Prayer for New Beginnings

Is a new beginning in front of you?

New beginnings occur daily. We start a new job or gain more responsibilities, move in to a new apartment or house, move to a new city, start dating someone or become single again, get married, or have a baby. If you’re a mom, a big part of your heart focuses on each child’s new beginnings—preschool, elementary school, middle school, high school, college, or a new activity, new job, new relationship, or a move.

As you step in to something new, step with God.

“It is the Lord who goes before you. He will be with you; he will not leave you or forsake you. Do not fear or be dismayed.” (Deuteronomy 31.8) Moses said this to Joshua as Joshua prepared to step in to two new beginnings—as the new leader of God’s people and to take them into the Promised Land.

This week you are on my heart to pray for you concerning new beginnings. I thought I might also share a couple of prayers . . .

Dear God, you knew this day was coming. I invite you in to this new beginning. I want and need you to lead me. Prepare me now and every day because only you know what each day holds. Make me and mold me through the good days and hard days. Help me remember to keep talking to you. Help me learn to listen and discern your guidance. Thank you that you love me so much. I love you. Amen.

If you’re a mom, and your child is stepping in to something new, step with God.

Dear God, I give you my child and all my anxieties. I am comforted that you are with her/him every minute. Fill my child with your love and peace. Prompt me to pray, especially when my mind wanders. Help me faithfully disciple my child about your great love and how to depend on you. Help me depend on you and trust you fully. Amen.

It is the Lord who goes before you. He will be with you; he will not leave you or forsake you. Do not fear or be dismayed.

From Worry to Trust

IMG_0676I am SO glad I worried about that!

Have you ever thought that? Me either.

“Worry does not empty tomorrow of its sorrow, it empties today of its strength.” (Corrie ten Boom)

IMG_0675Worry wears us down and wastes time. When I give in to worry, I’m oblivious to sweet moments of the day and I accomplish little. The hours of potential sleep that I’ve exchanged for worry are uncountable . . . Yet it’s hard to not worry. After all, we’ve developed this pattern over a lifetime. If we think back, we probably worried as a child about a test, being included, a performance, or a relationship.

God doesn’t want us to worry, and he doesn’t want our child to worry. He wants us know him and rest in WHO he is.

IMG_0693Jesus teaches us to choose TRUST in God over WORRY. Each is an outlook on life. “Therefore I tell you, do not be anxious about your life, what you will eat or what you will drink, nor about your body, what you will put on. Is not life more than food, and the body more than clothing? . . . your heavenly Father knows that you need them all. But seek first the kingdom of God and his righteousness, and all these things will be added to you.” (Matthew 6.25,32b–33)

Trust or worry. We choose, every day.

IMG_0679When we rely on what we think, see, or hear, it’s easy to imagine a grim picture, which leads to worry. The root of worry is fear. When we let worry seep in to our thoughts, our mind races as negative possibilities accumulate. Before we know it our perspective is muddled with distracting, even paralyzing, thoughts.

Recognize WORRY. See it as a neon signal that your focus needs adjusting. Name your fear and all its details, and hand it to God. When we hand something to God, we begin a new conversation. Step close into the shadow of the Almighty. Be still. Be comforted. Be filled with his presence as he grows your faith.

IMG_0684“Therefore let us be grateful for receiving a kingdom that cannot be shaken, and thus let us offer to God acceptable worship, with reverence and awe, for our God is a consuming fire.” (Hebrews 12.28)

When we worship God, our focus shifts to the One who will do what is best at the time that He knows is best.

Lord God, lead us from the prison of worry into freedom of faith in you. And help us teach our children, as we learn. In Jesus’ name, Amen.

Just Today

DSC02333Some days I find myself sighing before I get out of the bed, aware of all the stuff that’s somehow supposed to happen in this day.

The reality is some items for the day, I placed there. Like…

…6 months ago when the receptionist asked if this date works for all 3 children to have their teeth cleaned.
…that monthly meeting for that commitment I made a year ago.
…tackling another inch of a stack of to-do’s on the kitchen counter.
…some form of exercise, to expend a layer of the stress bubbling within.
…every practice, rehearsal, ceremony, game, recital, meeting that I approved when my child asked if he or she could participate.
…just-scheduled-today doctor, counselor or teacher appointments.
…a coffee date with a friend I haven’t connected with in months.

For many of us, much of this is squeezed in before and after work.

DSC02309An equal reality is that some items are a given, part of the blessing and privilege of being a mother. Like…

…l.a.u.n.d.r.y. Thankless, often. Fun, no. A selfless act of giving that will one day be appreciated when they have to do it, yes!
…meal times. Stressful, a definite possibility. A daily opportunity for our children to grow to experience FAMILY as a great value, for sure. (Hang in there!)
…that unexpected, not-really-convenient moment when a child talks seriously or intimately. It turns out to be the BEST moment-ever for this day, one that we’ll recall as our head hits the pillow that night and we thank God for this sweetest gift of it, always!

DSC02310“Commit your work to the Lord, and your plans will be established.” (Proverbs 16.3)

Those things we want to do, think we should do or have made commitments to others to do – entrust these to the Lord. Invite Him to show us His desire.

Are these commitments that He desires for us at this time?
Are these commitments that He desires for our child at this time?

He promises to establish our plans. That is, the plans that He has for us at this time.

All of our life is not right now. All of our child’s life is not right now.

Holy God,
As I enter this month of May, help me see the blessings of each day. Your confirmations of commitments I’ve made that align with your will. But also, help me see those that don’t. Thank you for how you love me through my learning. Please strengthen me to present commitment considerations to You, as many opportunities will turn my head. I love you. Amen.