Monday, September 29, 2014

Devotion Dilemma

photo by Catherine Castle (c)


Guide me in your truth and teach me, for you are God and my Savior, and my hope is in you all day long— Psalms 25:5


I’ve been trying for over a week to write this devotion. Well, not this exact devotion. I’ve started at least three new ones, looked over a dozen devotional ideas and not had a bit of luck writing one that seemed to work. So, last Friday, I put them all aside and told myself I’d work on it again over the weekend.


This morning, before going out to garden, I turned on my phone and checked the email. One of the blogs I follow had a devotion on it, and I suddenly realized I hadn’t written mine. Panic filled me and I heard God say, “Be still and know that I am God.” I suddenly knew why I hadn’t been able to complete any of the dozen devotions I’d tried to start.


 I hadn’t been listening to what He wanted me to say.


I do that a lot … depend upon my own skill and knowledge to create, repair, and complete things. It’s a bad human habit I have. It’s not that I don’t know God should lead me, or that I don’t want His input. I just get caught up in the momentum of life and go ahead on my own because my basic nature is to be a fixer.


Funny thing though, I have the greatest fixer ever on my team … God. If I’d have just paused and said, “Ok, what do You want me to write?” I probably wouldn’t be scrambling now to get this devotion done. Which flowed like water from a tap, unlike the others I’d tried to write.


Lesson learned … again (because I’m hard-headed): Stop and listen, because He wants to guide me and teach me.


What about you? Do you ever forget to let God lead you?






  1. Crystal, you cannot imagine how much this means to me today. I'm tied up in knots wondering what to do next about something very important to me, but this simple reminder to be still and let God do His thing is what I needed to hear right now. I'm sure I'm not the only one. Thanks and God bless you!

  2. There are times when we all try to rely on ourselves, rather than God. Thank you for this reminder to stop and listen!

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  3. We all need to stop, take a deep breath and and be one that notices what is around us and what God has blessed us with. We must rely on God as he is always there for us. Thank you for this wonderful post!

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