Monday, March 21, 2011

The Power of a Praying Woman

I thought I was being really smart to order my new book "The Power of a Praying Woman" on Amazon instead of buying it at Barnes and Noble.

Well, I did save money, but I also ordered the wrong book.

Mine is an interactive workbook, which is fine. It will totally work for the purposes intended.

The purpose being I wanted to spend a few moments each day in prayer, so that God would restore my heart and mind. Basically, I need an attitude adjustment! I know I need an attitude adjustment, as I am becoming completely consumed and overwhelmed by my life.

The bible study is a quick (20 minutes) daily prayer and reflection that references verses and applies them to my life. I've been doing the study first thing when I wake up and I can honestly say that it improves my attitude throughout the day. The first lesson was Praying to Become All God Made Me to Be. The second lesson was Praying for a Life-Trasforming Walk with God.

As part of the study, I was supposed to identify any fear, anxiety, or hopelessness in my life and ask God to free me from it. For me, this was extremely beneficial as I realized it is the fear I have about the future that is causing me to feel overwhelmed on a daily basis.

Some of the fears I identified?
-Fear that I won't get into dental school
-Fear that I wasted money attempting to get into dental school
-Fear because I already have about $20,000 debt to my parents
-Fear because I will be consuming (a lot!) more debt
-Fear of Brian's disappointment in me
-Fear of change
-Fear of regret
-Fear that I won't make good grades
-Fear that I am not on the right path for my life
-Fear of choosing the wrong career
-Fear of becoming a dentist and fear of not becoming a dentist
-Fear of failure
-Fear for the future of our country
-Fear for my future children's future
-Fear for the health of people I love
-Fear that I can't please everyone

All these fears, in some form or another, are constantly invading my thoughts and preventing me from fully placing my trust in the Lord.

What fears do you have? Maybe your list isn't as long as mine, or maybe your list could go on forever.

"Look at the birds of the air; they do not sow or reap or store away in barns, and yet your heavenly Father feeds them. Are you not much more valuable than they? Who of you by worrying can add a single hour to his life?"
Matthew 6:26-27


I hope everyone has a happy, worry-free week! Enjoy the sunshine!

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