Friday, January 25, 2013

Finding My Faith? Regaining My Faith? #ChickenSoup

Chicken Soup
As of late, I've found myself kind of wandering without a purpose, without a direction. There are many things on my mind and I haven't had a good night's rest in a month. As things stand as they are, it's going to be like this for another couple of months. It's been difficult feeling unsettled but I've been trying my best to keep it bottled in as to not negatively impact those around me who are facing more stress.
Finding My Faith
Chicken Soup for the Soul: Finding My Faith is comprised of 101 Inspirational Stories about Life, Belief, and Spiritual Renewal. This may have been just what I needed to keep a balance and stabilize my own anxieties.

I had just skyped my parents a few days prior and as usual, they told me to "leave it in the hands of God" as he surely had his plans for me...things would work out. I cannot tell you how surprised I was to hear them tell me they knew I was having troubles sleeping because of my worries. I hadn't mentioned a thing to them. I always put on a positive front in my attempts not to worry them.

Thing is, I do believe...I trust...but I also feel I need to take matters into my own hands as well. I believe hard work and perseverance will pay off. Yet, with all that I've done and all that I've been doing, I felt lost. In the back of my mind, I feared failure was what awaited me after a decade of hard work and dedication.

As if God felt I needed a bit of reassurance, I found myself reaching for my latest Chicken Soup book. Strange how I received this one so coincidentally, right? Even stranger, is how I flipped to "A Child's Perspective" on page 71. It seemed to be describing me, the worrywart. Then a close friend tells of a story that happened when a child was sick and of a visiting pastor who tells a child about his sermon that morning, titled: "The Doctor Is In."
When you're sick, you want the doctor to be in. But there's another kind of doctor who is always in. His name is Jesus. Jesus can help you when you're sick or when you're sad and He will be with you all the time. So I'm going to pray that Jesus will help you feel better.
After the pastor left and as the mother returned with medicine, she realized her son was feeling much better, even without the medicine. His explanation? "Jesus came."

Upon finishing the story, I felt a bit of stress lift off from me. It was almost as if he felt I needed a bit of reassurance and brought me this story just for that. I think this book and I will be good friends for the next several months.
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Shanaka @ Mama Bee Does said...[Reply]

I've read Chicken Soup for the Soul books since I was a young girl thanks to my great grandmother. I haven't read this one yet.

Mom vs. the boys said...[Reply]

I have this sitting on my nightstand, can't wait to dive into it!

Tesa @ 2 Wired 2 Tired said...[Reply]

I love the Chicken Soup for the Soul series. This one sounds very inspirational. I'll be adding it to my list!

Dana Vee said...[Reply]

I have read this several times:) Does a body good:)

KathleenKL said...[Reply]

These are a great series of books and I find them refreshing

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