Why the long face?? Did you think this was our last week together?? Oh, no, no! We’re coming back next Tuesday to share all the amazing stuff we learned. To PROCESS.
Maybe we should give away some PRIZES. Although we’re trying to get rid of stuff, not accumulate more, right?
I know! Maybe each read-a-long participant could give away something fun on her (or his) blog! (let me think about this one–I have a habit of spewing out fun ideas without giving them proper thought first)
Chapter 7. Stress. I have to smile when I think about God’s higher ways. Like, say, getting a never-slow-down kind of girl to slooooooooow dooooooooown by allowing her happy little world to come to a screeching halt. I eliminated quite a bit of stress from my life in the past couple months, not by choice but by necessity.
And God totally used those many, many moments of quiet and desperation and tears and whathaveyou to bring me closer to him. No joke.
I’ll admit, when I first read this chapter, I just wasn’t feeling it. Too slow. Too deliberate. Too much contemplation, not enough action.
Yes, I see my problem.
I’m going to re-read it with renewed perspective now, from the other side of a forced fast from do-do-doing and go-go-going.
And our church is going through a 4-week series on prayer right now. Perfect timing. Pastor Rich gave us a CD to listen to (called the Prayer Experience), and I played it today on my 20-minute drive (alone!!) to visit a dear friend. I prayed my heart out to God all the way to her house.
Then we had a 2+ hour chat that felt like 2 minutes. We talked fast and covered just about everything. It was just what I needed.
And I prayed my heart out the whole way home. It was amazing.
I’m asking God to help me find the balance between spending sweet, quiet time with him and doing the many things (serving, ministering, writing, blessing, advocating) I know he’s laid on my heart to do.
How about some low-stress discussion questions today?
1. What’s something you feel burdened to pray about today?
2. What’s something causing you stress that you could use prayer for today?