Do Charles Dickens’ words “It was the best of times, it was the worst of times” describe your life? When my girls were young, I was hardly able to hold my head above water. I had a hyperactive family going at full speed, which meant the days could be busy…too busy. This was affecting my mood and the atmosphere of our home.
So often our tolerance level wears thin and we speak harsh words in the midst of crazy days. Very often, we do the exact opposite of Proverbs 19:11: “The discretion of a man makes him slow to anger, and his glory is to overlook a transgression.” I got tired of thinking There has got to be more to life than this! Meaning there’s got to be more to life than all my wheel-spinning, than my feeling rushed, and spending all the time and still not getting my life in order.
Godly patience shines the brightest when everything is falling apart around you. And that’s what I desired. Friend, if you can relate, I want to encourage you. Put aside everything for a few moments to pray and pick one verse to read. God’s Word will come to your rescue when you seek to walk with Him during trying times.
After your time of prayer and praise, put these steps into practice to help you have more order in life.
6 STEPS TO CALM IN THE CHAOS
As you pray about living your life God’s way and purpose to (by His great grace) be peace-filled, the following steps will pave the way for a better tomorrow.
- Step 1: Determine when you must get up to make your day go the way you want and need it to go.
- Step 2: Get to bed in time to get the rest you need before your getting-up time.
- Step 3: Set your alarm—a good loud one, an obnoxious one!
- Step 4: Pray. Ask for God’s help to get up. Tell Him why it’s important that you do. Rehearse your plans, purposes, commitments, and dreams for tomorrow with Him. Go ahead. He cares! After all, if they’re good ones, they came from Him (Psalm 37:4-5).
- Step 5: Purpose to get up…no matter what. Don’t give in to your body. And don’t worry about not getting enough sleep. It’s only for one morning! Remember the adage: Mind over mattress!
- Step 6: Praise God when you hear the alarm. Stand beside the psalmist and cry out with the dawn, “This is the day the Lord has made; we will rejoice and be glad in it” (Psalm 118:24).
When life gets a bit frustrating with all there is to do, turn your tired soul heavenward. Let God calm you with His peace. Give thanks to God for what He has done in your life: “O LORD, You are my God. I will exalt You, I will praise Your name, for You have done wonderful things.” (Isaiah 25:1) Then walk in the Spirit’s strength that allows you to remain calm in the chaos.
Dear Lord, right now I lift my eyes and my soul to You. I need to exhale and relax in Your presence. I know that in the midst of the chaos of my day, You are in control. Thank You for the comfort, peace, and patience I find in You— calm in the midst of chaos. Amen.
Do I make time with God a priority in my day?
Godly patience shines the brightest when everything is falling apart around you.