What I Really Need in the Middle of My Mess

The piles keep growing — paper by paper. I have agenda item pile-up and my Full-Focus planner is getting a workout.

It’s been a busy couple of weeks.

I’ve commented to Dave, I feel like May is a second December and June is no “slow down January!” We don’t deal with decorations of Christmas or the snow piles but the agenda and calendar events still mound up.

It’s those end of the year school events, ministry conferences, fund-raiser preparations, holidays, graduations, weddings and then add on garden prep and flower planting — you’ve got yourself a full month.

I looked at my desk piles this morning and noticed I haven’t changed my wall calendar to June! We’re 5 days in so I’m guessing it’s time for that!

It’s in these crazy times I need to remember I’m not alone in all this.

This is the confidence we have in approaching God; that if we ask anything according to His will, He hears us. And if we know He hears us — whatever we ask — we know we have what we asked of Him.  ~ 1 John 5:14-15

This doesn’t mean I can pile on continually and God will give me super woman ability to accomplish it all.

Instead we can approach it this way —

  • We’re not alone in this – We can have confidence believing the God who created this amazing universe — that works in unity down to the most minute detailhears us when we call Him. If He can handle the universe, He can handle our schedule.
  • He will meet our need – We might think our need is more time, more money, and more energy.  Yet God meets our real need which is sometimes entirely different than our perceived need.

We love the Bible verse – “I can do ALL things through Him who gives me strength.” (Philippians 4:13) That doesn’t mean we should do all things.  We sometimes ask God to help us do ALL things when He isn’t asking us to do ALL things. Many times we add agenda items to our to-do that God never called us to do. These obligations take us away from what is best.

Our prayer needs to be “God, help me know when I should say “yes” and when I need to say “no”.

Instead of asking for more money, more time and more energy. We can ask for:

  • Discernment – for the wise thing to do
  • Direction – for our days and life
  • Determination – for moving forward

In these things, we have confidence in knowing He hears and answers our need.

Looking at our full and overflowing lives, the piles can seem insurmountable and the task daunting. Yet when we approach the mound with discernment and determination, He gives us what we need— peace for our busy minds, discernment for decision making and determination for moving ahead in His purpose.

Have a blessed week, friends!




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