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I just finished reading Proverbs 3:1-6.

The Word of God is my compass. Through him, I will get to my destination. He will see me through. I always try and do it on my own and I end up frustrated, overwhelmed, underwhelmed, angry, sad or just plain unfulfilled. So why do I insist on doing it on my own? Because it seems easier. There isn’t as much upfront work but there is guaranteed heartache. So today I make a change. Today, I lean on the Lord with all my heart and not on my own understanding. Today I start to do it His way.

Dear Lord,

Thank you for your Word tonight. Thank you for guiding me once again. I will not forget your teaching but keep your commands in my heart for they will prolong my life many years and bring me prosperity. I will not let love and faithfulness leave me- I will bind them around my neck like a necklace, I will write them on the tablet of my heart, to be carried with me always. In this way I can win favor and a good name in your sight and in the sight of others. They will see the love and faithfulness that I carry. This is what will draw them to You. I will trust in You with all my heart and lean not on my own understanding because my thoughts are limited. I cannot see the whole picture like You can. I don’t have the means to get myself out of messes that I create. In all my ways I will acknowledge and praise You and I know that you will make my paths straight. You will remove the obstacles in my way because I am following the path you have set for me. Thank you for listening me once again. Thank you for loving me even when I don’t show how much I love you back. Thank you for whispering these love words to me to remind me again of what I must do to live the life you have planned for me.

In Your name I pray,

Amen.

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Today’s reflection is based on a Girlfriends in God email.

The LORD is my strength, my shield from every danger. I trust in him with all my heart. He helps me, and my heart is filled with joy” (Psalm 28:7).

What things or people besides Jesus are you tempted to place your trust in during a crisis?

I go to my husband to cry, my co-workers to vent and my best friend for all of the above. I tune out the world with t.v. and escape life all together with books. I’m trying to be better about praying and leaning on the Lord when I feel burdened. I post prayers all around my cubicle since that’s where I spend most of my waking hours to try to harness my thoughts to be honoring to God. Starting this blog and journaling my thoughts is my way to try to keep focus on Him and the path He has for me. To think aloud.

What keeps you from fully trusting the words of Jesus?

Being bombarded with secular views. The “social norms”. I trust in the words of Jesus but sometimes it’s hard for me to read the words of Jesus and understand how it relates to me now, to my life, to my situations. The parables can sometimes be so confusing for me. I need to research and delve into the history to understand how his words can apply to me.

How would your life be different if you chose to place your trust in Jesus alone?

I would be free. “I am free to run…I am free to dance…I am free to live for him…I am free, I am free”. Through him my blindness will be lifted. Through him my muteness will be turned to singing. Through him I will no longer be dead. Through him my heart will praise. It is just so hard to think that I could be free. I have my “Hallelujah moments” when my heart is softened, my spirit is exhilarated, and I just KNOW that I am a child of God and too often those moments are so fleeting. So quickly, life swoops in and steals the glory and leaves me feeling empty once again. I have to be active in fighting Satan– this is when I need to put a stop to the destructive thoughts, have a new perspective on my situation at hand and know that Jesus is my comforter, my deliverer. Surely, His goodness and love will follow me all the days of my life, and I will dwell in the house of the LORD forever.

Thoughts and prayers

O God, you are my God; I earnestly search for you. My soul thirsts for you; my whole body longs for you in this parched and weary land where there is no water. (Psalm 63:1)

God is my strength. He is my only God and MUST be my only god. I cannot allow other things to replace the rightful throne of my savior. I must constantly seek him and never put down my guard. In my soul, I feel a stirring that only He can satisfy. My entire being needs the Lord in this sinful world, I cannot do it alone. There is nothing for this world to offer me other than time to grow closer to El Shaddai (my favorite name for him). Without Him I cannot bear fruit or hear the music that He plays so softly just for me.

You are my God, and I will give you thanks; you are my God, and I will exalt you. (Psalm 118:28)

You are my God. You are my shepherd, you refresh my soul and anoint my head with oil. I will give you thanks, I will praise you. Let the songs I sing bring joy to you, let the words I say confess my love, let the notes I choose be your favorite tune…Father, let my heart be after you. You are my God. I honor You, I hold You in high esteem. You are the Way.

Amen.

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