Taking Care of Yourself is part of Taking Care of Your Family!
Changes and losses cause family members to feel overwhelmed. Members of the family often say that they feel like all of their energy has been drained by helping others.
Observed on February 17th, National Random Acts of Kindness Day has grown in popularity each year. It is celebrated by individuals, groups and organizations nationwide to encourage acts of kindness. It is a favorite day for many, as people everywhere are enjoying doing these acts of kindness. Not only is it positive for the receiver, but for the giver, too!
“I was a recipient of the kindness but more glad to be a contributor!” (Unknown)
The Random Acts of Kindness Foundation is an internationally recognized non-profit organization founded upon the powerful belief in kindness and dedicated to providing resources and tools that encourage acts of kindness. Random Acts of Kindness Website
John 15:4 “Remain in me, and I will remain in you. A branch cannot produce fruit by itself but must remain in the vine. In the same way, you cannot produce fruit alone but must remain in me.”
The branch on a vine does not worry, nor work hard, or rush here to seek for sunshine or to find rain. It rests on the vine. It’s almost like it doesn’t have a care in this world. However, at the right time, at the right moment and in the right way, you’ll see the right fruit found on it.
And so like the branch without a care, lets remain worry free and not work hard or rush here or their with a care in the world. Rather, lets remain steady on God’s vine secure in the Lord Jesus
“Worry Implies God Is Not Enough.” Worry is so common among single people that for most of us, it’s a lifelong battle to get it under control. And yet, for Christians to fret about their future shows a lack of faith in God.
Rationally, we all agree that worry isn’t good for us. So why do we keep doing it? Is God in control or not? Because God is invisible, it’s hard for us to remember that he’s in control.
Everybody worries; even people who should know better. Take Jesus’ 12 apostles. They became afraid when a storm overtook their boat, they fretted that there wouldn’t be enough to feed the 5,000, and in the most heart-rending account of fear in the New Testament, they were so distraught that they’d be arrested too after Jesus’ crucifixion that they hid in a locked room. If anyone should have been able to trust Jesus, these eyewitnesses to his miracles should have.
God’s antidote to worry – When Jesus was tempted to lose control in the Garden of Gethsemane, what did he do? He prayed. His example shows us that we should do the same thing. Prayer occupies your mind with thoughts of God and his protection, instead of self-destructive “what if?” thoughts.
Worry is negative. Prayer is positive. Worry tears down. Prayer builds up. Worry forgets God. Prayer remembers God.
We have God’s real and present help whenever we ask for it–and we should act like it. Someone once remarked, “Work as if everything depended on you, and pray as if everything depended on God.” Prayer and worry are incompatible. You can’t do both at the same time. And you have control over which one you choose.