do not be anxious about anything, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God. And the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus. Philippians 4:6-7 (ESV)
In my more recent years of having a prayer life, God has lead me to the need to be in His very presence. Daily. To come in and close the door behind me. To come in bound to nothing else but complete adoration. This perfect place needing nothing from me but an outpouring of worship. My affections poured out onto His feet. My head and heart bowed by (and in) His truth.
Worry, for me, was leaving a crack in the door.
I wanted to be in the presence of God and also to be able to hear my children if they called, the world if it had something to say. In my anxiousness, I wanted to hear outside sounds (noises) and also be in God’s presence. I foolishly convinced myself that I could be in two places at once. That God understood there could be a spill in the kitchen, an important phone call to answer, that my husband could need my help, that there was a thought I wanted to jot down. God understood that anything could be happening if I didn’t leave a crack in the door.
Priority number one.
But my math didn’t add up. One on one didn’t equal me bringing in a hand full of priorities. Only one. Him. God wanted me to come into His presence untied to my worries, the spills, quality time, phone calls, and the words I wanted to write.
Everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving became for me, God’s will and His way. That He prioritize my life, not me. That being in His presence is scheduled by Him and in Him. And in His deity and fullness my needs and the needs of my family are guarded and met, in Christ Jesus.
For in Him the whole fullness of deity dwells bodily, and you have been filled in him, who is the head of all rule and authority. Colossians 2:9-10
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