I was in a funk a few days ago, and I wasn't sure why. I kept journaling and praying about it and then it hit me- I was scared. Scared of the "if".
What "if" _____ happens?
What "if" _____ doesn't happen?
What "if" _____ never goes away?
What "if" Grace's development is negatively impacted by _______ ?
We can't control what's happening around us, but we can control how we respond. We can create peaceful homes for our families.
So, I wrote a list of my "hopes" or goals for 2022, and 2 prayers around 2 of them specifically. The last prayer is a thankfulness prayer to God.
HOPES FOR 2022
less chaos, more peace
less fear, more faith
less loneliness, more relationship
less judgment, more kindness
less surface, more real
less doubt, more hope
PRAYER FOR PEACE
God, please help me choose peace instead of chaos. Help me to remember that something is too expensive if it costs me my peace. Thank you for reminding me that peace is found in you.
PRAYER FOR FAITH, NOT FEAR
God, please help me choose faith over fear. I know that sometimes the fear overwhelms me and I forget that you can calm every fear. Please help me to remember that you are able to comfort me throughout all of my fears.
PRAYER OF THANKSGIVING
Thank you for who you are God. Thank you that you keep your promises and thank you for your goodness and mercy. Thank you for sending Jesus and for giving us hope for the future.
You didn't think I would leave you without some Bible verses did you?
Why, my soul, are you downcast?
Why so disturbed within me?
Put your hope in God,
for I will yet praise him,
my Savior and my God.
- Psalm 42:11
But those who hope in the Lord
will renew their strength.
They will soar on wings like eagles;
they will run and not grow weary,
they will walk and not be faint.
- Isaiah 40:31
Now faith is confidence in what we hope for and assurance about what we do not see.
- Hebrews 11:1
What's your prayer, hope or goal for 2022?
Let me know in the comments!