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When one of our children jumped off the bed straight into the corner of the wall, she used her eyebrow to demonstrate action-reaction in physics. I had to calmly get a towel and apply pressure to the lovely little gash. Then I took her to emergency to get her first, and hopefully the last, set of stitches.  


While there, I noticed the nurses and doctors weren't running around from emergency to emergency, screaming orders, etc. They walked; they reacted with seemingly superhuman calm to situations that would have put me over the line between "it's ok" and yelling fits of hysteria coupled with stress shakes. I don't mind the sight of blood, but having to deal with trauma after trauma? Count me out. 


When life doesn't go the way you intended or throws you a curveball, what do you do? My advice, don't panic.   


Ok, I will be honest, I stole it from Jesus. In Matthew 24:4-8 (NLT), Jesus said that bad stuff will happen but "don't panic". The best way to resist panicking when bad stuff happens is to have a plan, like those doctors and nurses do.  


The best plan is to read about God's promises in the Bible. Promises like Philippians 4:19 (NIV), "And my God will meet all your needs according to the riches of his glory in Christ Jesus." That way, the next time finances are a problem, we don't need to panic. Our plan is to trust God because we know He will meet all our needs.  


Praying God's best for you, 



P.S. Next time I will tell you how I learned how bad I was at doctor visits with the kids when a nurse told me to calm down.