Philippians 4:8Finally, brothers and sisters, whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable—if anything is excellent or praiseworthy—think about such things.”

 

Each morning I pour myself a cup of coffee and sit at a window overlooking a hill. Sometimes I see coyotes, turkeys, even deer. I read through the word of God and pause and take time to listen to what He is trying to tell me. Sometimes I follow up with journal writing using the P.R.A.I.S.E acronym (Praise, Repentance, Acknowledge, Intersession, Supplication, and Equip). This season has been difficult to complete the whole process. For some reason, my mind feels a bit scattered and all over the place. However, the practice of starting my journal with PRAISE has helped me to focus my thoughts on what is good, right, and blessed in my life.

After a particularly difficult series of events, I heard the song “Out of My Hands” by Jeremy Camp and was touched by every word. The picture of holding onto my worries like particles of sand feels heavy and unmanageable. Camp sings, “When it feels like all of this pain is never going to end, brought to my knees by all of these things I don’t understand, I will let the weight of my fear fall like sand, out of my hands and into yours.”

God’s hands are big enough to catch every single drop of worry in my life. Whether it is my children’s education, my niece’s autism, my uncle’s cancer, or the grief my aunts are feeling after the loss of their husbands, I am working toward the practice of turning my worries into prayers. The visual of God’s capable hands under mine has allowed me to let go. It’s an ongoing struggle, but when it’s out of my hands, it is easier to focus on what is good, right, and blessed in my life.

 

Challenge for the week:

In your prayers, offer to God whatever is in your hands that is worrying you.