Lord, I only just THINK I know what I need. But you see what I cannot, for I am severely limited by the cloud of emotions I am under, and by my very narrow human perspective. Father, I ask you to come to my aid. Help me lift the burden of my heart up to you, and leave it before your feet, my humble offering. I have nothing better to give you in return for all the miracles you have wrought in my life. But Lord, as much as I love you, it is difficult to just leave my heart at your feet. It’s like a pesky little ghost crying out for attention: “Feed me! Feel sorry for me! Don’t FORGET about me!” So, Father, I give you my mind and my will as well, in hopes that the weakness of my heart does not get in the way of YOUR will, Lord. I do not CHOOSE to be downcast, but rather to trust in you. You have never let me down. Why should my heart be discouraged by circumstances around me, when YOU have not changed, my Lord?!
1 Peter 2:19 ERV
One of you might have to suffer even when you have done nothing wrong. If you think of God and bear the pain, this pleases God.
1 Peter 4:19 ERV
So if God wants you to suffer, you should trust your lives to him. He is the one who made you, and you can trust him. So continue to do good.
Father, I give my heart, my mind, my will to you. You are my Shepherd and you will protect me from this storm. Please give me good things to do, to keep me busy and keep me calm and close to you. I don’t want to be like a foolish sheep who runs about, making a big fuss about the storm. I’d rather be a wise sheep and stick close to my Shepherd and allow You to shield and protect me. Thank you, Jesus, for holding my hand. Help me hang on til the end.