I'm so happy to introduce you all to Lisa Brown today. She maintains a blog for moms, but it often ventures into other related areas (such as writing). I know you'll appreciate this encouraging story of God's faithfulness in her family life. Then, read more about Lisa and connect with her at the end of the post.
Sunday afternoon I received a phone call from my husband while washing dishes and making meat loaf with my five-year-old daughter. He called to let me know that he was heading home with my son from Boy Scout camp. I was so thankful that everything went well.
Before they left Friday evening for camping, I was worried that something bad was going to happen to them. This was the first time they had gone on a campout without my daughter and me. Anxiety tried to swallow me up and it took everything in me to stay focused. Anxiety paralyzes me and floods my mind with unwanted thoughts.
I feared they would get in a car crash…or a bear would attack them…or they would get separated. My imagination got carried away. I had a choice to make, and that was to either spiral down into a pit of darkness or keep my eyes on God.
I gave God my dreadful thoughts and as a result I had a wonderful time with my daughter.
After I hung up the phone on Sunday, I took a moment to reflect on my weekend. Just thinking about it filled me with an unexplainable joy. We had so many sweet moments, and we connected so well. Anxiety had no control over me.
Before they left on Friday evening I took Kaylee shopping and we bought red roses for our table, soap that smells wonderful, and a chocolate candy bar. We delighted ourselves in laughter, and the anticipation of an enjoyable weekend without the boys brought us closer together. This warmed my heart and gave me strength to push through the scary thoughts I was struggling with.
On Friday night—our first night alone—we decorated a jewelry box and made jewelry. Together our hearts danced!
I allowed myself to enjoy being in the moment. Together we giggled as we chased each other through the house playing tag and hide-and-go seek. We had a sleep over and breakfast in my bed. Life couldn’t get any better than this.
I felt God calm my anxious heart and fill me with His joy: a joy that comes from love and laughter. I’m so glad I didn’t let worry get the best of me. It was so nice not to be weighed down and depressed.
I have accepted that there are things in my life that I cannot control. I have decided to trust God. He knows everything and He is in control.
The word of God tells us in Philippians 4:6-7 (NIV),
Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.
Dear Mom, give your concerns to God. He wants to give you peace and joy. Ask Him to come into your mind when worrisome thoughts threaten you. Be still and know that He is with you.
Lisa Brown lives in Colorado with her husband and two kids. She writes on both of her blogs about Christian Living, Parenting, and Homeschooling. Connect with Lisa through Me Too Moments For Moms or Gathering Place For Sisters In Christ.