I’m so excited today to introduce you to my friend Katy McCown! Just like all of us, she has imperfect days sometimes–those days that seem overwhelming and un-doable. Katy’s found some solutions though, and I’m excited to share her perspective and help.
Please welcome Katy!
I wandered into the kitchen while the sky was still black. The hood pulled over my head signaled my desire to be left alone.
Yes, the day beckoned. Yes, I was awake. But yes, I would have much rather stayed in bed.
The hours gave way to demands that included scouting the spider outside the window, searching the internet to find out how to unclog a toilet, and crafting six peanut butter and jelly sandwiches for my little tribe.
Oh, and when I say spider outside my window, I mean a spider as big as my hand that basically held us all hostage inside the house. And when I say a clog in my toilet, I mean the kind where a plunger just won’t cut it and it may mean investing in a plumbing snake.
I also studied the owners’ manual for my van to identify the warning light above the steering wheel and decide how to make it go away. And with half of my crew either sick or sleep-deprived I found plenty of teachable moments along the way, too.
We all have days like these don’t we?
You wish for more hands on your body or minutes in the day or brain cells to spread across the endless demands. Your thoughts feel scattered and you may even wonder if what you’re doing actually matters. We long to make a difference and end each day satisfied, sure of what we’ve accomplished, but we’re not always sure that’s possible.
Years ago, on a day much like this one, I wrote a prayer. A prayer that I’ve prayed many times since then.
This prayer brings me I peace and confidence today.
I thought maybe it might do the same for you …
Lord Jesus, my day belongs to you.
I expect You will provide ample time for me to accomplish all that You desire. Align my direction with Your desires.
I commit every minute to You, that I may work willingly and with all my might. Set my pace that it may compliment, not compete with, Your purposes.
I’m excited to see what You have planned for me today. I trust You will give me all I need and use every moment, big and small.
In Jesus’ Name, Amen.
Days when nothing seems to go right are not wasted.
In fact, I think it’s quite the opposite. Theses days are an invitation to fill our lives with God to the point we’re overflowing into the world around us, “Let us then approach God’s throne of grace with confidence, so that we may receive mercy and find grace to help us in our time of need” (Hebrews 4:16, NIV).
I eventually pulled the hood off my head and tackled the day. I met surprises and challenges, but I finished the day resolved and encouraged.
As I prayed this prayer and trusted God to lead me and use me for His glory, He filled even the most basic of activities with His purpose and power and love.
If you’re praying this prayer with me today, leave a comment! Let’s pray together. Or if you know someone trying to do it all, share this prayer with them.
Your Life: Simplified
I’m also excited to share with you my new online course, Your Life: Simplified, Living Focused When You’re Trying to do It All.
In this 5-session online course, we’ll dive deeper into the prayer above and find practical ways to apply it. We’ll also learn how to throw off what hinders us and live each day free, focused and fulfilled.
You can pre-order this course today at yourlifesimplifiedcourse.com. But don’t wait! The discounted pre-order price will only be available for a few more days!
I’d love to share this journey with you as together we learn to simplify our lives and live focused on God’s glory and purposes.
Katy McCown is a writer for Proverbs 31 Ministries, wife to NFL quarterback, Luke McCown, and mom to 6 energetic (sometimes wild) kids. Katy left her job as a television news reporter to join Luke on their adventure in the National Football League. Twelve years, 6 kids and 5 teams later, it’s safe to say the road has been anything but predictable. Along the way, Katy has learned to hold on to God’s promise in Proverbs 16:9, “In his heart a man plans his course, but the LORD determines his steps.”
Katy recently launched the She Laughs Conference and seeks to empower women to walk the established steps the LORD lays out for them, even if everything else feels shaky.
The everyday Katy loves a strong cup of coffee, or two. She works hard to perfect the art of pushing multiple children on swings all at once (without anyone falling out), and her car is never clean. Never ever.
Connect with Katy on her blog at www.katymccown.com.