Back early in the pandemic, I remember a day that was full of bad news. It looked like doomsday for the whole world. We did not want to touch our groceries, mail or newspaper. We were not able to even see anyone outside our home. It looked very hopeless. I quickly went to my desk computer and engrossed myself in all the bad news of the county and world. After at least an hour of drinking in hopelessness, I went to get out of my chair and down I went on the floor. My foundation was gone, and I could not feel my legs. What I didn’t realize as I was sitting there, I had wrapped my legs back around my desk chair. Both my legs had totally fallen asleep. (Not one of my brighter moments) : (
Dan was in the basement as I laid there. It seemed like eternity, as I waited for my legs to wake up again.
This was a real turning point for me. I realized that soaking in bad news, hours on end, is not good for me! It is not good for anyone. I sometimes feel that the news channels want us to feed on the bad news of the world, 24-7. Of course they want us to be sucked in. Whatever we feed into our hearts and minds will eventually come out! (Proverbs 4:23 NIV-Above all else, guard your heart, for everything you do flows from it. ) If we feed ourselves hopelessness, despair and negativity, that is how we will feel. Fear will set in. This will affect our closest relationships. We will not be any help to anyone needing it. It will shake your foundation for sure! Personally, it puts me in a very bad mood.
I also knew I needed to take steps on feeding myself with good news! The Good News that comes with our faith! Hope that comes from reading God’s Word. Faith is the opposite of fear! In the last few years Dan and I have begun memorizing God’s Word. I have His promises hidden in my heart, ready at any time I need His assurance. No one can take that away from me! This is our hope and another foundation builder.