“And from everyone who has been given much shall much be required….” (Luke 12:48; NAS)

This verse from the bible keeps coming to mind lately. I am not saying this to brag, but I am feeling overwhelmed by God’s goodness to me. My life has been very blessed. Yet, as I look around me, I see so many struggling. A friend recently lost her father; another friend, her sister-in-law. Several friends struggle financially, some with illness. I now actually know prisoners who are close to giving up. One young man is emotionally disturbed and his mother is fighting for him like a mother tiger defending her cub.  The list goes on.

I wish that God would give me a road map, or drop a sign on my head so I could know where I am heading. His gentle leading makes me feel I’m on the right track, and yet, I feel some trepidation. What if I miss the signs? What if I don’t have the courage? What if I become overwhelmed?

I guess I am learning to trust these days, far more than I have ever trusted before. I am – very slowly – learning to turn my concerns over to God, whatever the issue. That is difficult to do when one has tried to be self sufficient and independent her entire life. I have to believe that I will be able to walk the path before me with His blessings and guidance. I pray for similar blessings on all who struggle with the hills and valleys of life.

“…for your Father knows what you need, before you ask Him.” (Matt 6:8; NAS)

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The Prisoner's Prayer Book

Louise is author of The Prisoner's Prayer Book which evolved as she became a volunteer in prison ministry. Retired from a career in social services, Louise resides in Michigan's Upper Peninsula.

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