Focus High

Have-tos. Unresolved matters. The to-do list. Our children’s cares. Unfinished work. Interruptions. Lots going on that can feel like a brick has been put upon our spirits.

When your heart is heavy, keep plugging away at your prayer lives, moms. Keep talking to God, keep focused on Him, all the way.

When disappointment and frustration come on the scene, it is so easy for our eyes to stare at what’s before us and remain fixated on the problem…and as moms, we have a lot of concerns, questions, decisions, pulls and tugs—fix your eyes up above, pray and know that God will see you through the situation even better when your eyes are set on Him. For it is in that focus, dependence and trust where you will receive the strength, wisdom and encouragement you need instead of the discouragement and worry that comes from focusing on the parts of our problems.

Get on your knees.

Pray.

Talk to God.

He has a plan.

And it doesn’t include worry, fear or anxiety but peace, dependence and trust in Him.

If our circumstances create that greater dependence and submission, let’s thank Him. That’s a good thing because it is in those empty places of our soul where He fills us and where we experience His hand at work.

Real work.

True work.

Perfect work.

When you seek Him, the things above, you’ll experience His mighty power that will put those doubts and fears into a smaller place—where they belong, Mom.

“Set your minds on things above, not on earthly things.” Col 3:2

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Can You Cast Your Cares?

“Cast all your anxiety on Him b/c He cares for you.” 1Peter 5:7 How way COOL is it that we have a place to cast our anxieties? Ya, there’s the gym, yoga, our outlets and passions…a good hike, writing, wine tasting, card making, crafting, jewelry design, cycling, our life’s work that we love…all of what makes us us, matters. Our outlets matter. Our interests count.

But yikes, those worries can still set in.

As women, we’ve got a LOT going on. Things are happening. Fast. As moms, we have double the lot. We’ve got a higher calling here. And we’ve got one shot at raising our children.  Our kids grow up once.

And our worries won’t wait.

When you cast out, placing those worries in the hands of God, pay attention to what comes back on your line. As you put your trust and concerns onto Someone who can receive them and who is in control of all things, watch what happens as you are guided out of your fears. Might you be headed to a place of safety and peace if you release them? Or does holding on offer you more security?

There may not be perfection. There may not be instant resolution to what needs fixing. But there is  an invitation to hand your anxiety over to a God who wants to carry what ales you.  Just like you want to carry the anxiety your children may have over a problem because you love them so much, is as much as God wants to do the same for you.

Read one promise today. One scripture verse. Pray one prayer.

Then cast your line, mom.

Because He cares for you.