This week, I’m feeling a bit uninspired and a bit unmotivated. It’s not that I am less passionate or discouraged. Instead, I’m feeling the need to be still and listen. I’m still knocking out my to-do list every day, but I’m keeping my lists focused on what must be done rather than my usual Gung-ho list worthy of Wonder Woman.
I have several important decisions coming in the next few weeks, and I feel compelled to spend some time in prayer and meditation to discern God’s plan for me. Since I’m not feeling compelled to work on other things, I thought I would share with you the tools I’m using for that prayer and mediation.
I happily admit that I too have been sucked into the adult coloring craze. Art has always been a great outlet for me to express myself. I sometime paint (badly!) or draw. I find that artistic tasks calm and focus me. I thoroughly suck at them, but I also find them fulfilling. Coloring helps me relax. When I’m facing major life decisions, it’s easy to stress and to freak out. Coloring helps quell that anxiety and leaves me feeling more open to hear God’s call.
In addition, music has always been a big part of my life. Thankfully, one I don’t suck at! My husband and I have spent many hours over the last 15 years making music together or sharing music. Music is also a primary way we both worship. For me, music can help me pray, meditate, or praise, depending on the song and my mood. The two songs below have been helping me work through the decisions I’m facing, which are interrelated and will affect not only the path of my life but my family as well. The first reminds me to be still and quiet, so I can hear God. The second reminds me that my prayers should only be to help me discern God’s will and not to beg God to make my will happen.
I am most certainly at a crossroads. I have faith that if I am able to discern and to submit to God’s will for me, I will live abundantly. I know God plans for my happiness and renewal through his son my Savior Jesus Christ. I pray that I can be still and know.
What struggles are you facing? What tools do you use to keep the faith?