I woke at 5:11 a.m. Ugh…………………
I hoped to fall back to sleep, finally gave up at 6:01, and got up. I sat in my favorite chair and tried to pray. I only had 5 hours sleep and my head hurt. My mind could not focus on the unclear & shambled thoughts in my mind. I laid my head back and tried to pray in the spirit. It helped, but my brain stayed absorbed on my spinning and aching head.
Recently, I have been repeatedly prompted to the posture of praying on your knees. A position of reverence to God’s authority.
“He walked away, about a stone’s throw, and knelt down and prayed.” Luke 22:41.
Slipping down to the floor, I rested my head in my folded arms. Again, I prayed in the spirit, waiting for the whirling thoughts to cease.
Bullet points……. God reminded me of my love for bullet points.
See, my talents are in administration and my career has led me to management. Through God’s design of administration and management, I create agendas, I plan projects, and I favor bullet points to prepare my thoughts.
I felt the small whisper…..Bullet points…..
Also, years ago, I was taught to have proper balance in life. It may have been the most important lesson I ever learned at church. We need order. We live in a chaotic world. So many demands coming at us constantly.
Our God is a God of order (Genesis 1:1-2:4).
1. GOD– your personal time with Him! (Matthew 11:28)
a. This does not include church.
b. This does not include Bible study
c. This is one to one time with Him
2. Spouse– focus on your marriage for a loving relationship. (Genesis 2:24, Ephesians 5:25)
a. Kiss good morning
b. Kiss good bye-When you leave each other
c. Kiss hello when reunited
d. Say I love you out loud
e. Husbands-be the provider; take authority for your family (1 Timothy 3:4-12)
f. Wives-be the nurturer; strength is evident in a household well taken care of (Titus 2:4-5)
3. Children– no matter what the age. (Ephesians 6:1-5)
a. This is not to say you don’t tend to their needs.
b. By putting your husband 1st, it shows your children what a healthy marriage looks like.
c. When spouse comes home, kiss your spouse 1st, then the kids. Kids love knowing their parents love each other.
d. If a spouse is working late and cannot attend a child’s function- use your words to celebrate how hard that spouse works for our family! How they provide for us! And when the family is back together, share in how great the child did at the function and thank the parent for working for the family.
e. Dinner table- use it to reunite the family.
i. Dad at the head-Keep Dad the head of the household
ii. Pray before eating
iii. Family conversations
iv. How???don’t think you have time=kids sports, concerts, etc
1. Re-evaluate the busyness of your life
a. Do the kids really need to be in soccer, ballet, karate, swim lessons, and etc etc etc
4. Work, fellowship (Genesis 2:15 and Genesis 2:19) (1Thessalonians 5:11)
a. These will just fall into place when you have your #1,2,3 in order
b. If you focus on your work more than your family
i. Family will hate seeing you leave
c. If you focus on hanging with the guys or girls
i. Family will feel left out
ii. Kids will see the sadness on the spouse.
5. Church ministry (James 2:14-17)
a. DO NOT mistake church ministry for your #1
i. Your #1 is intimate time with your FATHER
b. Youth leader, worship team, ushering, maintenance
c. When your 1,2,3,4 fall into place.
i. The family will joyfully want you to do it
ii. The family will joyfully help you
iii. The family will joyfully share in it with you
So, as I prayed, with my head swirling, the Lord reminded me of this order.
I paused and was still for a moment.
“Be still and know I am God” Psalm 46:10
“But seek first the kingdom of God and His righteousness, and all these things shall be added to you.” Matthew 6:33
Pray in bullet points. Put the order back in your life. It’s actually very simple………………………….
I began to pray:
1. Thank You God for reminding me. Thank You God for loving me. Thank You God for always being here for me. Show me God how to do life right.
2. Lord, I lift up to you my marriage. I pray for my husband. His work, his peace, the stresses of his daily life. Show me Lord how to be a better wife. Give me vision into his burdens so I can help him and be yoked with him properly.
3. I pray out for my sons. May my sons understand their mothers love and faith. I prayed for the young women who love them. May they learn to be helpmates.
4. I prayed out for a new job assignment. I prayed for His help in this independent career increase. I prayed against pride. I prayed not to overstep. I then prayed out for my sisters in the church who are edifying me, supporting me, and holding me accountable. I named each by name, saying bless them…bless them… And I prayed out for friends who don’t yet know the Lord…..bless them…bless them.
5. I prayed for church ministry. God knows what is on my heart. I asked in His time to use me. And until then, I asked that He prepares me. Give me time for preparation. A burning desire for it. And to do it with excellence.
I encourage you. The next time you do not know how to pray:
1. Get on your knees
2. Pray the bullet points of the balance in your life
• WORK & FELLOWSHIP (friends)
• CHURCH MINISTRY