Birthdays, Death and Solar Eclipses

Annekas (my daughters) birthday is tomorrow.

My Aunt and my moms best friend passed away today.

There will be a solar eclipse tomorrow.

One brings joy, one brings sadness, one brings a sense of awe.

All these emotions at the same time can be a bit overwhelming.  But that's life, isn't it?

Philippians 1:6 And I am sure of this, that he who began a good work in you will bring it to completion at the day of Jesus Christ.

God started something in my life nearly 54 years ago.  Each day has been a new revelation of that plan.  With it comes pain and joy, life and death, hope and despair.  Just because I follow Christ doesn't mean that my life is insulated from the bad.

Matthew 5:45 For he makes his sun rise on the evil and on the good, and sends rain on the just and on the unjust.

So how do you deal with life when it becomes too much.  

#1 Don't deal with everything at once.  That's impossible.  Break everything down into parts that you can manage.  I'll show you how in just a moment. 

#2 Don't deny the emotions of the moment.  While we do need to manage them, don't deny their existence.  God gave them to you for a purpose.  

#3 It's OK to say no.  While someone may be disappointed at the moment, the best decision is to keep your sanity.  

So, 
I will celebrate my daughters birthday with joy tomorrow. 
I will pray for my Mom and rest in the knowledge that my Aunt lived her life with faith in Christ. 
I will watch the solar eclipse tomorrow (safely) and be amazed at what God created.  

PRAY:  Dear Jesus, help me to keep it together today!  AMEN

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