Lies we believe

Security Blanket

As my college children return home, they bring with them mountains of laundry. What had been an arduous task several years ago, keeping the sports uniforms clean in time for the next game or meet, is now a joy because it means that the little birds are back in my nest. Wading through the detritus of the school year that has migrated into previously pristine spaces, I am thankful for the brief opportunity to wash, iron, and wash again. 

As I divide lights and darks, towels and exercise clothes, I am struck by the unfamiliar items I discover. The party t-shirts, the new jeans, a sweatshirt I have never seen worn. It is a reminder that so many of our days are lived apart. 

Nestled sweetly in the sheets I discover one very familiar holdover from the younger years when I was a witness to the minutiae of my children’s lives: The security blanket. 

The Lie of Busy

If someone had copyrighted the word "Busy" about 15 years ago, they would be a millionaire many times over by now.  "Busy" has become a badge of honor and a word that we say so often that we no longer think that there is another way to exist.

Busy is the new "Fine". If we ask someone how they are doing, instead of hearing, "Great," or "I've been a little under the weather lately," we have come to expect the response: "Busy."  We no longer respond to the question and share how we are doing, we respond with what we are doing. 

Could it be that we are cramming too many things into our calendar and piling too much on our plate in an effort to conform to the norm? The norm that is based upon the lie that God did not give us enough time to do all that we are supposed to do in one day. There is another way.  

When we are busy, our prayer life suffers. With prayer, we can find stillness, peace, increased health, and a deeper understanding of the things that should take priority in our day. Without prayer, we are stressed, bitter, sick, and distracted.



Over the past 10 years, the most common thing I hear from women is that they are too busy to pray.  If this was the lie that struck you from the last blog post, you are in good company.  Many of us have a lot that we are managing and at times it is overwhelming. I know, I struggle with a too full calendar many days, also. We want to make other people happy, we don't want to disappoint anyone-- so we agree to add one more thing to our already overwhelmed day. But, when we believe the lie that Busy is Best, we compromise a part of ourselves. 

So what if the person that you are disappointing most in your day is not a family member or friend, but God, the One who created you out of love? He is longing for you to take just a moment away from "busy" to be with Him and allow Him to love you. Scripture tells us that God is waiting to be found: "He made from one the whole human race to dwell on the entire surface of the earth, and He fixed the ordered seasons and the boundaries of their regions, so that people might seek God, even perhaps grope for Him and find Him, though indeed He is not far from any one of us." Act 17:26-27. It is easy to busy ourselves with all of the details of the day when we think that God is too far off and removed from the details of our lives. This is not the truth. 

Breathe deeply and remember that "even the hairs of your head have all been counted. Do not be afraid. You are worth more than many sparrows." (Luke 12:7) You are so deeply loved, take time to respond to the One who loves you most. The easiest way to respond, is with a moment of prayer, Prayer does not have to be long or complicated, just a simple lifting of your heart to God in love. 

Here are some ideas for adding prayer to an already "too busy" calendar: 

1. Before responding to a text on your phone, say the short prayer: Jesus, I trust in you. 

2. Before opening your computer for the day, offer your work to God and thank Him for the opportunity to serve Him through your work. Place a tangible reminder of His love near your workspace (whether this is your desk, kitchen counter, driver's seat, or the laundry room).

3. Sit still for 3 minutes each day for one week and allow yourself to be loved by God.  Ponder these words from Psalm 27: "One thing I ask of the Lord; this I seek; to dwell in the Lord's house all the days of my life. To gaze on the Lord's beauty, to visit His temple." (verse 4)

If you have any other ideas about defeating the Lie of Busy, please share them in the Comments below. Thanks!

Lies that Block the Holy Spirit

The Holy Spirit wants to help you experience the peace-filled life that Christ promised.  Although the Christian life is not always easy, it is filled with more joy and love than a life without Him. Unfortunately, there are many lies that we believe that prevent the Holy Spirit from working more actively in our lives.  At one point or another in my life, I have believed many of these.  Over the next several months, I hope to tackle each of these lies and give some encouragement about the truth that replaces any of the lies that you might believe. These are in no particular order.