Ok, 7:00 am-7Days got it! Those are the instructions I heard about the fast God wanted me to do (no biggie right)? Well, that’s what I thought until 6:58 am on the first day…I gathered myself, (no I didn’t brush my teeth if that’s what you’re thinking). I picked myself out of bed at 6:50 am to prepare for 7:00 am. The kids were sleeping, so I knew this would be perfect! I’m literally on the way to my “prayer spot” that I found the night before (preparation is a significant key); however, things don’t always go as planned…..so I’ve learned. 

6:58 am…not one, but both of my lovely, beautiful, God-fearing children (see what I did there) began to cry. Not just whimpering but full-on dedicated to the tears cry. Immediately, I was irritated, you mean to tell me I did all of this planning and preparing to be up and out the bed at 7:00 am for you all to make me late? Yes, for you early risers 7:00am is early when you’ve been up with a baby that only sleeps 2.5 hours at a time-(back to my story). I, of course, went to check on both and made sure they were good and could go back to sleep. One ended up with me in the spot but no biggie, I’m here, I’m late, let’s pray. 

Creswell Bowman
Actual image of Creswell on one of those mornings!

Tuesday came, the same thing; Wednesday came, the same thing. At this point, I’m complaining to friends about my mornings. Thursday came Sofie didn’t move, Friday came, she wasn’t as quiet again. As you can imagine, at this point, I’m thinking I should have officially conquered a schedule on how to be in place on time. It didn’t happen! 

Well, Saturday morning came, they both decided that they would do the same thing “CRY AND CRY LOUDLY.” All week my goal was to get in this quiet place and be able to just soak in the goodness of God. All week, I had this plan that if I didn’t get to that spot, I wouldn’t be able to “hear deeply” as I needed too. It took me a week, but finally, I heard God say, “pray in the middle of chaos,” WOW! Is that what I’m supposed to do? Is that what you’re asking of me. I was focused on where I was, that it was prohibiting me from enjoying the goodness of God.  

We’re living in a world with so much chaos, and if you don’t learn to enjoy God and hear him in the middle of situations and trials, you’ll never enjoy your life to the fullest. We live in this world, but we’re not of this world. Which means we don’t handle problems like the world. You don’t have to live in fear because you’re covered. Every morning from that time on when my children began to scream, I just started to pray in the Holy Ghost. I noticed it strengthen me and even allowed me to enjoy the present. 

We have to learn that no matter the place, the surroundings, or anything, that it is only about the position of our hearts. If our heart is in alignment, we will be in alignment. I encourage you to press through moments of chaos and hear God’s voice. The Bible says, “Blessed are the pure in heart for they shall see God.” That scripture says “SHALL” see God, which means if your heart is pure, it’s a guarantee! You can rest in that! 

My heart and love is with you,

Brelyn Bowman

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