Do you ever feel like you are just exhausted from trying to help, please, encourage, even love on others? You want to please those you love and especially please God…and yet your efforts don’t seem to work out how you intended? Here’s what I do when this happens and it’s a very mature response. I withdraw and cry. There I said it. And sometimes I’ll mope a few days. Some confident heart I have huh?
Although I didn’t write the prayer below, I sure feel like I could have. I received it in my email from the 30 Day Jesus Calling Christmas Devotional.
Dearest Jesus, You know I want to do so much for You and for those I love. But things just keep going wrong, and I cannot seem to stem the tide of failure. I am clumsy and slow. My efforts seem to cause damage rather than relieve pain. The words I say in comfort come out flat, lacking consolation. The service I render feels inadequate–a single drop of rain in a desert of need. What I lack in skill, I try to make up for in effort, in the hopes that expending twice as much time and energy will bring many more results. Yet the needs remain and no one is satisfied. It is frustrating to feel so ineffective when my greatest desire is to help others.
When will I see something positive for my efforts, Lord? You know my heart. You know my desire to serve You. And You know how hard it is to see things falling apart around me. I long for my life to be marked by successes rather than by failures.
No Kidding I Could Have Written That Today:
But I didn’t. So that must mean I’m not alone.
Jesus’ Response (from the email Christmas devo):
When things seem to be going all wrong, stop and affirm your trust in Me. Calmly bring these matters to Me, and leave them in My capable hands. Then, simply do the next thing. Stay in touch with Me through thankful, trusting prayers, resting in My sovereign control. Rejoice in Me–exult in the God of your salvation! As you trust in Me, I make your feet like the feet of a deer. I enable you to walk and make progress upon your high places of trouble, suffering, or responsibility.
Dear Jesus, I need You.
That is all. I need You.
A Confident Heart:
Isn’t this exactly what we’ve been facing during this entire study? And here we are at the end, our current chapter titled, The Woman I Want to Be. We know what we believe. We know what to do. Placing our “things” no matter what they are into God’s capable hands. Practicing letting go. Repeating God’s Word. And allowing ourselves the ok to mess up, fail, or fall short. Remembering that we do our best for an Audience of One and to stay in touch with Him. Don’t dwell on us…wah wah wah…but dwell on Him and His Promises. “Dear Jesus, we need You.”
When I say: I just want to quit.
God Says: Be strong and do the work.
Powerful Promise: Be strong and courageous, and do the work. Don’t be afraid or discouraged, for the Lord God, my God is with you. He will not fail you or forsake you. (1 Chron. 28:20 NLT)
When I say: I can’t do it.
God Says: Rely on My strength and you can do all that I’ve called you to do.
Powerful Promise: I have strength for all things in Christ Who empowers me. (Phil. 4:13 AMP)
Chapter 12 is full of “I say, God says…” Check it out and let me know which one is speaking to you today. I’m giving away Made to Crave, our next Bible study. If you share in the comment section, you just might win it! Winner will be selected by Wednesday noon EST.
With Love and Confidence,