“Search me, God, and know my heart; test me and know my anxious thoughts. See if there is any offensive way in me, and lead me in the way everlasting.” Psalm 139:24-24
Have you completed the work from last week’s memo “A Heart Check-up at Work – Part 2”?
If not, I highly recommend for you to take the time to do so if you are experiencing stress at work, or regarding work. It will enhance your understanding and loving appreciation of how God looks after all the details of our lives. The ones we know about and the ones we do not know about. We won’t really personally know about His power, love and faithfulness until we put everything in His hands. Until we ask Him to search our hearts regarding what we are struggling with.
On Monday, I prayed about the busyness I was experiencing. It did not appear to be a specific struggle, confrontation or fear but rather a continued overall busyness. I asked God to search my heart and I also prayed about trusting Him 100%.
On Tuesday, I prayed about running from one obligation or task to another, even though everything appeared to be good things and I enjoyed what I was doing. It just seemed like all the activities were adding up a little too much. I prayed to understand the reasons behind what I was doing (or not doing).
On Wednesday, I prayed about what might be grieving God’s heart about my busyness. What strongly came to mind was how that busyness was interfering with spending time with my husband. Although I loved what I was doing at work, I also love being with my husband. I felt that my time with him was chronically starting to be affected.
On Thursday, I prayed about understanding the impact of my decisions and what to do or not do. I decided that my “barometer” would be if it interferes too much/too often with time with my husband. Time when we could do things together in a relaxed and fun manner, at home or on holidays. I did not quantify or define what that meant, but expected to “expect the unexpected” as I turned it over to Him.
On Friday, my husband shared with me he had also been praying about a major decision we had made to go to Asia in 6 weeks to teach my osteoporosis course. He strongly felt we were not to go for a number of reasons. I could see that God was not just working in me, but speaking to my husband in this area of busyness and practicality. God had gone ahead to not only answer my prayer about busyness but address my self-determined barometer which was time with my husband as well as how my husband felt. As this week has passed by, I see that He has directed my husband and myself in making an important but difficult decision. We worked together on it and we are at peace. I am not sure what God has planned, or what I will experience over the next few weeks, but I know it is the right thing to do and am leaving it in His hands.
I have learned much from that circumstance and I am sure I don’t even know all the things God has done in response to my request to search my heart and in response to my renewed commitment to trust Him more. However, I do know:
God reminded me that when we turn to Him with our concerns, have the desire to follow His principles and to love Him and others with all our heart, He will work it all out. He does this in a practical way which leads to peace and confidence.
In case you have not worked through last week’s memo, I have repeated it below. I pray you will take the time to bring your concern to God with this approach, see God’s faithfulness at work, be blessed and be a blessing.
Dear Heavenly Father, thank You for Your love that is deeper and wider than I can ever imagine or understand. Thank You for Your direction that is wiser than I can comprehend. Thank You for Your principles and promises which guide me. Please search my heart for any areas where I am grieving or not honoring You, because I have not focused on You and fully trusted You. In Jesus’ Name, Amen.
Monday: This week at work, ask God to search your heart in the area of trust. He has told us to trust Him and not lean on our own understanding. Are you dealing with something difficult at work? Ask God to search your heart and reveal to you what you need to know. Record one thing which is presently a source of stress for you.
“Trust in the Lord with all your heart, and do not lean on your own understanding. In all your ways acknowledge him, and he will make straight your paths.” Proverbs 3:5
Tuesday: Write a prayer to God about the stress you are dealing with at work. Talk to Him about it, and ask Him to search your heart to let you know if there is an issue with trust or a barrier as to why you are not trusting Him 100%.
“Search me, God, and know my heart; test me and know my anxious thoughts. See if there is any offensive way in me, and lead me in the way everlasting.” Psalm 139:23-24
Wednesday: This week at work, make a determined choice to not rely on your own understanding of your stressful situation, but rather, trust God for it. Ask Him for knowledge and wisdom about the situation. Is there somewhere where you are not following God’s principles? What is one thing about the stressful situation you are doing or saying you know you should not be? Is it gossip? Is it complaining? Is it passive aggressiveness? If so, the first step is to obey Him in the situation. Don’t lean on your own understanding of what is going on. God may be working behind the scenes or preparing for something in the future. Your job is to be faithful to God. Write down what you are doing that may be grieving God’s heart. Pray to God and trust Him to give you the wisdom and discipline to stop it.
“The Lord is my strength and my shield; in Him my heart trusts, and I am helped; my heart exults, and with my song I give thanks to Him.” Psalm 28:7
Thursday: As you rely on God and not on your own understanding, recognize God’s ways are beyond what you can expect and what you can imagine. Expect the unexpected when you turn your situation over to God and trust Him, not yourself. Don’t ever underestimate what God can do with you and through you in the situation. Do you have an idea of what you would like to see happen because you are leaning on your own understanding? Turn it over to Him and trust Him for the best, and perfect thing. Write below what you need to turn over to God.
“And those who know your name put their trust in you, for you, O Lord, have not forsaken those who seek you.” Psalm 9:10
Friday: No matter what the situation is you are dealing with, with God, you can have victory. Remember, He is always with you, no matter what you face. In your prayers today, and as you ask for direction for the circumstance, thank Him for His presence.
“You keep him in perfect peace whose mind is stayed on You, because he trusts in You.” Isaiah 26:3
Bonny, Christian Women at Work