Friday, May 11, 2012

~ My God Box ~


Do you have a God Box?   Some people call them a "worry box" or something similar.  I've had one for eons!  This particular box was given to me ages ago as a Christmas gift from one of my direct reports.  I used to collect angels and she thought this was very appropriate...and yes, it was!  I decided at that time to use it for my God Box and have never changed.


You ask..."what is a God Box"....."what do you do with it"....and how is it meaningful?  Well, I used to have a terrible problem of asking for God's help for any myriad reason and then continuing to try and "fix" the situation myself.  Finally dawned on me that it's not my job at all ~ it's the Lord's work. So.....to help me "let go and let God",  I decided to place all of my concerns in this box.  It really is a strong visual message to me. When I walk by it, I affirm "let go, Pat". :-)  I guess when one is trying to control things and attempting to 'fix' them, it's really not a good thing.  At least in my case, it isn't.

I write down my prayer, concern, issue on a piece of paper with the date on it. I always write a "Thank you!" on there too. I feel like it's a good idea to always thank Him in advance 'cause he's always working things out for our higher good, even when we don't know it at the time or get busy in our every day lives and kinda forget.  As you can see, there's no fancy paper...one I see is written on the back of a grocery list. When I have a situation ~ which I've had many the past few months ~ I've used a LOT of slips of paper!  :-)  When someone asks me to pray for them, I add their name and concerns. When I read about someone in need or some issue, I add that too.  



I probably go through the box 3 - 4 times a year.  As I read each slip of paper, I smile and think, "Hmmm, that wasn't so bad" or "Wow, I would never have thought of that solution" or something similar. I'm always amazed at the results. I also have left slips of paper in there, adding the latest date, as it is something that is probably still a concern for me.  I feel that He is still working on that person, or ME, or the situation and it's just not finished yet.




I added quite a few concerns last night and today.  After thinking about it for a bit, I decided to just share it with all of you.  I don't mean to be preachy or anything....this just works for me!  


Oh, and no special container is needed...you can use anything you like, even a shoe box.

10 comments:

Karina Russell said...

Your box is beautiful and this is a great way to remember the prayers you've prayed and see the hand of God at work in your life. I write mine in a notebook, and it always boosts my faith when I see the answers (sometimes surprising) that He gives.

Barbara F. said...

This is a great idea. I think I need to do something like this. Have a very Happy Mother's Day! xo

NanaDiana said...

I have a God Can..that I need to dig out and use. At church one time we painted big coffee cans and decorated them and they became God Cans. We did the same thing -wrote things down and put them in the can...the idea being-I CAN'T but God CAN. xo Diana

Lisa said...

I have never heard of this before, but what a great idea. I am really inspired to do this myself. I hope your current prayers are answered. Sending you a hug!
XO,
Lisa

bj said...

What a beautiful box and how it is used. A great idea. I, too, have to stop and remind myself that HE can take better care of my problem/s than I can.:)
Happy Mothers Day.

Korrie Bastian said...

How wonderful that you take the time to reflect on the hand of God in your life after time has passed...I need to be better about doing that!

Rhodes Creations said...

Sharing your faith is not being preachy. We need to spur one another to good deeds and edify one another! I have a prayer and praise jar in a quart canning jar I keep in my living room where I sit and spend a lot of time. It's a good visual reminder to cast our cares upon Him and praise and thank Him! Blessings, Laura

Anita @ Cedar Hill Ranch said...

I love the idea of your prayer box. I think I need to do that too.

Cindy said...

What a cool idea... it must be interesting to read back over the worries and things you put in your "God box"

Cindy

Creative Guide thru 12 Steps said...

What a great post! I'm actually making God Boxes with an art therapy group I attend and would love to read some of what you've written there. I also recently did a post about God Boxes: http://creative12steps.blogspot.com/2012/11/step-3-create-god-box.html
Though my post isn't anywhere near as endearing as yours. Thank you for the inspiration!