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Cheese and Peanut Butter

Everything I wrote this morning seemed 'off'. Too dark. Too personal. Not right. I must have started five blog posts but didn't finish any of them. I just didn't have it going on. I was getting concerned, because the morning was fleeting. The very early morning hours, in which I do most of my writing, had long ago passed. Now I could see noon approaching. And in the afternoon, I'm not much good. Slow of thought, and most all brain activity, I'm afraid. :) By then, too much time on the computer makes me sleepy and I need a nap. I'm not much of a napper, so you see my quandary. See, you thought I was kinda smart. Ha! Had you fooled. I only appear that way if you catch me really early in the morning. Otherwise, I'm dull as a butter knife. Good thing school was held in the first part of the day. And good thing I was young. I had received several distress calls this morning and that didn't help. You know that I tend to carry other people's burdens for a bit longer than I should. Or, let me say, longer than they teach you in college that you should. I'm not sure God was in that lesson, and that professor clearly did not know me. I took a break for lunch. I am trying to watch my carbs. They are my enemy, and I have been overdoing them for several weeks. I was feeling it. So, no carbs for lunch. I found cheese, but couldn't think of a safe thing to put it on. Now I realize that I had some low-carb wraps in the frig. That would have worked. But at the time, I didn't think of that, because...well, you know. So I just ate cheese. Two pieces. Three pieces seemed silly. Then I put the cheese away and sat back down at the computer. Nothing. Nothing except the thought that I was still hungry. So, I went for the peanut butter. Natural peanut butter. It's my new thing. But the peanut butter is more difficult to eat without a carb to spread it on than was the cheese. So it's just me, the peanut butter jar, and a butter knife. Lol! Makes you want to come to my house for a nice peanut butter sandwich, doesn't it? You might want to watch to make sure I'm opening a new jar. So, here I am, carrying the burdens of others and unable to write. And now it's afternoon. Then I get a text from someone asking me where something is found in the Bible. That happens a lot. Again, people judging my intelligence based on something profound that God gave me at 4:46 AM. But now it's 2:17 PM and the stream is muddy and slow. And while there really are probably a thousand verses in my head pretty close to word-for-word (and there should be after fifty years, don't ya think?), my recollection of the address of where that verse lives (chapter and verse reference) is not all that great. But I am quick with Google, and I send what they were looking for right back to them. Then I read it. Philippians 4:4-7~ "Rejoice in the Lord always: and again I say, Rejoice. Let your moderation be known unto all men. The Lord is at hand. Be careful for nothing; but in every thing by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known unto God. And the peace of God, which passeth all understanding, shall keep your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus." Are you kidding me? Talk about a message for me. Rejoice in the Lord. Okay, done! And moderation can definitely be used to describe me most any old day. The Lord is at hand. Do you know how happy that makes my heart? Be careful for nothing. That means don't worry. And then, this conditional promise. That means that if I will do something, then God promises to do something back. Pray with a spirit of thankfulness, humbly pleading with God to meet my need. And as a result, God promises that the peace of God, which passeth all understanding, shall keep my heart and mind through Christ Jesus! I so needed that today. In more ways than one. :)


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Barbara Olszewski

NCCA, LCPC-CTC

National Christian Counselors Association

Licensed Clinical Pastoral Counselor

Certified Temperament Counselor

All scripture taken from the

King James Bible

© 2016 by Barbara Olszewski.