Some things I have learned, but not mastered:
- The first step in problem-solving is to take it to God. The second step is to refuse to take it back.
- Stress increases my impulse to control aspects of my daily life, and that in turn increases my stress. Releasing control to God is the most effective stress-reliever available.
- I can most effectively surrender my life to God when I remember to surrender my day to Him.
- Faith can’t flourish without daily nourishment and exercise. It’s easier to absorb the nourishment than it is to do the exercising.
- My good intentions don’t equate to God intentions. Those only take shape when I seek Him first.
- Trust is truth in action. It’s possible to know the truth without acting on it, or allowing it to act on me.
- When tensions flare and hurtful or unwise words scream to be uttered, it’s better to build a wall at the top of that cliff than a hospital at the bottom.
- Replacing negative thoughts with God-honoring ones is the best anti-depressant.
- Active awareness of the Holy Spirit in me makes a crucial difference in the quality of my minutes, hours and days.
- When I fear God — that is, hold Him in the awe, wonder and reverence He deserves — I need fear nothing and no one else.
Thank You, Father, that You keep teaching me even though I don’t always get my homework done.