Songs for the Road: The Psalms of Ascent: Day 10

The Lord Builds and Protects

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Today's Text: Psalm 127:1-5

Scripture Reading: Psalm 127

The Christian life is a climb—a journey of constant growth, sacrifice, and trusting God for what we cannot see. As Eugene Peterson said, we are pilgrims, but we are also disciples—always moving and always learning. The Psalms of Ascent (Psalms 120-134) were sung by worshipers as they made the journey up to Jerusalem for the annual feasts. In this 3-week reading plan, we are digging into these traveling songs with the help of short summary essays and thoughtful, reflective questions for each psalm. Take your pack on your shoulder and walk with us as we pursue God together.

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Psalm 127 (CSB)
THE BLESSING OF THE LORD
A song of ascents. Of Solomon.

1 Unless the LORD builds a house,
its builders labor over it in vain;
unless the LORD watches over a city,
the watchman stays alert in vain.
2 In vain you get up early and stay up late,
working hard to have enough food—
yes, he gives sleep to the one he loves.
3 Sons are indeed a heritage from the LORD,|
offspring, a reward.
4 Like arrows in the hand of a warrior
are the sons born in one’s youth.
5 Happy is the man who has filled his quiver with them.
They will never be put to shame
when they speak with their enemies at the city gate.

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A Song About the Builder and Protector
The pilgrim-disciple sings of how God is both the builder and protector of everything sacred—from our work to our families.

Everyone is trying to build something and protect something. Ultimately, behind many of our attempts to build and protect lies a deep-seated need to be in control. When the need to control grips you, take that to the Lord. Unless He frees you, you will not be free.

Reflect
1. What are you trying to build or protect? Why? How do you go about it? What does this reveal about how you see God and how you see yourself?

2. What do you do when fear confronts you? What would the people closest to you say you do when you feel the need to gain control? How effective are your methods?

3. Read Philippians 4:6 and Proverbs 3:5-8. What should we do when worry or fear comes over us? How do you respond to Psalm 127:2?

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  • This hit me with great force this morning – I read the Bible reading right after writing in my journal about this house that we are restoring, about selling our current house and how I am making myself crazy trying to make it perfect for potential buyers, how I am trying to control everything and how exhausting it is. And yes I am rising early and staying up late to get everything done. Unless the Lord builds this house, it is all vanity. I really needed to read this this morning.

  • I’m ambitious; sometimes I get ahead of myself. I like doing things, and I never stop moving. I’m graduating college this month, and I have all of these ideas about what I want to do and where I want to go and how I see my life forming. I work a lot and have all these projects I want to accomplish. I rarely take time to truly rest, and time for others isn’t always my priority. These verses hit home for me because I realize that while I’m going after all of these things I’m setting my mind on, I’m trying to be the builder. I’m overzealous sometimes, and I feel that I need to be in control of all it if I’m going to see my life play out how I want it to. I think this is a major challenge for me to let God build something in/with my life and just be ready to say yes to what He decides to build without putting the pressure on myself to make it all happen and in the way I think it needs to. Or else it’s all in vain.

    • Jessica

      I was that exact same way when I was in college. I was so ambitious, such a hard worker, and I had my life planned. I always liked it when things went my way when I wanted. Right after I graduated college, God sent my life somewhere else other than where I saw it. I had a very difficult time dealing with that, but with His guidance, I found peace, a wonderful job, and my husband. Fast forward a few years and I’m learning the same lesson again. My husband and I are trying to start a family, and have recently found out that we’re struggling with infertility. It’s so hard to not be able to have what I want when I want it, but I’ve found over and over again that I am not the builder of my life. God will lead and guide and protect me in the manner in which He sees fit. His plan is the best plan. Best of luck with all your endeavors.

      • Eriana

        Thank you for sharing that, Jessica! It’s comforting to know I’m not alone in that struggle.

      • She Reads Truth

        Praying for you, Jessica. Asking the Lord to guide and protect. So grateful for you.

        – Stormye

  • Wrote this in my journal not long ago and just read it again the last two nights:

    You silly little creature. Did you forget – this life will vanish. You are trying to build something that will not last even for the briefest of moments – like a sand castle on the beach, it will all be washed away in a moment.

    When I wrote that I’m at the deepest fears like a way to my shoulders that wouldn’t lift. It was encouragement I was trying to give myself to focus on Eternal things and not this temporal life which seems to be filled with one horrible thing after the next.

    Since January I feared the next horrible thing that was going to happen. After all since 2014 it’s been one horrible thing after another — sick father getting worse and dying, son’s addiction to heroin is made known by him almost dying in a car accident, living in a different state far from my husband due to a job transfer and waiting for him to join me, breaking my ankle all alone in another state knowing no one, and then in the midst at losing my job, I need a new job and starting that again in a state far from my husband.

    It took months but I finally convinced myself that it was the enemy and there was nothing to fear…just as soon as that happened, then that horrible thing I had been fearing happened – another loved one died. And all the other fears came back with it. So there’s all these little fears but there’s always one dominant fear, Being the last dominant fear got checked off the list and happened now I’m on to the next one. I can’t live like this – it’s horrible. Thoughts tumble around my head… am I causing these bad things to happen? Am I being punished? Am I somehow making them happen? Does God not really love me like I thought he did? Do really not belong to him?

    That’s raw honesty but it’s how I feel… I am afraid the next best thing that’s going to happen. How do I not be afraid? How do I convince myself it’s either not going to happen or that if it does it’s going to be alright?

    • Kimberly

      Sorry there are so many typos in that post…It should say I’m afraid of the next bad thing to happen to me not the next best thing.

      • christine

        Kimberly- thank you so much for sharing your thoughts with us- your vulnerability is a beautiful thing. I will lift you up in prayer right now. I don’t have any answers for you, but I know Gods word does. I pray that He would direct you to the exact words that would minister to your soul. I do understand fear, and I know that God wants us to trade in our fears to trusting in Him, as it can bring a supernatural peace. I also want you to know that you are loved, loved by the mighty King! Thank you for sharing & hang in there <3

    • Saundra

      Lord, I pray that our Lord’s next best thing happens for you Kimberly. Praying for you sweet momma. Praying for your son. Praying for a job for your husband where you are. Praying for healing and strength and peace and release from fear. I love you precious sister.

    • She Reads Truth

      Kimberly, thank you so much for your raw vulnerability and honesty this morning. Praying for you and all of these things. Asking the Lord to bring comfort and peace in this time of hurt and confusion. I am so grateful that you shared and that you are a part of this community.

      – Stormye

    • Liz C

      I know I’m late to respond…got behind dealing with some of the very things you talk about in your post. In the same weekend my brother had a bad fall and my mother-in-law died. And I was sick and overwhelmed at work. But I also take Thy Will be Done very seriously, and know that although my brother is still in the hospital, it gave me the freedom to travel to be my husband and his family and not worry so much about my 85 year old father caring for my brother on his own- God provided the care he needed and let my father and I both rest. Also in the hospital my brother may be able to make positive changes to his life that will help him for many years to come. And while we all wanted Mom to be around much longer, I can’t help but think that is our selfish childlike needs and what she needed was to go home, to be free of the pain she was in and to be reunited with the God she served and her husband of 62 years who went before her. Yes, it was hard and scary in the moment but when I took my inability to see the miracles to the Lord (and this community of Shes) God helped me see that my loved ones are exactly where they need to be now. So I don’t know if that helps, but I understand scary times – and we will have them — but with the Lord we can overcome our fear and trust that He makes all things work together. I don’t know why bad things happen but I know that we are not alone in facing them. I pray that you find peace and strength in the Lord to get through the bad times.

    • Laura

      Prayed over you, Kimberly!

  • It is really freeing to realize that it is God who is building and protecting our (my husband and my) careers/jobs. That takes the pressure off because there are so many days when I feel like work didn’t go well that day (same for him). We’re teachers haha! But it is reassuring to rest in God’s promises and know that he called us to the particular schools we are in, and he watches over us.

  • Everything is sacred…

  • We know that God is in control of our lives. Do we still need to have insurance? in my country, most people doesn’t have insurance. When something happened (sick, death, etc) it cause a lot of trouble. Sometimes it makes a child can’t have a good life (school, food, etc). I’m planning to have insurance for my kids, but still thinking that would it mean that I didn’t trust God as our protector?

    • Nancy

      Anugrah, God has given you the ability to reason and plan for your family. You honor Him when you take good care of your children and insure they are provided for. Pray for guidance in purchasing insurance that is in their best interest. Praying for you.

      • anugrah

        Thank you Nancy. Its really help. We pray for kind heart like you.
        Thanks for this group. Keep sharing the good news.

  • I am feeling so *not* free right now… so out of control and confused. I’m 25 weeks pregnant, which is a miracle in and of itself, but it’s been 25 incredibly difficult weeks. Before becoming pregnant I suffered from constant, severe migraines, and I was always afraid I wouldn’t be able to take care of my children we’ll because of my constant need to sleep and have medicine that made me sleep. The headaches have only gotten worse with the pregnancy, along with really hard-to-control nausea, which has left me unable to work and do pretty much the simplest things around the house. Every day I battle depression and anxiety from a dark room, fighting the belief that I’m never going to be able to take care of my sweet baby girl now. The depression and anxiety has wreaked havoc on my marriage, because I no longer know how to respond to my husband to show him my frustrations and fears. I want so badly to be one of those women who takes their pregnancy like a champ and doesn’t show a bit of worry, and just keeps on with life. It crushes me that I can’t be that, but what crushes me even more is that absolutely nothing seems to make sense right now, not even this verse. I want so badly to let God build this house, but I don’t know how.

    • Emily B.

      I’m so sorry that this time of joy (in expecting your little girl) has become a time of struggle. Don’t listen to the lies Satan’s whispering to you that you won’t be able to take care of your baby or yourself. You are more than capable because you are in Christ! He’s got you and will help you. He’s made you a victor already–right now, not maybe/someday/down the road. Don’t forget that “comparison is the thief of joy,” and that you and your husband are on the same team. You’ve got this! I know these words might seem trite and/or cliche, but you are a strong woman of God, and He’s got you.

    • She Reads Truth

      Oh sweet Nichole. Praying for you in this. What a difficult thing to be going through. Asking the Lord to bring you joy in the midst of this time of frustration and sadness. Also praying for health and healing for you and your baby. Thank you so much for sharing this. Grateful for you.

      – Stormye

    • Faith

      I know it’s obnoxious to have people give you ideas about your headaches, but I was the same as you for many years. I finally went gluten free and became headache free and medication free for the first time in 30 years!!! Just a thought for you! Praying now!

  • As my husband and I struggle through our story of infertility, His word reminds me He is the giver of life. He is worthy of all trust and praise matter my unfulfilled longing.

  • I have been working so hard to rebuild my career for the past three years. Returning to the work force after having been a stay at home mom for many years is very difficult. I get frustrated whenever I hit a brick wall or when the answer is no. But God has been so faithful to provide our family’s every need. These verses remind me of that. Thank you.

  • Amazing reminders and encouragement! I feel I try to gain control and get anxious when I feel out of control with my kids. I know they need to learn and need to make decisions at their age but when I step back and try on my own to let them without leaning on the Lord…. it is a very anxious feeling. THIS helped a ton!

  • Stacey Cochran

    My husband and I are wanting to build a family. It seems like each time, one of us feels like we are ready, the other is full of fear and doubt. And we put it off. The line “When the need to control grips you, take that to the Lord.” really spoke to me about this. Instead of us being afraid and doubting, we need to take it to God. I mean, really, He is the one Who is in control regardless. So what do we have to fear?

    • Alina

      Hi Stacey,
      your message really stood up to me, it reminded me of my husband and I planning on starting a family over two years ago, in fact we would plan out few months ahead, and just so it happened we got pregnant way before our plans, i remember crying in the shower, i was sooo scared. There were places we still didn’t get to travel, there were activities we planned on doing, I was in the greatest shape (physically) of my life, i wasn’t ready to give it up, little did we know when our little bundle of joy came around, that’s when I truly realized our God blessed us and completed us, she is exactly what we were both missing in our lives, all of the sudden the need for other activities, other freedom left us, and now we celebrated her first birthday and I wouldnt trade it for anything else, because the love you experience when you have a little baby boy or a girl, you can’t explain it, how close it got me to God, the need to talk to HIM everyday, to Thank HIM, to Praise HIM for being soo loved and sooo blessed!
      So dont be discouraged, take that to the LORD, HE knows! He blesses!!

  • Pinkdragonfly

    Thank you so much #shereadsthruth.
    I am so happy I found you guys in Instagram, love the community participation and most importantly the support.
    This message is perfect, When Fear confronts me, I have to say, I panic a little,
    specially, visiting the doctors office, I am a four time cancer survivor, I have been touched by The grace and love of God , I have been given the gift of life. this message is a confirmation that I shouldn’t panic not a little not at all. Praying for all you beautiful Ladies.

    • She Reads Truth

      Thank you for sharing, pinkdragonfly! We are so glad to have you reading along with us and grateful for all God has done in your life!

      – Stormye

  • RondaGale

    Lord, deliver me from the control obsession to “build and protect” aka manipulate certain aspects of life (marriage) and help me trust You to make it and bless it to be the covenant bond relationship You creatively intended it to be.

  • Melody Suarez

    I feel like lately I’ve been losing sleep over what people think of me. In this season of being engaged and having to make a lot of big and small decisions it’s hard to please everyone. In fact, it’s impossible. I feel trapped sometimes, and feel like sometimes in a group of people of love me, I feel the most lonely. Why is that?
    Still, I try to gain control and isolate myself because I think it’s better for me but I know that’s not true. The enemy wants me to live in fear. I want to take matters into my own hands. A cycle of this leads to me being a control freak and forgetting that God is there to help me. I need His protections, I need His provision and I need His love so desperately so that I can go out and love others freely and without any expectations. I need and want this but it’s been a struggle to encounter this season.,

  • This is touching me a different way today. My family life was rocky and sometimes abusive, and now I’m desperate to build a home and life for my husband and I that is based on love and truth and HEALTH. I’m getting ready to have my first baby and I’m terrified I’ll hurt my child like my mother hurt me. But I cling to these words, that the Lord can build my house and that my children will be a sweet heritage from Jesus. I hold this song as a promise to myself.

    • katiecar

      Mama-to-be, when you believe in Jesus, you are a NEW CREATION. That pattern of sin has no hold on you. Praying for you today!

    • Emily B.

      You are a victor in Christ! Satan’s lies have no power of you because you have Jesus. Cling to Him, and trust in His truth!

  • Relinquishing to God is a challenge for me, not because I want control but beause I want to give up full control and do nothing. That doesn’t always work well. Any suggestions on how to ” let go and get God” but still be engaged? And what if you don’t hear anything and a decision needs to be made what then??

  • What a perfect timing this is. My anxiety has become pretty bad since I lost my uncle in November. Then we moved out of state, away from family and friends in January. 3 kids 6 and under without family has proven a bit difficult. My husband is wonderful and does his best to allow me time away, but being a stay at home I don’t get much escape. Thankfully, we found a church that we love this past weekend and can’t wait to immerse ourselves and make this place a home. My anxiety was particularly bad last night and I couldn’t sleep hardly at all- so this Psalm really touched me this morning. I pray that I find the strength and remembrance to turn to God in those moments because He is the only one that can grant me the reprieve I need in those times.

    • She Reads Truth

      LG, thank you so much for sharing this. Praying for you and your family in this time of transition and praising the Lord for the church you’ve found. Continuing to ask the Lord to provide you strength and trust in Him. Grateful for you, friend.

      – Stormye

    • Michelle

      Lots of changes coming your way, new adventures! I’m happy to hear you have a wonderful husband and church, you are blessed indeed. You have God on your side LG, rest in Him. Prayers for you missing your family and for your Uncle.

  • Keri McCue

    Totes a control freak over here so this hit home for me. I love that this passage says that unless the Lord builds it, it’s done in vain. Meaning, if it’s not done in His name, if you’re not living according to His Word then it’s done in vain. Because that is our purpose, to live for HIM not ourselves. I desperately needed this reminder this morning!

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  • The way I am taking this is not about sleeping per say – Its about allowing anxiety taking over your life. When you’re anxious about something you loose sleep. The Lord wants to to cast all your anxiety on him – Cast all your anxiety on him because he cares for you – 1 Peter 5:7. Those that cast all there anxiety and fears on the Lord, you will get “sleep”. What a wonderful Father we have who takes all our trouble and allows us to have rest – a peaceful mind. Thank you Father for your endless love upon us.

  • How do you respond to Psalm 127:2? “It is in vain that you rise up early and go late to rest, eating the bread of anxious toil; for he gives to his beloved sleep” . . . as a momma of a 6 month old this make me sad! Maybe because I worship sleep right now, but the logic behind this is, if he gives his beloved sleep, and he doesnt give me sleep (or as much as I think I should have) does that mean I am not his beloved? On another note, it also makes me feel less anxious – that I dont have to try so hard to give my kids what I think they should have in terms of activities, healthy food, etc,. Gods got it. I cant provide everything they need – no one can. No amount of money or time or resources can provide what my children need to thrive.

    • Trisha C

      These were my first thoughts as well (mom to a toddler and a 4 week old..) but as I was thinking about it, I think the verse is talking more about losing sleep to anxiety and worry over things you need. The NIV version in the YouVersion Bible app has a note that says the last part of the verse can also be translated “for while they sleep he provides for those he loves.” So just as God provides for the birds of the air and clothes the flowers of the field, how much more does he care for us, His children! This verse is a call to rest in Gods love and trust in His provision instead of losing sleep over worry about what we have or don’t have.

      • Gina

        Oh sweeties, you are new moms!!! That means you are extra beloved! This sleepless time will past, and once you get on the other side it will just seem like a blink! Just relax, do what you can. Worry about you and baby right now. Put everyrhing else on the backburner for a while!

    • Emily

      My study Bible has this in it’s notes regarding Psalm 127:2: “God is not against human effort. Hard work honors God (Proverbs 31:10-29). But working to the exclusion of rest or to the neglect of family may be a cover-up for an inability to trust God to provide for our needs. We all need adequate rest and times of spiritual refreshment. On the other hand, this verse is not an excuse to be lazy (Proverbs 18:9). Be careful to maintain a balance: work while trusting God, and also resting while trusting him.” Hope this helps!

  • I’ve been struggling so much lately with anxiety and stress, and I’ve spent far too much time (more than I care to admit!) worrying over things that are completely out of my control. I am most definitely a “control freak,” so naturally when I feel as if I’ve lost control, I panic and I let that anxiety consume me… even though I know in my heart that God can handle anything and everything better than I ever could on my own, I still struggle with giving up control. This reading was a much needed reminder that I should stop, take a deep breath, and pray! Give it all to the Lord and let Him be the one who is in control!

    • Emily B.

      As one control freak to another, I had the same thoughts with the verses and questions today! Thanks for your encouraging words.

    • She Reads Truth

      Amen, Corrie! Praying for you and asking the Lord to help you give up that control more and more each day. Grateful that you share this morning!

      – Stormye

  • Little confused here. I never get sleep, but I have sons. :p
    Kidding aside this is a powerful Psalm. I realized that I do struggle with trying to protect my life to be what I think it should look like. This is really the opposite of what Christ asks me to do yet I so quickly fall into that tendency of trying to control what my life looks like. This Psalm is a powerful reminder of how fruitless that is.

  • churchmouse

    I add my prayers to all the others for those who long to be moms but have yet to have their desires fulfilled. I too struggled with infertility and know the heartache of sitting through Mothers Day sermons with a heavy heart. I was blessed to meet am older woman who never married, never had children – though it was the longing of her heart. This sweet soul served in the two year old’s room at church and loved on those kids as if they were from her own body. Terrible twos? Not for Miss Alice. To her, each one was terrific and a gift from God. She told me she let go of her desire and accepted His different way of providing children for her. She said He filled her quiver and her heart. Oh it took time but she became content and able to rejoice. I know you all have stories of women like Miss Alice. So grateful for their witness and their faithfulness. I’m praying for relief from the heartache of infertility and for all of us women to encourage and support one another in tender and sensitive ways.

    • Macie

      This is a beautiful story! Thank you so much for sharing!! :)

    • She Reads Truth

      This is so beautiful, Churchmouse. Thank you for sharing about Miss Alice. So grateful to have learned from her through you.

      – Stormye

  • My SRT sisters, when life seems to make you feel so impotent, so hopeless, remember this; our Lord and Savior hears everyone of your pleas. Every individual here is an heir to God’s magnificent Glory in Heaven. The greatest gift you can give Him is your blinding faith in Him alone. The moment you relinquish your fears and control over the things you can’t control, that’s when you’ll start to notice how much Christ will bless your life. I became so weary in trying to gain control over certain things in my life that… I had no where else to turn to. That burden was too big to carry but then I remembered the only selfless person who would willingly carry them for me. Let go and let God. Do not fear because He will guide you to where He wants you to be and you’re exactly where you’re supposed to be because He has not forgotten about you. He has a plan for you and it’s time to see Him in all His Glory ❤️

    • She Reads Truth

      Thank you for these beautiful, encouraging words this morning, Katalina. Grateful for you!

      – Stormye

  • Please pray for me as I have an important job interview tomorrow. I need to give God full control and not let anxiety get me.

  • Why is the verse from the photo different to the daily reading?

  • Blake Showalter

    SRT- I love the question portions in this study as they really help me to process the content! Is that something that could be added to future studies?

    • Ditto! I hope they keep it up too!

    • Please!!! The questions have really helped me with applying the scripture to my own life. It’s truly amazing that our God is the same yesterday, today, and forever! The fact that his word is always relevant is truly incredible. Thank you, Lord, for continuing to speak to your people.

    • She Reads Truth

      Hi Blake! Several of our upcoming studies have discussion questions/reflection questions. So glad you’re enjoying them! We appreciate the feedback!

      – Stormye

    • Stacey Woods

      I agree too — love these reflection questions! I struggle with what certain passages could be interpreted to mean sometimes. Thanks, SRT!

  • Having already raised three kids and released them to (so far successful) adult independence, I like to think I’ve got this whole parenting thing down… I don’t. Haha We’ve still got a 14 year old at home. An adolescent GIRL. Just like her Mama. ‘Cept her Mama… that would be ME, is NOT adolescent. I’m menopausal. (Sorry if that’s TMI, but the struggle is REAL.)

    Even though I’ve learned a lot from the first three about releasing our kids to God’s plan, at times I STILL deal with condemnation, guilt and PRIDE when she acts her age. Somehow I insert myself into the roll of Holy Spirit… and in all fairness it IS sometimes hard to find that balance between parental responsibility and releasing. BUT… as a Christian, especially, it just seems that my faith in Creation’s Heavenly Father should keep me from erring on the side on human control.

    I wish I could say I never loose it with her and am the most patient and loving example of the Proverbs 31 mom and woman… My journal is, however, FULL of my running to Him with my fear and anxiety, and sin.

    What I CAN say is, “God is faithful. With Him all things are possible. He knows the end from the beginning. And He has a plan…”

    So run to Him, I will. With my fear. My anxiety. My accomplishment and my failure. For I KNOW He uses and works all things together for the good of those who love Him and are called according to His purpose… and THAT would be me, my husband, AND my children. ❤️

    • Stacey Woods

      Tammy, thank you so much for writing this today. Yes, the balance between responsibility and releasing our children is so hard to find! And it seems to be a different balance for each child. I was up early praying for my oldest, my son, who just turned 13. He’s brilliant (“profoundly gifted” which instead feels like a curse to him), but he refuses to do the hard work of earning good grades and doing the chores that are expected of him in our family. He is such a test for me all of my waking hours, and I admit that I’ve spent many nights lying awake in anxiety over his future (and whether I’m negatively affecting it – isn’t that a universal mom worry?), rather than casting those burdens on the Lord first thing. I also struggle with remembering to guide him toward right choices instead of trying to control them, because he doesn’t want my offers of guidance either. It’s been almost 2 years of daily struggle for us, and we are so, so, tired. I know that our mighty God has the most beautiful plan for my son’s life already wrapped up, yet it is still difficult for me to accept that he can have a bright future when he has terrible grades as a result of poor effort (that he will likely regret when he matures). It’s SO hard for me to let go of my own ideas (as a parent) of what his success should look like, being that God gifted him with this incredible brain for a reason, you know? Thank you, Tammy, for helping me feel less alone on my see-saw of worry and trust, anxiety and faith, responsibility and release.

      • Tammy

        Stacy Woods, It IS good to share our common struggles! :) And BETTER to know the liberty of walking with a merciful God! The beauty of not EARNING His favor, yet walking in it, rest on me and, therefore, I know is there for my children as well. <3 I'm so glad I don't have to be perfect to walk in His plan. I have a testimony not of perfection, but sinful acts and stupid moves that He redeemed for His purposes. He uses my faults, sins, and fumbles for His purposes and my ultimate good. I'm certain He'll do no less for my kids. :)

        Prayer, prayer, prayer! He promises wisdom if we ask for it. He. IS. Faithful… and trustworthy. . AND He is what I most definitely am NOT: Omnipotent, Omniscient, AND Omnipresent! I am SO THANKFUL that the Holy Spirit is my parenting advocate! I have seen Him correct my children when ears and eyes were closed to my and my husband's instruction, reveal hidden things to us that needed our intervention, and bring about change that no amount of discipline on our part could have. With a God like that and parents who seek His wisdom, our kids can't loose! :) <3

  • I am grateful for this reminder today. I needed to meditate on these exact scriptures. They speak to what I am going through this week. Thank you SRT.

  • We are trying to become debt free and build a savings account to help with the retirement years just around the corner. We are not wanting to rely on our bank account, instead we want to rely fully on Him. But, there’s a fine line that we’re trying to figure out here, being financially responsible, yet relying fully on God.

    • Lynn

      In Him, you can do it! Just keep praising the Lord for all his provisions- your jobs, extra overtime, when you tithe, even when there’s a surprise coupon for extra savings. He honors your labors. He will build. He wants you to be free from debt, so praise Him as you work. We just became debt free in March to the glory of God and his provisions. It’s humbling to experience his abundance and freedom. Prayers for your journey.

  • Sarah Joy

    Also, I wish I could hug each one of you ladies who’s heart breaks when you read about full quivers. Those of you who cry out to the God who is in control to provide you a baby. God sees you. He knows you hurt and ache. He hears your anger and confusion. I have no answers, but I’m saying a prayer for you. This weekend as moms get appreciated know that your mama heart pleases God. He loves you. I’m sorry you are going through this valley. It must be terrible. Hugs and prayers for you this week.

    • Victoria A.

      THANK YOU for this post and your prayers. That is exactly the feeling I had reading through this. My husband and I are on our 4th round of fertility treatments and have been trying to conceive for 21months now. Your words and prayers are exactly what I needed today! Thank you for blessing me with encouragement and hope. <3

      • candacejo

        Praying for you today, Victoria. My son and daughter in law have been married for almost 15 years and tried for ten years to conceive to no avail. Doctors said it would not happen and they, too, had tried just about everything. Then in August of 2015 she became pregnant and little Norah Jayne just turned ONE April 3! Understand it? Never. But trust God that He does all things well and in His time and for His glory? Always. God’s timing is perfect but it is rarely ours. ♥ Here is the story http://www.hopeinthehealing.com/2015/08/30/for-this-child-we-prayed-rachel-and-kyles-miracle/

      • Becky

        I echo this prayer for you all. Sarah Joy, thanks for the Mother’s Day reminder. I spent four years of grief trying to have babies, and losing pregnancies and infants. Now that I have three living kids, I sometimes “forget” the pain of Mother’s Day for girls I know who are still waiting, hoping, grieving for babies. God is good, and he heals and gives good gifts to his children. Don’t lose hope.

    • Rachel

      Thank you Sarah Joy. These verses always break my heart and the waves of pain threaten to crash over my head as the journey of infertility goes on and on. Beings seen and prayed for is like a balm to my aching heart and I so appreciate your thoughtful words. Hugs to all the other ladies longing to be momma’s this Mother’s Day. ❤

    • Martha

      My thoughts as I read this too. My sister who is almost 61, always prayed for children and never had any. She cried and shared this sorrow last year with me and it was so difficult. Thank you Sarah Joy for expressing your love and caring. I will be praying with you.

    • Evan

      Thank you for this post! It brought tears to my eyes to be understood. I am dreading this Mother’s Day. The first child we lost would have been turning 1 around Mother’s Day and it last year I was recovering from an ectopic loss at this time of year.

      • She Reads Truth

        Praying for you in this time of sadness and remembrance, Evan. So grateful for you.

        – Stormye

  • Kristine L

    Oh man. If the Lord isn’t building it, you’re in trouble. I took a new job this year, bragging all the while how I felt God was calling me to this new place and wasn’t I so brave to step out in faith and follow His lead. But the minute I arrived, I’ve been engaged in this tug of war, trying to take control of matters into my own hands, rather than let God build my new house around me. Oops. I’ve been humbled and laid low more times than I care to count this year. But perhaps God is finally the one in charge again.

  • Sarah Joy

    Our mom group has been talking about how God ultimately has control of our children, which frees me. Frees me to give them the best I can without fear of their future. I pray they will follow Jesus all their lives, but they choose their own paths. Trusting God that He loves them and cares for my girls more fiercely than I ever good takes practice for me, but I know God walks with me in this season. “God does not give us a spirit of fear, but of power, of love and of self-discipline.” 2 Timothy 1:7

  • churchmouse

    So much packed into this little Psalm. I just told our youngest daughter (who lives in Florida and is moving to New Mexico in August. We are in Pennsylvania. Which means she’s moving further away. Just sayin.) that mamas would like to put their children in their pockets… And keep them there. But that is not the way life, or God, works. He has His own plan and purpose for each one of us. I can resist it, complain about it, or present my lofty opinion about it but that’s all in vain really. God is in charge. He knows best. So… I pray and relinquish my feeble attempts at control. My sole desire is for my family to live and know and serve the Lord. Prayer and study of His Word reminds me that my desire for my family to be faith – filled doesn’t require my physical presence. The Author of their faith is with them. The foundation has been laid. I’ve laid the stones and added the mortar. Now it’s their turn to build for themselves. God is beside them, blueprint in hand, overseeing it all. I can sleep at night because He doesn’t. He’s up, ever watchful, in control. I don’t have to strive. I just have to be still.

    • Ellen

      Thank you so much for your words @churchmouse. I too live in PA while my 3 children live in other states. I do often want to wrap them in bubble wrap-even their hearts. I wish to protect them from all hurts. But I can’t. And so I pray…I pray that the faith of their childhood grow with them. I pray they they turn to God when they are hurting. They attend church any time they are with me but do not go on their own. I pray they they are drawn to a faith-filled community that will teach them, love them and help to hold them accountable. It helps to know that the Lord loves them so much more than I. And so I relinquish control, trust God and pray.

    • Ann

      Thank you for this reminder. Our last child is heading to college this fall in CA from SC!!! And our boys are in college in AR and KY, so I’m going to have to breathe in His grace and breathe out His praise and remember they are His.

    • Emily

      Thank you for that reminder this morning! There are so many things that I try to keep control over – loved ones and friends mostly. God sees and breathes life into all. He is right beside them always. I don’t have to be in control and have watch over them. Just to trust and be still.

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  • Stephanie Hibbert

    WoW! Thanks for this one!

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