Wednesday, October 22, 2008

Frayed Edges

My soul seems to have frayed edges today. I feel undone and unraveled. Misty eyed and tired. Too much of election drama that has left me disillusioned and almost unwilling to vote for either. Too much economic turmoil which leads to stirrings of fear and panic. Too many voices. Too many opinions. Too much confusion. Too many distractions.

My husband and I were talking about all of the world happenings earlier this morning on the phone. His soul is weary and tired from it all and he decided on a self-imposed media fast beginning now. I immediately chimed in that I would follow him in that decision. No more news shows or online news until the election night. I found encouragement here and here that others feel the same way as I do and are saying "enough!"

I need to take my time back into my own hands and enjoy the daily beauties of my life. The turmoil in the world has distracted me from really seeing all the daily blessings God is granting all around me...pumpkins and pretty leaves and giggly toddlers and health and friendships and good food. The election rumblings have distracted me from the sureness and sovereignty of God and His unchanging promises to me as His child. There is nothing to fear. Truly. And only good to gain from His hand. Even if it seems disguised at times.

So here is to living in the now and not in the what-if. Mindful of daily grace. Looking for beauty and His steady hand. Focusing on loving others and loving Him. Respecting all. Asking for wisdom. Giving Him glory in all things. It's the only way to live...especially in times like this.


photo by clementine's shoes

18 comments:

Betty said...

Aimee,
God is indeed in control. He can very well use even ungodly leaders to bring good to His people. Affliction and persecution often sifts and strengthens the people of God. We were studying Jacob and Esau this morning and the deceitfully gotten blessing, God used even that though God will bring justice for sin. So, even in the face of dishonesty, NOBODY can thwart the plan of God. Hard times do lie ahead for Christians, I believe. But as Corrie ten Boom said, "God has no problems, only plans. There is never any panic on the throne."

I'm fasting from it all too. I understand all your feelings. I feel like I'm voting for the lesser of two evils. The greatest evil for me is the taking of life (abortion)--this can never be undone unlike the economy, and redefining marriage. But aside from that there's little in common with any candidate. What a comfort to belong to Christ! We don't belong to this world! Enjoy your blessings today.

The Mangerchine's said...

I was feeling the same way and have decided to focus on the Truth; on the admirable, lovely, pure and praiseworthy and hold onto those things (Phil 4:8). It has been much more refreshing than all of the confusion that comes with looking too closely at our present circumstances and trying to understand them with my limited human knowledge.

Got the books by the way. Thank you! You are so cute! I appreciated the tea and the card and look forward to curling up with a nice warm cup of tea for some quality reading time.

Shannon

Debbie in CA : ) said...

Without TV in our home I am still innundated with all the blather via internet. I, too, have imposed a "fast" and am feeling all the more wonderful for it.

Your friends have supplied very encouraging comments. I am so glad to have stopped by to find so many kindreds, who, though heavy of heart, trust the Lord to use all the evil for good in His will.

Thank you for your ever-honest musings. Let us simply live joyfully today, tomorrow ... and ever anon. (HE has overcome!)

Leigh Ishee said...

I agree Aimee. I listen to a Christian talk radio show on the way home from work usually but I have decided to stop listening to it for now. Probably until after the election.

I am choosing to focus on praying for the election rather than worry about it.

It is crazy times we are living in but if I choose to focus on the Lord, I am at peace. It is the only way to have true peace.

Anonymous said...

Amen to that!

I think I will join you in a media break...I often forget the God is in control and He already knows the outcome. No more new piece of info can change that.

Blessings to you! I love your blog. It always manages to lift my spirits:)

Hilty Sprouts! said...

I hear you! My husband and I have also declared a media "fast". I just can't handle the tension anymore. It is hard to avoid though. Everywhere I go it seems that people are worried about the election and the economy but I have felt God reminding to "be still and know he is God".

Jennifer

Lelia said...

You and me both, Girl. . .I have felt stress at night as I try and sleep, dreaming about the candidates, our future, our childrens' future, everything. . .time for praying, not worrying, but it's nearly impossible if you listen to the media.

kristinwithani said...

Totally agree. I've chosen over the last few weeks to not watch news shows and not turn on GMA until after 7:30. So, I'm not completely tuning it out but it sure has helped my attitude and stress level. Also, just read this great Piper article that helped with perspective... http://www.desiringgod.org/ResourceLibrary/TasteAndSee/ByDate/2008/3347_Let_Christians_Vote_As_Though_They_Were_Not_Voting/

flo said...

My dear hubby is always tuned in- I'd probably be depressed by now, if I am.

Don't know if this would help, but no matter how bad things get here, we will still be much more blessed that our brothers and sisters in some other countries.

I'll just show up at the polls and trust that God is in control. None of these is too big for Him.

shepherdsgrace said...

amen and amen...I remind myself that our Father's kingdom is not of this world...and all of "this" is passing away....

Clair said...

A imposed news fast isn't bad, though I skim the papers. It seems like so much of the election hullaballoo is unnecessary.

Aimee said...

Thanks everyone for your encouraging comments...Kristin, the article was wonderful and great perspective!

Domestic Accident said...

I stopped watching a while ago. It's just too infuriating and I chose not to let that negativity into my life.

{ Kiddos & K9s } said...

I so agree.. I've found myself needing to just turn off the media... especially when my blood pressure begins to rise! LOL! But thank the Lord we have hope in Him... good to read and know others are feeling the same...

Prairie Chick said...

amen and amen. it's not burying our heads in the sand, it's rising up on wings like eagles. Fly girlfriend, fly!

fawndear said...

So with you on this. We got rid of our cable/satellite a while ago. I'm thinking about cancelling our newpaper subscription as well. I know I can find relavent things on the Web when I need to.

Right now I just want to focus on family and simplicity.

Wendi said...

I'm am with you on the media fast!!! I've been there since our hurricane hit and have only occassionally tuned in for specials (like the debates and such) because it is ALL TOO MUCH, and I still have overly weepy, droopy, exposed-nerve days without all the hype.

Carrie said...

media break.. that sounds like just what I need. I think I will join in on that.

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