A Prayer When Life’s Path Gets Muddy

Lord, great is Your faithfulness! You are high and lifted up, exalted above the earth. You alone are worthy of praise.

May I never praise You only for the good things, but may I always praise You for who You are and because You deserve all praise. May I always have a thankful heart that is not contingent on circumstances, but is always grateful for Your love and abiding presence.

You’re stretching me, growing me and I know many who feel the same. You have created us for such a time as this and it is our desire to serve You well.

But it’s hard.

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Quietly Following the Shepherd, One Step At a Time

Blue is getting older. He’s not quite as rambunctious or hard-headed, and rarely needs a leash as we trek up our mountain road.
He stays close to me.

Quite often Blue will pick up a scent and stop to investigate on the edge of our road, nose scrunching rapidly up and down.

I’ll continue to walk on ahead.

Then I’ll stop, turn, pat my leg, and say, “Come, on, Blue. Let’s go.”

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A Prayer When the Consequences of Obedience are Hard

Lord, You are beautiful in holiness, magnificent beyond comprehension. If I should go to the highest heaven You are there; or to the depths of hell, You are there also.

You carry me to the mountaintops and comfort me in the valleys deep.

Your love astounds me.

The more and more I desire to make You Lord, the harder it is — sweeter than anything imaginable — but hard.

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I Heard Her Song Through the Impending Darkness

There’s a dark cloud on the horizon — the deep charcoal winter-kind-of-dark cloud. A storm is coming with significant snowfall and fierce winds. A gray veil is settling over the mountain valley as the snow clouds roll in, softening the harsh brown of winter.

I sipped my coffee as I watched the sultry winter clouds deepen over the ridge.

To my right, down towards the old apple tree, a burst of sunlight made its way through the clouds and I could hear her song — a meadowlark rejoicing in the warmth of the unexpected light. Her song trilled across the impending darkness — perhaps in spite of the darkness and comforted my restless spirit.

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A Prayer When You Need to Take His Hand, Walk, and Trust

Lord, You shine as the noonday sun lighting my darkness. You are the Morning Star, the Waymaker, the Faithful God who tenderly watches over me.

I praise You for these truths, Lord. I praise You for Your goodness, for being my Sure Place to hold onto when the earth trembles beneath me.

Sometimes, I feel like my feet are encased in concrete — heavy-laden, unable to move forward.

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Thus Far He Has Helped Us

It was a long hike. I had veered off the gravel road that ribboned across the mountain valley and chose a trail created by the multitude of deer that grazed this land.

My breathing was a bit labored as I hoisted myself onto the rocky ledge overlooking the river below. I bent over with hands on my knees to catch my breath, only to lose it again once I raised up and took in the glorious sight below.

Sunshine glimmered across the river in the alcoves where the flow was serene. Ferns blanketed the banks in the shadows of hemlocks, pine, and oak. Hills rose and fell, sculpting the land all the way to the summit on which we stood.

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