Live with Courage

  • Summer in NC 💜
  • A little late in my Independence Day well-wishes but I've been asleep since we've been home so 🤷‍♀️
  • Fave castle sunset pic 😍
  • Fave pic from day 2 - when Thomas fell in love with Pandora 💜
  • Fave pic from Day 1! Sunset and fireworks on the beach 💜
  • 🙊 See you in my stories 🏰
  • I am speaking tonight to a group of high schoolers about anxiety. What tips would you give them for dealing with it?

PS - I am copying and pasting your comments into a handout that I will give to them tonight 😍
  • "I pray because I can't help myself. I pray because the need flows out of me all the time, waking and sleeping. It doesn't change God. It changes me." - C. S. Lewis
There are days when the words of my prayers are all over the place. My conversation with God is about as focused as a classroom of toddlers exploring a new playroom. When I have too many requests, I can't seem to keep them all straight in my mind and I just dump them all at Jesus' feet, hoping He'll pick them up and make sense of them. Sometimes, I can't even form them into words and they simply come out as, "How long, Lord?"
If you're nodding your head right now, you might appreciate David's prayer in Psalm 6. He's got a lot going on: he's facing discipline from God over an unspecified act of disobedience; he's dealing with intense physical pain from an illness so severe it threatens his life; and he's got his fair share of earthly enemies.
His prayer includes pleading over all of the above, but the heart of it is captured in six tender words..."how long, O lord, how long?"
But as he lifts his requests to God in prayer, something changes. You can almost sense his breath of relief and the lifting of his chin when he proclaims at the end, "The Lord has heard my cry for mercy..."
Praise Jesus that He hears our weeping, He hears our cries, and He accepts our prayers, no matter how all over the place they may be. Whatever is filling the language of your prayers today, keep lifting it up to Jesus. Prayer changes us, while the anchor of God's unfailing love stays the same. We may start our prayers with confusion and frustration, but we will end them with the blessed assurance that God will deliver us. He hears. He accepts. He delivers. His love never fails.
☝️ from my private Facebook group with reading plans and study aids to help you stay in God's Word daily. We're getting ready to read through Gideon's story in Judges this week. Would love for you to join: link in my bio >> join my private Facebook group 🤗