When Concerns Consume You {a promise & a prayer}

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Do you ever have days when your mind is crowded with thoughts that are competing for your attention? 

Yesterday was one of those days for me. I woke up with countless tasks on my to-do list and every one felt urgent, which made it almost impossible to figure out what was most important.

It felt like countless concerns were cutting in front of each other trying to be the first in line.

My head started to ache by noon, and I knew I had to make a decision – either I could pray and talk through each concern with Jesus and ask Him to help clear the crowd in my thoughts. Or, I could let my thoughts keep fighting it out and become paralyzed by the process.

Maybe you’re in that same place this week. If so, I wanted to share a verse I’ve been holding onto:  

“Don’t worry about anything; instead, pray about everything. Tell God what you need, and thank him for all he has done. Then you will experience God’s peace, which exceeds anything we can understand. His peace will guard your hearts and minds as you live in Christ Jesus.” Philippians 4:6-7, New Living Translation

And here’s a prayer I wove together to help me do just that:

Lord, I want You to be first in line, leading my days and my decisions. When concerns consume me and worry comes, remind me to pause to tell You what I need and wait on YOU to lead. I long for Your peace to surpass my understanding and for Your promises to guard my heart and my mind as I live in {and follow after} You. Amen.


About Renee

Renee Swope is a Word-lover, story-teller, heart-encourager and grace-needer. She's also a wife, mom, friend, daughter and author of A Confident Heart, a Retailers Choice Award winning book that became a best-seller and has been published in six languages, with over 150,000 copies sold. Renee is speaks around the country at women's events and and serves on the writing team for DaySpring’s inCourage blog. For twenty years, Renee served in leadership at Proverbs 31 Ministries and as former co-host of the ministry's radio program, “Everyday Life with Lysa & Renee.