Wednesday, October 8, 2008

Don't Worry Be Happy

What a day we are living in. I hardly want to listen to the news any more. Every day there is something more discouraging happening. It makes me just want to stay in my little home and "play house".

I have a little book called Streams in the Desert, which I read each morning and this morning the first words I read were" Do not begin to be anxious" The author certainly read my thoughts this morning!
This is what it said: "To be perfectly at peace amid the hurly-burly of daily life is a secret worth knowing. What is the use of worrying? It never made anybody strong; never helped anyone do God's will; never made a way of escape for anyone out of perplexity. Worry spoils lives which could otherwise be useful and beautiful."

For me, trusting in God helps take away the worry.

A soak in the tub can calm and relax those tense muscles that accompany worry.
A nice hot cup of tea can calm you.
A walk in the woods on a beautiful fall day can refresh you and remind you that life goes on, one season always follows the next.
For all of you that are already feeling the effects of our economy's problems, I hope you can find a way to not worry. For me it is knowing there is a God who cares about all of us and who loves our country.



Rhondi xo

41 comments:

  1. Hi Rhondi ~ I totally agree with you. These are scary times and sometimes I don't even want to turn on the news. I've lost one home to foreclosure and it was quite frightening. That walk in the woods sounds like a wonderful plan to me!

    Hugz,
    Michele

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  2. Hi Rhondi,
    What a comforting and timely post you have here today. I like the quote about worrying and believe it is true ~ I just wish it wasn't so hard to follow that wisdom.

    Enjoy your day,
    Kim

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  3. We don't hear this message very often in our world. Bad is news and good is forgotten. We are never in charge of things, only God knows how things turn out. We can control what choices we make but there are so many outside things that contribute that we cannot control - and having faith is an aid for the troubled heart. Thanks Rhondi!

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  4. Hi Rhondi,
    Thanks for reminding us of who's really in charge. No problem is too big for Him. And thanks for the beautiful photos...so serene...they made my morning.
    Holley

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  5. Rhondi:
    I love the pictures you posted and the meaning of your post and the song are great. We just HAVE to have faith and hope this will all go away and get better.
    Nancy

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  6. Good morning Rhondi -
    Oh, I love Streams in the Desert! Isn't it a wonderful book to read and re-read? And today's entry was just perfect. Do you have the companion book she wrote - Springs in the Valley? It's good, too. I have a very old copy of Streams in the Desert that I bought used before I went to college in the 60's (1960's that is!). I 'lived' in that book through my college and young adult years, gaining strength for the changes of life as I grew and matured. And as I went through life's ups and downs. Thank you for sharing from this priceless treasure today. It's so appropriate to the times we live in. And I love the pictures you shared. Yes, a soak in the bathtub is a great idea!
    ~Adrienne~

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  7. Thanks for coming over. I left you a comment on my blog, but in case you don't come back to see it...you busted me w/ my Goodwill...that's the one. Huntersville is not bad either. I just saw where you are...didn't realize it at the time that you were in NC. And you're right....it's addictive!

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  8. Thanks for the reminder. I feel better already.

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  9. Lovely, Rhondi, thank you for those thoughts , and for the lovely photos.,

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  10. Hi Rhondi...Thank you dear for pulling us toward the answer...we will overcome! ;-) Bo

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  11. Love the tea set in your header.
    Thank you for visiting and the lovely comments. It's nice to meet another level headed conservative.

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  12. I know what you mean by all the doom & gloom of the economy Rhondi things are getting pretty bad here in Ireland too but I believe God is totally in control of our lives & will supply our "needs".
    I love how you've decorated your beautiful home this is my most favourite time of year!!!! Marie x

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  13. I believe in thinking positive...I believe thoughts become things, so choose the good ones. I believe the glass is half full....
    Hugs,
    Penny

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  14. What a reviving and encouraging post! I feel better for just stopping by! Have a lovely evening and a restful night!

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  15. Hi Rhondi....this was such an inspiring post. It's so easy to see all the bad things and forget to see the good ones. Thanks for the reminder!
    Sherryrosebella

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  16. Hi Rhondi,
    This is a very timely message. Thanks for posting this reminder for us!

    I have to admit I've been a little concerned (well, alot concerned)...worried about retirement income, the possibility of having to return to work...and mostly the future for my kids and grandkids! What will the world be like for them?

    So, your post really spoke to me! thanks,
    Diane

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  17. Ain't it the truth, sweet chickee!! I'm so tired of the news that I'll jump for joy when this election is over. I just wanna have funnnnn......
    Smooches,
    Connie

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  18. As you know...I'm all for the TEA!!

    Thanks for stopping by and helping me celebrate my Birthday at the Tea Party. I'm glad you had a good time!!

    ~Blessings,
    Jan

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  19. Very comforting post. I really like the tea pot and tea cup!

    Katherine

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  20. One of my favorite sayings is

    "Don't worry about tomorrow- God is already there" How true that has always been in my life. Ben is hanging in there and taking each day-thanks for asking and continue to pray my friend!God continues to answer Prayer!!!

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  21. Rhondi,
    You and I are on the same page. Steams in the Desert is my lifeline, I read it every day. I had to go for a walk on the beach to leave my troubles behind me. Too much news of gloom and doom. My faith is in the Lord, and I went on a getaway today to clear my head of CNN woes and found the best things in life are still free. Blessings, Karen

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  22. True words, Rhondi. Do you know the hymn "Be Not Afraid"? It has often been my personal anthem - a good one for these days!

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  24. Thank you very much for sharing.
    Through your blog, a lot of people including me of course have a chance to read and learn from.
    I have read some of your post and I really enjoyed reading it.
    Thanks again and looking forward for more of your posting soon!

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  25. Hi Rhondi, this mess feels like its made the world a much smaller place, everyone is affected in some way. Perhaps William Cowper's poem 'God moves in a mysterious way' has a ring of truth about it (in the 'Poems and wise words' section of my blog). I will look for 'Streams in the Desert' it sounds just my sort of book. Best wishes from England, Eli

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  26. Hi Rhondi! I've been trying to work on that lately! Great post!

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  27. I so echo your thoughts " Be still adn know that I am God".beautiful pictures too very serene at this stressful time. I Popped over to say thank you for your kind words on my blog and to tell you I am drawing the winners name for the Christmas Give Away on my blog http://glazedexpression.blogspot.com/
    tomorrow.

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  28. I so echo your thoughts " Be still adn know that I am God".beautiful pictures too very serene at this stressful time. I Popped over to say thank you for your kind words on my blog and to tell you I am drawing the winners name for the Christmas Give Away on my blog http://glazedexpression.blogspot.com/
    tomorrow.

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  29. Scary times, indeed.... Is that our precious Jesus I see coming back to earth for us? Come Jesus. Amen.

    Hugs

    cielo

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  30. The 7 day cruise I am about to take will relive the worries and pressures if only for a little while.
    Beautiful post today...
    love, bj

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  31. Stopping by to invite you to my STIM-A-LATIN party. Have a great weekend.

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  33. What a lovely post Rhondi. I know that in troubled times God is the greatest comforter. He will see us through. Thank you for the blessing your post has given me, and bless you.

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  34. What a lovely post, Rhondi.

    Hugs,
    Donna

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  35. Amen! If I listened to all the doom and gloom about my wonderful country, I would also have emigrated years ago like so many South Africans sadly have done! God is moving in South Africa and He is far greater than all the problems we face. God Reigns! Have a lovely weekend. Eleanor

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  36. Thanks Rhondi for the beautiful post. I really needed those reminders of God's love. I am going through a difficult time right now with my Mom being ill, and You're post really lifted me up. Thank you! PS- You're quilts are beautiful! Do you make and sell them. I am a quilt addict! :) Hugs, Marta

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  37. Rhondi: God bless you for putting things in perspective. I am just as guilty as others of being worried in these times. My husband and I are retired, so you can imagine the angst we are going through. I am going to purpose to heed your words and look to the Lord for my peace.

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  38. Rhondi, we're trying to nurture that same outlook in our home. I love your mantel decorations, especially that beautiful teapot or urn with the blue and rust. Just lovely!

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  39. Dee/reddirtramblingsOctober 10, 2008 at 9:48 PM

    Thank you for such a beautiful post. Trusting in the Lord is the only way to make it through life's storms, whatever they may be.~~Dee

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  40. Rhondi,
    Worry is such a waste of our precious time. God is in total control.
    Remember we all need to pray continually for each other and for God's will.
    No worries God cares.
    Sister Friend

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Rhondi