Poised to Hear

Anxious thoughts.

They catch me off guard, surprising me with their tenacity. They rattle me during the day, and bombard me at night.

After surviving our son’s battle, I never really thought I’d have to deal with trusting God with my kids again. But apparently there’s always room to grow in the trust department.

So, with our daughter off on her first foreign mission trip, I’m choosing to trust my heavenly Father. Practically, that means I’m walking, standing, sitting, and breathing prayers on her behalf, and on behalf of the entire team in the Dominican Republic. Every time I feel like I miss her so much I can barely breathe, I pray. (I'm praying a lot!)

It also means that scripture takes on a new dimension.

Have you ever noticed that? In the thick of it, when our hearts feel overwhelmed, scripture comes most alive. I believe it’s because when our hearts are desperate, they are poised to hear from God.

And that’s a very good position to be in.

If you’re struggling right now, feeling overwhelmed with anxious thoughts, then sweet friend this is for you:

In the multitude of my anxious thoughts within me, Your comforts cheer and delight my soul! (Psalm 94:19)

Right now I am embracing the struggle/opportunity to soak in God’s word and trust Him, and my heart is poised to hear. Whatever situation you're walking through right now, I hope you'll join me!

The WINNER of the $10 Starbucks gift card is: Colleen Reske. Congrats, Colleen! Please email me your snail-mail address so I can send your gift. 



That is why mom's stay home ... praying, praying, praying.

Colleen Reske said...

For no specific reason, I awoke filled with anxious thoughts today. I enjoyed reading your post this morning, as it drew me back into the realization that the struggle for my peace is a spiritual battle, and should be handled as such. I read your story from '09 and was moved by your honesty and transparency. Thank you for your help this morning. I will be honored to pray for Emily. I am certain this will be a life-changing adventure for her! God Bless. (And just when I was smiling and enjoying the scripture you shared, I looked further down the post and found a really nice surprise! :)

AmyAlves said...

Morning from Maine Julie girl! I love this... thanks for leading us into calm worship this morning. Casting all my anxious thoughts, and busy woman mind on my great God this morning! ~ Love, Amy :)

Ginny said...

Wonderful words of encouragement once again Julie! My daughter is going on a mercy mission to Guatamala in October. She is on a team of doctor and nurses who will perform operations. My daughter is a recovery room nurse and is so excited to do this! I on the other hand, am very happy that she is able to meet her desires to assist the poor, however, I am petrified at the thought of her in the jungle....you know? I will write that Psalm down right now and start to pray it every day.

Karen said...

Oh, Julie, I can so relate! Praying that her mission trip will be a huge spiritual growth spurt and come home safe and sound. :)

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