Pray About Everything
Today, I emailed my daughter with another piece of motherly advice. I know my advice is not always wanted or appreciated, but my job as a mother is to offer that advice, when I feel it is important. She was sweet to shoot back a reply saying she likes to have the advice, at least occasionally.
- Pray about everything. Nothing is too small or too large to bring to the Lord. We all all get busy with the day to day detail of life. Those with small children, like my daughter, can find themselves overwhelmed a great deal of the time.
- Don't try to do it all yourself. Receive the help of others with a gracious and thankful heart. Remember to ask God for help, too. A request for help often brings an unexpected answer, “look in the bottom drawer.” Don't forget to say “thanks” when this happens.
- Keep your spirit open. It's easy to get so focused on getting every item on the list marked off, we forget to open our spirits to the promptings of the Lord. A quick prayer of praise can flood us with peace in the middle of chaos.
- Know that God loves you. To have the confidence to bring everything, no matter how insignificant, to the Lord, we must know absolutely that he cares for us. He knows and cares about the smallest detail of our lives as much as He does the big ones. When we hold back and do not allow our Heavenly Father into every area, we limit Him and we limit what He can do in our lives. Never, should we think anything in our lives is too trivial to bring up in prayer. Because He loves us, the things that concern us also concern Him.
A few years ago, Bob and I had bought a trailer for a piece of land on the bayou. We had been impatient for the trailer to be set up because we wanted to spend the week-end out there. Finally, it was ready and we headed out to watch the birds and do some fishing. The weather turned cool and we turned on the heat. It didn’t take long to realize the heat was not working. I was preparing breakfast the next morning, after a cold night without heat, when I asked the Lord to show us the problem. I put down the spatula and walked over to the thermostat. It was one of the old fashioned ones the had a lever you click up or down. I played with it for a moment until I realized it wasn’t clicking in the heat position. I called Bob over, he removed the cover, and clicked the heat on. What a blessing! Sure, we should have figured it out, but we hadn’t. Sure, we eventually would have figured it out, but we needed the heat right then. I very gratefully thanked God.
Let us not forget to bring everything before the Lord, even the small things.
But the very hairs of your head are all numbered. Fear ye not therefore, ye are of more value than many sparrows. Matthew 10:29
For I know the thoughts that I think toward you, saith the LORD, thoughts of peace, and not of evil, to give you an expected end. Jeremiah 29:11
I am come that they might have life, and that they might have it more abundantly. John 10:10
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