Friday, April 10, 2020

Too Much Thinking Time


     Are you a thinker? I overthink everything. I lay awake thinking. It's a curse for sure. I problem solve, design homes and yards, plan new books, solve mysteries, style people's clothing, think about kids, friends, plan a painting, the list goes on...and on. Some of this stems from being a creative type person and some from just how God made me. We all have our own special personalities as quirky as they may be. Add to this my prayer list and burdens I sometimes feel and it just never ends. I decided years ago that insomnia would not overtake me. I studied ways to  improve my sleep and have in fact gotten "better". Sorta. I don't worry about things and overthink things I shouldn't. I get much more prayer done rather than letting anxious thoughts overtake me.

       This virus pandemic doesn't stress me the way it may some. I saw a prominent news magazine while in line at the grocery yesterday and the title was about anxiety. I am sorry for those who have lost loved ones. This has effected so many around the world. My sister is a nurse in one of the worst hotspots in the nation. I am concerned for her and her family. However, all this extra time at home has really given me too much time on my hands. How about you? How are you filling your extra time? I am trying to have a little outside time each day usually with my husband and my dog. About once a week I go to the grocery. I make a list, I don't linger, I keep my distance but taking a drive is therapudic. You don't need to visit with anyone, just take in some of God's creation even if its just in you backyard or porch.

       As far as my time at home in my house I have still been getting up around the same time. I am not sleeping in every day. That just would make me depressed. I have been working a bit more on writing, Bible study and any extra projects. Do you have a garage project or yard work? Usually this time of year I would be planning my garden and flower beds but we are moving so I am planning my future yard...this has had me thinking at night actually.  I can't even sew masks for people because all my fabric and sewing machine are in storage.

       I guess the point in this blog today is really to keep myself in check. If I don't keep busy then I will feel discouraged right now, I will keep wondering when this will end. I can't tell you that these things haven't concerned me or that I don't miss getting together with my kids or grandkids. I can't tell you I am not concerned about upcoming family events and whether or not they may not happen. I get sad and upset too but I KNOW that we WILL not be isolated forever. I KNOW my God is in control and He is the God of all comfort. When I find myself tearing up and feeling like it just wont end I have to stop and lift it up in prayer or I'll go nuts. I am so very thankful that He grants me peace and gives me hope. He's got this dear reader.

       So don't lay in bed feeling overwhelmed, don't let this isolation stay at home time pull you under. Fill your mind and heart and time with God's love and peace.

"Finally, brethren, whatever is true, whatever is honorable, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is of good repute, if there is any excellence and if anything worthy of praise, let your mind dwell on these things. The things you have learned and received and heard and seen in me, practice these things; and the God of peace shall be with you." Philippians 4:8-9

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