Good morning Lord. Once again I come to You with my struggles and cares. Thank You so much for caring for me! I do not understand how anyone makes it through this life without You. I know I am weak, but I also know that your strength is perfected in my weakness (2 Cor. 12:9). You are a very present help in trouble, so I do not have to live in fear and anxiety (Ps. 46:1-2). I think any claims of strength outside of You are simply counterfeits. Everything in this world is tenuous. Things that seem secure one day can be gone the next. Nothing is sure, except the eternal One. I have been rich and I have been poor. I have been secure in relationships, and I have seen them fall apart. Loved ones have died, and sudden tragedies have happened. Only You have been the constant through it all. How do people make it without that constant? When I look back I remember that I was a fearful mess before I gave my life to You. I am so grateful to have You in my life! What an honor and privilege to be your child! You are my peace, my joy… my everything. I thank and praise You! Thank You that you care so much for me that You even show concern for the little things that concern me. I am so grateful. This morning Lord, I won’t repeat all the cares that are weighing on my heart. You know them all. Instead I am just running to You and dropping them at your feet. I know that You are so much better at handling seemingly impossible situations. I have no hope of changing hearts, but that is your specialty. I surrender my loved ones to You, and ask that You will do the work that needs to be done. I surrender myself, and my tendency to want to jump in and grab the reins. Help me stay centered and focused on You. Only You can do what needs to happen right now. If I need to take action, I ask for wisdom. Show me clearly how to proceed. I have no desire to just start doing things and hoping for a specific outcome. Instead, I need to hear your voice and follow your leading. That is the only way anything good will happen. Show me way to walk in this situation. I am trusting in You, and I will not depend on my own understanding. I acknowledge that all hope comes from You, and I know you will direct my path. (Pr. 3:5-6).

I am the Way, so walk with Me. I am the Truth; so reject anything that exalts itself against Me. I am the Life; so you can thrive even in the midst of turmoil (Jn. 14:6). I am more than willing to carry your burdens. Although they weigh you down, they are nothing for Me. Come child, and let me have them. I hear your prayers for wisdom, and have promised to give it (Jas.1:5). Be sure and get quiet before me so that you will hear it. Listen. I speak in a multitude of ways. First and foremost, I speak through my Word. I also speak in the still small voice you hear when you take time to sit silently before Me. Sometimes I confirm what I put on your heart through a multitude of counselors (Pr.11:14), and sometimes I speak in as you are gathered with fellow Believers for prayer (Mt. 18:20). Wait patiently for my answer. Jumping ahead of me will only complicate matters—like when Abraham took Hagar rather than waiting for the promise to occur in the way I ordained. Impatience, rather than my Spirit, moved Sarah and him. Do not let that happen now. Wait dear child. I have a good plan, and I will make the path clear. Trust in Me with all your heart, and do not depend on human understanding. Acknowledge Me in everything you do, and I will direct you in the course of action you should take. Seek Me rather than solutions, because I am the solution. Remember when Moses held his arms up at the battle with the Amalekites? As long as he kept them up, the Israelites prevailed, but when he put them down, they began to lose (Ex. 17:11). Think of that! Lifted hands indicate praise on your part, and blessing on my part. As he held up his hands and his staff, my power flowed through him. I inhabit the praises of my people (Ps. 22:3), so praise Me. I am your victory; so do not take your eyes off of Me. Keep your heart fixed on Me (Ps. 112:7); then stand back and behold my salvation (Ex. 14:13). Do not be afraid dear child. I am with you. “Do not fear, for I have redeemed you; I have called you by name; you are Mine! When you pass through the waters, I will be with you; And through the rivers, they will not overflow you. When you walk through the fire, you will not be scorched, Nor will the flame burn you” (Is. 43:1-2). This world is filled with trouble, but I have overcome the world (Jn. 16:33). Hold on to Me now. Fix your eyes on Me. Wait and be ready to move when I command, and not a moment too soon. I have this in my hands. Trust in Me.