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Weekly Prayer – Friday, June 26, 2015

Photo by Susanne Moorman Rowe

Photo by Susanne Moorman Rowe

In light of yesterday’s post, this prayer calls us to a slower pace that dwells and trusts in God’s provision.

Dear Jesus,

You tell me to consider “lilies” and “birds.”
You promise me“I have everything I need.”
You call me to surrender.
To trust.
You sing me into greater slowness, where I can believe there is somehow enough.
That I am enough.

I clutch on to the crazies and the frantic, because the spin of so much activity makes me feel productive. Productivity means success, means value, means admiration, is….


Belovedness as your child means good, means enough, means yes, is…


I can never live as you call me to, Jesus, when I am hurried and scattered,
pinging from item to item on that scrap of bullet-pointed scrawl, gloating on the counter.
I know. Even when I do every item on that list, it doesn’t mean I come to the end of the day satisfied,
or that I go to bed with a heartbeat of peace.

What is true in my fritter of activity proves true in my prayers to you.
I so swiftly swipe away the sweetness of one answered prayer because I’ve already focused on the next need.
Like a cloud, my anxiety shifts, hovering from one corner of life’s landscape to the next.

But for today – and maybe I’ll only make it today –
I trust there is enough time to do and be that for which you ask.

I will melt into the resting ground of green pastures and still waters
where deliverance from the frenzy cannot reach.
I will use what time I have to make it a resting ground for
all your children.

In trust of you, in love for you, Amen.

Scripture references –
Matthew 6:26-28 CEB
Psalm 23:1 NLT


  1. moormanrowe

    Thank you, thank you, thank you for these beautiful words. Just this morning I wrote that I felt like I was letting the chaos in my life buffet me around like a steel ball in a pinball machine. Your prayer has calmed and comforted me.

    • ariannelehn

      Thank you, Susanne! I’m grateful Christ is meeting you with peace and calm…

  2. Ann Rossing

    Wonderful message. Living in the moments with gratitude.

    • ariannelehn

      Thank you, Ann. How I need continual reminders to practice gratitude in the present…

  3. teachmetobraid

    This, like your most recent prayer, spoke straight into my heat. Especially all the stuff about the to-do list, and “pinging about.” Oh my goodness, I am an AMAZING pinger!!! (That’s not a good thing.) Just shared this on my Teach Me To Braid Facebook page.

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