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I was wondering if you would pray for me? I have been so exhausted, depleted, and overwhelmed with life in general and trying really hard not to get discouraged. I have always been so impressed and admired your joy and your walk with the Lord. I know you have sooo much on your plate, but if you get a second, I sure would appreciate any prayers you could send my way! Thank so much, and know that you are always in my thoughts and prayers too.
I typed the words in desperation. They might be better translated: Help me pleeeeeease! I want what you have!
And my dear, sweet friend responded with an ocean of grace and on-the-spot prayer. This is what I remember most:
I find that I need to constantly be renewing my mind daily or I get crushed down.
Renewing my mind. Daily.
To my shame, I realized that I was living as though I “had it all figured out”.
I could have aced a test on all things God.
But applying it? Living it? Surrendering it?
That is completely different.
‘For my thoughts are not your thoughts, neither are your ways my ways,’ declares the Lord.
Even between striving to live a good, virtuous life and listening to the guiding whisper of His still, small voice…there is a difference.
In my own power, simply trying to do the right thing, I default into being the “good Christian”.
But what does He want from me, for me today? Right now. This minute.
What specific words does He want leading me today? Right now. This minute.
And do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind,so that you may prove what the will of God is, that which is good and acceptable and perfect.
Transformed! I could use a little of that. Renewing my mind with Truth transforms.
Instead of condemning myself, judging myself a failure as a good Christian mother, I might recall:
‘…you are precious to me. You are honored, and I love you.’
The Lord your God is with you, He is mighty to save. He will take great delight in you, He will quiet you with his love, He will rejoice over you with singing.
I might reflect on His mercy. Unconditional love. Grace.
Keeping my eyes and heart on Him helps to release my own selfish desires and feeble plans.
When I seek His plan and His focus? That’s where the good stuff is.
I ask Him to show me what that focus is. Be it the written word or a spoken one, I ask Him to cross my path with the words, people or situations He wants to fill my mind.
I believe He plants desires and attractions toward certain topics within me, and I let that guide me to resources for renewal.
So deep and beautiful is the Word, His nature, His Church…there is no loss of ideas or resources for renewal.
And I realize: this process of renewal? It’s not about achieving or doing things the right way. It’s not for acquiring knowledge.
It’s about growing in communion with Him.
That communion is my focus. The grace issuing from that washes away my preoccupation with my stresses…anxieties…discouragement.
- What causes you the most stress and discouragement?
- What spiritual reading are you drawn toward?
- Do have favorite scripture verses?
Spend some time in prayer asking for direction. Ask for the resources He would have you feast on in order to draw you nearer to Himself. Pick one to read from daily–even if it is just one verse or paragraph.
Heavenly Father, I praise You for Your incomprehensible love for each one of us. Thank You for creating us to be in communion with You. We know that we can always know You more deeply. Reveal to each of your children reading how You will that to be accomplished. You know well how we need You, need to be refreshed by Your Truth. Continue to call us back to You, to focus on You. Not on perfection, but on communion. I ask this in the name of Your precious Son, Jesus. Amen.
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What do you think about this idea of communion? Are you stuck in a rut of discouragement? Let’s chat!