When a man’s ways please the LORD, He makes even his enemies to be at peace with him.
When a man’s ways please the LORD, He makes even his enemies to be at peace with him.
I know You are always there, but sometimes I get distracted. It can seem so easy to look away, from You, and Your Glory. It can seem to happen invisibly, that I stop looking at the positive and focusing on what I know You value. And whenever this does happen, it’s like I see waves rising, and I’m lost as to how they began to shift in the first place. But as with everything, I know that You know. I pray, Lord, that whatever confusion might be stepping into my life, whatever changes are on their way, You help me remember to look to You. I want to be patient, kind, and long suffering, remembering what You sacrificed to give me new life. I want to laugh, never fearing, because You are watching over me.
In Jesus’ Name, Amen.
Sometimes we find ourselves in the mire of life, fed up with struggles and anger and strife. We find ourselves aching for a guiding hand, a note from God on where to go next. We rail and we whine because He only says not yet. Or, sometimes when we feel we need to make a choice, and He remains quiet, or only says “I’ll be here either way”, it can be so frustrating. That’s when we need to remember, not our will, but His alone.
The Lord will fight for you, you need only be still. Exodus 14:14
Wait for the Lord; Be strong, and let your heart take courage, Wait for the Lord! Psalm 27:14
Your word is a lamp to my feet and a light to my path. Psalm 119:105
I’m sorry for those times I’ve yelled at you in frustration. I’m sorry my anger over rides my peaceful spirit. When I am waiting on Your timing, it can be so hard. And then You step in and remind me with this verse and others, that come my way when I least expect them from many varied sources. And I remember. You are watching me. You are here with me. When I pray and I demand answers, when I throw questions at You and hope You reply, who am I to be questioning and fired up by anger when You reply “I’ll be there”. When I want a specific direction from You, who am I to be frustrated when You tell me to stand still? Lord, take my heart and make it Yours.
Please please, Lord, help me to be patient until You remove these scales from my eyes, and allow me to see the truth. Please, Lord, remind me to give up the struggle and rest in Your Will, until Your time proves out. I am Yours to lead, wherever You send me, I will go.
In Jesus’ Name, Amen.
“Jesus Loves Me, This I know, For the Bible Tells Me So.”
“I Stand Alone on the Word of God, The Bible!”
These are words from Christian children’s songs I learned as a child. I was glad to remember them lately because I’m working through some things in counseling and one of the exercises I’m doing is to journal my daily thoughts on lies I tell myself and to replace them with truths (often from the Bible).
Sometimes, I don’t have the proper verse to input as a biblical truth, or I am too stressed to find one that works well. And so I find these comforting, very simple truths, and I hold them in my mind in place of any negative untruths I was living with before.
Whether we lie to ourselves, or believe a lie of the Devil, there is a resource of truth and light we can always turn to, The Bible.
Thank You for showing me patience as I fool even myself into believing untruths. Thank You for giving me clarity as I work through these negative thoughts and as I replace them. Remind me that my value comes from Your estimation of me, from the fact that You created me, not from any earthly thing. Help me, please, to continue to live in Your light, and distance myself from the darkness.
“Show me the right path, O LORD; point out the road for me to follow. Lead me by your truth and teach me, for you are the God who saves me. All day long I put my hope in you” (Psalm 25:4-5)
Psalm 32:8, “The LORD says, ‘I will guide you along the best pathway for your life. I will advise you and watch over you.’” (NLT)
Psalm 90:17, “Let the favor of the LORD our God be upon us, and establish the work of our hands upon us; yes, establish the work of our hands!” (ESV)
I’ve been working on so much in my life lately, and learning so much about myself. One thing I’m finding out is that my lifelong deep insecurities are a part of my temperament and have led to me never feeling I can make a decision alone. I constantly share too much information with others in order to see if they can somehow validate my thinking, let me know if my feelings and my thoughts and my decisions are okay.
And what I’m realizing from that is this: God wants us to come to Him with these insecurities. God wants us to turn to Him with our need for support and our indecision. Even a lack of faith, can be prayed about! Isn’t that miraculous?! I thought so when I figured it out.
God wants us to come to Him!
And so, today, a prayer for those who suffer indecision. A prayer to remember to lean on God.
You have told me You will show me the path I should follow in my life. You have shown me that if I believe and follow Your ways faithfully I will never be led to ruin. Remind me that I can lean on You for direction. Remind me that I can know that Your voice reassures, and brings peace. Allow me to believe in that calm clear voice inside myself, and to recall that since I lean on You, You will make my paths straight. I need not fear anything on this earth, because You are Lord of all and You have promised me as much. And so, Lord, please help me keep perspective, when choices loom large. Help me to recall that no decision or choice is larger than Your promises.
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“If anyone wishes to come after Me, he must deny himself, and take up his cross and follow Me” (Matthew 16:24, NASB)
It is easy as a wife and mother, as someone who often cares too much, to feel like I know all about dying to self. And yet, reading this article from Billy Graham’s website has me convicted. Lately, I’ve been very focused on what my husband isn’t doing for me, what I feel unsure of in our lives, and how I wish he would change. It’s been augmented in terrible ways by everyone in my life who knows what’s going on telling me their own opinions. I’ve even prayed for my husband to change and I all of a sudden realized this morning that I need to pray for him, not against him. And that I need to pray for me.
Yes, I hate feeling like I’m the only one in our family who thinks of the practicalities. But praying that my husband change his dreamer ways instead of appreciating them and praying God sends some other solution is only another death knell for our relationship.
Yes, I worry for our future and I wish he were more stable so I felt more steady in life. But in reality, I do know that the only real safety is in God.
Yes, I get bothered that he doesn’t seem to have a knuckle down and do what needs to be done spirit. But I need to pray that I can see the spirit he does have through God’s eyes, not that God changes him into what I think is right.
I need to die to myself today. To leave behind my selfish worrying, my petty criticisms, and to go to the one who created and planned all of this with them, leaving them at His feet. I need to remember that I’m putting myself in God’s care. For today, I don’t need to worry about this. For today, I need to calm myself and live in God’s loving hands. For today, I need to just remember to rest in Him, and let Him work on me, instead of trying to force my ways onto God and my husband.
I Thank You for the clarity You have given me this morning. I Thank You that you are showing me that I have no control, but You have all of this handled as always. I am so grateful to know I can back float through this day on the waters of Your love and Your reassurance. I Thank You that even though I am sometimes blind to it, You have made Stephen for Your purposes and everything about him is by Your design. Help us as we strive to build a life together, as we try to change together in the ways that You call us to change, not in the ways that we are determined are best. Remove the scales from our eyes, Lord, and let us see each other through Your vision. Let us be the best parents we can be for our child, help us to show her how to accept criticism and love the criticizers because Your word tells us that the wise accept rebukes and listen well to criticism. Lord, Please bring peace to our household and show us the way forward on Your path, not our own.
In Jesus Name, Amen
Things seem extra hard these days for so many people I know, especially Christians. I used to hear people say things like this and feel like they were just jaded and overly dramatic. I feel like maybe it’s just a moment I hadn’t experienced yet. One where the scales have fallen from my eyes and I’m seeing that there really are times when all around you, the Devil does his work, and all around you, good people suffer.
I don’t think this is something that necessarily indicates the end of the world or an imminent second coming as some people might think, I think it mostly is just something that indicates a change in how we see the world as our Faith works in us.
I saw a Corrie Ten Boom quote today and it said “If you look at the world, you’ll be distressed; If you look within, you’ll be depressed; If you look to God, you’ll be at rest.”
This is what I need to remember when I look to much at the world. Scales or no, and my theory may be wrong as it’s just a thought I had, but this is what I need to remember.
God takes care of us. He has provided us everything here on this earth to take care of ourselves, even if we feel we’re down to nothing left but ourselves and Jesus, that will be enough because of how our Big Awesome God created and designed this world.
Job: I was naked, with nothing, when I came from my mother’s womb;
and naked, with nothing, I will return to the earth.
The Eternal has given, and He has taken away.
May the name of the Eternal One be blessed.
Job 1:21 The Voice
I love this verse. Most of us cannot imagine how we would stand and praise our Lord, blessing his name in the face of the knowledge that we were a prosperous person with all we could have wanted in life and within the span of one day it was all wiped out. And we so often here today think that our misfortunes are God’s fault, blaming Him when we should be looking to His plan with faith, and in Job’s case, this actually was something sent to him by God, a deliberate experiment. And Job praises His name.
Oh if I could have a heart like Job.
Lord, please, give me a heart like Job. I have been through trials and I have cursed You and asked You why in terror and in pain, when I should have been putting those feelings aside and realizing that You are always in charge of my care. Lord, I am so grateful that while I go through what I’m going through now, I can take the time to praise Your name. Lord, I adore Your ways, even when I don’t understand them, because I know they lead to what is best for me. Please, show me how to be still in the storms of life and wait on Your timing and Your leading. Help me to know when I should simply sit and wait for You, Praising You in the Silence! Amen