The prayers of my heart at the end of 2021 were desperate cries and helpless pleas. I closed the year with sadness like nothing I had experienced before.
“Lord, help my daughter; I cannot do this anymore.”
Just like that, the swirling chaos in my mind shifted toward calm. After years (as in a decade) of loss and pain in her addiction, I opened the door and stepped out. The phrase ‘let go and let God’ became very real overnight.
As scripture says, it is essential to guard our hearts and minds (Proverbs 23). Ungodly thoughts lead to a lack of faith and trust in the Lord. What flows from our heart should be life-giving, and our hearts should be an abundant river teeming with God’s Word and flowing with His love. In the case of loved ones in addiction, their darkness can slowly consume us. It is important to recognize the stronghold of the desire to save their lives or help them somehow. As our thoughts overwhelm His Word, they become idols and lead down difficult paths.
I look forward to a new year wrapped in hope and peace. It is important to me to stay focused on God above all else. I commit to energizing my prayer life, studies, writing, and seeing God in all situations before reacting or responding. I am thankful for today and the blessing of our Lord.
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