I get the privilege of working at an elementary school. With that comes summers off. Don’t be jealous, I mostly just clean.
Every August, the realization of the impending school year brings a bit of anxiety. Not because I don’t like my job, but because of resetting a house full of schedules and readjusting to them.
This year, I was determined to enjoy it more and make it more peaceful. I took some time to really thing about what things might trip me up and what I need to do proactively to solve this. I came up with the mantra, BREATHE*BE THANKFUL*ASK FOR HELP.
You know what? It worked! It wasn’t perfect, things didn’t get done, but I was thankful for what did get done, and I asked for others to help do what I couldn’t.
This last week I was practicing my daughter’s memory verse for church with her:
Philippians 4:6-7, “Be anxious for nothing, but in everything, with prayer and petition, with thanksgiving let your request be known to God and the peace which surpasses all understanding will guard your hearts and minds in Christ Jesus.”
Lightbulb!!! No wonder my new mantra worked! It’s a biblical equation. I hadn’t stumbled upon anything new! Breath+Thankful+Pray(ask)= Peace.
When we breathe, we become aware of our feelings and of God’s presence in this very moment, no matter the struggle or chaos, He IS there. We are able to recognize the truth of the situation, not just our perspective.
Praying and asking seems like an obvious thing to do, but so many times we just complain to God without reaching out to ask for help from others. We leave ourselves marooned on an island, population – one. God is powerful enough to handle anything, but He gave us people to be our support as well. Ask God and ask others.
Paul specifically tells us to be thankful in our prayers. All of us have something to be thankful for, even if it’s only the sunshine. Paul likely didn’t have access to brain scans and neuroscience, but he was onto something. We now know that being thankful will actually improve your brain health.
The promise of all these steps is peace. Not just calm, but a tranquility that passes ALL understanding.
I paraphrased this verse to fit my circumstances. It goes like this….
Do not be troubled or worried with providing and promoting my own interests, but in everything, every situation, by prayer and asking for my needs and wants, with a thankful and grateful heart, let God know what I lack and what I need. Then the striving and the war in my mind will cease, and peace will exceed my expectations, and surpass all reason.
Try to adapt a mantra from Scripture that you are needing in your life today. Biblical foundation to your every day changes life.