Monday, April 26, 2010

The Fly Swatter


I can't tell you how much I enjoyed Francine Rivers' latest book, Her Mother's Hope! What a powerful story! And what a God-inspired author!

So many lines spoke to me, but today this one jumped off the page: Concerns buzzed like flies in her head, and she swatted them with prayers.

Concerns buzzed like flies in my head . . .
and I didn't always use my fly swatter. Even though it's always, always within my reach - and it always changes things. Sometimes it changes the situation. Sometimes it changes my attitude.

Why do I wait until one fly becomes a swarm and the noise is deafening?

Lord, help me to remember what I know to be true . . . that prayer is my most powerful weapon against anxious thinking and fretting.
Thank You for reminding me today!

And thanks, Francine Rivers, for allowing God to use your amazing talent!

All your anxiety, all your care,
Bring to the mercy seat - leave it there.
Never a burden He cannot bear,
Never a friend like Jesus.
~Edward Henry Joy~

13 comments:

Mari said...

I love Francine Rivers books, and haven't had a chance to read this one yet.
That quote is wonderful - really thought provoking!

Ginny said...

How neat! I love this analogy! How on earth did you get that picture?

S. Etole said...

And isn't it amazing how distracting and annoying just one fly can be ... looking forward to her new book.

Southern Lady said...

What a visual! I don't know how people deal with worries when they don't pray. I couldn't survive without prayer. Carla

Nancy said...

I LOVE that word picture...swatting away the "flies" of worry! I had heard that Francine had written another book, but I didn't realize it was out!! I'll have to see if I can pick it up today. :)

Glenda said...

Ginny,in Picasa (an editing program you can download for free), I used the "shadow" setting to darken the background to black, which allowed the yellow to really shine.

grammy said...

Thanks for your visit to my place and the nice comment (o: I will have to put that book on my list. I love your pictures and uplifting words on your posts.

We have tons of roads like that...I am always in fear that we won't be able to turn around. Once a little 4 wheel drive road that was suppose to be a shortcut took us 6....six hours to get through. In my older age
:D I get a wee bit car sick from all the rocking and bumping around.

Dawn said...

Love this one. I have the book on order at the library - looking forward to it. So far I've only read her Redeeming Love, which was life transforming.

I must download that photo editing program!

Dawn said...

PS - I love your song quotes - ones that this generation will never know, I fear.

JudyBug said...

I have a real adverse reaction to fly swatters! Mother owned a red one. It stayed on top of the refrigerator...and that was what she swatted ME with when I was sassy!

I'm mostly known as 'MA' said...

I've not read that book but I think I need to. I love that quote about swatting with prayer.

Betsy from Tennessee said...

Neat, Glenda.... That statement does make us think, doesn't it???? I often wonder how people go through sad and traumatic things in their lives if they don't have God and faith and prayers...

Hugs,
Betsy

Sharon Lynne said...

Thanks for reminding me about trusting Jesus with my worries.

I do love that line from the book!