What a week it has been! For those that read our blog post from last week, have you seen God answering your prayers even if it wasn’t the way you expected? If you missed last week’s post, check it out (www.kingdomtrailhead.com/prayers-answered-unexpectedly). We would love to hear from you!
So our family is in that time of transition. Fall activities have officially started back up and life seems to a little more crazy. Well, if that’s really possible – ha! J We are trying to figure out all these activities (school, Bible study, MOPS, etc.) and how are new “normal” life will be for the next few months. Can anyone else relate? And on top of that, Jake’s job situation is in a huge transition in itself. The mom-and-pop company he was working for over the past few years was sold to a big corporation. On that day, a lot of employees lost their jobs but thankfully he was able to keep his. But, let’s face facts – working for a corporation is not the same as a small one. So that has been a big adjustment in the midst of the typical change that fall brings.
With all of these fluctuations in life, I have a tendency to become stressed. I can be a little CDO (yes that’s OCD with the letters in the correct order) at times, especially when it comes to my routine. When my world feels out of my control, I cling to that schedule. And when it unravels, because that’s life with toddlers, I lose my mind. Seriously. This is not something I’m proud of but I know it to be true. Well, mostly…I’m working on it truthfully. I realize when I’m stressed I try so hard to control everything. And we cannot control everything. I wish I could (sort of) but know I can’t. But what I can do, is give it over to God. And that is something I am trying to do.
God wants to carry my burdens for me. In 1 Peter 5:7 it says “Give all your worries and cares to God, for he cares about you.” Like my post from last week, I’m reminded through this verse that God loves me so much more than I can imagine. Like most parents, I don’t like to see my children sad, hurt, upset, or even concerned. And God is the same way…but even more than I can comprehend. What a relief!!!
I have one of those brains that doesn’t like to cut off. I will stay up for hours thinking about everything and playing out what is going to happen (as if I can predict how the next day is going to go). I don’t sleep and the next day I am not my best. My family and friends are punished for my lack of sleep. That’s not fair to them or me. This past week I have tried from the moment I get in bed to start talking to God. I lay out to Him (although he already knows) what I am worried about and tell Him that I now give it over to Him. I know that He can see the big picture. And guess what…..I have been sleeping all night long. Yes, all night! Because I give my worries and cares over to my Heavenly Father who will pick those burdens up and carry them for me. What an awesome God we serve!!
This week I would love for you to give it a try. It doesn’t have to be at bed time. It can be whenever you feel like you have a moment to talk to God. Give Him your problems. Let Him take on that stress. And you rest. That way you can be the best version of you for your kingdom here on earth.
As always, I’d love to hear how it goes for you this week. Or if you just need someone to pray for you. You can comment below or email me at firstname.lastname@example.org if you want to keep it private.