|What is going on? Where did my furniture go?|
I agonized over one of my daughters and her family coming to help us move some of our things; however, it turned out to be a wonderful blessing. We had a good visit; and I think the only things I cooked were a salad and a chocolate cake, which my 6 year old granddaughter helped me frost. My daughter brought food and I bought frozen lasagna. Hurrah for frozen foods and daughters that cook! My son-in-law, grandsons, and granddaughters helped my husband move boxes from our attic to our new house, as well as moving some furniture and other items. My daughter packed things, which I myself would have packed in the past. That wore me out; and I didn't pack anything! In fact, I didn't pack very many boxes until this week. I have been packing one, two, or three boxes a day, and I consider that an accomplishment.
I am thankful that I can do more than I did two years ago, which is due to having learned to pace myself, as well as letting the guilt go. This is one of the most important things I want to impart to you: let the guilt go. Carrying false guilt is debilitating physically and emotionally. It was false guilt and pride that caused me to worry about my family helping me. The emotional energy of feeling guilty when you should not, drains you of more physical energy; and it pulls you down into feelings of depression. I know because I have been there; and, it was oh so sweet when I let that icky feeling go. In fact, I have to actively continue to let that false guilt go--to push it away.
Finally, don't let your pride keep you from letting other people help you. Saturday morning, men from our church are going to come and help my husband move the rest of the furniture. I still am not quite sure what I am going to do with myself; but, if I have to, I am going to sit in my recliner with my feet up. Hopefully, I will not feel a bit of guilt.
The Bible says in Phillippians 4: 6-7, Be anxious for nothing, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God. And the peace of God, which surpasses all comprehension, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus (NASB, 1995). I memorized this verse as a young military wife, and I still need to continually put the wisdom of this passage into action. So often we pick up all our worries and try to carry them alone, but this is not what God wants for us. God wants to give us His peace: it is there for the asking.