Thursday, January 3, 2013

He Guides Our Steps

Morning light sifts in around the edges of the blinds. I'm wide awake, but I lay still trying not to disturb my sleeping husband. I close my eyes and try to settle my heart to listen - to quiet the voices that persist in planning out the day, in reheasing the failures of the yesterdays, in fretting about the tomorrows.

I whisper to Him, asking that He walk with me and give me His peace. I ask what His plans for my day are. I fight with the doubts that stalk the fringes of prayer, breathing deeply, remembering who He is and what He has promised.

There are those who would read these words, some whom I care deeply about, and with raised eyebrows and a shrug of the shoulders dismiss them. How, they wonder, can you live a life in this way? How can you believe there is God who hears unspoken words and takes them into His heart? And, honestly, how can you believe He walks with you and cares about the details of your every waking moment?

Because He said:

"For I know the plans I have for you, says the Lord. They are plans for good and not for disaster, to give you a future and a hope. In those days when you pray, I will listen.  If you look for me wholeheartedly you will find me."
Jeremiah 29:11

"The Lord directs the steps of the godly. He delights in every detail of their lives."
 Psalm 37:23

"The Lord says, 'I will guide you along the best pathway for your life. I will advise you and watch over you.'"
 Psalm 32:8

My husband stirs, and I step into my day - knowing I am His.



  1. I love this. I esp. like how that first paragraph eased us into your thoughts.
    I feel the same way at times about folks and their thoughts esp. with this house. I know that I know that I know that He knows what's best and He cares and is watching out for us. It's hard to explain that to some who don't believe that way.
    For instance I've never had a peace about building on the acre lot that we own. It has my husband's father's barn on it and is next door to the acre lot with his parents' house--his sister owns that and lives there. It's been 5 years now and I know that God would have given me a peace about it if we were meant to build there. Instead, the same message keeps coming through to me: don't build next to his sister--only trouble will come from it. Some would say that's just me talking, but I don't believe so, because really the easiest thing for us would be to build there.
    So yes, "He walks with us and talks with us and tells us we are His own. . ." I can't think of the name of the hymn, but I love it.

  2. This was so beautiful and encouraging to read - thank you. Jeremiah 29:11 is one of my favorite verses and I will now be thinking upon it today.
    The song 'Surely Goodness And Mercy' that Beth is talking about is a wonderful song with precious words :)

    Happy weekend, my friend!


  3. I'm definitely in that one-step-at-a-time mode. I like the quiet loveliness of beginning your day by breathing in His peace.

  4. those are good times, those quiet times of working things through, talking with God.

  5. The knowledge of His listening, hearing and guiding amidst life's ups and downs is priceless.