It is with great joy to introduce you to Robin Houde. I have known Robin for several years. Robin loves the Lord and serves Him wherever she sees a need. Robin is gifted and talented in many areas. Robin loves the Lord, and her gentle sweet spirit befriends her to all she comes in contact with. We welcome Robin as a new writer to Women Encouraging Women, please make her welcome.
Robin Houde is a loving Mom of 3 beautiful daughters and Mima to 3 spunky grandchildren. God, family and friends are her main focus. She moved to sunny Florida from Upstate New York in the fall of 2013 and she’s blessed to have a work-from-home career as a Subject Matter Expert for information systems. She is very involved in her church and is a leader of The Well Armed Woman – Indian River County Shooting Chapter.
Hide & Seek
By Robin Houde
When I was a child, I used to love to play hide and seek with my younger brother and my friends. It was so much fun! The anticipation of being ‘found’, oh how difficult it was for me to be still and quiet. I used to have such anxiety that I would feel like I was going to wet my pants at any moment. Then I would start to giggle at the thought of wetting my pants and that would make the feeling even worse!
I’d begin squirming and laughing until either I was found because I was no longer quiet and still, or I would leap out of my hiding place and run as fast as I could to the ‘safe’ place. Once I was ‘safe’ and even if I was ‘caught’, I felt relieved, happier.
How many times have we played hide and seek with God? For me it’s been far too many. Sometimes I find myself so distracted by life that I know I’m not spending as much time as I should with Him.
I know we’ve all been there. I don’t have the feeling of wetting my pants like the childhood hide and seek game, but I do often find myself feeling overwhelmed and anxious with life. I do have a sense of unease or like I’m off-balance or something is missing.
That’s all very true. In those times I am missing something, and life is out of balance God is missing, rather I’m ‘missing’ God. The truth is, He’s missing me as well. In these times the Lord is calling me back to Him. He knows exactly where I am, but I’m not paying attention to Him. I’m not giving Him the quality time He longs for with me.
Now that I’m older, I know that God is my ‘safe’ place that I can go to and He always makes life more manageable. Without God, life is hectic, but His word says it doesn’t have to be this way. That I don’t have to do it on my own. I can have peace, if only I seek Him.
Philippians 4:6-7 (NIV)
Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. And the peace ofGod, which transcends all understanding, will guards your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.
When my girls were little I loved having them sit with me and we would read books, sing and play games together for hours. God has a desire to spend time with His children just the same. He is our loving heavenly Father.
The next time you feel overwhelmed, anxious, or like life is draining your strength, just crawl up on His lap and spend time with Him. Read His word, pray and be still and you will find peace, one that’s everlasting.
Psalm 46:1 (NIV)
God is our refuge and strength, an ever-present help in trouble.
Psalm 46:10 (NIV)
He says, “Be still and know that I am God, I will be exalted among the nations, I will be exalted in the earth.”