Tuesday, August 24, 2010

Beautiful Piece of Advice

This morning I am at wit's end hearing my husband keeping on asking about when two DVDs will come in the mail. It is hard for him to understand time differences between August 20 and August 23, for example, on the Amazon DVD. He thinks that Amazon and another outfit have been holding hostage our money instead of shipping the DVDs. "Check you statement," he orders. He doesn't understand that this is not on the debit card, but on a credit card and it doesn't show up right away on the last mailing. He has asked me about these two DVDs numerous times and doesn't understand I can't control when something comes in the mail! I blow up at him--something I rarely do--I keep so much in. He tells me to lighted up. I he watches me send an e-mail to Hotmovies or whatever and is satisfied. That e-mail bounces back. I guess I need to investigate it further because it was ordered on July 29th. But stay tuned. There is good news.

We get a call from the doctor's office. His biopsy was negative! Thank you, Lord! I tell him I have not been worrying about his darn DVDs because I have been worried he might have cancer. (I don't also say I am worried he might have Alzheimer's which we find out September 7th--the heavy burden I have been carrying for almost two years.)

He says, "What's gonna happen is gonna happen. It is in the Lord's hands. So I don't worry about it!" Isn't this great! I cherish this spiritual leadership from DH. I am going to remember this.

Then I get a wonderful e-mail from my Pastor's wife, including this flower.  It says:  An Angel says, 'Never borrow from the future. If you worry about what may happen tomorrow and it doesn't happen, you have worried in vain. Even if it does happen, you have to worry twice.'
  1.  Pray.
  2. Go to bed on time.
  3. Get up on time so you can start the day unrushed.
  4. Say No to projects that won't fit into your time schedule, or that will compromise your mental health.
  5. Delegate tasks to capable others.
  6. Simplify and unclutter your life.
  7. Less is more (Although one is often not enough, two are often too many.)
  8. Allow extra time to do things and to get to places.
  9. Pace yourself. Spread out big changes and difficult projects over time; don't lump the hard things all together.
  10. Take one day at a time.
  11. Separate worries from concerns . If a situation is a concern, find out what God would have you do and let go of the anxiety . If you can't do anything about a situation, forget it.
  12. Live within your budget; don't use credit cards for ordinary purchases.
  13. Have backups; an extra car key in your wallet, an extra house key buried in the garden, extra stamps, etc.
  14. K.M.S. (Keep Mouth Shut). This single piece of advice can prevent an enormous amount of trouble.
  15. Do something for the Kid in You everyday.
  16. Carry a Bible with you to read while waiting in line.
  17. Get enough rest.
  18. Eat right.
  19. Get organized so everything has its place.
  20. Listen to a tape while driving that can help improve your quality of life.
  21. Write down thoughts and inspirations.
  22. Every day, find time to be alone.
  23. Having problems? Talk to God on the spot. Try to nip small problems in the bud. Don't wait until it's time to go to bed to try and pray.
  24. Make friends with Godly people.
  25. Keep a folder of favorite Scriptures on hand.
  26. Remember that the shortest bridge between despair and hope is often a good 'Thank you Jesus .'
  27. Laugh.
  28. Laugh some more!
  29. Take your work seriously, but not yourself at all.
  30. Develop a forgiving attitude (most people are doing the best they can).
Thanks Mrs. T. for sending that e-mail. It's bearing one another's burdens that helps so much.

 I also appreciate others who send me their love and prayers.


  1. I rejoice with you on the good news you received today!Praise the Lord! And the email you received from a friend is full of wisdom! I should try and memorize it!

  2. I feel your frustration; we're just human, and we're going to blow a fuse once in awhile. I hope the DVD came today.....

    Wonderful news from the negative biopsy!!!!

    Your pastor's wife is so thoughtful and sweet, and the advice is wonderful.... I need to copy the advice, and lay it next to my computer ... to read daily.

    Your in my prayers!

  3. So glad to read you have love and support close by.
    Sending love and prayers from my side of the world :-)

    my verification word is "calming"!

  4. Hi... Donna, me again... I don't have your e-mail, so I'm contacting you this way.... Do you mind if I use some of your info. on one of my posts...... I love your information and quotes... and would love to use some of them.... if I have your permission.

    I pray for you .... me and our sweet husbands..... it's not an easy journey we travel, but we'll make it through.....
    Prays and hugs,

  5. Sure. I also e-mailed you tonight.

  6. Great news about "no cancer". Enjoyed reading through the 30 bits of advice. All very excellent. There are many who care for you and are praying for you both.

  7. YYEEEEAAAA no cancer! I also enjoyed reading the email. It's information we all should remember! Love you, Carol! (((hugs)))