Seeds of Devotion
By Julia Attaway

Lord, Help Me to Be Faithful

We’re in the midst of not knowing which school one of our children will attend this fall. What’s more, none of the options we’re being given is what I’d call good. It’s more than a bit nerve-wracking.

I’m old enough to have learned (the hard way) that my first-choice solutions are not always the best ones. My desires are based on what I know, and there’s an awful lot I don’t know and can’t see. So rather than plead to get what I want, I've learned (the hard way) to pray for clarity and discernment.  

Jesus, help me accept this uncertainty as the cross you’ve asked me to bear today.

 Lord, let me see what I need to see, even if I don’t want to see it.

Father, make it clear what I’m not supposed to do.

And finally, You are with me in all things, even the hard ones. Whatever happens, help me be faithful.

Julia Attaway is a freelance writer, homeschooler and mother of five. She is the editor of Daily Guideposts: Your First Year of Motherhood, a book of devotions for first-time moms. She lives in New York.

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This is exactly what I needed today. I have grown to love reading about your life. I think I know what is best but need to pray for discernment in making choices. As an unemployed single mom trying to support myself, I apply for jobs, they sound interesting (or not) and I think I know which choice would be best for me. Sometimes I do not "feel" or "hear" the answers from God, but maybe our choices that send us down what doesn't seem to be the "right" path, are actually the path we need to walk at the time. Lord, please help me discern which work - my current profession, or something entirely new, are the right path.

Thank you Julia for sharing!

I have begain to meditate in prayer more often i have been askig the lord to guide me in the right directions because thw decisions and choices i have been making have not been good o sometimes go on self well but i am beganing to sit still and ask the lord to guide me in the right direction. I really like your story i can relate that experience