Leaving the work force to stay at home has its down sides. For example, I had no idea what ‘hump day’ meant until a couple years ago. Apparently it’s a term of endearment for Wednesdays, because at the end of the day we’ll have gotten over the ‘hump’ of the week and can coast to the end of Friday. While it’s irrelevant to my life **since kids don’t stop on the weekends** I can so relate with the need for pushing through.
When I’m faced with lots of responsibility, being completely overwhelmed, or having the sinking feeling that there is no end in sight, I’ve found a really empowering force in statement prayers. Statement prayers are simply stating something as a fact, in order to remind us of a truth or reality. I’d been so used to prayer equalling requests, that statement prayers really changed my life!
Here’s how it can change your life.
—> It changes the way we see our world. Vocalizing truth instantly changes the way you and everyone who hears you, feels about a situation. Truth-words change the glasses we see a situation through.
—> It reminds us that we refuse to give up. Our words inform our minds and even emotions. Speaking out encouragement and directives to ourselves reinforces our resolve.
—> It reminds everyone else that we refuse to give up. When we stiffen our backs with resolve, our people notice and realize they can too! My kids especially get a front seat to watch the way I handle being ‘at the end of my rope’. I so want them to know the struggle is real, but that pushing through is just as real. I want the pattern of challenge / press through / overcome to be the total norm in my kids minds.
—> It shifts our eyes from ourselves to Jesus. When I’m focused on Him I can hear Him better to sense if there are some changes I need to make in life and that’s why I’m overwhelmed, or if I’m in exactly the right spot and just experiencing growing pains. Every truth stated in prayer, is based on Him, and what He says.
I love what Mother Theresa said, “I know God won’t give me anything I can’t handle, I just wish He didn’t trust me so much.” If God is asking us to master a certain area of responsibility – He will give us everything we need to do it! My mid-week / overwhelmed / at-end-of-rope prayer goes something like this:
God, you’ve chosen me for this moment. You’ve picked me to get this job done. You know what You’re doing. You don’t make mistakes. I trust that I am in the right place. I won’t let go or give up. Thank you that You’ve given me everything I need to succeed at this. I was born for this.
What are your habits for pushing through when you feel like you’re at your end?