Next is the word prompt for Five Minute Friday this week. Do you ever find yourself wondering what to do? I remember Elisabeth Elliot saying, “Do the next thing.” But what if you don’t know what that is? I suggest that prayer is a good place to start.
If I remember correctly, it was Edith Schaeffer who said if you don’t know what your next step is, just keep doing what you are currently doing. Of course she also was a praying woman and encouraged others to take time to pray.
What if we are tired of doing the same thing all the time? Maybe we are feeling overwhelmed. We might feel stuck and see no way out. How do we handle that?
It’s so easy for me to just start complaining and wishing things were different. But all that does is put me in a worse mood and pulls in anyone else around. So it’s like a dark cloud falls over the house.
Have a Thankful Heart
But when I stop looking at myself and all the things I don’t like, my attitude changes. When I look to Jesus and remember all He’s done for me, my eyes are open to what is good. I begin to give thanks for the blessings I do see in my life.
When I go through my days with a thankful heart, I am happier and my mood is positive. That also rubs off on those around me and the dark cloud begins to lift.
My time has ended, but I wanted to tack on these few paragraphs I wrote at an earlier time. Whenever we don’t know what to do or when we do know, it always helps to pray asking God for wisdom, strength and courage. He will enable us to take the next step, to trust Him and be thankful.
Prayer Helps in Any Circumstance
We need daily time in prayer. In addition we need to read and contemplate His word, letting it soak into the core of ourselves. I’m not saying that we have to set aside long periods of time each day. Most of us don’t have the luxury of that much time.
Often we have to just send up a quick distress call when we find ourselves overwhelmed. We can also say a quick prayer of gratitude throughout the day.
God is always available any time of the day or night. He never sleeps and is faithful.
Here’s a quick prayer I wrote to help me in times when I feel overwhelmed.
We never have to fear the next thing, even if we can’t see very far ahead. Our Father in heaven knows all our needs and will always be with us.
God is our refuge and strength,
a helper who is always found
in times of trouble.