She had a sister called Mary, who sat at the Lord’s feet listening to what he said. But Martha was distracted by all the preparations that had to be made. She came to him and asked, “Lord, don’t you care that my sister has left me to do the work by myself? Tell her to help me!”“Martha, Martha,” the Lord answered, “you are worried and upset about many things, but few things are needed—or indeed only one.Mary has chosen what is better, and it will not be taken away from her.”

~Luke 10:39-42

I woke up in the middle of the night in panic. I felt like I had forgotten to do something really important! What was that? Why am I feeling like this? Has this ever happened to you? Come-on…that moment when you burst up from a deep sleep totally awake from bed and think, “Oh No! That is due today and I hadn’t event started on it!”  Heart pumping, body shaking, you are fully awake moment and your mind is racing to get that one thing done, even though you are not sure how you will do it and get EVERYTHING else done too!

Sometimes, we are moving so fast, racing from one task to another; pick up the kids, every get their homework done, get the baseball pants soaking, make sure the water bottles are all full and put in the fridge the night before and oh, be sure everyone gets some decent food in their bellies on our way to practice! Do McDonald’s chicken nuggets count for healthier options on the fly? The phone is ringing and that’s a client probably asking if that email is ready to go out about the platform update! Ugh! It’s all a lot and it ALL has to get done!

A couple years back, I learned that when I feel the middle of the night panic attacks coming on and that life is getting ahead of me, I need a chill pill. Not a glass of wine and a good book kind of chill pill. A Real BIG GOD Like Chill Pill! It’s time to call the Big Guy up for a real “Day Out with Dad” Kind of Chill Pill.

Sometimes when things are rough or challenging, we need to have a good old fashion day with Dad or Mom right? We have gotten so busy that God is at the bottom of our important list. We seem out of touch with Him.  Well, it works the same way with God. He wants us to want him. To be close to him. I actually picture him sitting on a big huge chair looking at me and waiting for me to come up to him, crawl up on his lap and for me to say, “I really need you, can we talk?” He throws those big warm arms around me and then looks me in the eyes and says, Absolutely, I’m right here hon, spill it!”

So, each time it gets to be too much, I take a day out with (Dad) God and meditate, pray, just spill it all out. I then journal a lot that day. Drink a lot of water, sometimes I fast and or whatever I need with a full day of just him and I. Sometimes, I take a PTO day, drive up to Duluth, MN (I live in the twin cities) sit by the big watery hole and pray and journal. By the end of the day, I am more balanced, centered, cleared of the clutter, the chaos and the oh so awful word-busyness. I feel at peace, calm and most of all, I feel I am able to tackle the challenges with God much closer to my side. See he never leaves us, but we do seem to put him on the way side. So, when it gets just a little too much and you find that you are putting the idolatry, chaotic things before our Father…STOP and be brave enough to spend time with Him. You will find that the time you spend with him will change you from panic stricken chaotic woman to a peaceful, calming and very clear woman ready to face all that this world has to offer!

Woman to Woman: What crazy, chaotic “I am so busy, I don’t have time for God” stuff is going on in your life? STOP and be brave enough to drop what you are doing and take time out to spend some quality time with just you and God our father. For God is not a God of disorder but of peace—as in all the congregations of the Lord’s people. ~1 Corinthians 14:33

WOW (Words Of Wisdom) Strength of RestorativeThe LORD is my shepherd, I shall not be in want.He makes me lie down in green pastures, he leads me beside quiet waters, he restores my soul. Psalms 23:1-3

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