Set Us Free

From the morning prayer, 3/11/2015:

Set us free from all evil; show us, in the confusion of our lives, the things that really matter.  – Renew us, Lord, in your spirit.

I’d love to hear your thoughts on this.  We can chat in the comments when you’ve had time to ponder.  :-)

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6 thoughts on “Set Us Free

  1. Anne

    I used to be better at keeping the 1000 gifts journal that Ann Voskamp writes of. I think a daily recording acknowledging our gifts from God in even the smallest or messiest of moments and days goes a long way towards clearing confusion and reminding us what really matters. Wish I could reinstate that habit now…I can’t seem to consistently find five minutes every day that I’m alone and can write these down. I guess right before bed would be a good time…by then my will-power is usually pretty low.

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    1. Jennie Cooper Post author

      I used to do that, too, Anne! Maybe early in the morning works better? I know you haven’t hardly had a day to be thankful for yet, but it still helps us be mindful. I agree with you that it helps keep the right things at the forefront of your mind. I’ve been meaning to get back to this again, too, and I think it was mentioned in the restore workshop, as well. :-)
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  2. KristyB

    I feel like I’m often stuck in “the confusion of life” being overwhelmed by tasks and expectations of myself. I try to slow down and take care of the important things (the people) but life isn’t always conducive to that.

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  3. Jennie Cooper Post author

    When I saw that word, confusion, I thought not of uncertainty, but of frantic activity. The constant doing of something, even irrelevant somethings. It struck me as very strong wording, to consider this not just undesirable, but actually evil. If I think about that, I can see that this useless activity does separate me from God and even my family. Looking at it like that, checking instagram is evil. It’s so forceful, though!
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  4. Jennie Cooper Post author

    I know what you mean, too, Kristy, about having so much to do. That’s why I thought of my three things, but there is still so much to do. I think, though, that when we really eliminate – or at least reduce – how often or how long we do these extraneous things, there’s more time than we think. I know I’ve gotten in the bad habit of checking emails and social media in the bathroom. In the bathroom! Why can’t I just pee quietly and think for a moment?

    I’ve been thinking about this since Wednesday. :-)
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    1. KristyB

      This made me laugh ;). Yes, I see the “confusion” as frantic activity too, not that I don’t know which way is up. I still have the “three things” checklist in my head and one day, I got one of them done. Ha! I’m making it sound like I’m altogether frazzled, which I don’t mean to do. I just need to find the willingness to die to self so that I can more purposefully focus my time. I should pray more, but checking FB or playing a mindless game on my phone for those few minutes instead is just that… mindless. Mindless = easy. But easy isn’t what God is asking of me. At least not in some things. I got mad at myself this weekend as I was in tears worried I’d lost my wedding ring (I found it after 3 days!), how would I tell my husband, why do we have so many clothes to wash and fold, why can’t my kids pick up anything, etc. etc… I asked Mother Mary for help and then went so far as to complain that Mary only had 1 kid – not 5 at once! How could she understand? Oh my poor pitiful self. I hope she laughed… this perfect Mother Mary surely must hear what our hearts are truly asking and bring those things before God.

      The day is beautiful, I hope to enjoy some of it. At least Spring is on the way and hopefully I will find myself more able to find my way in the confusion.

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