Lose the Ability to Panic

“Growing in the grace and knowledge of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ” (2 Peter) Psalm 91: 1-6 He who dwells in the secret place of the Most High shall abide under the shadow of the Almighty.  I will say of the Lord, He is my refuge and My God, in Him I will trust.  Surely He shall deliver you from the snare of the fowler and from the perilous pestilence.  He shall cover you with His feathers, and under His wings you shall take refuge; His truth shall be your shield and buckler.  You shall not be afraid of the terror by night, nor of the arrow that flies by day, nor of the pestilence that walks in darkness, nor of the destruction that lays waste at noonday. Let go of panic. Pick up peace and joy instead. Each is a decision as well as a practice with decidedly different outcomes. Are you a joy filled Christian with energy in your step or are you gloomy and downtrodden, weary from carrying a weight of fretfulness and worry? I was well practiced in the art of worrying when my three kids were young.  At times I was consumed by worries over them, misguided in my thinking that this fretting was in some way necessary. I included worry in the list of “mom duties.”  Yet all this apprehension ever really accomplished was to reduce my energy and distract me from prayer. Infant worries grew into toddler worries which evolved into school age worries and then the stressful teen worries which transferred to college worries.  Then one day as I began...

Peace For a Mom's Anxious Heart

Rejoice in the Lord always: again I will say rejoice. Let your reasonableness be known to everyone. The Lord is at hand.; do not be anxious about anything, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God.  And the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.  Philippians 4: 4-7. Today’s blog is personal.  It’s about my oldest daughter Erin who is going through a very difficult time.  Many of you reading this are mothers; thus you understand how a mom’s heart is drawn to her children, protectively and lovingly, especially when they are hurting, regardless of what age they are! Erin is pregnant again.  Although she is one of the rare women whose body reacts violently to being pregnant (HYPER-hyper emesis), Erin was thrilled (and surprised!) to discover that she was expecting their third child.   The lab reports however have come back very troubling.  The first set indicated the possibility of an ectopic pregnancy which instead turned out to be a bursting cyst in a fallopian tube.  The latest reports however indicate that the baby is not developing as expected and that Erin will likely miscarry.  Many of you (me included) have experienced a miscarriage as well and can relate to the emotional upheaval she is going through. As I write this blog, a tiny, tiny heart beats within Erin’s womb. Since death is determined by when a heart stops beating, isn’t life also recognized in a beating heart?   Recently a Veritas Academy family faced the death of their tiny unborn...