“Trust in the Lord with all your heart, and lean not on your own understanding; in all your ways submit to him and he will make your paths straight.” Proverbs 3:5-6 New International Version (NIV)
There are lots of ways that people use this verse. In the book God’s Promises For Your Every Need it’s used in both the “Singles” chapter and “Confused” chapter and probably in loads of more places, but those were the two places I saw it was this evening.
I’ve been reading devotionals for the last couple of weeks from restministries.com and although they are good I thought, “I think I can do that.” And began looking at what it would take to submit a devotional and even though they have a formula, the newest submission is from 2016. So, I haven’t blogged on here forever and figured I would start here, get the lay of the land and once I think I understand my own formula begin posting them on my Fracturedwholenessministries.com blog.
A few weeks ago I was sitting in my church, where my dad happens to be the pastor, and listening to his sermon about listening to God. Then a week or so later, again in church the sermon was about spending more time with God. After hearing these sermons I realized I was longing to spend more time with God. I listen to Klove and Air1 throughout my day, have a morning devotional (#morningdevo) and pray on my way to work but my evening was missing something. So that’s when I started to read the daily devotions.
I picked restministries.com because they had thought provoking devotions and they were about chronic illnesses of which I have a few. Being chronically ill and not feeling well can really get to you. I was explaining to my dad this weekend that I’m exhausted. But I’m exhausted all the time and most of the time I just push myself to keep going but I know not everyone can do that and there are definitely times I just want to given into the exhaustion and sleep lots.
We were talking about my exhaustion because I want, with my whole heart, to be doing ministry for God. I went to seminary and have all the student loans to prove it, but I want to prove it in other ways. Hence, writing daily devotions.
So, I’m living this verse. I’m forgetting the exhaustion and all the stuff that tells me not to do this, and trusting God, leaning into him when it may not make sense, trusting he will take care of me and make my winding path straight.
What in your life is God leading you to? Are you listening?
Dear Lord, please help us to put away our excuses and the things that are holding us back and help us to follow you, leaning in and trusting with our whole hearts. Thank you for bringing us to this point of taking our leap of faith because we hear your whisper. Be with us along the way and make our paths straight. It is in your loving name we pray, Lord Jesus Christ Amen.