I was reading a book this morning, recommended to me by a dear lady who has been a comfort to me these past few months. Its called, Calm My Anxious Heart, this is what I read,
"Never allow yourself to complain about anything – not even the weather
Never picture yourself in any other circumstances or someplace else
Never compare your lot with another’s
Never allow yourself to wish this or that had been otherwise
Never dwell on tomorrow – remember that tomorrow is God’s, now ours.
Fix your eyes on eternity. Your tomorrows belong to God. Give them to Him. All your tomorrows are nestled in God’s strong arms – you are FREE to live today. One day at a time you can make the right choices and grow to possess the holy habit of contentment.
Ella’s focus was eternal, and her focus led to an internal contentment.
Ella possessed a soul sufficiency, a peace separate from her circumstances. Contentment is a state of the heart, not a state of affairs.
I am not saying this because I am in need, for I have learned to be content whatever the circumstances. I know what it is to be in need, and I know what it is to have plenty. I have learned the secret of being content in any and every situation, whether well fed or hungry, whether living in plenty or in want. I can do everything through him who gives me strength. (Philippians 4:11-13)."
Oh Pappa, this is my prayer everyday - that beauty would shine forth from my heart and I would meet with you in the heavenly places with a smile as I see you face to face. Let me live my life in this way Father! To live is Christ and to die is gain (because I get to be with Jesus!).
As I was reading this passage this morning I turned to the front cover of the book and noticed its previous owner, whomever they may be, had left a note there. It reads,
Please read this book and may you enjoy it as much as I have. I'm proud you are my daughter.
Nola is not a common name but for anyone who knows my family, it is also the name given to my mother; and she and I share this anxious struggle as mothers and daughters so commonly do. So I smiled at God and thanked him for teaching both my mother and I to calm our anxious hearts.