"Trust in the Lord with all thine heart; and lean not unto thine own understanding in all thy ways acknowledge Him, and He shall direct thy paths." ~Proverbs 3:5-6
I read that verse this morning and realized that I have been praying for God to lead everyone else’s path, but I haven’t been trusting and praying for Him to lead mine. I have been praying that God give my husband direction on which path he should take in his career and for God to help me lead my children.
I have been leaving myself out of my prayers. I have been making plans for the future in my head that may not be what He is leading me to do. This may have come about because I lost part of my own identity when I started staying home with my children. I also found a part of myself I didn’t know was there. I found a woman who loves spending time with her family, a woman who likes to exercise and have conversations with her mother and sister. I enjoy spending time at church and listening to sermons.
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Somewhere along the way I forgot to ask God where He was leading me. So I am going to make an effort to start praying for God to lead me as well. I realize that from time to time I am going to have to revisit this because sometimes remembering that our hearts matter as much as our spouses and children, is sometimes hard to do. Taking time out of my prayers to pray for myself seems like a strange thing to do. I always feel like I shouldn’t be asking for things for myself, but I realize that it is important for me to grow and follow in the Lord’s path as I teach my children about His everlasting love.
So what do I need to do to grow and follow in the Lord? I need to pray for myself and ask Him to lead me. I need to dive into His word and remember that the Bible is a foundation on which my faith is built. I need to ask Him which path to take next and take some time to listen.
Proverbs 16:9: We can make our plans, but the Lord determines our steps.
Jeremiah 29:11: For I know the thoughts that I think toward you, says the Lord, thoughts peace and not evil, to give you a future and a hope.
Crystal Sanders is a wife, mother of three, and child of God. She enjoys running, singing, writing, and playing with her kids. Her family recently moved back to Ohio from Denver, Colorado. She loves being a part of Hope for Love Ministries. In addition to being a writer for Family Refreshed, Crystal also serves on the Board of Directors for Hope for Love.