(#31Days) Giving Up Peace

Peace

There’s a 19month cuddled up next to me with a croupy cough and every time he coughs, he cries. I’ve done all I know how to help him and we just sit here together both hoping it will go away.

Oh, what peace we often forfeit,
Oh, what need
less pain we bear,

We are moving soon and I’m losing steam to pack and clean and take care of all the details. I sit in our green living room chair at the end of the day and zone out, hoping the house will pack and clean itself.

Oh, what peace we often forfeit,
Oh, what needless pain we bear,


Our car started making a funny noise. I wasn’t able to get an appointment last week so I’ve just let it go. It needs taken care of but too many things are on the to-do list before it.

Oh, what peace we often forfeit,
Oh, what needless pain we bear,


I know it doesn’t sound like it but I am a pretty motivated, driven individual. I get things done yesterday and stay on top of life pretty well.

However, in being a “go-getter” type there is a down side. There is a point of burn out. There comes a day when working at a fast pace, within a strict schedule or with a full plate just doesn’t work anymore.

Some call it hitting a wall. When I hit that wall I get bruised and the wall comes crashing down. I go from high capacity to no capacity.

Oh, what peace we often forfeit,
Oh, what needless pain we bear,


But what if…I chose a healthy rhythm? What if that rhythm included more prayer? What would the consequences and benefits be?

Oh, what peace we often forfeit,
Oh, what needless pain we bear,
All because we do not carry
Everything to God in prayer!

Bob Goff says that “I get the invitation every morning when I wake up to actually live a life of complete engagement, a life of whimsy, a life where love does. It doesn’t come in an envelope. It’s ushered in by a sunrise, the sound of a bird, or the smell of coffee drifting lazily from the kitchen. It’s the invitation to actually live, to fully participate in this amazing life for one more day.”

Blessed Savior, Thou hast promised
Thou wilt all our burdens bear;
May we ever, Lord, be bringing
All to Thee in earnest prayer.


Today I hope to try again. To wake up in the morning thinking about my invitation to fully engage. Not to run through life like a mad woman or do more than anyone else or try and bear the burden of the world alone.

No, let us begin and cover and end our each and every engaged moment with a meaningful word of prayer.

#Write31Days

What A Friend We Have In Jesus
Joseph M. Scriven

What a friend we have in Jesus,
All our sins and griefs to bear!
What a privilege to carry
Everything to God in prayer!
Oh, what peace we often forfeit,
Oh, what needless pain we bear,
All because we do not carry
Everything to God in prayer!

Have we trials and temptations?
Is there trouble anywhere?
We should never be discouraged—
Take it to the Lord in prayer.
Can we find a friend so faithful,
Who will all our sorrows share?
Jesus knows our every weakness;
Take it to the Lord in prayer.

Are we weak and heavy-laden,
Cumbered with a load of care?
Precious Savior, still our refuge—
Take it to the Lord in prayer.
Do thy friends despise, forsake thee?
Take it to the Lord in prayer!
In His arms He’ll take and shield thee,
Thou wilt find a solace there.

Blessed Savior, Thou hast promised
Thou wilt all our burdens bear;
May we ever, Lord, be bringing
All to Thee in earnest prayer.
Soon in glory bright, unclouded,
There will be no need for prayer—
Rapture, praise, and endless worship
Will be our sweet portion there.

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