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This morning I was praying and sharing (that’s a nice word for complaining) with the Lord all the things in my life that seem to be just “suspended” in mid-air, things that need closure and answers. I have so many projects, “to dos”, that I’m trying to move forward. Most of them require others’ input or attention.

Yesterday was the peak of my frustration. I worked all day and nothing seemed to be advancing. So my prayers this morning went something like this: “Lord, help so and so to call me back with an answer. And I’d really like him to make this decision. Also, if she would see my way on that, we could get the job done.” You get the picture.

After what I thought was several minutes of quality prayer time, I opened my favorite daily devotional book, Jesus Calling by Sarah Young. She writes each day’s entry as if Jesus is speaking directly to me.

Here’s how the day’s entry begins:

“Stop trying to work things out before their times have come.”

Wow! Talk about hitting me in the face with a response to my prayer (actually, my complaining)! I was all about trying to work things out in my time. What I realized is that I need to do my part and then stop and wait. That’s all I can do! There’s freedom in that concept.

The devotional goes on to suggest that each day I should ask God whether something that comes to my attention is part of today’s agenda. I usually assume that the answer is “yes” and forge ahead without asking. The question actually has 2 parts buried in it: 1)is it mine to take care of in the first place? 2)if I am to take care of it, should I do it today or wait?

What would happen if you and I adopted the simple practice daily of taking our long “to do” list and asking God, “Is this part of today’s agenda for me?” Wonder how many things I could cross off even before the day began?
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  1. May 26, 2011

    I found this reading plan on It will be great for me and for the women I coach and teach on my weekly radio show. I’m looking forward to it!

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