Skimming old journal notes, I found this. I do not remember the circumstance that prompted the conversation, but perhaps my working through the challenge will encourage you today.

Lord, have I learned the lesson? Have I learned to rest? Have I learned to pray? I only know I have made a choice today, to set my heart on seeking the Lord, trusting you to keep me.

Truly I want to love you with all my heart, soul, mind, and strength. I do not trust the flesh, for it has continued to fail me. My hope is in you.

Even saying that, Lord, I do not feel confident. I feel fearful. The history of failure looms too large for me to expect anything else. I am weighed down with the cares of this life. I have lived in defeat for so long that even my hope in you is shaky.

Lord, I do not feel confident. I feel fearful. The history of failure looms too large for me to expect anything else. I am weighed down with the cares of this life. I have lived in defeat for so long that even my hope in you is… Click To Tweet

I know that you can do the impossible…but will you do it for me?

I hear people say (and I used to say it) that with each victory, we become stronger. I no longer believe that is true. Although it seems we are all just a breath from being consumed, you are our strength. Therefore, we will never be any stronger than we are right now because you won’t be stronger tomorrow!

We only need to depend on your strong arm and remember your holy name.

I have set my heart today to seek the Lord my God. Never let me turn away!

Your Word says, “Commit thy works unto the Lord and thy thoughts shall be established” (Proverbs 16:3).  What could be easier than that!

Your Word says, “Commit thy works unto the Lord and thy thoughts shall be established” (Proverbs 16:3). What could be easier than that! Click To Tweet

I get up in the morning and think, I’ve got to meet the Lord. Too late! I only need to acknowledge, “…when I awake, I am still with thee” (Psalm 139:19). And then I meet all of the enemy’s darts with truth: that’s not my problem!

Putting my cares into your almighty hands makes them your problem. And I’ve learned that nothing is a problem for you. Not the flood waters that tossed Noah and his family. Not the advancing army that threatened to overtake the Israelites at the Red Sea. Not the hungry lions that roared in Daniel’s face.

Lord, you have done much bigger stuff than what I need. I know I can trust you. I choose to do that. Never let me live without your precious hand upon my life.

Accept my love and devotion and praise. This is the least I can give.

“I will praise the name of God with a song, and will magnify him with thanksgiving” (Psalm 69:30).

Living the maximum life!

Journaling has been a huge factor in growing my faith. It’s a private conversation with the Lord where I pour out my heart and he pours out his love. Maybe you’ve had a similar conversation with the Lord. I’d love to hear about it. And please share this with your friends!

© Dianne Barker

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