Friday, June 18, 2021

Follow His Path

Are you walking along a path that you did not choose? Who are you allowing to guide your steps?




Can I tell you a secret?



In my struggles, I either pull completely away from everyone (yes, even God) and everything. Or I try to fill my time with activity.



Because He is with me



I know that I need the Lord. I have been clinging on to Him through every step. I know that the only reason I am able to keep functioning is because He is with me.



So, I have been trying to fill my time with things that keep me busy. I have been working on a latch hook kit and I have a diamond painting kit. However, I have not stuck with those activities.



I am one that will put on Netflix or Hulu to escape from things. So now that I am struggling with sad times, I try to find something funny to watch. Just something that will make me laugh. More often than not, however, I watch shows that T and I used to watch together.



I am left wondering, though, how I am supposed to turn off all of the thoughts when they bombard me. When I am completely alone and need to focus on something, what am I called to do?



I think that is the real question, isn't it? What is my purpose now? What is it that I feel excited about?



I trust Him to guide my steps




I just feel like I am walking along a path that I did not and would not have chosen. This path hurts. I keep falling down. I keep disappointing everyone. This path is very scary, but I know it is the one that I am supposed to walk.







Even as I walk this hard, scary path, I know that there are lessons for me to learn. Each time that I fall down, there is a lesson. Yes, it hurts, but I will be a little more careful as I trust the Lord to guide my steps.



I am in the process of learning to surrender my will to the Lord's will. You know "let go and let God". 



1.  I am learning to let go of my thoughts and feelings and to focus more on Him. 
2. I am learning to let go of my steps to walk in His steps. 
3. I am learning to let go of my path and let Him be my Guide. 
4. I am learning to let go of my plans and to trust in His plans for my life. 
5. I am learning to let go of my will in order that His will might be done in my life.



Psalm 23:3-4 NLT 



He renews my strength. He guides me along right paths, bringing honor to his name. Even when I walk through the darkest valley, I will not be afraid, for you are close beside me. Your rod and your staff protect and comfort me.




Prayer: 



Father in heaven, You are my Fortress, my Rock, my Refuge (Psalm 18:2). Thank You for always being with me. Even when my path is hard and scary, I trust that You are there. Thank You for renewing my strength and guiding me along the right paths. Father, I will not fear, even though I walk through the darkest valley, because I know that You are close beside me. Thank You for the protection and the comfort that Your rod and Your staff bring to me (Psalm 23:3-4). In Jesus' name,  Amen.




Your turn: 



Are you walking along a path that you did not choose?
Who are you allowing to guide your steps?



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Blessings,










Leigha 

Thursday, June 3, 2021

In Prayer We Wait

What is on your heart? Is there something that you are praying for, right now? As you pray and wait, think about how you will respond even if He does not do the thing that you want Him to do.








I want to share an experience with you:




My oldest son, Phillip, was three years old when I started to long for another baby. I thought, "Phillip is potty trained, no longer uses bottles, eats food by himself... it is time for another child."


I would cry, pray, wait




So, we tried. We spent four and a half years trying. Every month, I ended up feeling like a complete failure and dealt with depression. I would cry, pray, wait and nothing, every month, every year.


For His timetable, not mine




Until finally, we were blessed with Taylor. Everything that I prayed for happened, just according to His timetable and not mine.


I struggle with depression, I pray and wait


Now as I look at my circumstances today, I feel like I struggle so much with depression. The slightest thing triggers a memory which in turn brings on the tears.




I spend a lot of time praying that the Lord will step in and make everything better in our marriage. I know that He has the power to heal and to restore, so I keep claiming those promises. And I keep waiting.


And then... 




Then as I read Daniel 3:17-18, the passage jumped out at me. For full reference, I suggest that you read all of Daniel 3.




These passages are about Shedrach, Meshach and Abednego. King Nebuchadnezzar had commanded that everyone bow down to worship the image of gold every time they heard music. Shedrach,Meshach and Abednego refused as they only serve one God. So King Nebuchadnezzar ordered them to be tossed in to the furnace. Again, I suggest that you read Daniel 3.







Daniel 3:17-18 NIV 



If we are thrown into the blazing furnace, the God we serve is able to deliver us from it, and he will deliver us from Your Majesty’s hand. But even if he does not, we want you to know, Your Majesty, that we will not serve your gods or worship the image of gold you have set up.”




Do you see it? 




God is able to rescue us from our blazing furnace -- He is able. He has the power.




But even if He does not -- even if He does not rescue me from my blazing furnace. Even if He does not do for my marriage what I pray that He will do.




So my question has to be, "Leigha, even if He does not, will you still love Him, serve Him, need Him?"




Prayer: 




Father in heaven, You are my Rock, my Fortress, my Refuge (Psalm 18:2). I thank You, Father, for always being with me, even in the middle of my blazing furnace. Just as You rescued Shedrach, Meshach and Abednego, I trust that You have the power to rescue me from this furnace. However, even if You do not, I still love You. I still need You. I still trust in You. I will still serve You (Daniel3:17-18). I ask that Your will be done. In Jesus' name, Amen.




Your turn: 




What is on your heart?
Is there something that you are praying for, right now?
As you pray and wait, think about how you will respond even if He does not do the thing that you want Him to do.
Will you still love Him, serve Him, need Him?




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Blessings,






Leigha  

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