Thursday, September 8, 2011

If you must Stress...--QM

One of my favorite memories from this past week in Western New York (and there are many favorites!) comes from an unusual shopping trip. My mother-in-law, Esther Mast, took me to about five different local shops, most of which were located at her Amish neighbors' homes.
The last stop was a bulk food store where Mom bought 50 pounds of flour--and where I bought 1/3 pound of curry powder. A young woman took my money and stuck the packet of curry into a wrinkled bag originally from a Rite-aid pharmacy. She made sure that I noticed the words written on the side of the bag. She pointed them out to me at least two times, with a little smile and a big sense of humor that twinkled from her eyes. The words said "Stress less."

Some days our job can be stressful. Building a team of partners is a lot of fun, but we have a lot of tasks to juggle and the day never ends with everything done. I cut the wrinkled words out of the bag and put them on the fridge to remind me to keep a restful heart.

My devotional today had a similar reminder; we stress less by recognizing our weakness and his strength:
(September 8, Jesus Calling by Sarah Young)
"I will infuse My strength into you moment by moment,
giving you all that you need for this day."

"For to be sure, he was crucified in weakness, yet he lives by God's power. Likewise, we are weak in him, yet by God's power we will live with him to serve you."
2 Corinthians 13:4

Stress-busters from this past week: Ice-cream and Games


  1. I need to ~stress less~.
    Great post Queena girl, as usual. It warmed this grandma's heart seeing Ethan reading to the kids in the warm lamp light.
    Love you. Mom

  2. Queena,
    I think it is so neat that you read "Jesus Calling." I read it to my seven 6th graders each morning at the start of our day, and they seem to be encouraged by it. Thanks for your post.