Sunday Reflection: Reminders

Wow! My first day back at work and I’m bombarded, not only by student problems, but with staff issues. These included deaths, hospitalizations, cancer, and pending budget cuts. It’s not like I was eager to go back to work, after a wonderful two week Christmas break as it was, but to go back and see the sadness and stress of my colleagues gave me my own level of stress. All rest and relaxation seemed to exit my psyche when I found out "others" were suffering.
As it often does, my memory pulled up a familiar Bible verse to help me fight off the blues:
Do not be anxious about anything, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God. And the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus. Philippians 4:6-7  (Emphasis mine.)

On a good day, my memory is bad and seems to grow worse each year, but I rarely have problems remembering the Bible verses I’ve learned. This is because God reminds me in Spirit that He is with me and penetrates my heart with faith. From there, the revelation seems to bubble upward to my brain, and I find comfort.  It’s a God thing.


  1. I needed this today! Thanks so much, Teresa. Hope you have a wonderful week.

  2. Do not be anxious. Hard to do sometimes when we want healing and blessing for others.

  3. I try not to be anxious and overthink but I'm not very successful. The worst is waking up at 3 am in full blown panic mode. This year is starting off very wonky for a lot of people.....and the world as a whole too.

  4. Hi Teresa - yes negative from others is so difficult to deal with .. and we worry for them ... as you've implied. And yes you picked a very appropriate Bible verse ... thank you - Hilary

  5. I just let any anxiety go and go with the flow. Ugg to all of that though, crummy start to the new year there

  6. I'm sorry your return has been a challenge, and that your great break wasn't enough to insulate you from all of it. Hoping things get better. Spring break is less than three months away. :-)

  7. Sunday for me was its own challenge: 16 hours straight, driving over 500 miles in blinding rain, bringing needed blood to lonely rural hospitals. Whew!

    It's why I didn't visit yesterday.

    I quote a shorter (and therefore easier to remember verse!) Psalm 31:15 -- My times are in Your hands;

    All around us is more grief than we know. Everyone is having a harder time than they look. To be human is to bleed -- each of us in a way is a book of blood, each of our pages is red.

    I will pray for those you know are troubled and hurting. Have a healing week.


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