Life can become a muddy path until we return to our first love: Jesus.

So take a new grip with your tired hands and strengthen your weak knees.  Mark out a straight path for your feet so that those who are weak and lame will not fall but become strong. ~ Hebrews 12:12-13, NLT

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 are a great God, a good Father.

I love You, Lord.

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.

The lessons are hard.

Sometimes crummy circumstances result in a muddy path.

The path gets muddy with crummy circumstances and cover our feet with miry clay — the same feet that have been shod with the preparation of the Gospel of peace.

Muddy feet don’t bode well with taking the Gospel of peace everywhere we go.

We hadn’t counted on muddy feet.

When we signed up, we looked forward to honor, glory, and praise — not mud.

But in the mud is where we learn, isn’t it? We learn our heart’s motives. We learn how faithful You are. We learn that loving and knowing You is our real calling — the call to service is secondary, born out of love.

Keep our eyes focused on You, our hearts awakened to Your presence.

Remind us to be thankful in all things — especially the mud.

In the mud we slow down and take Your hand, allowing You to lead us forward.


Muddy feet don’t bode well with taking the Gospel of peace everywhere we go.

Forgive us for being so stubborn in all our ways. Forgive us for complaining when our feet get muddy, rather than trusting in Your sovereignty over all things.

We are a hard-headed lot sometimes, aren’t we?

Teach us how to trim away superfluous activities — even if they are good — so we can focus our devotion on You.

Lead us in paths of righteousness, even if it requires mud to make us pay attention to what You are saying.

We love You, Lord and we trust You. Thank You for the mud that brings with it eternal rewards.

In Jesus’ Name I pray,

Amen

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Please don’t carry your burdens alone. I would be honored to pray for you. You may contact me directly at nan@nanjones.com

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Sweet blessings to you,

NAN