Thursday, April 16, 2015

Where's My Brain?

Today I searched for socks in the pantry. Last night, I promised my son I would cook something he shoots (even a rabbit). Shocking, I know. Disgusting, too. I thought he would forget by this morning. He didn't! (By the way, if the idea of my 5th grader with a gun scares you, I'M WITH YOU. This is all just talk. He dreams of hunting one day... and apparently making rabbit stew. Ick.)

Where is my brain? Why can't I concentrate or think before I speak? I guess it's either obsessing about cancer or curled up in a corner somewhere. I'm distracted. Work is hard when you can't concentrate. I work 20 hours a week at 12Stone Church and I volunteer about 10 hours a week in various places. I'm a busy person. I like being busy! Sometimes I like to stay busy because it means I don't have too much time to think. But I can't stay busy enough to distract myself from breast cancer. Boo.

I'm not the only one. Your brain is on overload, too. How do I know?
  • Your eyes are glazed-over and you don't hear me talking to you. 
  • You can't remember important details. 
  • Your overbooked calendar leaves you exhausted.
  • You're easily agitated and carry the world on your shoulders.
We all have reasons our brains check out. What's yours?
  • Is it your relationships? Have you grown distant from someone you love?
  • Do you have regrets about your past?
  • Should you take the job? Should you move?
  • Are you hiding from hurt? Running as fast as you can to avoid the reality of your choices?
  • Are you worried about something you can't control?
Let's slow down. Let's think the hard thoughts. Make the tough decisions. Then let's pray and let it go. I want peace in my life, and I want peace for you, too. God offers it to every one of us.

I love you,

Emily


“You will keep him in perfect peace, whose mind is stayed on You, because he trusts in You.” Isaiah 26:3





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