Know

Last night, I was awake until the wee hours of the morning. It wasn’t until just after 4am that I finally fell asleep. So, tonight I was looking forward to a full night’s slumber. My daughter’s breathing took a turn for the worse, however, and she started having an asthma attack just before bed. With her oxygen level dropping, I knew it was going to be a long night of me monitoring her every fifteen minutes.

And a long night, I can handle. Heck, having handled many long nights, I’m a pro. But, with the continual challenges we’ve been pounded with over the last several years, I am truly exhausted. As I prepared our girls’ schoolwork for tomorrow, I got lost in thought about the state of this world, the suffering so many are experiencing right now, and the weariness I’m feeling lately. I began spacing out. When my eyes came to focus, it happened to be on a copywork/handwriting worksheet I had pulled from a folder. A few minutes earlier when I had grabbed it, I hadn’t even noticed the verse that was on it, but it definitely caught my eye this time: Be still and know that I am God. The Bible verse, Psalm 46:10, is a well-known one. God spoke to me in that moment and somehow it hit me differently this time. When He told me to know-that I can rest assuredly in Him, I felt it. It was like a breath of fresh air. I could breathe and know.

And so can you! We can be still and confident-unmoved when all about us the turbulence of life attempts to throw us around, because He said to be still and know that He Is God. He has it all under control, even when the world rages and life feels out of control. And, for those struggles that pile up and start weighing us down? Let’s not forget to hand over the weight of what we cannot control, to Him.

I Stand with Ukraine!

Together they will be like warriors in battle trampling their enemy into the mud of the streets. They will fight because the LORD is with them, and they will put the enemy horsemen to shame. -Zechariah 10:5

Please join me today in praying for the Ukrainian people. As I sit here writing, pondering how I can help, my heart bleeds for all the men, women, and children experiencing loss and trauma due to senseless acts of war. Many emotions are evoked as I hear of the devastation and chaos rocking the country of Ukraine. Ukraine, I stand with you! Let us pray!

Dear Lord,

I pray for peace and strength for the Ukrainian people. Please comfort them and surround them with your love during this tumultuous time. I pray that the Ukrainian people will seek you and find their strength in You. For those defending their country, please keep them safe and out of harm’s way. And for those who are seeking refuge, I pray that they will know that their refuge is in You, and that you will provide them with what they need to live. Lord, give them hope amidst the tragedy and destruction that is unfolding. I pray that you will protect President Zelenskyy and his family, and put a stop to this evil. Please give leaders around the world the wisdom to lead in the manner in which you want them to lead.

In Jesus’ Mighty Name,

Amen

No, in all these things we are more than conquerors through him who loved us. -Romans 8:37