Pause and Pray: June 16, 2019

During June we will focus on Psalm 23. This Psalm can be a very familiar one. You may even have groaned a little when you saw it. So it’s my hope that by meditating on it daily, God will give us a new, fresh vision of it.

Today, read the entire psalm and then focus your prayer on verse 4.

Lord,

Sometimes life feels overwhelming.

Sometimes it feels like I am walking in a dark valley.

Yet I know you are with me.

Your guiding arm comforts me.

You keep me from falling.

You keep me close.

Thank you for your comfort.

Pause and Pray: June 9, 2019

During June we will focus on Psalm 23. This Psalm can be a very familiar one. You may even have groaned a little when you saw it. So it’s my hope that by meditating on it daily, God will give us a new, fresh vision of it.

Today, read the entire psalm and then focus your prayer on verse 2-3.

Lord,
Thank you for reminding me to rest.
Thank you for refreshing my soul.
Thank you for keeping me on the path that is best.
Help me remember to rest.

Pause and Pray: June 2, 2018

During June we will focus on Psalm 23. This Psalm can be a very familiar one. You may even have groaned a little when you saw it. So it’s my hope that by meditating on it daily, God will give us a new, fresh vision of it.

Today, read the entire psalm and then focus your prayer on verse 1.

Lord,
I praise you today for your watchful eye,
your guiding hands,
your wise leadership.
Because you are with me, I am cared for completely.

Knowing When to Give Up or Go On

Never give up, for that is just the place and time that the tide will turn.

-Harriet Beecher Stowe

I have a hard time with this quote because I’m not at all good at deciding what to hold on to and what to let go of? Do you feel that way too?

At times, I have held tightly to the railing of a” sinking vessel” while watching those around me jump ship. I’ve stood there while it all went down, myself included. I was once part of a ministry that I just couldn’t let go of. It was needed. It was helpful. It wasn’t working, and I kept trying to keep it afloat.

Then I’ve been guilty of the opposite problem. I’ve given up way too early on legitimate dreams. Writing dreams, blogging dreams. I’ve started multiple blogs, only to shut them down and lose any followers, and traction I had.

I’ve given up opportunities to write, to speak, to be a part of events of great importance. Why? Because of the fear of failure. The fear of being known. The fear of making mistakes in front of others. The fear of success.

Once, my alma mater asked me to speak at the retirement ceremony of a beloved English professor, my most admired professor. I never responded because I was to attend a training seminar for a ministry, the one that died a slow painful death mentioned above. I held on to one thing at the expense of another. Have you ever given up something that was precious for what you thought you “should do?”

So how do we decide what we should give up on and when we should perservere?

I wish I had a 5 point list to help us with these decisions. I wish there was some simple formula. But there isn’t. The only thing I can say is….

I knew in my gut what I should do. I just didn’t do it.

  • I knew I should have quit leading the ministry that was dying, but I held on because it was good.
  • I knew my first blog excited my passion for writing, but I listened to others and changed my focus.
  • I knew I should speak of my gratitude for a wonderful women instead of attending the seminar, but I followed my responsibilities.

I think if we take the time to listen to our gut, we know.

So when we are unsure of the decision staring us down, it’s time to slow down, to process, to pray, to listen and to bravely follow our guts.