There is a feeling I get sometimes, that people are out to get me, or that they don’t respect me. Now, I am not talking about y’all, because I don’t think there is a problem with people here understanding that respect is received because it is given, but out there in the world, things are not always so simple. I suppose someone might say I am just being paranoid, and maybe I am.
Problem is, sometimes I find myself thinking these thoughts, and I know they probably aren’t true, but my emotions get so tied up in them that I can’t seem to get away.
At those moments, I turn to God, because I clearly don’t have the ability to calm myself down, and I dearly want to be calmed down.
I think some of my problem may be that I am getting older, and I don’t seem to be able to handle as much stress. Unfortunately, work doesn’t really care how old I am, the stress is the same.
So, as I said, I find myself wanting to calm down, but unable to do it. I pray, and sometimes that helps, but recently I prayed for peace while in the middle of an emotional war, and it didn’t seem to help.

After a few minutes I gave up, and went on to read a passage out of my bible. Amazingly, that worked almost instantly to calm me down. Here is a small piece of what I read:

Colossians 3:2-3, “Set your minds on things above, not on earthly things. For you died (to earthly things) and your life is hidden with Christ in God.“.

I think I had forgotten for a moment that God’s Word is powerful, and that reading His Word releases a power that cannot be released in any other way. I know I am going to remember that for the future, how about you?