It seems everything is excessive now. Too much. Too big. It’s very overwhelming. Sports, holidays, shopping, and education all seem to have been blown out of proportion from their original intent. Generally, I like to lead a simple life; but with so much technology available, I am overwhelmed. Businesses have tried to make it easier to wade through life by creating apps to help us manage our lives. But now I’m staring at my phone most of the time while I’m trying to organize my life. The grocery store where I do most of my shopping now has an app! So I have to to hold my phone while pushing the grocery cart. I do this so I can remember the sales I’ve already found and marked on their app. Yay, no clipping coupons! But is this better?
Lord, I just want a simpler life for me and my family. I just don’t know how to do that anymore.
God’s word to us: First I want to tell you that you do lead a simpler life than the majority. But I see how when you look at all these things it’s still overwhelming. Some of these you’ve listed you’ve taken a very different route. So when you look at their version it’s overwhelming. Here is where I want you to look at me. Find me. And ask yourself what does God want me to do here? Am I doing what God requires me in this area of my life? And if the answer is yes, then move on. Don’t dwell on what others are doing. I don’t want you to have any extra weight on you, for the journey is long.
My Heart’s Cry for you is to keep your eyes on God and what He has made your life to be. And don’t worry about the excessiveness and busyness of the world.
Seek his will in all you do, and he will show you which path to take. Proverbs 3:6
Lord, I give you my mind that tends to wander to websites to see what everyone is else doing. If I add their stuff to my stuff it’s overwhelming! It makes me nervous and tired. It’s way too much! Help me be focused and single-minded in pursuit of you and the life you have given me. I want to be faithful to what my husband and I have decided is important for our family. Then the excessiveness and busyness of the world won’t bother me so much. Thank you for always hearing my heart’s cry and for always listening to me.
I’m taking care of the family you have entrusted to me. It’s no easy task, Lord! But thank you for them. Thank you I have something so special to care for: my family. It is normal for my 8 year old daughter and I to be together all day. I’ve noticed that near the end of the day and especially the end of our homeschool week, I’m pushing her to stay on task so we can get done quicker. I feel badly because my tone is sometimes impatient. Please help me mind my words today and be patient and encouraging in my tone. Let my words be what you would say.
God’s word to us: I read your thoughts and I know your heart. Your words tend to slide downward when you are overly tired. Take time to rest so you can be all you can be in words and in deeds. My sabbath rest is for you now. Take it. You need it.
May the words of my mouth and the meditation of my heart be pleasing to you, O LORD, my rock and my redeemer. Psalm 19:14
My heart’s cry for you today is to remember when we are tired it affects how we treat others. We want what this verse says concerning our words being pleasing to Him. But it’s so easy at the end of the week to be short with those we love the most. Ask yourself, “How can I make time for more rest?” It’s important. It helps us and it helps our loved ones too. God says: “My sabbath rest is for you now. Take it. You need it.”
Like if you find your words slide when your overly tired. Comment on how you are going to take time to rest.
I just read the article “What is the Perfect Age?”. I’ve actually been thinking about that lately. On the west coast of the USA people are saying 47 is the perfect age. Well then I should have a very good year then. What do you think is the perfect age?
God’s word to us: I think every age can be beautiful. Forty-seven is just when you see the benefits of all that hard work you’ve put in for decades working and raising your children. Think of it as a picture and late 40’s early 50’s is dead center. You get to see clearly what your life was meant to be. All your children have been born and are maturing. You are most likely married to the man you’ll be with until he dies. You’ve built your career and are entering the last leg of it. For you, you are finding more time your own because you’ve raised 2 of 3 children. You’ve chosen to be a homemaker so your free time really is yours and what you make of it. A beautiful gift.
So teach us to number our days, That we may present to You a heart of wisdom. Psalm 90:12
My Heart’s Cry is for you to see the beauty in the age you are right now. You may be starting your first good job or be in the middle of raising your children. Those are wonderful times. The decisions you make regarding your career and how you raise your children affect what the center of your picture or life will be like. The Bible tells us to number our days, that we may present to You a heart of wisdom. The verse is timeless whether we are in our 20’s, 40’s, 60’s or even 80’s.
Comment on the beauty of your age today.
Today was just a grey day. Lord, I’ve been having more of these lately. One of the reasons is I’ve misplaced my credit card. I’ve checked the bank, thankfully there were no new charges. The card is on hold so I’m not worried about someone charging on it. But a new card number means a big hassle because of some bills are linked to it. This is just one thing that has clouded my day. Other things though that would normally make me happy didn’t like I got a haircut and my daughter and I finished reading On the Banks of Plum Creek by Laura Ingalls Wilder together. I just feel like I’m just going through the motions until life can start again.
God’s word to us: My daughter, you will have days like this where everything seems blah. It’s not the end though. Really it’s the beginning of something new I want to do in your life. You see a seed needs to go into a dark place and be hidden for a while. Something is hiding in your heart and there it must stay dormant until change is needed. Then the watering and growing process will begin. But for now be thankful that the seed is there waiting.
So let’s not get tired of doing what is good. At just the right time we will reap a harvest of blessing if we don’t give up. Galatians 6:9
My hearts cry is for you to remember that even in the grey days know God has something hidden that’s very good. Sometimes we have to go through these times where life seems unexciting and even a little depressing. But as this verse says, “Let’s not get tired of doing good.” That seems pretty important in these grey days. And remember we need to be fertile ground so when that seed does start to put down roots and then shoot up it’s leaves it will grow well. Spending time with God in prayer helps you to be healthy soil. Also listening to podcast of sermons and reading the bible can make you ready for any change God brings in your life. This is how I’m spending part of my grey days and it has helped.
Comment on what gets you through your grey days. I’d love to hear them!!
I haven’t done this in a while. I Just need to talk to you and share all the thoughts that have been going around in my head. I feel so much better when I do. It helps me remember that you are a good listener and that you care. Even when it’s something trivial like trying to eat better for the umpteenth time. Thank you for caring.
God’s word to us: I do care. And not just for the moment but for the rest of your life. You can bring me something little or something big and I will care about it just the same. For I love you greatly. You are the apple of my eye. My sweet treasure I get to enjoy talking with. So thank you for sharing. I love you.
Keep me as the apple of your eye; hide me in the shadow of your wings. Psalm 17:8
My hearts cry is for you to remember this day how much God loves you and truly wants to hear from you. Today make time to talk to him about those things going round and round in your head. Even if it’s something you’ve been working on for years like eating better. He does not grow tired of it.
God loves you greatly. You are the apple of His eye. You are His sweet treasure and He enjoys talking to you. Remember this today.
I’d love to hear your comments. -Kim
I am trying to “Be still and know you are God.” I sit there knowing we are both waiting for things in my life and in our world to work out. You are Lord of the universe and you’ve got this. Heaven is your throne, Earth is your footstool which means everything I’m dealing with is under your feet. But I’m still trying to understand what you want with me during this time. Being still and doing nothing is so opposite to my nature.
God’s word to us: That’s okay. You are still learning. It takes quite a bit of time to learn that truth. But I want you to practice it everyday of your life. Get in places where you will have no distractions. Then think about that I am with you always and my love for you is greater than you can imagine. Then cast your thoughts on this; I have made the seas, the mountains and the rivers. I made every living being and know every thought and intention of every man’s heart. My Father knows the plans he laid out for your life. And they are good. So sit with me awhile. Be still.
Be still, and know that I am God! Psalm 46:10a
I took time to go to the quietest room in our house and be still. As I sat there thinking about these things written above I couldn’t even do the first one well. “Think about I am with you always.” When I thought about God always being with me and imagine He is with me in each circumstances I found it hard, almost impossible. I never knew how alone in my mind I have been because I don’t always include God.
I asked God to heal me. He brought to mind when I was a child. I remembered men wearing stuffy brown suits to church. Our worship was to Jesus who died on the cross and what Jesus did for us long ago. I thought that this was true worship. I accepted that to be the right kind of worship but it was in a sense a false worship. Although it accepted what Jesus had done. It didn’t include who He is right now in my life where worship can be fresh and alive. This is one of the great misunderstanding of having a religious spirit.
When my father died, I stopped creating new memories with him. Everything I remember of him and how it used to be. Any new memories I have is one sided, it’s still just me remembering what we did together and of him being a great dad. But it’s different with Jesus. When He died on the cross, rose again and ascended to heaven, it didn’t stop there. We are constantly making new memories with Him. And my admiration or worship should reflect these new memories too.
My hearts cry is for us to put into practice, “Be still and know I AM God.” We need to remember the I Am part. And if you have hang ups like I did, pray for healing and for God to make what’s causing them clear to you. This was what I learned this time while being still. Next time I’m sure there will be a new lesson. I think that is why God wants us to do this every day. There is a lot to learn about ourselves and about our relationship with Him when we are still.
Comment on whether have you tried Being Still and knowing He is God lately? How did it go? What is God teaching you? I’d love to hear about it.
Oh God, please help me hold on a little longer in this situation until it’s time for change. My hearts wants everything solved. Everything to be in neat rows. But it’s not. My situation looks as if all the pieces just got thrown into the air and they’ve landed all over the floor. What was put together doesn’t even look together anymore. I’m feeling even more confused than I felt before. Please help me out of this mess as soon as possible. If not at least give me more understanding concerning all these scattered pieces. Thank you and Amen.
Gods word to us: Child, you sit and you wonder what I will do in your life. But I am saying trust me. Instead of trying to make sense of all those loose pieces, give them to me. This is my project in your life anyways. I hold the plan and the timetable so I do know what to do with each and every piece. Listen, be good and give them to me now. Okay.
Trust in the Lord with all your heart; do not depend on your own understanding. Prov. 3:5
My heart’s cry is for you to do as he said and like a child pick up all those pieces and prayerfully give them to Him. Many times we struggle to wait for God’s timing. When we try to run ahead and make sense of something that simply is not ready yet, it can leave us frustrated or depressed. That is why our response is so important. God is saying to trust Him with all of our hearts.
When I did hand over those pieces to him I felt so much better. My mind was not a mess or confused any longer because I had trusted Him with it.
What scattered pieces do you need to give to Jesus today?
It’s the end of the week, Lord. I give you this moment. It’s not much. For my days have been very busy. And I still need to figure out what we are having tonight for dinner. But I don’t want this whole day to go by without giving you my time. For you are important to me.
God’s word to us: I know my darling. You show me this by how you live your life, not just by how you stow away moments with me. I look at the whole picture and find Righteous One written all over your life. How? You may ask. It was the way you allowed the sick boy to go ahead of you at the checkout line and then talked with him to encouraged him. It was the way you really listened to your daughter today and made her feel special. It was the way you brought home your husband’s favorite meal last night even though it wasn’t your first choice. You have showed love to others throughout the day. And even though you don’t feel a personal connection to me at those times, I watch and I am pleased. I love you my dear. I really really do.
Love the Lord your God with all your heart, all your soul, all your mind, and all your strength. The second is equally important: ‘Love your neighbor as yourself. No other commandment is greater than these.” Mark 12:30-31
My Heart’s Cry is for you to know God is looking at the whole picture of our day and sees what is important to us. He sees and says, ” I watch and I am pleased. I love you my dear. I really really do.”
Think about this today. Look at how we are loved by God. He sees the tinniest thing we do to love those around us and He is pleased. Accept that love. Because what He really wants for us is to love Him and love others.
Comment on how you apply this verse to your life and how this encourages your heart today.
I am feeling empty and quiet. I’ve been busy for months and now those obligations are over. This holiday season I had a house full of activity and when everyone left, it was very quiet. It was good spending time with family. But now I must resume my normal life. Please help me understand why this transition feels like this?
God’s words to us: It will take a few days but then normal will feel good again. It will even feel refreshing. The normal rhythm of life is healthy and a real retreat for the soul. When we take on more for a while, we lose those little pockets in our day we’ve built in for refreshment. I’m glad you are back to your normal daily life and soon you will be too.
You will show me the way of life, granting me the joy of your presence and the pleasures of living with you forever. Psalm 16:11
My hearts cry is for you to remember that we can bring Him anything in prayer and He will show us the way of life. Thankfully God reminds us that the normal rhythm of life is healthy. It has its own treasures, like those pockets of time we’ve built in for refreshment. Many of our refreshment times are with God and the joy of His presence. Some are just a quiet moment staring off someplace and that’s okay too.
I would encourage you today to look for your own pockets of time and be thankful. I’d love to hear how doing this helps you.