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.

When Things Are a Mess

DSC02116 My house is a mess. Even the hallways. The stairs are lined with things that need to go up. Every flat surface has stuff on it.

I’m ready to be finished. But it takes time. Bringing disorder to order.

And it’s not the only thing going on right now. But isn’t that always the way? Life has lots of moving parts…

Terrell and I moved to Houston about a week ago to plant a church.
Yesterday, a small group of us gathered to worship God. We fed on Jesus’ words:
“Peace I leave with you; my peace I give to you. Not as the world gives do I give to you. Let not your hearts be troubled, neither let them be afraid.” 
(John 14.27)

God whispered to my heart, “Worship Me in the disorder.”

DSC02118In the moment, I embraced this. Grateful for His guidance.
By evening, I was grumbling and complaining.

Physically and mentally spent. Not feeling like I was making much headway. My focus turned inward. To what I wanted NOW.

… “Worship Me in the disorder.”

Curious, I looked up “disorder” this morning. Like I had nothing else to do!

disorder = a state of confusion: tiresome days of mess and disorder

Yep. That about sums it up.

God knows.
Long before we know.
Always, He has the way forward.

Through Him. To Him.

DSC02120“I will remember the deeds of the LORD; 
yes, I will remember your wonders of old.
I will ponder all your work,
and meditate on your mighty deeds.
Your way, O God, is holy.
What god is great like our God?
You are the God who works wonders;
you have made known your might among the peoples.”
(Psalm 77.11-14)

Do you have any disorder in your life?
None is unknown to Almighty God.

Dear God,
Grow our hearts to worship you in the mess. Thank you that you go before us and are always with us. Amen.


When Complaining is Drenched by Grace

DSC00870The process of moving seems to stir my weaknesses to resound: These days complaining holds first place.  Mostly, in my thoughts, often through sighs and moans, sometimes to God, and too often, to my very patient husband.

Sometimes I sound like our children when they were younger,
“Why do I have to …”
“I’m tired of …”
“I don’t wanna …”

The Apostle Paul prayed for change in his circumstance.  Instead, the Lord showed him the path to be changed. “…’My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness.’ Therefore I will boast all the more gladly of my weaknesses, so that the power of Christ may rest upon me.” (2 Corinthians 12.9)

God drenches us with His GRACE.  Like steady rain.  Sometimes like a waterfall.

DSC02328For almost 2 years, one of my fervent prayers has been, “Lord, change me.”

Lately, for every complaining thought I’ve entertained, God has met my heart with His GRACE.

Four days in a row, the realtor calls to schedule a showing which translates hide all the piles I’ve been working on AGAIN…
A son calls, “I’m praying for you, Momma. How are you doing?”
His GRACE washes over me.

Lists of to-do’s invade all efforts to sleep …
Another son texts, “I wish I could come home and help you, Momma.  I’m praying.”
His GRACE washes over me.

Our daughter flies home with a semester’s worth of laundry the day before the move – and that’s okay … because OUR GIRL IS HOME!!
Jet-lagged and having not slept for 2 nights, she says, “How can I help?”
His GRACE washes over me.

Farewell coffee with friends.  We laugh.  We share our hearts, frantically catching up like we don’t own phones or computers.  Driving away, I’m sad. Familiar tears surface, good-bye tears.  Lord, we didn’t have enough time…
His GRACE washes over me.

Holy God, 
Thank you for Jesus, my Saving Grace. Help me recognize, receive and be changed by Your GRACE.  Amen.