Devotions

Cristina Harty

Cristina I am going to take this moment to be your big sister to help you get out of the funk you may be in. If you are feeling any of the following descriptions please take a few moments to read on.

Exhausted, Burnt Out, Frustrated, Fearful, Discouraged, Defeated, Unhappy, Worried, Disappointed, Angry, Depressed, Overwhelmed

Are your wheels spinning so fast you can’t keep up? Is your list never ending and just when you cross off one item you add five more? Do you secretively wish Mary Poppins arrived at your front door to help with the children and clean your house?  Are you unable to shut off your brain because you can’t stop thinking of all the things you need to do? Are you short fused with your family members because you’re stressed out and exhausted? Are you the crazy lady behind the wheel that yells at everyone to get out of your way?

If your answer is yes to any of the above questions I want to give you my advice. It is simple and is only two words: STOP IT! Watch the following video and it should all make sense! Stop It video

If you would like more advice read on…

I truly believe if you get yourself busy enough the devil doesn’t have to work very hard. Being too busy will push God right out of your life. It is hard to have a relationship with God if you rarely take time to be with Him. I encourage you to STOP being so busy and eliminate some things on your calendar to spend time with your Creator. We are foolish to think we don’t have time for God.

I am homeschooling one of my daughters. This morning while we were in the kitchen a worship song came on. I felt a prompting in my spirit to stop what I was doing to worship. I asked her to sit down with me on the kitchen floor. She asked with a smirk on her face, “Mom, why are we sitting on the kitchen floor?” I said with a big smile, “Because we are going to stop what we are doing to pray and worship God!”

I wanted to take that moment to show her that no matter what we are doing or where we are we can STOP and worship God. We spent a few minutes praying and worshipping and then we went on with our day. As I reflect back on our school day I do not remember the words we learned or math problems we worked on, but I do remember sitting with my daughter on my kitchen floor praying and worshipping God together.

If you are overwhelmed so that your focus is no longer on God, but on all that there is to do, let Him comfort you. Listen to His gentle voice. Allow the Holy Spirit to encourage you and provide what you need to prepare you for what is to come next. He may ask you to quit volunteering for a time being. He may bring someone in your life to help you with carpooling or babysitting. God knows exactly what you need and how to lead you in the right direction. Get your cute self out of the driver seat and into the passenger seat. God is a better driver and He knows where to go at all times. Let go and allow God to take complete control.

Romans 12:2 (NIV)
“Do not conform to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind. Then you will be able to test and approve what God’s will is—his good, pleasing and perfect will.”

Mark 6:31 (NIV)
“Then, because so many people were coming and going that they did not even have a chance to eat, he said to [His disciples], ‘Come with me by yourselves to a quiet place and get some rest.’” It is difficult, if not impossible, for us to hear God’s still, quiet voice over the roar of the twenty-first century crowds, so, like Jesus, we must make time to rest and hear from our Lord.

Proverbs 3:5-6 (NLT)
Trust in the Lord with all your heart; do not depend on your own understanding. Seek his will in all you do, and he will show you which path to take.

Matthew 11:28 (NLT)
“Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest.”

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