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.