This post is a part of the Five Minute Friday link up. We write for just 5 minutes without heavy editing on a one-word prompt. Today we talk about the word “next.”
I have a tendency to get overwhelmed fairly easily. I can look at all the things I have to do, all the things that are coming up, and stress about what that’s going to look like to my low-energy body. And I have a heart rhythm issue that rears its ugly head when I am stressed. This week had that over-stressed potential.
My husband has been gone this week, my daughter and mother in law, who lives with us, have both been sick, and life still had to go on. I still had to have food in the house. I still had to care for my 15-month-old grandson most of those days.
And then our water heater went out.
And I have 36 people coming for Easter.
And my oldest is graduating from college in a couple of weeks.
And now I’ve got the cold my daughter had, albeit a light version.
So how do I maintain peace and not let the stress, well, stress me out?
Just do the next thing. Don’t look too far down the road. Just take the next step.
And I breathe deeply, letting the peace of God, which passes all understanding, guard my heart and my mind in Christ Jesus (Philippians 4:7).
It’s oh so necessary.
Especially when I just now got a text that my husband’s flight home this afternoon has been cancelled.
Breathe in peace. Breathe out stress. Breathe in peace. Breathe out stress.