“Trust in the Lord with all your heart/And do not lean on your own understanding.” – Proverbs 3:5
I am a go-getter, often mapping out my goals and ways to achieve said goals with clear and precise direction. I am also an impatient person, wanting to achieve my goals NOW, IMMEDIATELY, SOON, SHORTLY! And if not then, when? When can I expect for them to be realized?
This is a disastrous combination, when submitting to our Lord.
I pray – I ask God for patience, but it is up to me to utilize patience in moments when I feel it slipping away as He has gifted us all with it. I seek God’s guidance in making the right decisions, in taking the right paths. But I often will map out ways that I can get to my desired destination, not realizing that each time I do that, I am not leaning on the Lord. I am leaning on myself.
And I do not have the ultimate dominion over my life. He does!
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To follow Christ means to empty yourself of you. Empty yourself of you and allow for yourself to be filled with Him. To become Christ-like.
And I can look back at periods of time when prayers were answered, and not by my hand. When I let go of what “I thought” and just prayed and waited, they were answered. Not in my desired timing perhaps, but they were answered.
I can look back at myself even, aside from requested prayers and see patterns of change that He directed of His own accord the more I sought Him. He made changes in me that I did not know needed to be made. And He knows best!
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I find myself once again in a place of seeking the Lord for guidance and direction. Praying for His guiding mercies and for my ability to understand and recognize His answers. But in this season of waiting, it has me questioning, how do I find peace in this moment?
How do I stop my natural nature to strategize and plan? How do I increase my patience stores especially in this season? How do I find contentment in the not-knowing, the unknown timelines and outcomes?
“Be anxious for nothing; but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God./And the peace of God, which surpasses all comprehension, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.” – Philippians 4:6-7
Well, I pray; both asking God for my request – the desire(s) of my heart — and thanking Him for His great glory, knowing that if I seek peace in this season, I will have it!
Do you find it sometimes hard to be content and peaceful in a particular season? What helps you to be still?
I am a happily married wife and mother of two (soon-to-be three) beautiful children, who; through God’s grace, is striving towards a more basic lifestyle that is focused primarily on family, faith and homemaking. New to the blogging world, writing has always been a passion of mine, writing poems and songs throughout my youth and moving to children’s books once motherhood approached (all which remain in my personal library and may one day see the light of day!). For now, I’m enjoying the wonderful blessings I have received thus far and excited to see where God takes me on this journey of life!
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