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Go With The Flow

It seems as if it has been forever since I sat down to focus and write my blog. In
the scheme of things life has been weighty. It would be great to focus on
everyone’s life, but we only walk in our shoes and our shoes alone. During our
phone conversations, my mom would sometimes say in frustration, “I wish
someone would step in and lift the burdens and frustrations off my shoulders.” As I
listened to her comments, I would think to myself, ‘Mom, you don’t have to pay
the primary bills for home or church because I have that set up on auto-pay.’

There were so many things I tried to help my mom navigate through, but she was
not always open to someone else’s suggestions. Mom’s favorite word was, “NO!”
Many times, I would back off and change the conversation to matters that were
more lightweight in an effort to take her out of her current state of frustration with
laughter and prayer. Then at other times she would tell me, “I don’t care what
happens to any and everything when I die!”

One thing for sure is that no truer words were ever spoken; mom was true to her
word! Here we are a year later, and I am still trying to navigate her affairs in
another state and my own affairs where I live. It was so easy to judge my mom’s
actions without knowing her mental and emotional state of mind for the last twenty
years. Mom is in Heaven rejoicing with loved ones and I am left thinking, “Lord
this load is not fair that I am still trying to maneuver through her leftover affairs!”

When I share my concerns with my husband, he tells me “Your mom knew you
could manage it.” I feel like Madea in Tyler Perry’s movies when she told her
brother to shut up, but only in my secret thoughts do I express my frustration. But
God knows my secret thoughts, so I have to remind myself to get a grip,
understand Jesus is my strength, and go with the flow.

There may be times in your life when you need to just ‘go with the flow.’ Switch
your thinking gears to something more beneficial to your peace of mind. The Word
of God will “wash” your mind from the negative thoughts and frustrations of life
and give you the peace you need.

“Do not be anxious about anything, but in everything, by prayer and petition, with
thanksgiving, present your requests to God. And the peace of God, which
transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ
Jesus. Finally, brothers, whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right,
whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable — if anything is
excellent or praiseworthy — think about such things. Whatever you have learned
or received or heard from me or seen in me — put it into practice. And the God of
peace will be with you.” (Phil. 4:6-9 NIV)