Turn Your Worries Into Prayers – Guest Blogger

I’ve asked Graystone Ladies who lead small groups to be guest bloggers occasionally. I love talking with these women and learning how to be a better wife, a mom (no time soon), and a better follower of Christ. I talk with many families weekly, and anxiety and worry burdens so many, especially moms. Angela Valenzuela is an amazing mom and I am thankful her friendship and wisdom. Enjoy and be encouraged!

“Cast your cares on the LORD and He will sustain you” (Psalm 55:22a)

As a mother of three young kids, I have a lot to worry about: their sicknesses, friends, grades at school, interest in spiritual things, character… shall I go on? (: I have become very well acquainted with fear and anxiety. Living by faith is impossible when I am consumed with all the ‘what-ifs’ of life. A couple of weeks ago, I said, “enough is enough” and got serious about treating my worry as the sin that it is.

I realized right away that I need to worry a lot less and pray a lot more. So I started keeping a prayer journal. Now, instead of lying awake in bed at night, being consumed with my concerns, I pray instead. I don’t pray the drowsy in-my-head kind of prayer… I get up out of bed, turn on a light, and write my prayers out in a journal. My journal is a 3 ring spiral notebook, which I purchased for a penny at Office Depot.

As I write in my prayer journal, I don’t have an agenda or a goal. I’m not trying to get anything accomplished. I simply write to the Lord about all of the things that I have gnawing at my mind and my heart. As I write, I picture myself sitting in a coffee shop talking with Jesus face-to-face. Not everything I write is bad or sad. I write about things which bring me great joy and things I long to share with a friend. Jesus is that Friend. Reading back through my journal entries has built my faith immeasurably because I have seen how He is actively involved in my life and answering my prayers.

At the risk of sounding over-the-top dramatic, I want to shoot straight with you all: keeping a prayer journal has truly changed the kind of days I have. And the amount of sleep I get at night. And my overall attitude.

There’s no simple solution to the problem of fear, and I am not implying that a prayer journal is the answer. I will tell you straight out, it’s not the problem-solver. But keeping a prayer journal has deepened my relationship with the LORD, and He not only has the answer… He IS the Answer.

James 5:13-16 tells us that we should pray about everything, and I encourage you to turn your worries into prayers. God already knows your worries anyway, so why not come clean? Begin a dialogue with the God of the universe, who created you, wants to spend time with you, and loves you.

One thought on “Turn Your Worries Into Prayers – Guest Blogger

  1. Angela – I also have a prayer journal and it has changed my life. I love thinking of it as my diary for God’s eyes only. It has also allowed me the eyes to see and remember all that God has done and is doing in my life, and my families life. So often when I am in the pit and feeling sorry for myself God draws me to “my own psalms” and I am encouraged, humbled, and ready to get up and out of the pits of life.

    Thanks for writing. Love to see your encouraging words:)

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s