Practicing Confidence

It has been a busy, yet sweet week, my friends. God has been speaking, in the quiet and mysterious ways that He does.

And His constant reassurance has nudged me a bit.

I have been practicing confidence.

Not in myself, but in Him.

For I have discovered this about myself: My prayers are whiny.

They often dwell on my dissatisfaction. They frequently consist of laying out my fears and insecurities. Pleading for release.

Whining.

I was very embarrassed when I realized how selfish my prayers sounded.

Now, I believe that God loves to hear from His children, no matter.

I believe he takes these adolescent rantings in stride.

But I want my prayers to be more than just a one-sided dumping out of grief.

So…I have been practicing confidence.

Whenever a worry or a doubt or a…whine (?) crosses my mind, I give it to Him.

Such assurance!

I simply say, “You will handle this, Lord.” And it is done.

When these things are handed to Him as they arise…my prayer time is freed to adore Him. To praise. To savor and enjoy.

It is a beautiful thing.

And I think He likes it too.

For you have been my hope, O Sovereign Lord, my confidence since my youth. From birth I have relied on you; you brought me forth from my mother’s womb. I will ever praise you. I have become like a portent to many but you are my strong refuge. My mouth is filled with your praise, declaring your splendor all day long.” (Psalm 71:5-8)

“Have no fear of sudden disaster or the ruin that overtakes the wicked, for the Lord will be your confidence and will keep your foot from being snared.” (Prov. 3:25-26)

“But blessed is the man who trusts in the lord, whose confidence is in him.”(Jer. 17:7)

“Let us approach the throne of grace with confidence, so that we may receive mercy and find grace to help us in our time of need.”(Heb. 4:16)

“Therefore, brothers, since we have confidence to enter the Most Holy Place by the blood of Jesus, by a new and living way opened for us through the curtain, that is , his body, and since we have a great priest over the house of God, let us draw near to God with a sincere heart in full assurance of faith, having our hearts sprinkled to cleanse us from a guilty conscience and having our bodies washed with pure water.” (Heb. 10:19-22)

Comments

  1. says

    Another thing that happens when we hand Him our worries,concerns, and problems, is that it gives Him permission to handle it. Not that He has to have permission but in a sense He does because He does not force His way or His will on us. I’ve found that when we let go of something, truly let go, then, and only THEN does He begun to do His mighty work. I’m praying and believing that exact thing. When I truly gave my beloved to God on Memorial Day weekend, I felt released. My confidence is in knowing that my actions have shown faith and trust in God to transform my beloved and He will do just that.

    Let go and let God is not a cliche for no reason, huh?

    Love,
    Paula

  2. says

    practicing trust…confidence…has been on my heart as well! Just as the Word says, we are to ‘excercise’ ourselves towards godliness!! I am sure that starts with confidence in our big God!
    Praying for you, dear friend!

  3. says

    I love your heart.

    You are so teachable and I know it delights Him.

    Did you know that He is always taking your words and interceding on your behalf, compensating your words with His? That just blows me away when I think of it.
    To think that He even reads my groans and tears and makes them into prayers.

    He’s drawing you to a deeper place. I love it!

    Hugs, dear friend today.
    Julie

  4. says

    Oh Laura, I think that we have so much in common.

    I have whined much to God lately.
    For the last year and a half, we have been challenged with difficult situation after difficult situation.
    And here I am now stuck in bed healing (physically and spiritually)and once again I have found myself whining and crying out to God.

    This week though, as I looked back over all of the things that we have been through, I could see how God brought us through all of it. So noticing that about my past, has given me encouragement with my current situation. I look forward to the day that I can look back on this trying time and say, “Thank you, God!”

    Thank you for always sharing your heart.

    God Bless,
    Amy:)

  5. says

    A friend shared with me that so many of us are stuck in the Master/Servant relationship where our perspective is one of asking and hoping we get what He wants/we want. But there’s so much more…
    a friend relationship…
    a Father/daughter relationship…
    Lovers!!!
    And while you may whine, you don’t stay there for you move on
    in your Friendship
    as His Beloved
    as His Lover for He is your Husband…

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