Heart-Thumping Terror in Everyday Life by Jo Russell

Her head was buzzing with fatigue and she was seeing stars by the time Sandra arrived home from a Women’s Prayer Conference. It had been a long and sleepy four-hour drive. Now it was 2:30 a.m. The night was dark and moonless. Her husband was sleeping soundly.

As she entered the house quietly through the side door, Sandra tiptoed down the hall into the bedroom so she wouldn’t wake Jim, her husband.

She set her suitcase down gently in the dark. Then Sandra felt around for something she needed desperately—toothpaste! She closed her hand around the tube. Now she would be able to end this long day and go to bed with clean teeth. She went to the bathroom without turning on the light, squeezed the contents onto her toothbrush, and started brushing.

Immediately, Sandra knew it wasn’t toothpaste! It was greasy. No fresh mint taste, either. It tasted like medicine. Yuck! Sandra snapped on the light, and then realized

with a shock what the tube was: cream for clearing a yeast infection. She spit it out and

kept spitting. Sandra hoped and prayed that it wasn’t too late! Jim slept on. He had no clue his wife’s life might be in danger, and she wasn’t going to wake him.

Even though it was just hours before sunup, Sandra picked up the phone to call her close friend, wife of the local pharmacist. She told her about the greasy paste and what she had done.

“Ask Mel if I’m going to be okay!”

Sally nudged her husband until he groaned. Mel’s sleepy reply was,

“Tell her she won’t have to worry about yeast infections in her MOUTH for a long time!”

God is there for us in all hours of our need. It can be everyday challenges or life-threatening needs. Fear is not God’s answer, but can be as common in our everyday life as a hiccup. His is assurance that no matter what you give to him, he will handle it. We can think of no solutions, but he can.

Here’s the promise: When I am afraid, I will trust in you. In God, whose word I praise, in God I trust; I will not be afraid. What can mortal man do to me? [Psalm 56:3-4]

       

When you are afraid, can you turn the challenge over to God?

[Jo Russell is a Christian speaker, author of articles, anthology contributions, and award-winning Which Button Do You Push to Get God to Come Out? A Humorous Devotional for Women. available from Amazon.com, her speaking engagements and website, www.button-to-god.com. Enjoy chuckles and speeches, tips and excerpts in website options and weekly blog.]

 

 

 

 

Scared? Trust God in Facing the Unknown By Jo Russell

Dressed in his work uniform, Sam stood at the door of the women’s restroom waiting. He imagined scores of screaming women sprinting out of the stalls! One look at the unwelcome reptile and they’d be gone. Though the remote rest stop offered a warm, clean facility for travelers, Mother Nature’s critters might sneak inside to have a look.

Jolene was the first out of the women’s rest room. She wasn’t screaming or sprinting.

“Did you see the snake?” Sam asked in terror. He clutched his long-handled mechanical hand and fingered the grip. He wondered to himself, “Will it hold a snake away at a safe distance?”

“No, I didn’t see one,” Jolene told him. “What is it–like a garter snake with a yellow stripe? I have a ton of those in my garden.”

“Nope. It’s a rattlesnake.”

“Then why haven’t you gone inside to chase it out?”

“I’m waiting for all the women to leave.”

In such a sparsely populated area, Sam would never see the line-ups of ladies such as at popular stops in the city. Still he hoped he could wait a little longer before going inside.

“I’ve already left,” chirped one lady sipping a cold soda from the vending machine.

“And I’ve already left, too,” Jolene countered. “There’s nobody else in there.”

Sam hesitated at the door, his snake-catching equipment trembling in his hand.  He drew a breath and reached for the door.

Facing the unknown can be an unsettling experience for anyone.  Each chapter in life melts into the next, bringing surprises and challenges: beginning a new job or career; facing unemployment or retirement; moving to a place far from friends and family; starting a business; starting over when you think you can’t.

Like Sam, you may feel as if you’re battling a rattlesnake alone and you don’t know how.

But the unknown ahead–beyond our level of experience and skill—is possible with help that’s just thought away. It brings God to our rescue.

Take a breath. Let go of fear. Reach for the door. Trust in this promise: “With God, all things are possible. “ Matthew 19:26.

And with Him as your guide, you’ll never be alone in facing any rattlesnake–or anything ahead in the unknown.

 

 

[Jo Russell is a Christian speaker, author of articles, anthology contributions, and award-winning Which Button Do You Push to Get God to Come Out? A Humorous Devotional for Women. available from Amazon.com, her speaking engagements and website, www.button-to-god.com. Enjoy chuckles and speeches, tips and excerpts in website options and weekly blog.]

 

 

 

Holy Smoke! The Church is On Fire! by Jo Russell

“Holy Smoke! The church is on fire!” cried a voice inside the ancient mobile home with floor tiles curled like tortilla chips. What happened? Electrical wiring might have been the cause. No one knew how old it was. But one guessed it might have been manufactured around the time Thomas Edison made his invention public.

But at first, Pastor Jim didn’t know about the fire. Even the fall day was over 100 degrees, and the trailer rocked with the sound of a squeaky floor fan. Pastor Jim had cranked up his voice to be heard. “We are celebrating ‘The Lord’s Supper’ today, and we will have that after classes this morning.”

Then, in Janet’s Sunday class, one of the children stomping to a noisy action song stopped and pointed. “Look!” Jack cried as he walked to the electric box, “There’s smoke coming out of the wall right there!”

The church was on fire! Retired fire marshal Joe exploded from his chair, giving orders as he ran. “Turn off all the power! Bring me the hose!” Several men kicked in the wall and helped to stop flames that could have destroyed the entire building in ten minutes.

Pastor Jim exclaimed, “Whew! Lucky you were here, Joe!” Handshakes, smiles and back-slapping followed.

With all the excitement focused on getting the fire out, Janet’s children’s class lounged against a table. Many realized how thirsty they were. Without electricity, the fan was silent and the building hotter.

“We can really praise the Lord that everyone is safe, especially these wonderful children here!” Pastor Jim pulled Crystal close. She dropped her head and wiped her mouth with her sleeve. It was then that the adults realized that all of the children’s class had purple moustaches. The “Lord’s Supper” would have to wait!

In the Bible, God promises He is with us through all the fires of our lives.

Though you may never have been inside a burning building, you probably have experienced other types of heated crises: conflicts at work, deadlines that seem impossible, strained family relationships, financial and health issues. Or perhaps you’re balancing a fast-paced lifestyle with the pressures of many roles balanced between home, work, church and community. Do you feel completely alone and burdened with responsibilities?

But are you really alone? Do you have to handle things 24-7 by yourself? Have you reached the end of your rope, tied a knot in it, and still find it slipping?

You’re not alone. As you read God’s words, see how many times He affirms His promise that He is with you.

Think on these words: “So do not fear, for I am with you; do not be dismayed, for I am your God. I will strengthen you and help you; I will uphold you with my righteous right hand.” [Isaiah 41:10 NIV].

God is with us through all the fires of our lives—and the grape juice. Even beyond the “Amen” of our prayers, God is still there, watching for our needs, and waiting for us to accept His help.

[Jo Russell is a Christian speaker, author of articles, anthology contributions, and award-winning Which Button Do You Push to Get God to Come Out? A Humorous Devotional for Women. available from Amazon.com, her speaking engagements and website, www.button-to-god.com. Enjoy chuckles and speeches, tips and excerpts in website options and weekly blog.]

 

 

Trust in Max or Trust in God? By Jo Russell-Lewis

“Come with me camping at the lake,” Max suggested to his 16-year-old schoolmates. “I’ll bring all the food and we can take my four-wheeler, the Beast!”

Camping had been a mainstay of the twin teens all of their growing up years, and they were good at it. Food came in as a close second as a major area of focus. They were always hungry. But having a ride to one of their camping spots was a real bonus.

Max’s enthusiasm exceeded his experience. He had been camping two times.

As the twins Rob and Ned packed clothing and water for the overnight trek, Rob commented, “It’s not more than a couple of miles, but I’m glad we don’t have to walk.” Max and the Beast would save their soles—that is, of their hiking boots.

Max’s arrival on the Beast got the attention of the entire neighborhood. Misfiring resounded on the quiet country street. After Max turned off the key, he commanded the Beast, “Down, Boy!” but the machine still belched out a couple of backfires.

Part of a hanger hung from the choke. The rest of the four-wheeler was a monument to dirt, dents, and decay with erupting foam from the seats the three of them would share.

As their parents waved them goodbye, the machine unsteadily moved down the road backfiring all the way. Open range was just at the end of the block from where they would travel the hills and dales to the lake shore.

When the three got to the lake, Max announced proudly, “Time for dinner!” as he pulled out of a pack three cans of lukewarm soda and a bag of potato chips.

“Is that all you have?” one of the teens queried.

“Yep! It’s plenty!”

Compared to the teens’ roasted and grilled dinners on a campfire, this wasn’t even a pre-dinner snack.

Max threw a plastic trash bag on the ground and covered it with a blanket. He waded up his clothes for a pillow. “We’re gonna sleep outside like the cowboys!”

The twins rolled out their sleeping bags over inflatable mattresses.

The next morning, Rob and Ned looked to Max, “What’s for breakfast?”

“I figured we could drive back to your mom’s and have her feed us. We’re going home anyway.”

But the Beast didn’t agree. No matter how much Max coached the machine, it didn’t make a sound. He had the twins push him to a rise and pop the clutch and start it. But the machine was dead as a day-old landed brook trout.

Max stayed with the Beast while the twins walked home – dirty and hungry, and tired. Trusting in Max had been a poor idea.

Trusting is God through all our unknown situations and challenges gives us a solid foundation.

King Solomon wrote, “Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding; in all your ways acknowledge him, and he will make your paths straight.” Proverbs 3:5-6.

Many situations are so frightening, out of our comfort zone, or stressful that we may have difficulty trusting or confiding in anyone – even God. Leaning on God means putting all of our trust as well as all of our weight on Him.  Will we fall?  Will we stand? Will he meet our needs?

“Yep” to all of those. But when we fall, it’s not fatal. When we stand, we’re not alone. When we have needs, God knows and provides—sometimes in miraculous ways.

When it comes to deciding if we are to trust in Max and the Beast or trust in God, which will we choose?

[Jo Russell is a Christian speaker, author of articles, anthology contributions, and award-winning Which Button Do You Push to Get God to Come Out? A Humorous Devotional for Women. available from Amazon.com, her speaking engagements and website, www.button-to-god.com. Enjoy chuckles and speeches, tips and excerpts in website options and weekly blog.]

 

 

 

Mastering Fear and the Grill Master Blues by Jo Russell

Grill Master Paul could cook a juicy steak that would cut with a spoon and melt in your mouth with the savory flavors of smoked seasoning.

But now in the first month of his marriage and in front of an unfamiliar grill, the senior struggled with the impossible task his bride had given him: grill gourmet franks for dinner.

“But I don’t know how,” Paul admitted. “I always heat up hot dogs in the microwave. I’ve never grilled them before.”  And such a daunting request gave him the blues.

“Then you’ll learn,” Carol told him. “They’re pre-cooked, so just get them hot and keep turning them so they don’t burn on one side.”

It was a good half hour before dark as he struggled to cook the hot dogs coordinating knobs, controls and temperature gauges that seemed as numerous as those in a plane cockpit. He began to pray for help. He needed it.

Dusk turned to dark. No grilled franks.

Carol was beginning to worry.

Soon Paul poked his head in the door. “I can’t read the controls in the dark. Which way to turn up the heat?”

After enough time passed to bake a potato in a conventional oven, it was pitch black under a moonless night sky; Paul entered the kitchen with his victorious contribution: grilled gourmet franks.

With God’s help, Paul summoned his courage and had conquered the unknown.

Just as Abram obeyed God and left his homeland for parts unknown, just as Joseph faced the unknown from the bottom of a well, then rose from being a slave to Prime Minister of Egypt, just as the Lord commanded Moses to led the Israelites from the lush Nile Delta into desert, just as Joshua led troops against the enemy in an unknown land promised to his people, God was with all of them.

Ponder this promise: “So do not fear, for I am with you, do not be dismayed, for I am your God. I will strengthen you and help you’ I will uphold you with my righteous right hand.”  [Isaiah 41:10 NIV]

And those words can chase away the blues and take you through anything. Be encouraged, Grill masters! That includes mastering gourmet franks.

[Jo Russell is a Christian speaker, author of articles, anthology contributions, and award-winning Which Button Do You Push to Get God to Come Out? A Humorous Devotional for Women. available from Amazon.com, her speaking engagements and website, www.button-to-god.com. Enjoy chuckles and speeches, tips and excerpts in website options and weekly blog.]

 

 

 

Rescue from the Bear Boxes of Life by Jo Russell

Excitement spread as the family headed to Yosemite, a long way from Bob and Glenda’s desert home. Their sons, John, 5, and Jeff, 6, caught sight of the shady wooded campsite and cried together, “Wow! This is a ‘10’!”

Near the picnic table was something none but Bob had ever seen before: a heavy metal box with a hasp. “A bear box,” Bob told Glenda. The boys were fascinated.

While Bob was busy stringing tent poles together and Glenda made lunch, they hardly noticed when Jeff announced triumphantly, “John, you get in the bear box so the bears can’t get you.”

The campground strong box had been designed for food and other items with a strong smell that could attract bears, such as toothpaste and shampoo. To John and Jeff, the metal box captivated them as a new campsite amenity. From then until nightfall, the boys practiced for hours playing in the bear box.

First one boy went inside, then the other. But neither closed the heavy door and twisted the hasp.

The next morning, Bob and Glenda were busy packing up the car before 7:00 and they didn’t notice their boys practicing with the empty bear box for the last time.

This time, though, Jeff crawled inside and his younger brother, John, closed the lid and twisted the hasp. Then John wondered aloud in a quiet voice, “Now how do I get this unlocked?”

Jeff, inside the metal compartment, panicked, “AAAH! AAAAH! Help!” His screaming rang through the forest and bounced off the trees.

Though Glenda rushed over to turn the hasp and free Jeff so he could escape, the boy walked with shaky knees to the car.

After a quick conference with his dad, John yelled, “Hey, Jeff! I know how to use a bear box now!” But Jeff didn’t move from the back seat.

God is with us, as he promises, even in coping with the unknown. The psalmist Davis wrote, “Some trust in chariots and some in horses, but we trust in the name of the Lord our God.”  [ Psalm 20:7 NIV] No matter how fearful any circumstance is, whether physical, mental or emotional, or one involving someone we care about, we can trust that

God is with us forever and always. What has worried you or someone you care about?

Will you give it to God today?  Partnering with Him is better than fighting bear boxes—or any other circumstance–all on our own.

[Jo Russell is a Christian speaker, author of articles, anthology contributions, and award-winning Which Button Do You Push to Get God to Come Out? A Humorous Devotional for Women. available from Amazon.com, her speaking engagements and website, www.button-to-god.com. Enjoy chuckles and speeches, tips and excerpts in website options and weekly blog.]

Don’t Be Afraid of the Dog, the Dark, or the Unknown by Jo Russell

As off-duty teacher Roberta reined in Ginger from a walk around the community park,  she spotted her student, Jeffrey, and waved.

“Hi, Mrs. Jackson!” the boy hollered.

“Hey, Jeff!” she noted he was coming from the cabana where the community harvest party just ended. “Did you have fun at the Halloween Party?”

“Yeah, but I got to get home now.”

“How far do you have to go? It’s getting dark.”

“I live in Shumway.”

“Eight miles away,” she remembered. “Are your folks coming to get you?”

“Nope. They’re at home watching TV.”
“I’ll give you a ride. Ginger’s friendly and she’ll stay in the back seat.”

Jeff sized up the dog. Her paws the size of dish pans took up most of the upholstery. The dog’s tail waved against the window on one side and wet nose smeared the window on the other side. Her tongue was as long as a beach towel. The pony-sized animal was a whole different canine than the three yappy, tail-wagging dogs at his house.

“You’re not afraid of dogs, are you?”  Roberta asked.

“Nope, we’ve got three of them.”

“Good. Ginger doesn’t bite. She loves people.”

As Jeff got into the SUV and Roberta began the drive down the country highway, Ginger edged between the seats and nudged the boy with her furry, ham-sized jaw. As Jeff got a close-up view of dog dental plaque, his eyes grew wide as he thought of the husky, “My, what big teeth you have!” And Jeff leaned closer to the window.

With him giving her more room, Ginger shouldered her way even further between the seats. Jeff noticed what big ears she had as the husky pressed her face against his. He got a close-up view of her blue eyes with them cheek to cheek. With two miles to go, Jeff flattened himself against the passenger door while the 90-pound dog edged beside him. Though car manufacturers never intended a bucket seat to provide space for two fifth-grade-sized warm bodies side by side, the husky wasn’t about to move.

Roberta assured him, “Jeff, the dog doesn’t bite. She just loves attention – and your side of the car! That’s where she usually rides.”

When they reached Jeff’s home, three dogs ran out to greet the visitors and Ginger barked her happy hello as she compressed Jeff even tighter against the door.

Jeff peeled himself off the windowpane, sprung the door open, and stumbled out with a sigh of relief. He’d take his yippy small dogs anytime. He would trade his seat for his life. Ginger smiled a big, toothy grin.

Fear: It’s an emotion that can change our perspective and limit our opportunities by its very paralyzing power. It can arise over anything.

It reflects God’s inspired verses and situations showing Him as the ancients’ advocate and ours: how He brings help when it is needed.

King Solomon penned these words, “Have no fear of sudden disaster or of the ruin that overtakes the wicked, for the Lord will be your confidence and will keep your foot from being snared.” [Proverbs 3:25 NIV].

God advised the prophet Jeremiah, “You must go to everyone I send you to and say whatever I command you. Do not be afraid of them, for I am with you and will rescue you, declares the Lord.” [Jeremiah 1:7b – 8]

To a senior thinking he was too old to father a child, an angel appeared beside Zechariah, “Do not be afraid, Zechariah; your prayer has been heard. Your wife, Elizabeth will bear you a son, and you are to give him the name John.” [Luke 1:13].To a young virgin, an angel assured Mary, “Do not be afraid, Mary, you have found favor with God. You will be with child and give birth to a son, and you are to give him the name Jesus. He will be great and will be called the Son of the Most High.” [Luke 1:30-32]

Our fears are not so different from those people and situations in the Bible: our anxiety about freedom, relationships, resources, needs, emergencies, and the unknown. But God is with us. And when He sits beside us in the front seat, He’ll still leave us plenty of room.

[Jo Russell is a Christian speaker, author of articles, anthology contributions, and award-winning Which Button Do You Push to Get God to Come Out? A Humorous Devotional for Women. available from Amazon.com, her speaking engagements and  website, www.button-to-god.com. Enjoy chuckles and speeches, tips and excerpts in website options and weekly blog.]

 

 

Are We Not More Important Than They? By Jo Russell

As soon as Jolene opened the door to the home improvement store where she worked, she cried out, “Morning!” to any who would listen. Immediately, melodic voices answered in song from their nests two stories high. Later, during store hours, the birds would perch on patio sets and canvas umbrellas to charm customers.

“How life like!” bird-lovers would exclaim. “Imagine real birds in this setting! I wonder if they are included in each purchase?”

Under a dark, icy, crisp sky that grew colder each day, staff member Jolene wondered, “Why haven’t the birds headed south for the winter?” While she worried about her own crises, she added her concern over the birds. They wouldn’t survive outside. It was too cold to commute far away to the warmer places.

But this group of smart sparrows knew a good thing when they saw it. Though employees thought of the drone of the forklifts as noise pollution, the sparrows sang cheerfully above the pre-dawn sounds of moving pallets and boxes.

“Why, hello!” Jolene said aloud when one sparrow strolled down the aisle between bathtub displays. He chirped a greeting in reply.

Choosing their new aviary months before, the birds had set up homes and raised families in nests two stories off the ground. Only a peck away in shrink-wrapped packages, the flock dined on many combinations of seed as the specialty items at a gourmet restaurant. During the cold months, they were warm; the hot months they were cool, plus perks also included music, people, attention, and fresh flowing water from the fountains on display.

While the birds enjoyed the good life, Jolene worried. A painful injury, major home repair expenses, relationship crises, staff cutbacks, family illness, and financial challenges—became all part of her daily struggle.

Jesus’ own words assure us that God the Father will take care of us as we focus on his kingdom and ways. “Look at the birds of the air; they do not sow or reap or store away in barns, and yet your heavenly Father feeds them. Are you not much more valuable than they?  Who of you by worrying can add a single hour to his life?” [Matthew 6:26-27 NIV]

But Jolene and all of us can learn from Jesus’ words. Where in our hearts is the rightful place for worrisome issues? In the background – right behind God.

The promises are powerful in this passage. We can trust God to take care of us no matter what we are facing. For are we not more valuable than the roly-poly sparrows who sing to the store staff each day?

[Jo Russell is a Christian speaker, author of articles, anthology contributions, and award-winning Which Button Do You Push to Get God to Come Out? A Humorous Devotional for Women. available from Amazon.com, her speaking engagements and website, www.button-to-god.com. Enjoy chuckles and speeches, tips and excerpts in website options and weekly blog.]

 

 

 

Real Need and True Friends by Jo Russell

At the site declared a disaster because of a wildfire, the news cameras focused on the visiting U.S. President at the time. The media expected the Chief Executive to be the center of attention as he addressed the crowd of thousands of rural residents.

A safe distance away from the flames and major highways, the evacuees had endured more than a week of hardships. Each quickly distinguished between real needs and wants. No one knew when they’d be going home – if they even had one left.

Real needs won out when the cameras scanned the crowd during the President’s speech. One evacuee held a sign high, “Kathy, bring clean underwear!”

When it comes to real needs, we can count on God. When it comes to true friends, we can count on God as well.

But what of the needs that are above and beyond the basics? What if you need just the special words to mend a relationship? A raise? More time with your family? The sale of your home as you relocate? Decisions for assisted care for older family members? Do you dare ask? Yes. God is not surprised with life and deals with it.

Think back to Jesus’ ministry. Jesus and Peter came to Capernaum when a collector asked them for the temple tax. As the son of a king, Jesus owed no tax. But to keep from offending, he decided he would pay the tax for both of them-–in a most unusual way. [Matthew 17:24-26]

“Doesn’t Jesus have a pouch or any money?” Peter might have wondered when Jesus told him to go fishing. Jesus told Peter the first fish would have a four-drachma coin in its mouth. That was the full amount for the tax for both of them. It was just enough–not too much or too little. They also got a meal out of it, too, because the tilapia, a mild fish, is good eating – even in restaurants today.

So don’t be afraid to ask for needs–above and beyond–or just the basics, like clean underwear.

[Jo Russell is a Christian teacher, speaker, author of many articles, contributor to several anthologies, and Which Button Do You Push to Get God to Come Out? A Humorous Devotional for Women, available from her website, www.button-to-god.com. For more chuckles and to hear a speech, enjoy excerpts of her book and tips, check her entire website options and weekly blog.]

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Lift Your Eyes to the Heavens! By Jo Russell

As a person visiting from arid Arizona, Barbara expected a reaction in the coastal town supermarket when she remarked to no one in particular, “Wow! That rain is really coming down!”

No one in the supermarket even blinked. With an average of 62.5 inches of precipitation a year in all forms, residents of the small seaside town just couldn’t get excited over anything dropping from the sky – rain, snow, sleet, ice, fog, hail, or seagulls and their by-products.

Even a church marquis used the weather as a take-off with this advice, “Lift up your eyes to the Heavens…and watch out for ice and snow!”

Lifting our eyes to Heaven with thanks to God is a great way to start each day. Thinking positive can alter the attitudes about experiences in life. It’s easy when they are…

• so few visits to the doctor, he doesn’t remember who you are
• healthy kids and grandkids
• bountiful gardens free of cutworms
• sunny days
• answered prayers
• a dream getaway vacation
• bonuses and bank accounts that are in the black

But life’s experiences also mimic ice, snow, avalanches, accidents, and black ice. For over a hundred years, Morton Salt proclaims that when it rains, it pours.
That may come in the form of:

• misplaced luggage that visited more states than you have
• missing shoe from each pair belonging to the under-10 set when they arrive at your home.
• a midnight family reunion at the emergency room or poison center
• a surprise diagnosis by a medical team
• the smiling repairman earning time and a half, whistling his way through a house so filled with family for the holidays, he wonders if this is the four-wall equivalent of “How many students can you cram into a Volkswagen?”

Ah, life! Such variety!

Yet through the fair weather and the freak storms, we can count on God as our refuge and our strength even when there’s a whole lot of shaking going on! “Therefore do not fear, though the earth give way and the mountains fall into the heart of the sea, though its waters roar and foam and the mountains quake with their surging… The LORD Almighty is with us and the God of Jacob is our fortress.” [Ps. 46:2-3, 7]

What if you’re trying to sleep with all that racket? David wrote, “I will lie down and sleep in peace, for you alone, O LORD, make me dwell in safety. [Ps 4.8] And he could drift off to dreamland while rain pelted on the roof.

So can you. Remember to lift your eyes to the Heavens, and God will give you rest—through every kind of storm.

[Jo Russell is a Christian teacher, speaker, author of many articles, contributor to several anthologies, and Which Button Do You Push to Get God to Come Out? A Humorous Devotional for Women, available from her website, www.button-to-god.com. For more chuckles and to hear a speech, enjoy excerpts of her book and tips, check her entire website options and weekly blog.]

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