Do The Next Thing

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.

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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.

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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.

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13 thoughts on “Do The Next Thing

  1. how do you eat an elephant? one bite at a time 🙂 I can so relate to your post today! Life gets so overwhelming at times and we can’t seem to see beyond a pile of laundry, or a pile of bills. But God…He is so Faithful, isn’t He? Praying your hubby makes it home on perhaps another flight and that you kick this cold and enjoy a Blessed Easter with your family & friends! Stopping by from FMF, Dianna

    • Thank you! It’s easy to forgot that God is still in the storm. He doesn’t always take away that storm, but He never leaves us alone in it. “Peace, be still” can apply to the wind and waves, or it can apply to our hearts. Amen. Thanks for stopping by.

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