Monday, May 08, 2006

peace ...


"You will guard him and keep him in perfect and constant peace whose mind [both its inclination and its charcter] is stayed on You, because he commits himself to You, leans on You, and hopes confidently in You." Isaiah 26:3

"And God's peace [shall be yours, that tranquil state of a soul assured of its salvation through Christ, and so fearing nothing from God and being content with its earthly lot of whatever sort that is, that peace] which transcends all understanding shall garrison and mount guard over your hearts and minds in christ Jesus." Philippians 4:7

i must confess to some scattered thinking this past 2 weeks ... the balance of work and homelife becomes more difficult yearly ... i'm sure the aging process, leo's decline in health and the added responsibility i take on (whether real or imagined - !) has something to do with it ... but i really hate it when my thoughts get disjointed and my mind keeps going over and over the earthly cares, rather than focusing on the spiritual ... earthly cares are real - i'm not saying i should ignore them ... but i shouldn't stress or worry over them ... that is unprofitable time ...

just when i think i've taken two steps forward, i take one step back! this pilgrim walk was never said to be easy - but definitely interesting!

blessings on your week!

11 comments:

Ginger said...

What a beautiful painting! I hope that the burden of your cares lifts this week, and that you find peace and joy. :)

Saija said...

ginger ... *smile* ... thank you, a burden shared makes for a lighter load ...

Mrs. Diamond said...

hang in there girl. one thing at a time. just do the next thing

Michael said...

Blessings on your week as well.

Take Care
Michael

Saija said...

mrsd ... the transition to work mode is tougher this year since we're short-staffed AND i'm not in my usual space - but at the rental ... sheesh who would have thunk it'd be this hard! *lop-sided smile*

michael ... blessings right backatcha!

Maggie Ann said...

Thats good news that your nephew is on the road to recovery...praise God! Your post makes me think of ...our Sunday School lesson was on Quieting a noisy soul. Sort of the same thought isn't it. Exercising our thoughts upward to God in the midst of this life...sometimes victory must be fought for...sometimes it comes like rest at night...the worries cease for a while. Listen to me...=) going on, hugs to you my friend..I will pray.

daisymarie said...

Truly never easy...but you're so right: it's always interesting!

Mindy said...

The journey is never dull that is for sure! It seems that when these times come, it happens all at once!! Please rest and know you are not alone for He makes a way for you when there is no way! Blessings of peace and rest to you...
xo`c

Saija said...

maggie ann ... and sometimes i think the Lord wants to take us down a different path ... where ever i am, i want to be a witness and not hinder the gospel in any way ... your prayer IS appreciated! (hugs)

tina ... you seem to be able to get along really well with your busy life! do you need quiet times? i really do ... i also need a quiet place to rest my soul - sometimes it seems that is even more difficult to find ... because my brain doesn't turn off! ? ? ? ? ? whatcha gonna do, but carry on the best i know how ... blessings!

mindy ... when folks think that Christians lead a boring existence, they really don't know what they are talking about, eh! and thank you for the reminder that "my Lord knows the way through the wildnerness, all i have to do is follow ... "

Elizabeth said...

Ah, dearie, me thinks that most folks I know right now are struggling with one thing or another. Any easy days we have seem followed by a magnitude of others that we are barely able to survive. Been up today to help my son and family...just driving those 2 1/2 hours kinda exhausts this ol gray mare...and seeing my son oh so very ill rather frightens me. He has had a high fever for maybe 4 or 5 days now...plus a rash...and is the thinnest I have ever seen him yet. His long 12 hour shifts most every day...gets a day off now and then...but not near enough...plus now this germ..have taken a huge toll on him. He will have a better schedule in July again...I see I kind of need to go up and help out more often. I took up some cooked food, etc. today too plus fixed a pot of chicken soup, (primarily for him) today. And helped with the children.

So when you are the sole caretaker of your hurting husband and yes, we are all aging a lot in our age group I think...it has to be quite a big burden for your little back to carry! Will be praying you will feel carried along these days that you must work! Try to remember you are human and thus are only able to do whatever amount any human being can do!!

Saija said...

elizabeth ... *smile* ... thank you for the encouragement - and how sweet to be there for your kids ... i know what you mean about long drives, they take their toll before you even get to your destination! ... i sure hope your son is able to pace himself somehow ... !! and i guess that is what i need to do too, go at the pace the Lord has set for me - rather than trying to run a head of Him ... blessings on your day!