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Scatterbrained: Focusing on God Amidst the Chaos

Where is God when we’re busy? Where is God when we cannot focus? Is He our focus? Well, personally I’ve lost focus in every sense of the term, but just received the sweetest reminder. I hope all who read this and need to hear it can learn to rest in it.  



Scatterbrained

Oh. My. Goodness. I seem to be all over the place. I have zero focus because there’s SO MUCH GOING ON AND I HAVE HORRIBLE TIME MANAGEMENT. So, scatterbrained.

Also, my priorities are playing hopscotch. I’d rather take a nap or eat than study for my finals or get in God’s Word. Y’all, I am so overwhelmed. Right now, I need to learn how to pull God into the midst of my lack of focus. I need to discover what it’s like to be busy, but still make time for the One which all things should be done for and through. 

It seems the norm is to be extremely busy. In our scatterbrained state, we can often miss God in the midst of the chaos but He is there. Women of Faith | Spiritual Growth | Scripture Study | Christian Mentoring | Daily Devotional #scripture #devotional #chaos #busy #busyness #peace

So Busy, Oh My Goodness

We all have busy seasons. This is by far my busiest. I’m finding myself being overwhelmed and scatterbrained instead of resting. During this season all I can focus on is what has to be done. I just applied for my very first job. This school year will be over soon, making me a senior in high school. I have GOT to get a license. And, eventually, I’m going to need to figure out what I’m doing with the rest of my life.

There are several other things making it hard to stop and take a breath. It has forced me to ask why God isn’t a part of this season. Have I pushed Him to the side because I’m simply “too busy”?

This morning, I met with a close brother of mine. He has helped me more than he knows the last couple of years of my life. He brought something so insightful to my attention. Here’s a little story time involving me, myself, and my day…

Storytime 

So, yesterday I had school. I went to photography and finished a project. Then I went to my geosystems class to work on another project. As my third class of the day came around, I started to feel bad.

Over the next half hour, the feeling in my stomach escalated until I was feeling so bad it hurt to function. I asked to go to the clinic and asked my mom if she’d be able to pick me up. I wasn’t sure what was up, but I was on the verge of throwing up and there was NO way I was going back to class.

Long story short, I ended up having one of the worst panic attacks I’ve had in months. Honestly, I was quite frustrated. I just celebrated a year since I was hospitalized and a year of no self-harm, but I’m still having unexplainable panic attacks?

Well, that’s no doubt God’s reminder that there’s going to be more than just a singular valley in our lives. But what my good friend Edward pointed out, in that debilitating state, God was giving my mind rest from the chaos I’ve been experiencing. 

God Makes The Right Choice

Like myself, Edward struggles with some physiological ailments that prohibit him from doing things. However, as we talked this morning, he was explaining to me how if we were at a crossroads between spending time with God or getting something done, we’d be faced with a question as to which route to take.

These debilitating moments are God taking that choice away and forcing us to run to Him. It’s so amazing to see the ways God reveals Himself, even in moments like severe panic attacks. It never fails to baffle me how God truly can take anything and make it good. We accuse God of being behind the good, but absent in the bad and that is simply not true. God is making good from that bad. I love being able to experience God like that. It’s amazing that we’ve been blessed with the opportunity to know Him and not just know of Him.

‘For I know the plans I have for you,’ says the Lord. ‘They are plans for good and not for disaster, to give you a future and a hope. In those days when you pray, I will listen. If you look for me wholeheartedly, you will find me.’

Jeremiah 29:11-13, NLT

Rest In Peace; His Peace

I apologize for my thoughts being all over the place. My main point is to look for God in everything because He is there. I was so scatterbrained, but God stopped me and revealed Himself. That is so amazing!

If you find yourself in a busy season, I implore you to rest in God’s hands. But don’t just say that to say it; believe it! God has you and nothing can change that, no matter how busy you are. 

I have told you all this so that you may have peace in me. Here on earth you will have many trials and sorrows. But take heart, because I have overcome the world.

John 16:33, NLT
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Kindness: 3 Tips for Floating on the Gift of God’s Grace

The gift of God’s grace can be hard to accept. Acceptance means we are flawed and need help. But God’s kindness sustains us in our weaknesses. 



Many different seasons make up life. Some seasons are full of blessings, some full of heartache. Seasons can be filled with joy, hope, trials, grieving, and chaos. My current season holds all of the above! 

For us, this season started back in August, when we found out we are pregnant with our fourth child! We are absolutely overjoyed to welcome our little boy this spring. Immediately, I felt the Lord say that the child in my womb is a symbol of a new season of grace and favor for our family.

See, I am doing a new thing! Now it springs up; do you not perceive it? I am making a way in the wilderness and streams in the wasteland. 

Isaiah 43:19, NIV

The gift of God's grace can be hard to accept. Acceptance means we are flawed and need help. But God's kindness sustains us in our weaknesses. Women of Faith | Spiritual Growth | Scripture Study | Christian Mentoring | Daily Devotional

Grace-Filled

As I ponder over the past four months, I have truly seen the kindness of God abound in every area of our family life. However, a grace-filled season is not necessarily easy. And, it has not been an easy season for us. Just to be real, this season has been crazy!

My husband recently accepted a job working for an incredible ministry in another city. While, this is an amazing opportunity for our family, moving (while pregnant and with three kids) comes with its own set of challenges… 

I have peace with the unknown, but I have all the feels. 

I feel impatient with the process, and at the same time, I want to savor each moment just a little bit longer.

I want to cry. I want to scream. I want to leap for joy.

I just want to be settled in my new house, and I never want to leave my current one.

I can’t wait for Christmas. I hope our actual day holds up to the picturesque Hallmark scene in my head. 

I’m so excited for this new adventure ahead, and I’m slightly terrified I won’t be cut out for the job.

I’m looking forward to our new friends and community, but I am mourning leaving the ones I love here. 

The back-and-forth is exhausting. I’m longing to just be HOME. But, I know that home is heaven, and I hope in that. 

Therefore, since we are receiving a kingdom that cannot be shaken, let us be thankful, and so worship God acceptably with reverence and awe,

Hebrews 12:28,NIV

Kindness

How do you feel about the move?

I hear this almost every day. “I feel everything,” is often my reply. And that is truly the best answer I give. 

How can someone feel everything all at once? How can something so good also be so hard? Where is God in all of this? Why is He letting me go through this pain?

He is RIGHT. HERE. In the middle with me. He is carrying me through this season with love and kindness, and I am letting Him. 

Many people have asked how I am handling or managing this crazy season. My response is always, “I’m floating on the grace of God.”

But he said to me, ‘My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness.’ Therefore I will boast all the more gladly of my weaknesses, so that the power of Christ may rest upon me.

2 Corinthians 12:9, ESV

Grace is more than forgiveness. It is more than salvation for our sins. It’s His kindness. Grace is power! It is the gift of God, with the power of God to carry us through every situation in life. Grace enables us to overcome victoriously…

How do we float on the grace of God?

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3 Tips for Floating

1. Recognize you need Him. We are weak, and that is okay. Actually, it is good. When we are weak, His strength and glory can be displayed all the more. 

2. Let Him carry you. Go at the pace that Jesus sets. His ways are not our ways, but His ways are always right! 

3. Rest in His loving arms. When we are in a season of chaos is when we need God’s grace the most. We will fail. We will disappoint others. We will not be perfect. But, we can rest in His love. His loving embrace holds us in our imperfections, sustains us in our weaknesses and empowers us to continue.

When we float on the grace of God, we live every day victorious!

The gift of God's grace can be hard to accept. Acceptance means we are flawed and need help. But God's kindness sustains us in our weaknesses. Women of Faith | Spiritual Growth | Scripture Study | Christian Mentoring | Daily Devotional

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Peaceful: Looking to God for Our Source of Peace

God is our only source of peace. He desires us to be peaceful. But, when we ignore His direction and try to create our own peace we end up in chaos and confusion. 



Finding peace in my life was a long journey. Throughout my late teen and early adult years, I found myself in a constant fight for a peaceful life. For three years I was with a man who knew all the right things to say and do but only at a surface level.

On the outside, we were a great couple. Everyone thought we had it made. This could not have been farther from the truth. At the beginning of this relationship, I was passionate about my faith and my actions reflected my love for God. I was heavily involved in Church, I had a solid quiet time, and I had true joy.

God is our only source of peace. He desires for us to be peaceful. But, when we try to create our own peace we end up in chaos and confusion. Women of Faith | Spiritual Growth | Scripture Study | Christian Mentoring | Daily Devotional

Future Peace?

As time progressed the relationship did not help me grow but instead I shrunk. Quiet time ceased, I was not as involved at Church, I was not living a Godly lifestyle. Do I blame him? At some level, yes. He isolated me, he kept me from pursuing my passions. He was abusive. While I blame him I mostly blame myself. I should have seen how toxic the relationship was, I should have fought for my faith, for my God. I should have let my peace come from God instead of letting a man control, isolate, and dictate my life. He is not a bad person. He is damaged, immature, and did not know how to love.

During the last year and a half of that relationship, peace was non-existent in my life. I knew that the relationship was not right, but I so desperately wanted marriage and children and because of that I took his ring. Feeling as though I was making a mistake I went forward and said yes to him. I thought that marriage and children would bring me the peaceful life I desired.

I finally came to the realization that to be peaceful we have to look above. When I came to this conclusion I knew what I had to do. I had to end the relationship. After the decision was made I felt an overwhelming peace come into my life. I have not once doubted that I made the right choice. The decision I made was from God and it gave me peace and rest. The peace I felt was so pure and so divine that for the first time in a long time I felt like I could finally breathe again.

Finding Peace Through God

There are so many things that can steal our peace, for me it was an abusive relationship; for you, it may be a draining friendship or an unfulfilling job. In our culture, tranquility is rare. We are constantly bombarded with news of wars and riots. Everywhere we turn things seem the opposite of peaceful. It is in the world around us and it affects each one of us on a regular basis.

We see the lack of peace and at times we feel a lack of calmness. Scripture is clear that our peace needs to come from Him. The world cannot give the peace He gives. Anytime we look to worldly things, we are going to be disappointed. God does not want us to live a life that is void of peace and for that reason, we need to go to Him as our source.

I am leaving you with a gift– peace of mind and heart. And the peace I give is a gift the world cannot give.

John 14:27, NLT

How to be Peaceful

Jesus is the Prince of Peace and ultimately, we must find our peace in Him. Scripture is clear and it tells us that peace can only come when we pray. We have to talk to Him. Communicate with Him. We must daily choose to give our lives over to him. He is our provider and our supplier of peace. When we follow His call in our lives, we have no choice but to rid ourselves of worry. To feel at peace.

Don’t worry about anything; instead, pray about everything. Tell God what you need and thank Him for all he has done. Then you will experience God’s peace, which exceeds anything we can understand. His peace will guard your hearts and minds as you live in Christ Jesus.

Philippians 4:6-7, NLT

Ignoring His Call

For a long time, I ignored all of the signs that God was showing me about my relationship. He was making it abundantly clear that the peace I was seeking could only come from Him. He also tried to show me that I would not feel calmness until I followed His call.

A lot of times, we tend to want to stick to our own agendas. We desperately want to have control over our situations and for life to go according to our plan. When we do this, we surrender our peace. We have to listen to what God tells us and to submit to His will. He speaks peace to us when we are faithful. If we put our trust in Him, we will receive peace in abundance.

I listen carefully to what God the Lord is saying, for he speaks peace to his faithful people. But let them not return to their foolish ways.

Psalm 85:8, NLT

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The Things We Do Amidst Chaos

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When I graduated high school I got my ear cartilage pierced. And then I got a tattoo.

When I left for college I had long hair down my back. The first week there I cut it all off into a bob, that just went shorter from there into a pixie cut.

After getting married I colored my hair blond. Which was awful, by the way, because I did it myself. It looked like straw and I had to color it back to light brown.

After my first son was born, I actually grew my hair long. Three and a half years later, after having my second son, I had it all cut off again.

Before my daughter was born I had my husband actually use clippers and buzz my hair on the sides.

Now, as I am about to move to yet another state, I have gone and gotten two more tattoos.

And I know I’m not alone in this.

My sister-in-law has colored her hair purple after moving and starting a new career.

My friend went and had her nose pierced after her daughter was born. And then got tattoos before moving.

Why is this?

There is something in us that goes a little berserk when we are experiencing a major life change. Maybe it is a way to feel hip or attractive, or maybe it’s a way to commemorate a major life event, or maybe it is a way to claim some sort of control over the chaos we are living in. Whatever the reason, we need to make sure we check our hearts for the motivation, and ideally don’t do anything too drastic that we will regret in the future. (Yes I know tattoos are drastic. Yes, I checked my heart for my motivation.)

Life is often out of control, and we all have our ways to find peace in those moments. For me, this is usually exercise and cleaning. But when life throws us major turbulence, we seem to need something a bit more significant.

What about you?

What crazy things have you done when life has thrown major changes at you?

 

Life is frantic and out of my control, but God... brings peace and I trust the plans He has for me.
Life is frantic and out of my control, but God… is in control. He brings peace, and I trust the plans He has for me.

 

My life is a journey. It has not been a straight path, but it is leading me to eternity.
My life is a journey. It has not been a straight path, but it is leading me to eternity.

 

xoxo