Devotions By Jan

Holiday Stress

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Empty-Cup-of-Coffee-in-the-Sunrise_Hand-Held__IMG_6608-320x480Scripture for Today:  Psalm 23:2  “He makes me lie down in fresh tender green pastures; He leads me beside the still and restful waters.”

There is a pad of paper and pen by my bed.  It is there because I wake up in the night thinking about what I need to add to my list of things to do.  I love the holidays but I am not too crazy about the stress of doing everything perfectly.

Facebook pictures do not help my stress levels.  I understand wanting to share decorating or cooking accomplishments.  But sometimes I have the same feeling about them as I do a magazine spread or a elaborate store window display.  I feel frustrated at not having the time and energy to do everything I would like to do to celebrate the holidays.

Our verse today speaks of rest.  The Lord as my Shepherd understands when I am feeling stressed.  I am a silly sheep who looks up at a mountain and thinks I have to climb it.  He gently leads me away from my own ideas of what I think I should be doing.

My compassionate and wise Shepherd leads me to green pastures and still waters.  He sees when I am making myself crazy and leads me away from that mountain.  He shows me that I need to stay balanced and see what is important.  I need to be rested.  I need to eat right.  I need to have quiet and reflective times with my Shepherd.  More than any item on my list, I want to enjoy the company of my Shepherd.

Thank you Lord, for being my wise Shepherd.  Thank you for leading this silly sheep to rest in you.  Thank you for calming my stress.

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