shocker, right? The lack of control about what I can’t control has left me in a funk the past few weeks, and as I’ve retreated into my introverted self, and I’ve realized that wanting control is a problem. But now that I have had my eyes opened to what has been manifesting internally, I’m looking to my savior to fill my cup and not the world around me. He is changing my discontent to contentment. He is taking anger and turning it into forgiveness. He is taking pride and control and replacing them with patience and peace.

Are there things in your life that are causing you stress? Things that are out of your control? Things that are just making you feel overwhelmed and weary. Matthew 11:28-30 says, “Come to me all who are weary and burdened and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you and learn from me, for I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. For my yoke is easy and my burden is light.” Isiah 40:29-31 says, “He give strength to the weary and increases the power of the weak. Even youths grow tired and weary, and young men stumble and fall; but those who hope in the Lord will renew their strength. They will soar on wings like eagles; they will run and not grow weary, they will walk and not be faint.” A life with the Lord is not free of burdens or stress. But I would rather have burdens and stress with the Lord any day over a lifetime suffering alone. So where are you at today? Are you walking with the Lord in your struggles? Are you allowing him to care for you? Or maybe you are struggling alone. It is not too late. He loves you.

Yesterday, after all the afternoon busy, I got on my running clothes, found my ear buds and went down to our beautiful beach for an evening run. Praise and worship music coming through my earbuds, I ran the stress away. I ran and marveled at the sun sinking lower in the sky, making this short girl have a tall shadow. I ran in praise of the one who has given me this body. I ran in praise that I am able to fill my lungs with air and run. I ran my 2 miles for the first time since I hurt my back. No more pain, no more pain. And as I crossed each mile marker, I raised 1 finger to the sky, thanking him for it all.

What are you working with this week? Are you tired, overwhelmed, sick, angry, busy, stressed? What will you do with it? Will you sit in it or will you acknowledge the things that are out of your control and count the blessings around you. Your focus is your choice. It is always your choice. I would love to hear about your journey this week. Please share with me what you have been dealing with or working on. We are called to share in one another’s burdens and care and pray for one another.

Today’s poetry prompt was How to be________

How To Be Stuck

Stay put

Don’t Move

Complain, complain, complain

Watch the world around you

Don’t change

Be the same, the same, the same

Empty talk

No action

Remain, remain, remain

Never move

Always linger

Cling, cling, cling

This is how to be stuck

I mean, come on now, look at those long legs!