How To Pray When Our Mind Is Spinning

Sometimes my mind spins in so many directions that I stress my self out. I can’t focus or settle inside. Then I get frustrated, which seems to fuel my spin pace . . . and I just wanna scream or cry or run away for the day.

. . . There’s that project I need to tackle, but I’m not sure how best to approach it, so I just keep putting it off. There are calls I want or need to make, only I can’t seem to find the right time when there’s enough time to talk. Always, there’s that pile on the counter that I need to just deal with—but, y’all, every time I remove two items, at least four more materialize. What’s with that? And then there are those matters that I simply need to think through, process, and weigh, yet allotting time for those seems to require that I sacrifice  time earmarked for something else. Do you ever feel like this, or is it just me?

So the other day, when I was having one of those days, I vented, God help me! I guess I halfway expected Him to transform everything right there on the spot—which He can do, because He’s God. But that didn’t happen.

What did happen is God got my attention. All along He was with me . . . I just wasn’t with Him. My mind dwelt on the pile of things I needed to do and how inadequate I felt to accomplish most of it.

God waited for me to turn to Him—to take my thoughts and feelings to Him and dwell in Him. All along, He was right there, holding me. Our loving God holds you and me. Do we talk with Him as though He’s holding us? You and I are His Beloved. BELOVED. When this is my approach, I feel secure.
Try it.

When we turn to God, we practice trusting Him. We decide to rely on Him. Instead of leading our way, we ask for His.

“In the morning, Lord, you hear my voice; in the morning I lay my requests before you and wait expectantly.” (Psalm 5.3)

“When I am afraid, I put my trust in you.” (Psalm 56.3)

“Trust in him at all times, O people; pour out your heart before him; God is a refuge for us.” (Psalm 62.8)

Welcome God in to your thoughts—as you drive, wait in a line, take a walk, vacuum, shower, or stare at that pile on the counter.

God, I commit this day to you. Help me be present to your presence today.
God, I am overwhelmed. Please help me unload all this to you.
You are faithful. You are with me. I am your Beloved.

Invite Him to join that conversation. Better yet, ask Him to lead you through—with your boss, a co-worker, your husband, child, a friend.

God, help me only say what you want me to say.
Give me understanding, insight, and grace.
Please heal, strengthen, and grow this relationship your way. 

Include Him as you think through that project or assignment, ponder that looming decision, or consider the best way forward in a challenging relationship.

God, I don’t know how to go forward. I need your wisdom and guidance.
Please protect me.
Help me trust you, discern your will, and follow you.

Live like a lifelong learner. Every day we learn and practice. When we pray, we practice relying on God. We draw near.  Try it.

Just For You

IMG_0459I love spending time with a group of moms to share, listen, and encourage. A few months ago, I began to release a set of videos that I made just for you. I share personal stories, hard lessons, and God’s sustaining Word. So far, 10 are available on this website and through YouTube. The last 2 will post this summer. The topic is “The Will: God’s, Ours, and the Child’s.” Each segment is about 15 minutes.

When my children were little, finding “me time” was hard. Besides my brief crack-of-dawn quiet time, “me time” meant babies and toddlers were napping or they were old enough to attend a morning class a couple of days a week. Many times I gave this precious time to things that I felt needed to get done. When I gave the time to myself for personal growth and encouragement, I felt refreshed and strengthened–like I was moving forward.

As the kids grew older, more hours became available to me, but I gave them to responsibilities and new commitments. Nothing wrong with those, but momma-friends, we need time for our self. We need space to inhale and exhale s-l-o-w-l-y.  Personal growth and encouragement energize our weary perspective and inspire us to move forward.

I’m inviting you to join me and make your way through the video (or audio) series. Whether your children are grown, teens or toddlers, I think you’ll be encouraged–and challenged a bit. Grab a cup of coffee, fold laundry if you must, take a brisk walk, or listen in your car as you run an errand or wait for a child. Invite a few friends to join you and talk afterwards. If your children are grown, you may know younger moms who would love to have someone like you to discuss the video with them, so they can share their thoughts or struggles.

So, from me to you–Enjoy!

Video link (You might have to adjust “settings” to 720P)
Audio link
The tabs are on the website, too.

Motivated By Love

DSC00140You’re so patient with me, God. I’ve thought this countless times over the years. Each humbling experience leads me to one overwhelming realization: You really do love me a lot. 

Have you ever had that feeling? We’re speechless because we don’t deserve this love, yet we’re so glad and relieved and grateful and in awe…

“…for God is at work in you, both to will and to work for his good pleasure.” (Philippians 2.13)

God is at work –
…through the circumstances of our life.
…through the instruction he provides us in his Word.
through our relationships.
…through purposes he has given to us.

As a mom and as a woman, all of God’s work in and through us is for his good pleasure. His motive is love. As we raise our children and build relationship over the years… what is our motive? Our motive influences our approach, attitude, effort and decisions.

DSC00135To live for Christ means our motive is love for God.

To love our child best, we want to love God most. To love God most, pursue relationship with him. The more we know him, the more we learn how loved we are.

The day we meet our child, loves swells in our heart. We don’t generate this love. God pours it in, filling a place in us that he made to be filled with his love. He gives us his love with which to love our child – the same love with which he loves us.

Parenting is hard work. Building this relationship over the years can be challenging. Always, God is working his purposes in and through both our hearts. In this awesome love, we follow the one who loves and leads us.

Whatever the age of your child, I hope and pray Video #5 encourages you. Please consider passing these free videos along through your email address book and Facebook friends.