For a woman, the world is a complicated place. Nothing is as simple as it appears. If you have ever seen the You Tube video "The Nothing Box," by Mark Gungor, you will understand how a woman's mind works. I laughed myself silly when I saw this, but I have to admit that it explains my mind - and ultimately my problem.

     Take any typical project. It starts out simple in our minds, but we have forgotten that no matter what we have planned for the day, there are other things that will demand attention.

     This is how my problem began: starting with the wrong goals and not allowing enough time to do whatever it is I have planned. My latest example is to paint a bathroom. Great. I will have to go get some paint… but wait, if I am out, I may as well pick up the milk, bread and half and half. Oh, yes, and my mother needs some mouthwash. O.K, what kind does she like - nuts, it is at CVS. So now I have at least three stores I must go to first, before I tackle my latest project.

     I better hurry; I have an appointment with the dentist at one o'clock. I really do want to get started on my project. But wait - I forgot to take something out of the freezer for dinner. Great, there goes the dryer buzzer, notifying me that the perma-press, wrinkle free-if-you-get-it-out-of-the-dryer-fast-enough clothes are done. Better fold them first and hang what needs hanging or I will have to drag out the iron.

     That is about the time the phone rings. My daughter has just thrown-up at school, would I come and get her. Robert Burns said it very well "The best laid schemes o' mice an' men gang aft a-gley. (Often goes awry). And this complicated life that we all lead is not getting any simpler. I obviously will not be painting today.

     To top it off, somewhere during all this, the Lord expects me to spend time with Him. I want to. I need to. But I can't think about that right now. My mind is busy. Busy prioritizing all the unfinished things that were on my agenda for the day that won't get done.

     What is my mistake? It was very late in the process that I remembered the Lord and my relationship with Him. Unfortunately, this is a common problem for many. He is not really first and foremost in our minds. We say He is. We want Him to be. But truthfully, if we really admit it (at least to ourselves), He is not the first thing on our minds. Children, family, and life tends to overcome our resolve.

     One day (a very novel day for me) I went for a walk near a stream. Although I had much on my mind, I found that the noise of the stream drowned out my thoughts. As it did so, I realized that is what happens to us when the Lord speaks to us. We have so much going on in our heads that the noise is much like that stream - overpowering the still, small voice.

     So how can I hear Him? How do I stop the din that seems to capitalize my thoughts?

     Stop thinking and be still. I think when the Lord said we are to be still and know that He is God, he was speaking to me. I must learn to be still and wait for His voice. The best way for me to do this is to find a time in the day when I can be alone with the Lord. For me, this is very early in the morning. I take my Bible out on the porch with my coffee and I start a conversation with the Lord.

     Then I open my Bible and read and concentrate on what I am reading. I like to read it out loud to help my focus. To my amazement, my mind becomes silent when I do this - as if by command.

     Now this took discipline. Making sure that I had everything I needed for the children's lunches and school materials prepped the night before. Getting up before everyone else. Yes, it takes practice and discipline, but once it becomes routine, you will wonder how you survived working through your days without His council and His friendship.

     Yes our lives are busy to the point of ridiculous; however we can't credit Satan and his minions for all of this. We are responsible for how we live our lives and what our relationship with Jesus has become.

Take Charge! He is waiting for you.

Be Still and know that I am God  Psalm 46:10
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