As y’all know, I am a writer. I used to write my prayers down all the time when I was younger. I now see how God used that to cultivate a praying habit in my life. But, as time went on I quit journaling my prayers and just prayed in my head or out loud.
I felt an urging the other night to just sit and write my prayers as they flowed from my heart. I thanked God for the blessings He provided that day. Then, it got to the requests. I poured my heart out over the requests, but it wasn’t me. It was the Holy Spirit using me, I prayed deeply for my family and friends. I prayed on their behalf about things I didn’t even know about. The Holy Spirit interceeded and told me exactly how I needed to pray and care for them. I say none of this to toot my own horn, but rather to praise God. We talked intimately about the people in my life that He put in it. That night and the next day, I felt overwhelming trust and peace in Christ. I hadn’t even realized I was worried, but all the stones of time and frustration fell as I talked to God.
Just when I think I have all the trust I can get or all the peace there is to have, Christ encourages me to dive deeper into Him. Then, to my astonishment, I find even more in Him. He is incredible to love and care about us that much! His peace and trust overwhelm every fear, doubt, and anxiety. The verse He has uncovered to me is,
“I love you, O LORD, my strength. The LORD is my rock and my fortress and my deliver, my God, my rock, in whom I take refuge, my shield, and the horn of my salvation, my stronghold.” ~Psalm 18:1-2
I love how these verses reminds us that God is our foundation. We can put all our trust in Him because He is the never crumbling rock. He protects me as my fortress and my shield. My salvation is found in Him alone; I cannot add anything else to Him. He is my strength and only He can renew my strength when I need Him.
Stay crazy and find deeper trust and peace in Christ, Hannah