Carey Frost-Perdue, Administrative Assistant for Administration, shared some thoughts with staff this afternoon. We thought you might appreciate this as much as we did.  

Living in today’s world as of today, is drastically different than what we were used to back in January.  Fear and anxiety of the unknown seems to overwhelm many of us.

Did you know that the phrase “Fear not” is in the Bible 365 times?  Basically, God is telling us NOT to be afraid, every single day of every year.  Worry is nothing more than fear, and fear and trust are completely opposite of each other.

In my prayers, I often have to remind myself of what Jesus commanded in Matthew 6:25, “For this reason I say to you, do not be worried about your life, as to what you will eat or what you will drink; nor for your body, as to what you will put on. Is not life more than food, and the body more than clothing?”

To really live how God wants us to live, we have to completely give over our fear by trusting that He will protect us and provide for us.  I’m the first to say that it isn’t the easiest thing to do, and I fail miserably more often than not.  But we are not truly living our best lives if we are looking ahead to what MIGHT happen, and may NEVER happen.  In his book Soul Searching, author Keith Caserta says, “Worry is the interest you pay on a debt you may not owe.”

My prayer for you all today is to make sure you are being kind to yourself, and really taking stock on ‘self-care’.  In the hospice environment, much time is taken being responsible, or caring for, everyone else but yourself.  You are all such wonderful gifts to your families as well as Gentle Shepherd Hospice and I am a much better person for having met you all in this life.

Dear Lord Jesus,

The stresses in our lives can often get to a scary level.  Our bodies, minds, and spirits, struggle to keep up physically, mentally, and spiritually.  Help us to remember that we belong to You, the great author of love, when we are anxious, when we are exhausted, when we are hopeless, and when we are filled with fear. 

Whatever I am dealing with at this moment, I lay at your feet.  When I cannot see an end to a situation, I choose to believe You are working things out in my best interests.  Fill me with Your promises and Your words so that I may find peace, and in turn, help those around me find it as well.

In Your precious name Jesus, I pray this.