How I keep my "calm" during times like these

On my air shift this afternoon, I had planned a topic that I was going to talk about, but as soon as the song was fading out and I turned my microphone on, I got this gut feeling that I just needed to talk about something motivational. It was just a strong urge that someone, somewhere might be helped by that. So, I put away the other planned thought and just went with the flow.

It's no secret that I am a Christian, but I don't often talk in great detail about that when I'm doing my air shift. I mean, you came to the station to hear great music from the 80's and more. And I know sometimes when I'm listening to the radio, I'll say just stop talking and play some more music. Haha.

But, today I felt an urge to talk about times of uncertainty and struggle. I know we are all going through that right now. It really is difficult. And I'm not going to start preaching here and this isn't going to be a long blog, but I have been reading a lot of Joyce Meyer books lately and have been watching her videos on Facebook. She really speaks to me. She isn't just about the fluff. She has a painful past and a powerful testimony of overcoming so many things... fear, anger, anxiety, trust, worry. She has a book called Battlefield of the Mind and I read it daily.

But, one of Joyce's main messages is to stop worrying. I know it's easier said than done. But, the thing is, you can not change the past. If you yelled at the kids during home schooling yesterday or you snipped at your significant other, tell them you are sorry, ask for forgiveness from God and them, forgive yourself, and then just let it go. You can not change the past so there is no need to worry about it. LET IT GO! And then worrying about the future like what is going to happen with this COVID-19, and the bills, and work. Will I have a job? Will this ever end? Will the kids go back to school EVER?

I'm not downplaying the worry. It is happening and it is real. But, there is not a single thing you can do about any of it. You do not know what the future holds. You can not predict the future. You can not change it. You can only control how YOU react and respond. We spend so much time in the past AND in the future that we end up ruining the NOW. Just breathe. Breathe again. If you pray, then PRAY. Pray for God to take control of your mind and to not let thoughts of doom and despair overtake your NOW.

As a Christian, I truly feel that this time in our lives right now is from God. I'm not saying he caused this to happen. But, he did say that we would have trials and tribulations in life. They come for a reason. And I think the reason is He wants us to slow down. He wants us to stop planning our lives away. He wants us to call to Him and remember Him. He knows that this country is getting farther removed from Him and I think He is trying to get our attention. Well, guess what? He has mine now. And I'm not saying everything is perfect. But, I know who holds the future and it is NOT me or you or anybody else on this planet. He holds it. He always has and He always will.

I can rest so much easier knowing that and truly believing that. We have got to stop and listen. We have got to stop trying to figure things out. We have got to stop worrying. We need to enjoy the now. We need to embrace the now.

Y'all be safe. Take Care. Wash your hands. And reach out to old family and friends you haven't talked to in a while. It's all going to be OK. I trust that.