Take a Breath and Pray

While I love the writing life, sometimes I have the tendency to overbook myself and before you know it, I’m extremely busy.

Last month was a prime example of this. I had to finish a full manuscript to turn in while working on three partials and preparing for a book release. Yeah, I know. But I’m slowly working my way through these tasks and hopefully I will learn my lesson and not overbook myself in the future.

We’re all busy. Whether you’re a writer with too many deadlines, or a mom trying to juggle work and family, it’s easy to find yourself with more things to do than you have hours in a day. Soon you feel frustrated and stressed out. When that happens, take a moment to step away from your busy schedule to take a breath. . .and then pray. Ask God to calm the storm inside you and give you a clear head to focus on what needs to be done in this moment. Then you can move on to the next one, and then so on.

Philippians 4:6-7 says, Be careful for nothing; but in every thing by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known unto God. And the peace of God, which passeth all understanding, shall keep your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus.

If you ask Him to, God will provide peace of mind.

God does not want his children to live in fear or stress. Ask Him to show you ways that you can eliminate your to-do load so that you can spend more time with Him and less time feeling stressed. I did and He was faithful to answer me while lifting the burden from my shoulders.

Psalms 94:19 says, In the multitude of my thoughts within me thy comforts delight my soul.

No matter what you’re facing, don’t let the frustration and stress of what must be done overwhelm you. Take a moment. Step away from the problem and take a breath. And then pray to our Father. He will give you the answers you need to keep going.

All the best. . .

Mary Alford


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