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Why Do I Put So Much Pressure On Myself?

Good Question? Maybe. Why do I put pressure on a gal like myself? Let’s face the fact that there are indeed times when we all put to much pressure on ourselves. We feel the drive and pressure to perform in a certain way. Many times we take on things that we were never meant to take on because of pressure. “What will the family say? What will my friends say? These questions and others like them may swirl around your head like they do mine. It sometimes starts when we are kids and other may have put expectations on us that we never seemed to live up to. Sometimes it may start in the workplace, society, or even dare I say it at church! When and where it begins is not necessarily the issue though, is it? If it comes to a place in us where we feel overwhelming pressure to perform, we have to deal with it.

Usually I can tell when I am at the brink of letting it get out of control. It is in those times when I hear a voice whispering in my heart, “Girl, it’s time to be still, and come and walk with me.” My heavenly Father who knows me best wants me to step back from the performance and begin a pursuit of Him. “Be still and know I am God.” Is the first verse that comes to mind, yet there are so many others that can help us in pursuing after God. In Isaiah 51, we read, “Hearken to me, ye that follow after righteousness, ye that seek the Lord: look unto the rock whence ye are hewn, and to the hole of the pit whence ye are digged.  Look unto Abraham your father, and unto Sarah that bare you: for I called him alone, and blessed him, and increased him.  For the Lord shall comfort Zion: he will comfort all her waste places; and he will make her wilderness like Eden, and her desert like the garden of the Lord; joy and gladness shall be found therein, thanksgiving, and the voice of melody. As we seek after God, He will lead us to a place of comfort. The performance we cling to can leave us dry and wanting a better way. He will lead us to a place like Eden. A place to daily walk and talk with Him, and be satisfied with all He is and all He will do. It is in this place where we find joy and gladness, and gives us a new song. 

Satan wants you to perform rather than pursue God. He will try to tell you if say you are letting all these people down by not doing all the things expected of you. However is it more important to pressure yourself into what others think of you or what God thinks of you. We all need to realize that we are serving an audience of One, Jesus Christ!  Performance can be exhilarating for a time, but performing over and over again will eventually lead us to a dry, empty way of living. It is time to take the final bow and began seeking God with all of our heart. He is waiting for you!

Until next time, Blessings to you!

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When God Grins

There are days, and then there are DAYS! At times here lately, I have felt my world begin turned upside down. Like a kid with a new snow globe, there are days when I feel life shaking me so hard then watching me try to settle back in place. That unsettled feeling seems to linger longer than I would like, and I pray and ask the Father to put all the pieces back the way that He would have them to be. It is in these times, He pulls me closer and says, “Wait and watch what I can do!”

This weekend my sons came home from working at camp for the summer. It was so good to see them and visit. My oldest headed back on Sunday because he works at camp year round. My youngest is home to stay. Since he finished high school in May, after camp he was planning on getting a job locally and earning some money before starting college. Of course, with our life in transition right now I wondered this morning how God would work it all out. Father God has been so faithful to us over the last several months I did not doubt He would work it out for “Youngest” a job, just didn’t know how or where. First thing this morning “Youngest” hit the pavement job hunting. I shared our need with my co-workers, and we prayed God would provide a job for him.  My husband call about 1  1/2 hours after I got to work (shortly after we prayed) and God had provided a job for “youngest” and he was starting in the next 30 minutes. Who can do that but God! When I need a smile from the Father, He whispered, “My child I can do better than that…” and He grinned at me.

As I study the Word of God, I long to know God more. As I pray and seek Him, He has been ready to be found. I am reminded of the story in the Old Testament when God was not to be found in the whirlwind or in the earthquake, but He was to be found as He whispered in a still small voice. I wonder if in the past I have gotten so busy that even If He had spoken in the whirlwind I would not have heard him. He chooses to speak to me when I settle into those quiet moments to look for him. Some days you may feel like everything in your life has shaken upside down. In those times, run to the Father, go to Him in prayer, grab your Bible and read His words. Let the God of Heaven hold you close. Only when you are close will you see His gentle smile and sometimes when you least expect it that smile will turn to a grin. This lets you know, He has everything under control.

“Be still and know that I am God. I will be exalted among the heathen, I will be exalted in the earth.”  Psalm 46:10

Shhh…Study Hall

We live in a noisy world.  Whenever we go into a store, or restaurant there is music playing in the background. In our homes, the phones are ringing off the hooks, and radio, T.V. etc. are blaring. Cell phones ringing everywhere.

Now don’t misunderstand. I love listening to music. I like to have soft music playing at restaurants on occasion. I love to get calls from a good friend and have a good chat, but there are times when it is nice just to be quiet.

The Lord brought a verse to my attention the other day. It is one that I had read many times and have probably heard it preached on a time or two.  I Thessalonians 4:11 says, “and that ye study to be quiet, and to do your own business, and to work with your own hands, as we commanded you;” 

We need to study to be quiet?  The words caught me off guard for a moment.  In other words, quietness is something that we have to work toward. I don’t know about your house, but quietness is not something that just happens at ours.  The Lord is showing to me these last few days that there are times when I need to just “be quiet”.  If my husband happens to be reading this, He will probably cheer and thank the one who has finally shown me this verse. 🙂  Just Kidding, Gordon!

He blesses me so much and I wonder if he sometimes tries to speak to me, but I can’t hear him because it is to noisy. I have determined that I am going to try to take a small part of each day and have a little study hall. You know, just have a little time to study quietness.  I know my family will benefit because I will have a moment to regroup my thoughts and bring something out of the quietness that will make me a better wife, a better mom and a better Christian.

Our family had a wonderful opportunity to go to Seminole State park on Saturday. We had a great time. We were able to get away from the noisiness of our life for a couple of hours. It was so nice to sit and enjoy the quietness. I stared at the clouds for a while those in the sky as well as those playing on the playground. I closed my eyes and rested. I listened to a voice that encouraged and strengthened me. 

In fact, I am ready right now for a little study hall.  What about you?