Tag Archives: Prayer

Are You Content?

20 Dec

I have been thinking a lot lately about a lot of stuff… that probibly explains why I cannot sleep these days!! Today though, I boiled it down to one things (or more or less one thing)… instead of a jumble of clutter in my brain that just keeps thinking and thinking and thinking. It is along the lines of Content. Am I content in what I am doing? Am I content in what I have been blessed with? Am I content in my life?

So, now instead of praying for EVERYTHING that seems to make me discontent, like finances, unruly children, being unsure about where our ministry will lead us, feeling as if I dont live up to the “dreams” I had in my head of being a SAHM (Stay at home mom), so on and so forth… I am going to just start praying that I will be content in my circumstance! Be content about where God has placed us right here, right now. My prayer is that I will not focus on the future and try to figure out what God has planned for my family and I. Instead, I will pray that I will be content in this journey of life that God has me on and stop worrying so much about HOW and WHEN we are going to be doing what God has called us to do. I have exhausted myself trying to get to “the goal, prize, finish line”, whatever you want to call it, instead of trusting God that He knows what He is doing and enjoying my life, my family and my experiences.

Now…. If only I could FULLY set my mind in this state of “CONTENTMENT”!!!

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Not Enough Thanks

19 Nov

When you pray, do you often give God a list of things that HE needs to do, or change, or look over, instead of giving HIM thanks?

I often start out my prayers with thanking God for my many blessings and then subconsiously begin ASKING HIM for anything and everything under the sun. From family protection, security, comfort, and the list goes on! In the middle of my prayers today it was as if something stopped me in my tracks and said “Stop asking all the time and give more thanks!” I have been hit with this question before but like most people busy with living their lives and all these Earthly things, I always revert back to ASKING instead of THANKING!

In our MIP session this past weekend, a minister within the state said that he breaks down his prayers. On Monday he will pray for his Church, on Tuesday he will pray for his denomination, on Wednesday he will pray for his U.S. leaders, so on and so forth. I liked that he offered how he prays because I often get overwhelmed during my prayers. If I had the time to pray all day, everyday then that would be great. But this is not feasable, I dont even think Monks are allowed that much time to pray!

So, in order for me to feel like I am not overwhelmed, I believe that I too am going to start praying like this. Just pick specific days to pray for specific things. And begin every prayer off with thanks to God. And then also delegate one day throughout the week where I ONLY THANK GOD…. AND DO NOT ASK HIM FOR ANYTHING!!! God has already gone over and beyond what I deserve… HE DESERVES TO BE THANKED MORE OFTEN!!! 

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