Day 21: Overwhelmed

Today’s reading is a story that the author shared in the original book – The Circle Maker. If you’ve read that book, then it will sound familiar to you and serve as a great refresher about drawing prayer circles.

I’ve had a couple people ask me: “What does it really mean when it says drawing circles?”

Here you go:

Drawing prayer circles is a metaphor that simply means “praying until God answers.” It’s a determination to pray as long as it takes, even if it takes longer than you ever imagined. (pg 119 – Draw the Circle)

I received a text in the middle of the day today that I want to share with you:

“Have you been keeping up? Do you see how wonderful God has been?….Wow!!! These walls are going to fall. I proclaim it from the roof top!!! Your prayers are being answered – as are mine. I am seeing what God can do in our lives….I’m not sure why I am so shocked but I am just in awe of God’s goodness.”

This makes my heart so very full.

You guys are amazing. Sharing your stories and struggles and victories and just plain happiness makes every single morning of 6am so worth it! To see God move in your lives, our lives…it’s all overwhelming.

I felt underqualified and overwhelmed, which put me right where God wanted me. It is how we learn to live in raw dependence, and raw dependence is the raw material out of which God performs His greatest miracles. (pg 120 – Draw the Circle)

Those words: underqualified. overwhelmed. raw dependence. greatest miracles. YES!

And then there was this comment in the middle of the day on the blog from Aunt Debra (Can I just say that she is a ROCKSTAR circler??? And also that she has always loved singers with terrible hairstyles in the 90s…Michael Bolton, Michael English, blah blah blah. Don’t believe me? Just google their photos!):

“Oh, my…here I am thinking about you guys when I should be finishing my weekly newsletter, but tears are falling…in awe, in wonder, for Freida’s circles…I don’t know what we’re going to do come day 41, but this can’t stop. Was listening this morning to Michael English…LOVE his music, (yes, I know he wondered, but so did David)…Your Love Amazes Me…was written as a secular love song, but I think of it as His love for us. It says I’ve seen the wonders of the world, the colors of the rainbows, diamonds and pearls, BUT NOTHING compares…. your love amazes me,…I’ve prayed for miracles that never came, got down on my knees in the pouring rain…I want that…I want to KNOW HIM so badly that I would fall to my knees in the pouring rain (both physically and spiritually)…just to show Him THANKS for His amazing love…
Ok, back to work!!”

I just love that God is taking over our lives. We are marching circles around office buildings, we are sending out encouraging notes about songs that we hear in the middle of the day, we are helping hold each other up with motivation and prayer. We keep circling. We keep marching. We are praying ALAT (as long as it takes) instead of ASAP prayers!! You go, God! The enemy has been put on notice!

I leave you with a song that has been on my mind all day: Overwhelmed by Big Daddy Weave.


I pray that we would all do this today:

Matthew 6:33-34 Seek the Kingdom of God above all else, and live righteously, and he will give you everything you need. So don’t worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will bring its own worries. Today’s trouble is enough for today.


Matthew 7:7-8 Keep on asking, and you will receive what you ask for. Keep on seeking, and you will find. Keep on knocking, and the door will be opened to you. For everyone who asks, receives. Everyone who seeks, finds. And to everyone who knocks, the door will be opened.



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  • Thank you. Truly, thank you. I’m honored that so many of you have jumped in head first with me. God put us together for such a time as this. God is doing GREAT things!

12 thoughts on “Day 21: Overwhelmed

  1. What a morning already. I usually feed the dogs and go back to bed it’s Saturday . My day of SLEEP. But this morning I followed Deb and circled my home. Kenny has been suffering in his body and our finance are under attack. These are thing I am praying praying about. So God layed on my heart lets do some physical circle not just spiritual ones just to show Satam that you have drawn the line. Watch out Andrew I may be circling your house next.( he is my unsaved son that I am praying for that lives 4 houses down from me). Keep circling friends God is working.


  2. Way to go mom! Satan you are under our feet! And praise God Christopher is back in the US. This is our time!!! ( by that I mean this whole group and christians in general and yes bold enough to speak of my family!)


  3. Love the song Overwhelmed!
    Isaiah 55:8-9…. My thoughts are nothing like your thoughts says the Lord.And my ways are far beyond anything you could imagine. For just as the heavens are higher than earth. So are my ways higher than your ways and my thoughts higher than your thoughts.
    Keep Circling….


  4. Well…here go the tears, AGAIN!! I am SO overwhelmed by HIM. I want more and more…I think this journey is JUST FOR ME. Karen, keep circling!! The devil doesn’t like it one little bit.I think my physical circles are just to let the devil know I am serious, I am not playing games, I will keep circling ALAT. I’ve been sick off and on since I returned to school Aug. 5th, Steve has been sick most of the past three weeks. I was thinking this morning as I walked, the devil is alive and well and about his business. I don’t know if this is an attack from him…but I declare that my GOD is greater, He is my comfort and refuge, He is THE ONE who is on my side. He is THE ONE who is with us all. If just this small group will band together and pray…we WILL see results! Now??? maybe, maybe not…but WE WILL NOT GIVE IN. I pray for each member of this group. I pray that God will put such a burden on us that we will become broken for Him and hold up each other daily. Praise Him! I demand that Satan get behind us! We come at him in Jesus’ name…AMEN!


    1. Aunt Debra, do we have the same thing?!? That’s exactly how long I have been sick and this week I have been praying for God to help me in this sickness. At some points I have wondered if the sickness has actually made me draw closer to Him and to slow myself down. Crazy, I know. I will band together with you and we will not give in!! The enemy knows how serious we are and that makes him so mad! We believe in the name of Jesus!!


  5. Many times I find myself jotting down song lyrics in my journal. Starr, you mentioned the scripture telling us to not worry about tomorrow. One of the song lyrics that I wrote down a few days ago comes from a very old song, you young folks may not know this one. The song goes, “I know Who holds tomorrow and I know Who holds my hand.” We have never been alone and we are all coming to realize this more and more as we travel this journey together. Hold on to His hand!


  6. God is reveling himself to each one in such different ways these past few days it just amazes me. Yesterday when I was driving home from work I was praying and saw a rainbow. God reminded me he keeps his promises. He said he word is full them and he will keep every one. If I will seek him learn his word and stand on those promises than satan can not defeat me. He keeps his promise just look at the rainbows. Prayer number one answer my son is safely home with his wife and children I am eagerly awaiting more to be answered.


    1. Praise The Lord for bringing Christopher home! Now praying for the rest of your family. God truly does keep His promises / and that rainbow yesterday had a double rainbow for a few moments, it was amazing!!


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