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Weeky E-News

Weekly e-News November 13

CCC Oak Ridge

Hey, everyone!
 
Hope this Friday finds you filled with peace and a restful heart!
 
…Which I personally struggle to enjoy some (mostofthe) times! 
 
I love those Sonic commercials…y'know the ones where those two guys are in the car at
Sonic having a crazy conversation?
 
Like the one where the guy always driving says…
“Wow! This raspberry iced tea is awesome.”
 
And the goofier guy (always in the passenger side) says, thoughtfully…
“I wonder why t…”
 
First guy… “What!?”
 
Other guy…
“Why raspberry iced ’t’? Why not rapsberry iced ‘m’? Why not one of the other of the 48 letters?”
 
“First of all, that’s way too many letters.”
 
“I know how many letters there are in the alphabet!”
 
“May I sub-respond before you finish?”
 
“Sure.”
 
“Do you?”
 
Anyway, the one that got me a little choked up and kinda helped me was the one where the
kind of "dorky" guy and his wife were at Sonic drinking something with
coffee in it. And he said, "I'm so glad we're not at one of those
fancy coffee shops. They're so intimidating.”
 
"What do you mean, intimidating", she asks.
 
"You know…you're in the line and the guy in front of you gets a half-caff moka
grande frappacino and you feel like you have to get something half or caff and
you don't want to, you just want coffee but you feel like you can't because
everybody's there expecting you to get something either half or caff and
they're so stuck up and you're just standing there in line AND THEY'RE ALL
READING POETRY ANDTALKINGABOUTPOLITICSAND…!!!”
 
"Whoa. Whoa! WHOOOOAAA!! GET A HOLD OF YOURSELF!!", his wife says!
 
I know that feeling. 
 
Not about coffee but about getting frazzled with
thoughts that are running away from me. And they've kidnapped my
heart's peace before they take off.
 
"Today I have to do this. But I also have to be thinking about that
problem that's coming up. But one thing that's bothering me is that if
this other thing happens, I'm not sure I have the answer and I WON'T
BE ABLE TO GET TO THE THINGS I HAVE TO DO
ANDWHATIFTHEYALLHAPPENTOGETHER?WHATWILLIDO…!!!"
 
This morning I heard the Holy Spirit say gently to me, "Whoa. Whoa!
WHOA! Get a hold of yourself, son!"
 
It wasn't in words I heard, but in words I read. 
 
From a book written 2700 ago but it felt like today's newspaper.
 
Listen to this.
 
Isaiah 30. 15…”This is what the Sovereign LORD, the Holy One of Israel,
says: "In repentance and rest is your salvation, in quietness and
trust is your strength…"
 
And further on He adds, "The fruit of righteousness will be peace; the
effect of righteousness will be quietness and confidence forever"
(32.17)
 
"Whoa! Just be quiet. Shhhhh."
 
Quiet your heart! Let anxiety's noise get still. Stop your thoughts
long enough to think….
 
God knows about it all. 
 
He cares about you. 
 
He knows what He will do. 
 
It will be just in time and just the right thing.
 
Shhhhh….
 
I have a friend who always says to me at the end of a conversation,
"God's peace, my brother". He ends letters with…
 
"Peace of God, 
Buddy"
 
So I wish that to us all today.
 
Shhhhhh…Peace of God, y’all…