Friday, November 25, 2016

Flashback Friday

            **It's the last Friday of the month, which means it's time for Flashback Friday. Participants repost an old post that needed more attention, that you're very proud of, that you think is still relevant, etc. It was hosted by Michael G D'Agostino, but he has opted out, though you can still find a list of participants on his blog. Today is also a day known as Black Friday, although the last few years, many stores have moved their sales to Thursday, which is a shame. If you're like me, you've given up on shopping in stores and have already snagged some deals online throughout the week. For those who are out and about: Stay safe and I hope you can still find some deals today! This post is from November 30, 2011.**

Finding Peace in the Chaos

Psalm for the Troubled Spirit
        In times of trouble, You are there.
You, O Lord, bring me friendships when I need them the most.
You encourage me when life is at its worst.
When I feel like I'm at the end of my rope, You give me more slack.
When I pray, You give me a peace that passes all understanding.
You are always with me, even when my heart isn't fully with You.
When I'm struggling or confused, Your Word provides me with encouragement and wisdom.
Even when the answer isn't clear, You still give me endurance to keep on the straight path.
Sometimes this world is a scary place and the future looks bleak, but You are still there.
Your presence is what truly brings me hope and peace in a chaotic world.

          So, as we enter the month of the December, let's remember what is truly important. Some people get depressed this time of year, but don't let circumstances bring you down. Remember that Jesus is the reason we celebrate Christmas and that He is always with you; during the highs and the lows of life. Focus on the blessings in life instead of the negative things. Allow God's love and the comfort of friends and family to carry you through this month full of frantic shoppers, busy schedules, and stressful deadlines. If you get a moment, slow down and savor the magic of Christmas. Look at Christmas through the eyes of a child again. The snow, the lights, the beautiful decorations, the music, and most of all the love that comes from the hearts of those around you. Taking the time to find joy in the midst of pandemonium can help you to spread that joy to others, and maybe together we can shine the light that so often gets burned out.


  1. Black Friday is just crazy. I can't even begin to imagine trying to brave the stores today. I might have a look online to see if I can score any deals. So much less stressful than trying to shop in person. Have a wonderful weekend :-)

    1. I used to be one of those crazy shoppers lined up at 4am Friday, but it seemed like people were friendlier (or just too groggy to care) after a few hours of sleep vs. going straight from Thanksgiving dinner to the stores Thursday night.

  2. I liked your psalm. So many truths in it. We have to focus on the Reason for the Season, not just today and through the month of December, but every day of our lives. We need to make sure we keep our eyes focused on Jesus :)

    Hope you had a nice Thanksgiving!


    1. Thanks Betty! It was good to remind myself of those truths.


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