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A Buffet of Craziness!

The other day as I was driving back from Mississippi, I began thinking about all of the many, many things I need and have to do. I was already exhausted before I started thinking and immediately became depleted after I was finished thinking. The word “overwhelmed” does not even come close to describing how I felt at that moment.

School is about to start next week and I know what’s coming down the pike. Needless to say, last year was rough and I am still not sure I have fully recovered. Third grade was a big challenge for us last year. Add autism, a mischievous two year old, a few hundred doses of anxiety, a dash of soccer practice, a seminary student trying to graduate, and a couple gallons of exhaustion. Mix, stir, and you end up with a buffet of craziness. There was so much to do, that I couldn’t decide what to handle first. I can’t tell you how many times I threatened to drop out of third grade.

But as I was driving, God spoke to me about giving my schedule and my to-do lists to Him. He reminded me to pray over my schedule. I think sometimes we forget that when we try to control everything, it generally does not end well. We forget to give EVERYTHING to God, including all the things that we think aren’t important to Him. And for me, being the control freak that I am, this has always been a struggle.

So this morning, that’s what I did. I prayed and gave my schedule over to God. And I would like to encourage you to do the same. Make it a habit.

Pray with me:

Father, I come before you in awe of who you are. You are almighty and all powerful. You are the creator of all things and master of the universe. I am constantly in awe of how much you love and care about us and the things that concern us. God, forgive us for not allowing you to be in full control of our daily lives. Lord, today we want to lay our schedules, our to-do lists, our work tasks, and our time at your feet. Please help us be good stewards of our time and energy. Help us to seek you on how to balance our lives. Help us make YOU a priority. Let us be able to say “yes” when a yes is needed and “no” when a no is necessary. And Lord, when life gets overwhelming, teach us to come to you for relief and for peace and not to seek it in other people or things. Matthew 11:28 says, “Come to me all who labor and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest.” Lord, we want to rest in you. Thank you for all that you have done and will do. We love you and honor you. In Jesus’ name, Amen.

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