From the Nest: Think Small
And I’m not saying there isn’t merit to all of those things. But over the past week, I’ve found myself retreating. I want to be informed, I want to know how and what to pray specifically for. I want to be the hands and feet of Jesus.
But, this week, as I tried to become informed, look for specific ways that I can pray, and think of what I can do…it was crushing. I simply am not designed to be able to carry the weight of the world. I don’t believe that I am meant to live a life of sadness and overwhelming despair, even though the world looks a lot like that right now.
I don’t think you are either.
Overwhelmed, hurting, frustrated, even angry. Discouraged and disheartened by the many, MANY things that are so far out of any control we could ever gather. Distraught, scared, and anxious. Heartbroken.
A quick Google search and the KJV search results posted by Edison Williams tell us this about what God says:
- Fear not: Found 62 times
- Fear ye not: Found 8 times
- Be not afraid: Found 26 times
- Not be afraid: Found 13 times
- Nor be afraid: Found 2 times
- Neither be afraid: Found 3 times
- Dread not: Found 2 times
- Neither fear: Found 2 times
- Neither/nor/not be dismayed: Found 10 times
I find that sometimes I need my reminders in the positive too. Such as:
“The joy of the Lord is your strength.” Nehemiah 8:10
“Rejoice always, pray without ceasing, in everything give thanks.” I Thessalonians 5:16-17
“The Lord your God is with you. He is mighty to save. He will rejoice over you with singing and quiet you with His love.” Zephaniah 3:17
And where does that leave my response? What even is the right response, in light of the hundreds of ways God tells us to be anxious for nothing, to rejoice in all things, and to choose joy?
But if I may, I’d love to share the quiet response of my heart this week…or past 18 months.
Can I control everything that happens, even within the walls of my home? Absolutely not. But I am convinced, even passionate, about this: I cannot change the world. However, I have an eternal responsibility to lead those right around me in grace, hope, joy, and faith in an all-knowing, un-changing God.
Think small about the circle where you actually can make a difference. The circle where you can have a great influence. The circle where you are the gatekeeper.
Much love from our nest.
Thank you so much for this message today! We must all spread the love!❤️
What an awesome reminder! I expect everyone needs to read this message right now! Love you!
Thanks Mom! Love you too!
Beautiful message and beautifully written. I have had to limit my time with the news because I did find I was becoming very anxious and it was affecting my health. I too work in am elementary school and the division between the parents and school district on mandates have become very stressful. I have had parents screaming at me. I’m the office manager so I hear and see a lot. I just keep reminding myself to not take it personally but know that it all comes from fear.
It’s so hard to keep everything in perspective! Thanks for all you do on the front lines!
Very timely! Thank you!
Thank you Aunt Bennie!
Robin, you are light that shines in the darkness. Thank you.
You are so sweet! Thank you for your kindness!
Jesus tells me daily, be not afraid, he has overcome the world. I finally got it! Therefore, I will not be afraid and I trust my Lord and Savior Jesus Christ in all that I do and am.
Thank you so much for this.
You’re so welcome Kelly!
Loved this Robyn!! And it’s exactly what I need to hear! God bless your Big Heart!!
Awww, you’re so sweet! I’m so glad it helped in some way!
I know I’m anew reader, and I appreciate all you have said. God is love and is in control of all that is happening, we may not see or hear but we need to know in our hearts that He’s got this and working for the good of all. Stand strong and ready for the challenges we may face.
Thanks do your kindness. Faith is the only thing that helps us with things bigger than ourselves!
Love this Robyn! I completely agree!
Thank you Janie! I really appreciate it!
Yes and amen!
Thank you Shar!
We definitely need this right now ! Thank you for sharing , I used to road a Moms group at church -“call to be mom “ and that was a beautiful time to share with moms your ups and downs and trying times in the world . This brings me back , I have been leaning on my faith for so long . It is the only way to walk on earth with all the heavy ness . Have a good week and Thank you
Thanks for your kindness! I trust your week is going well!
Great advice! >I need that for the world and national news this past week has been crushing.
God, help me to be a positive influence in my circle of influence.
Thanks Dad! I appreciate it!