If you are waiting to hear the rest of the story of my trip to Nashville to meet Mary Beth & Steven Curtis Chapman, I promise to continue it soon. Today my heart is heavy with the incidents of last night.

Hey Friends!

Every had one of those days where you feel extremely fragile and like you could start weeping at any moment??

Yep, that’s me today. I’m a bit of a mess.

First, you should know, one of the “after effects” of David’s accident is that I get really frazzled if John or Jake are late. If my guys aren’t on time and I haven’t heard from them – I’m convinced it’s extremely bad news.

Last weekend, Jake was over 30 minutes past curfew. It was horrible. (Here we are earlier in the night at his Varsity hockey game…)

Thankfully Jake was just running really late and his cell phone was dead and he forgot how his mom freaks out like she does when her guys aren’t home.

So this weekend I was confident Jake would be on time. When John and I went to bed and Jake still wasn’t home, I was pretty surprised and started to get a bit worked up.

And then the phone rang.

The very good news – Jake is totally ok.

The bad news – While Jake was driving home, he slipped on ice, and slammed into a tree. The air bags went off and Jake completely totalled his truck.

John tried to get a good picture, but it was pretty dark. Note Jake’s tire which was thrown off his truck and went rolling into the street.

This mama is pretty shaken up, but I’m thanking God BIG TIME for protecting Jake. ♥

I didn’t get much sleep last night as I tossed and turned thinking about what could have happened. (Not good, I know). Thankfully Jake is physically ok today ~ and I knew I had to get my head on straight.

I desperately need to be washed over by God’s Word.

As I opened the Scriptures, I began to meditate on one of my favorite verses, Psalm 16:8.

Even though Jake ended up hitting a tree last night (and no longer has a car)…I will not be shaken.

Although I’m leaving for Turkey in 10 days and have knots in my stomach as I take a big leap of faith…I will not be shaken.

Regardless of my feelings, or my circumstances, my health, or my finances…I will not be shaken.

In spite of my full To-Do list, e-mails to return, phone calls to make…I will not be shaken.

The lists could go on and on, couldn’t they??

But because I have set the Lord always before me, I will not be shaken. I WILL NOT!

The tests will come, the trials will come, but (with God’s help), I will not be shaken!!

Want to know one of my secrets?? I always keep a bracelet on my right hand to remind me of this promise.

Usually the bigger, the chunkier the bracelet, the better. I must remind myself of God’s presence and His protection and His sovereignty in the midst of my crazy days.

A chunky bracelet on my right wrist is like a string tied around my pinkie finger reminding me of God’s promises, protection and care.

Now, do I always get this right? Of course not! (please do not ask me how many lattes I consumed today!) But in the midst of my mess of a day, I was suddenly filled with gratitude (for Jake’s safety & protection) and peace rather than experiencing more fear and anxiety.

What about for you?? What challenges or difficult circumstances are you faced with this week? Please be encouraged! Give your circumstances and feelings to Him, sense His presence and power within you, and then stand tall on His promises and Truth!

And whatever you do, do NOT BE SHAKEN!

Thanks for stopping by *She Sparkles*! Have a peace-filled, victorious week!


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