I've been so busy this last month, that I haven't had time to write much! There was the hurricane and then I have been packing, and packing, and packing........... We are moving to Texas - my home. I've been absent from Texas for 14 years, but now that my husband has retired, we will be leaving New York.
The whole ordeal has given me much to worry over, but I'm glad to tell you that I have not really fallen victim to the stress that such things can cause. At least not more than temporarily. It's not that my serenity just happened, but I chose not to entertain thoughts that would in any way encourage me to fret. Whenever there was a problem for which I had no answer, I would stop what I was doing to pray (usually briefly), and soon would have His answer.
James 1:2-8 says: "Consider it pure joy, my brothers, whenever you face trials of many kinds, because you know that the testing of your faith develops perseverance. Perseverance must finish its work so that you may be mature and complete, not lacking anything. If any of you lacks wisdom, he should ask God, who gives generously to all without finding fault, and it will be given to him. But when he asks, he must believe and not doubt, because he who doubts is like a wave of the sea, blown and tossed by the wind. That man should not think he will receive anything from the Lord; he is a double minded man, unstable in all he does."
Make prayer a priority. It doesn't have to be lengthy and theologically correct prayers said with all he right words. It is merely the cry of your heart inviting Him to share your pain, or clear your mind. It is a simple request for help. Sometimes it is a song lifted up to Him in praise. Other times it is a pouring out of feelings - good or bad.
But in every case it is the faith that He is powerful, knowledgeable, loving and just that expresses itself through prayer. We must be a praying people. If you're not comfortable praying, start out by repeating the Lord's prayer. The more you do it, the easier it becomes. Get started right now, Reader!