We are well into our first week back to school and the routine is a surprisingly pleasant welcome. I am not one of those mothers that awaits for school to start back so that I can be left alone. Instead, I sort-of dread it. I LOVE, love, my kids being home and the energy they add to my day. I didn’t say it’s not annoying at times… I just love them being home. I like to hover over them. The older they get, the more of a control-freak I am becoming, as far as their where-abouts go. Now I know why my parents just wanted us to stay home- all- the -time! I like to see them- so I know what they are D O I N G!
There’s a lot of concerns when it comes to raising kids, good kids, Godly kids.
There’s a lot of concerns I have for my own life, my future, my now…Things that have been spoken over my life that I want to see, NOW.
What do I do with all these concerns? They seem to be mounting and mounting and mounting…up!
I have a cure for your anxious fears.
In June before school let out for summer God began tugging at my heart to do something new. I was reading the Circle Maker by Mark Batterson and was so inspired by the story of a little woman who had set up “God Appointments”. This was her time with God, her time to pray. She would not let anything interfere with with those appointments, nothing, nobody. When I was reading this story, I wept. I wept because I knew I was set up by God to read this and this was my new assignment. The road that would lead to the next road.
Can I tell you, my mind flooded with reasons I couldn’t keep appointments! It was about to be summer…It was about to be my time off from the alarm clock! (That is huge for me) It was about time for family vacation..our travel schedule looked really full. I don’t like to talk in the morning..
on and on my mind went of why this could not work.
My flesh lost this battle and I settled on a time. 7am. It’s summer don’t judge.
7am to 8am it was. A lot of days it lasted til 9. ( I have a lot to cover!)
I am only sharing this to help someone. It helps me when I get details. I love details. I want to know what works and how to get to what works.
During every morning while everyone slept in, and on vacation, while everyone slept in, and even on nights we stayed up til 3am, I would not let go of my appointment time. When you resolve in your heart how important it is, and then you acknowledge it is GOD waiting on you….you won’t be late.
I even said, “Ok God, if this is you, wake me up.” I never set an alarm but somehow I have managed to wake in time to be at my appointment.
I didn’t plan on sharing all this when I sat down to blog, but now Im rolling with it..
And I will be honest again and clear again. I began worrying about loosing this time with school starting back. I have come to cherish it. There was an internal wrestling match going on about having this appointment any earlier. But again I resolved in my heart, It’s GOD, 6am will work! And it is working. And again, I said, “ok God, I’m not setting an alarm, if this is you, wake me up!”
And He does.
I am really quiet about the list of needs I have. Sometimes I think that is what makes me quiet, it can weigh me down. I have never depended on God for so much in my life than at this present moment. And I am not quiet with God about it.
There is nothing more effective than praying the word. I have spent years praying for my needs in whiny little prayers, but when you can match Gods promises to your requests, you will get better results. This morning I took this verse from Psalm 16:3 and Psalm 37:5 to my appointment.
Depend on the Lord in whatever you do and your plans will succeed.
Commit thy way to the Lord, trust Him and He will do it.
I told you earlier I face many concerns. And I told you I had the cure for your anxiety.
I read some commentary on these verses and basically we are being told to roll over our cares on the Lord. We are also told to leave the success of ALL our concerns to Him. He will secure our happy results. Its a promise that our plans will succeed when we depend on God to take the reigns. Committing is entrusting.
What have you committed to HIM that you are just worrying about? Turn your worries into prayers. Get off the phone worrying everyone to death and just pray.
Commit Thy WAY-
Another word for way is destiny. Commit (to trust or give in) your destiny to the Lord and He will do what you CANNOT!
We are told in Phillippians 4:6 Be anxious for nothing, but in everything, by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God.
Supplication means a continuance in earnest prayer. Daily I make these requests and sometimes I feel like, wow, I just said all that yesterday! When you get tired of repeating yourself its a sign of fervency- thats a good thing
The effectual (binding as in a contract) fervent (intensity of spirit) prayer of a righteous man availeth(profits) much! (James 5:16)
My thoughts can run wild and be all over the place. Once thing I have noticed is that they are now being directed and I stay in peace.
I recently heard a phrase from a friend, Mary Alessi, that has remained in my heart and my mission. She said, “Build an altar on your knees, and dig a well with your worship.”
How much do you want your kids to succeed? Do you think you are just going to wish them there?
How desperate are you to shift out of a cycle that keeps you held back from freedom?
How badly to you want to see this country turn to God?
What are you depending on?
I’m sure you have a list.
Nothing will satisfy your desires like giving them over to God.