I want to be able to look back on this season, which is going on much longer than I had hoped, and know that I trusted God’s provision and timing, rather than griping about it.
Pray O Lord, Open my eyes to see where you would lead me. Awaken my ears that I would hear your voice guiding me. Inspire my mind that I may comprehend your love for me. Soften my heart that I would offer grace to those I meet. Watch my feet that I would tread upon… Continue reading A Wise Person Knows When to Shut Up
“Let’s pray now.” These three little one-syllable words said together in that order are three of the most powerful words in the English language. “I’ll pray for you” has a lot of potential, but we all know how empty those words often are. We mean to pray later, of course. But I wonder how many people actually follow through on such promises.
“Let’s pray now.” Yes, it takes courage. A willingness to “go there” in front of a perfect stranger, facing the risk of praying clumsily or making others feel uncomfortable. But let me tell you this: I have never had someone say, “No thanks.” There is tremendous encouragement bestowed when someone hears us praying for them.
Giving up feels like the most unnatural thing in the world to me. If I say I’m going to do something, I am going to DO it. But in the wake of our seven weeks with Baby D, which left my husband and I exhausted and our kids a bit out of sorts, I’ve been coming to terms with the fact that sometimes crying “uncle” is the wisest thing a person can do.
At the close of last year, I shared a post introducing my 2016 “wisdom series” in which I talked about how becoming a mother of three (first foster, then adoptive) changed and challenged me and drove me to begin a deeper, more intentional pursuit of godly wisdom. I invited you to join me in that pursuit, writing, “Starting in January, on Monday of each week, I’ll share a verse or passage of scripture that deals specifically with gaining wisdom, along with a short reflection and application of the passage for daily life.”
It would have been wise for me to add, “if the Lord wills.”