Having a hectic day? Giving up her high- powered corporate career to become a “momtrepreneuer,” Susan Nelson traded a chaotic corporate life for the fun frenzy of focusing on her family and business. In her devotional, she shares ways we can seek refuge in the middle of the messiness of everyday life. We hope you enjoy her insight and appreciate these real-life recommendations.
People, even more than things, have to be restored, renewed, revived, reclaimed and redeemed. Just like you, I’m a mom, a wife, entrepreneur, boss, team member, friend, daughter … and the list goes on and on. It is in times of pure chaos that I have to stop myself. I have to take a time out. I throw my hands up in the air and take what I call a ‘moment’ … a moment that allows me to remind myself of my true saving grace and that Jesus is my refuge. When I feel like I’m stuck, or lost, or whatever it might be … He will get me through it. “The Lord is my rock, my fortress and my deliverer; my God is my rock, in whom I take refuge, my shield and the horn of my salvation, my stronghold.” Psalm 18:2
It was at church one Sunday morning when my Minister, Phil Brookman of Memorial Road Church of Christ, shared with us this idea. Just recently, I turned my ‘moments’ into a Prayer Walk. Hopefully this concept will bless you as well.
Find a place to walk that is calming and reasonably free of distractions.
Begin your walk by praying Colossians 4:2. “God, help me devote myself to prayer by being both watchful and thankful.”
As you walk, reflect on each season of your life, slowly and thoughtfully, beginning with your early memories and moving to your recent ones. As you journey through the memories, use these questions to guide your prayers: What have been the most significant spiritual moments of my life? What has brought me the deepest joy? When has God been undeniably present with me? Which moments have defined my faith journey? As memories surface, lift each one to God with gratitude. Don’t rush. Feel free to take more time to spend in certain memories.
When you finish reflecting on God’s activity in your past, find a place to sit down. Finish your prayer time reflecting on Paul’s prayer from Philippians 1:9-11, specifically his line to “discern what is best.” You might ask, “God, based on what you’ve done in my past, what is my best future for you?”