Happy October, friends! It’s only October 4th but I have already made four loaves of pumpkin bread (with chocolate chips, obvs) since the first official day of Fall. I love Autumn. I do not love what comes after – 5-6 months of that nonsense season called winter. But for now, I am trying to stay present and enjoy all that Fall has to offer – delicious treats, changing leaves, comfy clothes minus the bundling up with scarves and hats, new TV shows (have you seen New Amsterdam yet??), and all.the.pumpkin-y.things. Not to mention that I have a girls’ trip coming up in two weeks (sans kiddos) so I am currently over-the-moon about life, but I digress.
The reality is that there are seasons of change we anticipate and enjoy, but there are others that cause us anxiety, stress, and uncertainty. I consider myself to still be on the younger side of life, but even so, I’ve had about enough change and transition to write books about. Most of it wonderful, some of it incredibly difficult. All of it a shift both mentally and emotionally. As I’ve mentioned before, praying Scripture during a particularly hard season was a lifeline for me. In that spirit, this month we are focusing on praying Scripture during seasons of change. I hope that these verses and prayers are simply a jumping off point for you, and that you find yourself encouraged to dig deep into the Word yourself and continue praying our Lord’s precious words back to Him.
Lord, you have been our dwelling place
throughout all generations.
Before the mountains were born
or you brought forth the whole world,
from everlasting to everlasting you are God.
(Psalm 90:1-2 NIV)
Lord, no matter where I am or what I am going through, You are a constant. In You, my heart can dwell secure. Before the earth was formed, you are God. You have always been God and you remain Lord over my situation. Help me find my peace and security in dwelling with You and not in the temporal things of this world.
Who of you by worrying can add a single hour to your life? Since you cannot do this very little thing, why do you worry about the rest? … But seek his kingdom, and these things will be given to you as well. (Jesus, Luke 12:25-26, 31 NIV)
Lord, I confess that I have been worrying about ___________. I agree with You that this adds nothing to my life. I surrender control to you. Help me to seek You and the eternal things of Your Kingdom in the midst of this difficult season of life. Help me not to be idle with worry but to be active in loving You and loving others instead.
It is good to praise the Lord
and make music to your name, O Most High,
proclaiming your love in the morning
and your faithfulness at night.
(Psalm 92:1-2 NIV)
Lord, in the middle of this season of change or potential change, I choose to praise You. I praise your goodness, faithfulness, provision, kindness, wisdom, and comfort. Your Love is unmatched and I will proclaim it daily. Your faithfulness reaches to the skies and You have never failed, not once. I choose praise over worry today.
In their hearts humans plan their course,
but the Lord establishes their steps.
(Proverbs 16:9 NIV)
Lord, I confess that I like to make plans. I like to know what is coming next and have certainty with regards to the future. I often make plans that seem right to me, but have a hard time allowing You to ultimately establish my steps. Help me be wise in planning but to hold loosely to my idea of what is best and to trust that You alone are wise enough to see the bigger picture of my life.
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