As part of the New Beginnings Ministries Team, I am blessed to write a quarterly blog post sharing an encouraging message to women. I hope you find this helpful and a quick dose of inspiration today….
As a Family Help Specialist at Focus on the Family, I talk to a lot of troubled people each day. I hear about marriages in crisis, women contemplating abortions, men who are depressed and children who are confused about their identity. But today, one woman simply called for prayer because she just needed to be with God in ‘the moment.’ After we prayed, she told me that she knows and loves the Lord, she has memorized scripture, yet she really doesn’t seek Him when she needs Him in the moment.
The majority of people I speak with know and love the Lord and when they receive prayer, I can hear a sense of relief in their voice like a burden has been lifted. But for this woman, the burden was still there. Psalm 46:10 tells us to “Be still, and know that I am God” (ESV), so why can it be difficult to live out this command in the simple moments?
The practice of depending on the Lord is not just a commitment you make each year, each month or even each day. It is a commitment to rely in Him in every moment of our day. This is a learned habit! We are human and God knows this, which is why he asked us to consider it a joy whenever we are enveloped in trials because they are gifts from Him, reminding us to rely on Him alone. (James 1:2-4 NIV)
When my daughter is frustrated because her homework is challenging or when I’ve repeated myself four times asking my son to clean up his mess, THIS is when trusting God is essential. I whisper, “Jesus, help me,” and I take a deep breath. A calm comes over me and gives me grace in the moment. I am also teaching my children by example that we cannot go through this life alone – we must call on Jesus for our strength, wisdom and discernment. These simple and small ways to talk to your Father will lead you to go to Him more and more throughout each day. It just takes a small leap to start.
If you know and love the Lord, but have lost sight of your intimate relationship with Him, pray this prayer: “Lord, help me to seek you throughout my day. Encourage me to listen to you and to be still. When I’m faced with a difficult decision, instead of wrestling with my own opinions and fears, Lord, I pray that you are at the forefront of my thoughts so that I can ask you to lead me. God, give me the opportunity to know what it feels like to rely on you and you alone for all my days.”