How to feel god in the chaos

 Do you ever find yourself in chaos and wonder where in the world is Jesus anyway? Here’s 6 steps you can take TODAY to start dwelling in the Presence of Jesus.

Pause - Since I’m writing to women this one is important to say out loud.

Ladies are problem-solvers at our core and sometimes that natural drive to see all things through can betray our sanity. If you have too many matters pressing and not enough pause; Be still.

Psalm 46:10 says, Be still and know that I am God. I have felt straight-up offended by this verse before, as if I had just been chastised for completing my daily task list. How would you like me to be still when I have so much to do?!

(Usually when I’m shouting at God about Bible verses, it’s a red flag I need to be still and chill.)

You can’t be a fixer if you're frantic.

Put It Down- In the words of Snoop Dogg, “drop it like it’s hot.”

A few years ago, My husband had an affair and my world came crashing down. My Aunt Jan was trying to help me hold it together when she finally blurted out,

“Shauna, this is too much!” Now that may sound like a hopeless statement, but instead I found it liberating. I didn't know how to fix my broken heart or repair my life that was falling apart around me. Hearing someone say out loud, “it’s too much” gave me permission to set it down.

Corrie Ten Boom said, “You will find that it is necessary to let things go; simply for the reason that they are heavy.” Sometimes we assume responsibility to fix things we just simply can’t.

HOWEVER, as followers of Jesus we are not left to fend for ourselves. We have this secret weapon that is being empowered by the Holy Spirit.

Pursue God’s Presence- Ahhh, the Holy Spirit. His Presence effortlessly accomplishes more in one day than weeks worth of toiling on our parts.

Corrie Ten Boom (quoted above) survived the Jewish holocaust, and watched her family members die before her eyes in German death camps. Yet she spent all her remaining years writing about the Holy Spirit and peace. If God can create an atmosphere of of His presence for her in the darkest crevice of human history, certainly that is offered to us as well.

Pursue Peace- The Bible says peace is a gift, yet sometimes I sure have to work hard to maintain it.

2 Corinthians 10:5 says, take your thoughts captive. When I realized I had  authority over my own thoughts, this became a way I could maintain my peace. Don’t dwell on worry. Don’t obsess over past hurts.

Be intentional to press into Christ by dwelling on his word, and be diligent to banish thoughts that will seek to rob you of your peace.

Press Play- I love reading my Bible. HOWEVER. I work from home. I have three kids (who are all home, in my home, all summer), a husband, and a rescue pup. We are currently channeling our inner Chip and Joanna and building a new home at the moment. I know busy.

But thanks to technology, there’s so many ways to pack your life full of scripture. I’m a serial podcast-listener. I like to keep my thoughts in check by listening to sermons, audio books, and praise and worship- all while multitasking.

Don’t discredit the effects of filling yourself up with the word of God. Get it however you can!

Pray- without ceasing- 1 Thessalonians 5:16.

Oh hello- day job, family, and chores. I’ll admit, the without ceasing part sounds unrealistic- if your idea of prayer is intercessory, working up a sweat, fervent prayer that includes you screaming before God for hours on end.

But prayer can be as natural and easy as breathing. Sometimes it’s just a knowing smile between me and Jesus acknowledging that he is present. Even simply whispering the name Jesus has power.

Take advantage of extra moments like re-scheduled meetings, moments stuck in traffic, and waking up in the middle of the night, to pray. When daily prayer is added to your routine, your soul will start craving more, until  prayer becomes less of a task and just a natural overflow of what’s inside you.

The world can get crazy, but we have a refuge. Let’s make a break for him.

Shauna Shanks

Shauna is a wife, mother, and entrepreneur. She shares fighting for her marriage in the upcoming memoir A Fierce Love: One Woman’s Courageous Journey to Save her Marriage. Shauna and her husband, Micah, who is a police officer, have been married for more than a decade, and they live with their three boys on an Ohio farm. 
www.shaunashanks.com  

Join the discussion

Anonymous July 27, 2017 at 6:52am

Im going through a similar situation. My partner left me 2 months ago and started sort of a relationship with one friend of mine. I moved to US in those same days as it was planned and i hoped endlessly distance would vanish at least some feelings. We were together for 5 years and there has not been one day after may 26th that i dont cry myself to sleep every day. I came across Shauna's interview and I found so much light. I considered this happened to me so I realized how appart I've grown from God and all the mistakes I made. He definitely hurt me and broke me into this mess I am today, but i am not free of guilt. I hurted him a lot and made a lot of mistakes. God has given me words of endurance and the fact that my love for him only grows makes me think that there may be something else. I pray every single day for God to eliminate some of this pain and to give a leap of faith that he has not forgotten about me. I dont think this new relationship will be entirely convenient for him as she entered using force while we were still together and she admitted to use dark things to separate us. He felt betrayed and disprespected she attempted to use the devil to drift us appart, however, he is still with her. Im so confused, and I beg for clarification. We dont talk because i have to leave him find his way. But i really dont know what to do and what is the best way. I cant talk to anybody about this and this is starting to really consume me. I dont want to be sad no more. If anyone knows what is the best thing to do or some tips to maintain peace and calm while God shows the way, please let me know. Please help me.

Patricia Martin July 23, 2017 at 6:03am

God is so faithful
Last night I watched the Hiding Place it has been over 30 years since I have watched it. So I get to your article today and you are sharing about Corrie Ten Boom and I know that God is intimately involved in my life. I have also been listening to Caroline leaf about our thoughts and Podcasting the Dailyaudiobible.com
Your words deepened my faith in our intimate God.
Thank you !!

Martha July 13, 2017 at 12:38am

YESS, and thank you for sharing these 'steps'. As I am going through some transition, the necessity of LETTING GO is essential...IT IS OK, and SO freeing to say 'This is too much'. For me, prayer and worship are a lifeline; ones I hold with a tight grip.. Prayer at home, and simply speaking the name of Jesus over my life, my children, and ALL that concerns me, brings peace beyond understanding!! The Holy Spirit, our comforting counselor, is ever near. We just need to PRESS IN, for The Lord does not change or move. HE REIGNS!! God's very BEST to you al.l

Debe July 11, 2017 at 2:50pm

Thankx for the reminder. I love to do my daily chores to gospel music, wherebeit, contempary or Elvis. I press foward with Jesus, my friend, on my right shoulder. I talk to him often and keep our conversation open during the day. I close nightly before I sleep. I awaken with an opening phraise, thank you , Jesus.

YDS July 10, 2017 at 12:27pm

I am truly blessed..

Susan Gruener July 9, 2017 at 5:56am

Shauna,
Thanks for all this good advice and encouragement for us today!
I haven't read your book yet, just an excerpt...but I predict it will be the new life-changing book for many, many women, and the lifeline they were looking for.
Blessings to you!

Claudia July 9, 2017 at 3:41am

Wow. This has blessed me. So clear and so true.

God bless you Shauna and your family.

Annamae July 9, 2017 at 2:09am

Thanks for sharing this ! Pursuing peace is so important and courageously letting go of some things ! The Holy Spirit is the promise from God that we are never alone and He knows what we need to do to glorify Him!