This week I shared some advice given to me on “How to Refresh the Hearts of Others.” But has your own heart ever ached and wished someone would come and minister to you? I understand.
This week has been full of activity, ministry and needs. One morning when things seemed to be spinning out of control, I stopped – literally stopped with tears in my eyes and my heart pounding with frustration and the feeling of being overwhelmed. I turned my heart to the Lord. I told Him my burdens, my frustrations, and my need. At the end of my prayer I said, “Lord, please show me what to do.”
It wasn’t much later after that the Spirit of God spoke to my heart, directing my steps in a clear, biblical answer. My plans were to head out the door to join others in a good thing – we were to pray together – but the Lord said,
“Be still. Pray here.”
I thought, “Really? That makes so much sense! Yes, Lord! Thank you!”
I let my friends know I wouldn’t be joining them where they were gathered, but I did join them at the Throne of Grace from my home. It kept me from running there, running back, then running to prep for another obligation later in the day.
It gave me rest.
It calmed my heart.
No one but the Lord could have done that.
Now I slowed my pace. I took time to pray for the needs of others. I cleaned the mess that was around me. I added a few touches of decor in my dining room. I listened to a podcast while I worked. It wasn’t long at all until my own heart was truly refreshed. I was thankful that it had come completely from the Lord’s directives speaking into my heart and not from a person. It made me so thankful for the reminder that God cares about every detail of my life – even the little things that can trouble my heart.
My need was so simple, really, and I know there are times when there are HUGE needs, but there is nothing too big for Him to handle! When you have a hurt, confusion, anxiety, burden or longing that causes your heart to be filled with emptiness and longing, what do you do when God sends no one to your doorstep, your pew at church, or your side?
- Recognize the need to go to prayer and tell Christ about what’s on your heart. He already knows, of course, but this isn’t for His benefit, it’s for yours. Stopping to put that longing into words and tell the Lord is so helpful. Divine intervention is what you need, and if you don’t ask, how will you receive it? This time of prayer also makes us realize that we are completely dependent on Him. That’s always the best place to find ourselves, because He is omnipotent! In the day of my trouble I will call upon thee: for thou wilt answer me. Psalm 86:7
- While in prayer, ask God for His wisdom for the next step. What do you do after you finish praying? Without God’s help, you’ll be just as hopeless as before if you don’t have His direction for the next moment. But the path of the just is as the shining light, that shineth more and more unto the perfect day. Prov. 4:18
- Look for verses of promise regarding your situation and meditate on their truth. If you can’t think of one off the top of your head, or you don’t have your Bible with you, Google it! We ask Google for other things we need information on, right? Use it now! Google Bible Verses on God’s Provision or Bible verses on Comfort. A list will come up that can anchor your heart with Truth!!! Know therefore that the LORD thy God, he is God, the faithful God, which keepeth covenant and mercy with them that love him and keep his commandments to a thousand generations. Deut. 7:9
- Listen to music that will minister to your heart and calm you. It’s amazing what good music will do. I love to listen to instrumental music that points my heart to God. It brings peace and a reminder of Who He is!
- Don’t isolate yourself! Get with others that will encourage you. It’s easy to want to sulk and be alone, but you need other believers to help you – even if they never hear a word from you about your trouble. Invite a friend to lunch or coffee.
- Talk with a godly friend about your trouble and ask them to pray with you. You decide with whom should share – it might be your husband, it might be a friend or your pastor’s wife. Two are better than one. Eccl. 4:9 Humble yourself and admit you have a need. We ALL need encouragement from time to time!
- Put yourself in an environment that helps your attitude. Open the blinds and curtains and let the sunlight in! Straighten up the clutter that might be right in front of you. Create the order that will clear your head and heart.
- Get some fresh air. Take a walk in your neighborhood or walking path at the park. Go walk through the nursery at Lowe’s or your local greenhouse.
- Do something you enjoy. Stop for a sweet tea and take a drive in the country. Go to the library. Buy a bouquet of flowers for your kitchen table. Stop for a Dairy Queen treat. Rearrange your living room. Do a craft you love.
- Do something for someone else. See this list to remind yourself of what you could do! The focus gets transferred from your problem to someone else.
I pray this will help you to know how to refresh your own heart when you need it!
What do you do when you’re anxious or feeling overwhelmed?