Happy Mindful Monday!

I got up invigorated to go to church yesterday morning.

My husband and I have been taking turns staying home and watching our babies while the other one attends mass.

This morning I looked forward to it more than usual. This week I go back to work after 5 months of being home with my babies. I needed prayer and lots of it.

As I prepare to end my maternity leave, my heart is full of mixed emotions such as angst, excitement, and of course, overwhelm.

SO MUCH overwhelm.

When I arrived at the church and sat down, thoughts began to race through my head. How am I going to do “it all?” I asked the Lord, completely perplexed. My tasks include taking care of the house, cooking, working, and enjoying my babies while working on my writing career.

All in a day’s work, right?

NOPE!

As the joyful music of the Lord played in the background I heard Jesus speak to my fearful heart.

A moment of clarity came. And then it ALL made sense.

The only “thing” I really have to do is live for the Lord. Everything else that does not fit into this lifestyle will fall away.

WOW. Exhale.

As I left the church I felt lighter. My heart was full of peace.

Is it really that simple?

YES.

Jesus wants us to prioritize according to what is important to HIM and what HIS WILL is for us.

The Lord’s prayer even states “Thy Will Be Done, on Earth as it is in Heaven”…

Often times I scurry around, feeling so swept away in the chaos that I am not sure which way to turn first. A great example of this is when I am straightening my house. I go into one room to put an item away and I get swept away and start cleaning that room INSTEAD of putting that item away.

But Jesus is our anchor amid the chaos.

It is absolutely vital to remember that we need to LET JESUS guide us according to the “unique way he’s designed each one” (Proverbs 22:6, 1 Corinthians 12:4-7, Ephesians 2:10).

And which way, which direction, which step to take next.

By following HIM, we won’t take a misstep or lose our way like I do when I am straightening my house.

This takes patience AND faith– which are no simple tasks.

But, if we choose to live according to HIS WAY, we will have a clean home–and a happy heart full of peace.

Follow these three steps to learn how to TRUST God more

1). Practice mindFULness–be aware of your thoughts. When you start to become stressed out, practice giving all of your problems to Jesus, one by one. You can even visualize doing this. For example: Sometimes I see Him standing in front of me.

2). Take mindful, deep breaths, By doing this, it slows down your nervous system and calms you.

3). Try to find the same time every day to meditate. This will help build habits and help you slow down and enjoy life more.

Good luck!

 

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