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Your questions are an act of faith

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  Here's a guest post (combo devotional and prayer!) from my friend Tracey Kelly. Psalm 62:8   Trust in him at all times, O people; pour out your heart before him; God is a refuge for us.   I often think that asking God hard questions is an act of unbelief in him. It feels like I don’t trust him if I admit that I don’t understand what he’s doing. But questions and trust are not opposites. I can be confused and trust him at the same time. I can bear heavy feelings, admit my doubt and fear, and still know that he is good. Bringing the ugly stuff to God is a bold act of faith . Our relationship is so authentic that it can carry the weight of hard things. If I didn’t go to God with the really hard stuff , what does that say about my relationship with him?   It matters who I run to when life is dark. It matters where I hide and where I look for light. My direction reveals the authority is in my life. What if true communion with Jesus looked like a heart poured out completely--a tota

A New Year's prayer for the discouraged

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Dear Lord, Remember me. Touch me. I'm discouraged. I don't know what to do or where to turn. I feel like nothing I do turns out right. I want to give up and crawl in a hole, but that doesn't feel good, either. Give me the faith to trust your plan for my life. Give me the courage to keep moving forward. Give me vision when I'm overwhelmed. Give me grace when I'm angry and hurt. Give me perseverance when I want to quit. Make me like Jesus. That's probably what you're doing, because this process is painful. So maybe you're up to something in my life after all. I love you, and I'm trying to trust you. Amen.

Prayer for Perspective

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Dear Lord God, whose will is too complex for me to comprehend-- I praise you. "You have preserved our lives and kept our feet from slipping. For you tested us; you refined us like silver. You brought us into prison and laid burdens on our backs. You let men ride over our heads; we went through fire and water, but you brought us to a place of abundance." Give me the faith and courage to trust you and your will like that!-- That regardless of my circumstances and my fears, I will believe that you are doing a mighty work unknown to me, in and around me. And even through me, even when it feels like you are hurting me or persecuting me or ignoring me. I may never understand what you are doing, but that's okay because you don't answer to me, and I am not entitled to know the ends of your plans for this world in which I live. "I will come to your temple with burnt offerings and fulfill my vows to you. Come and listen, all you who fear God; let me