Sometimes I can take my faith way too seriously and it's quotes like this one that remind me to smile and lighten up a little. I like the idea that authentic faith is about trusting God to stand shoulder to shoulder with me but also asking him to shut me up when my mouth gets ahead of my brain.
I am grateful every day for the faith and trust I have in God - it allows me to believe that there is a bigger picture than the one that I am embroiled in. I tend to get tangled up in all the little ups and downs of life when I should just let them go. My word for 2015 was "release" and when I take the time to remember that word it all comes down to releasing my cares to a higher power.
The picture in my head of a strong and capable God taking time to stand beside me places my issues in perspective. Time passes and so do most of the things I worry about. Thinking that I have to do it all on my own and that nobody cares only adds to the stress and I really don't need any more stress in my life than is absolutely necessary!
I smile every time I read the "hand over my mouth" part. I think I'm getting better at minding my words and not doling out unasked for advice, but it's nice to think that I can trust God to shut me up at times when my mouth wants to race ahead of me. There is a quote from Rachel Wolchin that I am taking more and more to heart: "Maturing is realizing how many things don't require your comment". I just can't argue with that - the people who I see spouting off on facebook or in conversation about issues that aren't their business just dumbfounds me at times.
I also try to remember the old maxim: "Least said, soonest mended". Sometimes I just want to blurt it all out - looking for validation for how I feel or what I think, and I need to learn that I can wait and often the situation resolves itself without my erudite input. I have friends who are way too enmeshed in their adult children's lives and they overstep the boundaries on a regular basis. It is so important to mind your tongue and keep your opinions to yourself (and to moderate them if they're asked for) to avoid alienating your family.
We all go through rough patches (some of us seem to have more of them than others) and hopefully they teach us more about how to weather the storm and find peace until it passes. It's been a real learning curve for me to realize that I don't need to embroil myself in things that don't really concern me. That I can trust my own opinion but I don't need to share it and I can respect others who have a different take on life. I don't want to be one of those cranky old women that mutter in the background, I want to be a wise woman whose opinion is asked for and respected. I probably still have a way to go before that happens regularly!
This post was part of the #1word challenge - the word for this week was "trust"