I wake this morning with melancholy in my heart. My youngest is sick so we canceled dinner plans that I’d been looking forward to. I’m way behind on my homework and my house could use a good cleaning. My dad is not well and I don’t know how to help him. And I’m secretly terrified of the mission trip to Ghana, Africa that  I’m going on in 4 weeks.

My laundry list of worries and fears seems long today.

I know what my real problem is. None of the above. Not that those aren’t real problems. They are. But my real problem, my underlying problem, is that I’ve been neglecting my morning quiet time with God.  And I miss Him.

A friend once told me, “It’s a predictable pattern.” And he’s right. When I stop soaking in God’s Word and living and breathing prayer…I forget who I am and I forget whom I serve. And I begin to take on all these problems on my own. They pile up fast. Life can be overwhelming. It happens every time.

We’re not meant to live like this.

Do not be anxious about anything, but in everything, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God.
Philippians 4:6

“Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest.  Take my yoke upon you and learn from me, for I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. For my yoke is easy and my burden is light.”
Matthew 11:28-30

Remain in me, and I will remain in you.
John 15:4

It’s time to stop the pity party.

Today I chose Christ. Today I remember. Today I will not be anxious.  Today I will rest in Him. Today I will remain in Him.