This week feels heavy to me and even in the early morning hours, I am looking forward to the end of it. It would be easy to put my head down and view this week as a series of tasks to mark off my list. I want to do life a different way, though. I want to carry with me all week the deep and unbreakable connection I felt with God yesterday during worship at church and again in prayer with my small group. Here’s what I’m doing to help keep me connected with God and others so that my week is not just something to endure, but something that is holy.
I’m praying for patience. I will have some late nights and long flights this week, which means great potential for exhaustion and irritation. I am praying that God will help me clothe myself with patience and gentleness in every moment. (Col. 3:12)
I’m carrying around one of Jesus’ questions. This week on my phone background, I will find the question Jesus asked his disciples: “But what about you? Who do you say I am?” (Matthew 16:15) I cannot wait to see what God will do in me with this question. I wonder if my life and my answer match.
I’m hanging onto one of God’s promises. I’m believing this: Neither death nor life, neither angels nor demons, neither the present nor the future, nor any powers, neither height nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate me from the love of God that is in Christ Jesus my Lord. (Romans 8:38-39)
I’m praying and trusting. There are so many people I would love to carry into the presence of God this week for encouragement and healing, in thankfulness and joy, and for guidance and protection. This morning, my daughter and I each wrote down all the people and needs we will pray about on our own piece of blue paper. We will carry our blue paper with us and in our prayer times or whenever we catch a glimpse of it, we will pray for those the names and needs. But, if we forget one day or one person or one need, we are trusting God that he knows and he hears even without our help. (Romans 8:26-27)
I’m thanking God. I am thanking God for his amazing grace, for my daughter, and how he will transform something in me during this full week.
What does your to-do list look like this week?