When Good Intentions Get in the Way

When Good Intentions Get in the Way

July 22, 2016

“And what more can David say to you? For you know your servant, O Lord GOD! Because of your promise, and according to your own heart, you have brought about all this greatness, to make your servant know it.” 2 Samuel 7:20-21 (ESV)

LYSA TERKEURST

“We don’t have a coach for your son’s team. If someone doesn’t step up, the kids won’t get to play.”

The words weighed on my heart, but I had no idea how to coach soccer. I took dance lessons as a child — pirouettes, not penalties! I tried playing softball once. Even so, I don’t think you can count picking wildflowers in right field as actually playing.

But I felt a heap of responsibility as the league director gave the ultimatum. I understood his dilemma. He faced a shortage of parent volunteers. I didn’t want to be known as that parent — the one who never took her turn.

“I’ll coach the team.” The response sputtered out of my mouth. No turning back now.

I still remember the agony of stumbles and fumbles that followed. We lost every game. Every. Single. One. My eager group of 8-year-olds pressed through with smiles on their faces while their clueless coach wore a constant frown.

Each Saturday morning brought more apprehension. I would’ve rather eaten beets than face another brutal defeat. I read books. I watched videos. I tried everything possible to gain a glimpse of knowledge worth passing on to these potential soccer stars. I soon realized this just wasn’t my calling.

King David knew a thing or two about this, as we see in today’s key verse: “And what more can David say to you? For you know your servant, O Lord GOD! Because of your promise, and according to your own heart, you have brought about all this greatness, to make your servant know it” (2 Samuel 7:20-21).

King David spent years in battle, fighting enemies one after another. Not to mention running for his life from the former king, Saul. However, at this time God had given David a break from conflict. He enjoyed much-needed rest in his palace.

Then he got a brilliant idea.

David felt guilty living in luxury while the ark of God “dwelled in a tent.” (See 2 Samuel 7:1-2.) He resolved to do something about it. He was the king, after all. Who better to build a house for the ark of the Lord?

David shared his plan with Nathan the prophet. Since God was with David, Nathan encouraged him to go ahead. There was just one small problem: God didn’t tell David to do it.

That night, God spoke to Nathan with an urgent message for David. God had a different plan for the ark of the covenant, and He needed David to step out of the way. Even though David’s desire came from his best intentions, this job belonged to someone else. And through his mistake, God taught David a valuable lesson.

Sometimes, making a decision solely based on our good intentions interrupts God’s perfect plan.

David took the correction as an opportunity for growing closer to his Lord. And with the heart of a servant, David thanked Him for it. This is God’s desire for us too.

We work with such enthusiasm, don’t we? We try our best to love, help and give. In our zeal, sometimes we step into places God never intended for us. Just like a flower-picking ballerina attempting to coach little-league soccer. But God knows us so well, and He offers grace when we get ahead of Him.

That was my first and last experience with coaching. During the final game of the season, one of the other parents approached me. He asked a question that left me speechless.

“How did you get involved in coaching? This is something I would really enjoy doing!”

He could have been the next person on the list of potential volunteers, but my good intentions got in the way. Lord, forgive me.

In His firm yet gentle way, God teaches us to trust. And when we allow the Lord to guide our decisions, we find unmatched fulfillment. So let’s agree to seek His instruction today. We can race ahead wanting to serve, but let’s also listen for the times He says, “Stop.”

Then, like David, we can thank our loving Father for the training. After all, He’s the best Coach ever.

Heavenly Father, thank You for Your guidance. Forgive me for getting ahead of Your plans, and help me know when to stop and listen for Your direction. Your ways are perfect, Lord. Thank You for offering gentle grace. In Jesus’ Name, Amen.

TRUTH FOR TODAY:
Psalm 33:11, “But the LORD’s plans stand firm forever; his intentions can never be shaken.” (NLT)

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REFLECT AND RESPOND:
What is one specific area of your life where you need God’s guidance today?

What steps can you take to listen for His divine direction?

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  1. I have a difficult time distinguishing between my own thoughts and God’s voice. There have been times when I felt certain God was leading me to make a specific decision…but then in hind site it seems like I made the wrong choice. My thought process can be influenced by fear, anxiety, hormonal changes and depression. Because of this, I sometimes feel paralyzed in fear, scared to make a decision about anything because I’m afraid it’ll be a the wrong one.
    Can anyone explain how to really know if you’re being self led or God led?
    Thank you for this devotion.

    • I, also, have difficulty with this and look forward to seeing the responses.

    • Ditto! You exoressed my struggles as well. Thank you and look forward to responses.

      • You learn to recognize God’s voice by hearing it often–not just when there is a decision to be made. It is your listening heart in consistent Bible study and prayer, focused worship and quiet meditation. There is no magic shortcut. The more time you spend with God (alone and with others), the easier it is to know the difference between your own thoughts, the enemy’s whispered lies and the will of God.

        • Shirlee,
          Thank you very much for your wise words. I will start taking your advice in being able to discern God’s voice from my own. I always look for your responses…you are clearly a “God led” lady! You’re very inspiring to me. Thank you!

        • Thank you for the advice, Shirlee!!

    • Louise, the struggle you share here is something so many of us can relate to. We are constantly growing in wisdom, and God offers grace and guidance as we do our best to hear His voice. Many times I’ve prayed about a decision, only to move forward not feeling certain about it. But trusting God is a daily discipline, and as we continue praying and reading His Word, we will grow in wisdom and discernment.

    • Heather says:

      I don’t know the answer other than if it lines up with God’s word but that can be hard sometimes when it’s a decision that isn’t wrong according to His word but you are trying to decide if it’s right for you. I’d love to hear other people’s thoughts on this!

    • Be still and wait on the Lord, do not be quick to make a decision, spend time in prayer and studying God’s word, if you feel convicted by God to move, move. If others make you feel guilty stay put. God will nudge you and will not stop till you go. He will put it on your heart and mind till you say yes Lord here I am send me. If you quickly say yes out if the wrong motive you might just be interfering in God’s plans for someone else?

    • Be still and wait on the Lord, do not be quick to make a decision, spend time in prayer and studying God’s word, if you feel convicted by God to move, move. If others make you feel guilty stay put. God will nudge you and will not stop till you go. He will put it on your heart and mind till you say yes Lord here I am send me. If you quickly say yes out of the wrong motive you might just be interfering in God’s plans for someone else?

    • Amen Sister! I would love to hear how to know the difference between my good intentions and truly God’s desires for my life!

    • Gods will for us is to be thankful always pray continually and stay joyful. Love god and love other people. Think about things that are excellent praiseworthy noble right. We take every though that enters our mind and compare it to these things above. If I doesn’t match then we ask for god to protect our mind and remove the thought. Works very well for me battling worry fear and anxiety.

    • This is such a familiar struggle in my life. As others have said, pray and spend time with God. When I am unsure I ask for wisdom and guidance and I ask God to direct my path. I few years ago I felt called to dance at my church, which did not have adult dancers at the time. I love to be on stage, but I didn’t want this to be about me, I wanted it to be about God, I prayed about it for a long time, and was certain God was calling me to do it when a lady who I barely knew said I seemed like a dancer and asked me to join a team she was starting. In the same way, when I felt called to start leading the youth, I prayed about it for a long time, and months later I was asked to be a teacher. There are times when we need to act right away, but like the author I often over commit myself and end up in my, and everyone else’s way. Praying about it and waiting for God to line things up instead of doing it on my own has helped me so many times.

  2. Hi often I will determine it is from God if I would never thought of that idea on my own. I am a recovering addict and the 12 step process takes u thru a self awareness and acceptance that developes identity and faith in God

    • Mary in NH says:

      Pamela, I come from a small town that has been shaken up over addiction, 5 young deaths so far this year. I applaud you for seeking God’s strength and applying His principles daily to recover. Prayers for your continued sobriety in Him.

    • Pamela, thank you for sharing this encouragement from your personal journey. Yes, God works in ways beyond what we can imagine. Praise God for your precious testimony!

  3. Ashleigh says:

    I believe that if it aligns with the word it’s more than likely from God. God’s voice brings peace even through discipline! And if I still can’t distinguish the difference I pray with intention for God to reveal himself in a way I can understand.

    • Thank you Ashleigh! I will now look for the feeling of peace that comes with a God’s lead.

    • Yes! I love the wording of your prayer..in a way that I can understand…thank you! Your words have blessed me!!

    • This is a wonderful thought, Ashleigh. Thank you for sharing it. God’s plans for us are good, and we find peace as we rest in Him and allow Him to direct us.

  4. Claudia says:

    You are right, Kristine, He IS the best coach ever! This is *just* what i needed to read tonight. Thrilled to see your post and picture here after seeing it at Compel! Yay!!

    • Hi Claudia! So nice to meet fellow Compel writers! Thank you for the encouragement this morning. Compel is such an amazing community of women.

    • Jessica says:

      Hi Claudia,
      This may seem like an odd question to ask but are there any single women writers writing for Compel? I never see anyone single writing for Proverbs 31…? I’m wondering how much I’d have in common with these ladies since I’m single…I wish there was more of a diverse demographic of people (namely singles) who were writing for this website.

      • I wish and wonder the same thing too. I’ve searched this blog so many times for things that apply to single women, single moms too.

  5. Mmm, yes that’s good stuff. Tasty good. I face this dilemma frequently as someone who works in a helping professional and who is the ever the advocate.

    With a job offer on the table, I have purely unselfish reasons to accept and am called to this type of environment specifically. None of thathe surely affirms the Lord’s will.

    • Shaw, I will be praying for God to make clear His plan for your situation. I will also pray He gives you peace as you move forward with what you feel Him calling you to do. Thank you for your heart to help others!

  6. Kadian Johnson says:

    Funny enough I always find myself in these situations. I often take on a million and one tasks that no one else wants to or is unable to do. Which often results in poor outcomes. I just want everything to work out well and for everyone to be happy but as was pointed out in the devotion – sometimes my good intentions get in the way.
    Recently I have been trying to carefully think through my decisions but Im still a far way off, Lord knows I need help.

    I pray that we will all learn to discern when and what God is instructing us so that we dont stand in his way. I believe with all my heart that when we reach that place, we will have less stress.

    • Sue Harper says:

      I am totally with you Kadian! I’ll be praying for both of us (and ALL of us!) to be close to Him so we can know and do His will, not try to please others all the time!

    • Me too, Kadian! I am joining you in prayer for us all. May we also understand how much God loves us, as we desire to please Him and do His will. The Bible says He “rewards those who earnestly seek Him.” Hebrews 11:6 Let’s continue seeking Him today!

  7. Mpumi Moyi says:

    Thank you for this revelation. I’m currently experiencing the challenge of not getting certain tasks done in my line of work. And now after I read this message I realize the cause of the challenge. I definitely need to start backing off and let those assigned to perform those tasks do their part and I be less involved. And of course for me it has always been a question of being an involved leader, but now I realize God has put me in this position for a different role.

    • Mpumi, your comment blessed me this morning. I can completely relate to the situation you shared. What a wonderful lesson from our Heavenly Father. I can tell you have a heart to help others and lead effectively. I thank God today for teaching us from His life-giving Word.

  8. Thank you for this. I need to listen to God more, and less to myself. I tend to take on more than I can handle then I also reject/neglect some tasks which I really should be doing – all because I went on my own judgement. Lord help me to be obedient to your voice

  9. This encouragesme so much, Kristine, in light of all the needs I see around me. Good to remember to always stop and ask for God’s leading first!

    • Thank you for sharing this, Betsy. We have such a heart to serve our awesome Father, just like David did. And that’s a good thing! I pray today that we can all remember to seek Him first in all we do.

  10. Debbie Poland says:

    Thank you, Kristine for your words. It took me back 30 years when I did the same thing. Back then, the dads took offence that a “girl” was coaching their sons. I stepped down from the pressure. The lesson, for me, is probably similar to that of today – stand up for your convictions, with God walking by your side. With God’s guidance and spending time with the Bible, I can walk where God leads me and follow His plan for my life without caving in to the pressure of outside influences. God is good.

    • Debbie, what a unique perspective you share here. You are so right. We can sometimes let outside influences divert our course. Staying focused on God is the key. And like you said, we can walk where He leads us. Praise God! Thank you for your comment.

  11. Kristine, thank you for this devotional. I volunteered to do something Wednesday at church and it just never happened. Every time I got close to doing it, something else came up. We ended up having a great service and the person that “filled in” for me was really touched and God was able to meet a need for them and used me in a way I was not expecting. I don’t know why I am still so amazed at how He works.

    • Lisa, what a fantastic testimony of God’s faithfulness and sovereignty! He always knows exactly what we need, and I am so thankful everything worked out according to His plan in your situation. Thank you so much for sharing this encouragement.

  12. Excellent, well-written, and thoughtful devotion dealing with a subject many of us relate to all too well–jumping ahead of the gun and taking matters into our own hands.

    • Thank you, Marcia. Your comment is so thoughtful! It is a process, isn’t it? But I’m grateful for lessons like this one that help us grow spiritually. Let’s continue to pray for wisdom as we learn to follow His plans instead of our own.

  13. Christina Roy says:

    -Dear Kristine, Thank you for your devotional today. Thank you for listening to God plans for write them as the were very helpful to me and I am a rush in to help person. I pray God will continue to bless you, your family and you ministry.

  14. I see several good outcomes. If you lost every game, that means others got a chance to win; maybe others that had been praying to “finally win one game.” You showed leadership and a can-do-it attitude to your child and and other children. A parent who might have wanted to coach, but was afraid to step up saw that in you. As you say, at the end of the season, another parent saw that if you could do it, he could do it, and he will probably volunteer to coach next time, having been motivated by watching your coaching. God has a plan in everything. Good intentions would have been if you thought, “I should coach, but I don’t want to hurt the team’s chances of winning because I have no experience, so I won’t volunteer to coach.” You had more than good intentions, you did it.

    We learn from our mistakes and maybe God allows us to make mistakes because it is part of his perfect plan. David’s mistakes have been set permanently in the Word of God as a message of encouragement to all who fall short when they follow God.

    • I appreciate your comment, Tracey. As I read it I thought of 2 Timothy 3:16 that begins, “All Scripture is breathed out by God and profitable for teaching…”. I love reading the lessons like those about David, where we can learn to grow in wisdom. Even though making mistakes is hard at the time, they help us grow and learn, just like you said. Thank you for joining in the conversation today.

    • I agree with Tracy. Psalm 37:23 says The steps of a good man are ordered by God, he delighteth in his way. God still had it in the Palm of His hand.

  15. This was a really good devotion today. Thank you for it.

  16. Oh, friend! How I love seeing your face and reading your words here! thanks for this encouragement to say no. I love how God brought an eager volunteer coach to you to show you His plan for the next season! Blessings!

    • God is so good! And I can also share that this person was a fantastic coach. Wow! God has a plan for all of us, and He is so faithful to guide us. Thank you for your sweet comment, Liz.

  17. Excellent reminder and words of wisdom. Thank you for sharing and touching my heart. Let us all remember to seek God’s glorious face, before running ahead in all things.
    Brenda

  18. Vanessa Swangles says:

    May God be the Glory….Omg, I just prayed that this morning, God truly use you for confirmation. Thank you.

    • My heart is leaping with joy as I read your comment, Vanessa. I love how God uses us to confirm things with one another. He is an awesome God!

  19. Thank you! Today’s devotional hit the spot. I believed for the past few years that God set me as armor bearer to my pastor. I questioned God. I have a heart to serve, but physical limitations. Today, I accepted that I may have heard incorrectly. Thank you for helping me grasp that I may have heard incorrectly.

    • Pam, I am praying right now that God continues to make clear His path for you as you make the decision whether to move forward in this area of serving. You reminded me this morning how important it is for us to pray regularly for our pastors and church leaders. Thank you for sharing today, and thank you for your heart to serve.

  20. This made me chuckle: “I would’ve rather eaten beets than face another brutal defeat.” I have a hatred of beets after being forced to clean my plate in elementary school–you can’t hide beets in a napkin because they bleed and stain like crazy! I’m also a fellow right-field wildflower picker instead of a softball player. No way would I volunteer to coach anything. But this piece reminds me to let God guide my decisions. I just signed up as a Compel member, and I look forward to new guidance as part of the training. What has been the best guidance you received as a Compel member?

    • Sarah, you just made me laugh out loud with your beet story! The thing I’ve enjoyed the most about Compel is that there is something for everyone, so we can all find training unique to our journey. There are weekly snippets of information in the forum, such as the Tuesday Tips. There are longer trainings available monthly, covering everything from book writing to writing for magazines. I know you will be blessed as I have by the wonderful lessons and leaders there. Feel free to message me through Compel with any questions you have. I’ll be happy to help!

  21. Mmmm girl, this is good stuff! I have so been there! In fact, I’m THERE now. Trusting God for direction but we keep trying to put our own plans in place. Impatient much?! Gah! Thank you for this reminder and encouragement today!

    • Yes Crystal, it’s a lesson I have to learn over and over! But God is so gentle and patient with us. Thank you God for helping us to grow and learn from Your precious Word! Thank you for your comment, friend. It confirmed in my heart that we are all in this together!

  22. Sabra Penley says:

    What a joy to see your smiling face when I opened this! And what a perfect message for me to read. God has been speaking this very same thing to me this week. I have a terrible tendency to get all excited and run way ahead of where God wants me to be. But just days ago, I heard Him say, “Sabra…stop.” Love you, Kristine!

    • Love you too friend! I love how God confirms things at just the right time. I too am learning to listen when He says stop. It’s so hard to do! But God loves us and is so patient. I’m thankful how He brings us together to share our experiences and learn from one another.

  23. Wow. I don’t think I’ve ever thought that much about whether or not the things I volunteer to do at church are all “God” led. It just seems if there’s an opportunity to do something for Him, then we should take it. However, today made me realize that unless we’ve prayed about it, and heard from Him, that just might be someone else’s opportunity! I pray that I would never get in the way of His plans, but to just be in His will. God bless you. You are already an amazing writer!

    • Thank you for that encouragement Melanie! I can tell you have a sweet servant’s heart and a willingness to serve your church. I praise God for you and the lives you touch through serving! I have been involved in starting new churches before, where I felt God leading me to do more to meet the need. There have been seasons where I served in several areas, and still other seasons of rest. I believe as we trust God and stay close to Him, He will walk with us through whatever season we find ourselves in. Praying for us all as we reach out to others as God uniquely calls us.

  24. Thank you Kristine for such a heart-felt devotion of good intentions. I too, have done the same thing. (definitely not coaching tough). Thank you Shirlee for your reply as I enjoy reading your comments.

    I want to share a few things. (1) I have a dear friend in her 70’s that shared with me a few years ago “do not make hasty decisions”……of course, I pray over major decisions, however, there are times when we have to make split-second decisions even if we think we are doing what is best at the time. (2) One of my aunts (now home with Jesus) taught me to pray for God to “open the doors that need to be open” and “shut the doors that need to be shut”. (3) When I surround myself with Godly women with wisdom and a discerning spirit, it helps me in my own decisions. I will say for myself that I have been battling a personal struggle for almost 6 years. I have been up and down like a roller coaster with my emotions. Therefore, several years ago, I made a commitment to myself to get up before the chickens, roosters, crack of dawn, etc. and spend time reading my Bible daily, actually “studying” scripture, doing a Bible study, praying, mainly praying for others instead of myself and now the kicker………..have “ALONE” time with God in the actual quietness with no noise, etc. (that is why I have to get up so early with no interruptions). There is true meaning behind the verse “Be still and know that I am God”. Even though I haven’t heard God speak audibly to me (would flip out if I did and sometimes I wished I could), I have been convicted to just “sit” and listen to God speak to my heart. I am waiting for a huge victory and I keep waiting. So I remind myself of John Waller’s song “While I Am Waiting”. I know I am rambling in this post but I have written what I want to share as it may help someone else. I will pray for all you ladies in ministries and all of us ladies that are readers. ~Lisa~

    • Thank you for this post. I am also struggling in areas where I serve in at my church and feeling nudged to do something new. When I don’t do it – I hear nothing. I am so confused on what God wants me to do. Lysa’s post on Be still and Listen is a great reminder. Thank you!!!

    • Lisa, your comment is not rambling at all. In fact, you share wonderful points here. Both your friend and your aunt gave such wise advice! I love learning from strong, Godly women. I am right there with you on that last point, as well. We often forget the most important thing – to spend that quiet, alone time with God. Great reminders, and thank you so much for sharing them!

  25. Sharon McNemar says:

    This devotion spoke directly to me. Feeling guilty because no one else is stepping up to the plate has got me in positions I had no business being in. It is hard to stand by waiting for the right person even when you know it’s not your calling at the time. God is good and will turn things as they should be if we just let him. Thank you for reminding me that good intentions are not always God’s intentions.

    • I appreciate your comment today Sharon, and I am so glad the devotion spoke to you. I will be praying God brings the right person at the right time to carry out His perfect plan in this situation.

  26. Dee Dee McGinnis says:

    Thank you! I needed to read this : )

  27. I need to be able to pray more with a sense of urgency and coviction

  28. Thank you for this devotional, I love the verse in this Psalm 33:11. What a great reminder! We are seeking his direction for some major decisions in our life. We put our home on the market 2 months ago and praying for the Lords direction. My husband and I have felt a pull to move away for sometime now, but not really understanding why. Our immediate family is here, our loving church family is here, our kids are plugged in and thriving in school, relationships, and youth group, great job……so all this to say why would we give up everything and move 9 hours away to an area where we absolutely know no one, no job, nothing?? Are we crazy? Well this week a cash offer came in on our home, which if we except would put us moving in 1 month!!
    We want to be 100% in the Lord’s will and nothing less! So as we continue to pray for direction and open doors. Life is in full swing of uncertainties and extremely frightening waters, but I know who holds the future and I will trust in him! Thank you for this devotional and the reminder that God’s plans will not be shaken.

    • Wow Jill, as I read your comment I felt the desire to pray for you and your situation right now. May I? Lord, I pray for peace for Jill and her family as you guide them in this big decision. I believe your plans for them are good, and you are in control. Thank you Lord for holding her family and covering them with your love. Amen!

      Thank you for sharing your story with us Jill.

  29. I’ve only been reading devotionals on here for a week or so. I’ve shared many posts with my girl friends. The posts I’ve read have been right on target with situations someone in our group of ladies has experienced the day before..makes me tear up each time, though I know it is the work of God. I smile and say a Thank You to God each time, then share with those friends. Today’s post is exactly like me…trying to fix everything, but this whole summer has been an eye-opener and I have realized I cannot do everything for everybody, but have read multiple devotions daily and share with them to help growth my faith, as well as theirs. Today’s is yet another reminder to not “fix” the problem myself, but point them to God. It also reminded me of a quote I read year’s ago and it was taped to my old desktop computer…”When praying, don’t give God instructions…just report for duty.” Love that! Going to write it down again and post it by my mirror! Thank you for the devotion and thank you to all of those who posted comments…I love reading them just as much as the devotions! Have a Blesses Day! 🙂

    • I love that quote, Mel. Thank you for sharing! Thank you also for sharing the important reminder that we can point others to our loving Father.

  30. Magi Torres says:

    When my church asked me to volunteer in a leadership role I was honored but wasn’t sure about it. Instead of praying about it, I let my emotions drive me to my decision as well as feeling like I didn’t want to let anyone down. In time I found myself feeling overwhelmed and having no quiet time for myself with the God. This started to eat at me and I couldn’t find the courage to step down, which was now causing me to feel spiritually withdrawn. A group of friends in my bible study helped me through this and with Gods help I stepped down. Immediately I felt and incredible peace. So maybe my good intentions were not Gods plan.

    Thank you for your devotion.

    • Beautiful story of God’s direction in your life, Magi. I also love how He allowed this group of ladies to help you as you walked through this situation, coming alongside of you. Thank you for sharing!

  31. I so needed this . I am going thru some difficult issues and really need God to guide me more than ever.

    • I am praying for you right now Irma. May God guide you as you walk through a difficult time. I pray His love will comfort you and His Word will bring you peace and uplift you.

    • Father God, thank you for your guidance in Irma’s difficult time right now. I pray that you speak to her about what you want her to do in these difficult issues. Thank you for your presence in her life. In Jesus’name I pray. Amen. Hugs, Irma!

  32. I loved your story of stepping up to coach to avoid the team being cancelled for the year. However, I viewed it totally different. I viewed it as you giving those kids and opportunity to learn and play for fun, even if they never won a game. I’mean sure they learned something, if only the value of team work and persistence. You never gave up on your team and came back every week, believe me the kids notice and it speaks volumes to them about keeping your word, standing in the face of adversity, never giving up and always depending on God, and always being humble enough and willing enough to continue learning and growing. Your child will have the memory for ever of being on a team with their parent as a coach, that’s priceless (win or lose). The other person who stepped up at the end of the season may not have been in the mindset or position to sign up to coach at the beginning of the season, but you stepping in could have allowed enough time for them to realize this desire in their heart and you were there to show them the way. Finally, if it did nothing elselse, it allowed you to grow in so many ways, and as a teacher and mom I know the momentstatus you shared with the team are priceless. Just my perspective anyway. God bless you.

  33. Corrected! Sorry for typos! 😉

    I loved your story of stepping up to coach to avoid the team being cancelled for the year. However, I viewed it totally different. I viewed it as you giving those kids an opportunity to learn and play for fun, even if they never won a game. I’m sure they learned something, if only the value of team work and persistence. You never gave up on your team and came back every week, believe me the kids notice and it speaks volumes to them about keeping your word, standing in the face of adversity, never giving up and always depending on God, and always being humble enough and willing enough to continue learning and growing. Your child will have the memory forever of being on a team with their parent as a coach, that’s priceless (win or lose). The other person who stepped up at the end of the season may not have been in the mindset or position to sign up to coach at the beginning of the season, but you stepping in could have allowed enough time for them to realize this desire in their heart and you were there to show them the way. Finally, if it did nothing else, it allowed you to grow in so many ways, and as a teacher and mom I know the moments you shared with the team are priceless. Just my perspective anyway. (But, I also see your point of seeking God for the right position and timing). God bless you.

  34. This devotional was such a blessing! Thank you for allowing God to use you.?

  35. Thanks for the encouraging word. Much needed!

  36. I need to stop and listen for God’s direction in my marriage. My husband and I are going through a divorce that I don’t want. I feel completely lost. I’m struggling to trust God. Prayers would so be appreciated.

    • Deborah says:

      I have been exactly where you are and it is very hard to be forced into a divorce you don’t want. You can’t change your husband but God can. Pray fervently for him to turn to God and seek His Will. For him to have a renewed heart and mind to follow hard after God. Pray he will honor God and the commitment he made to God and you in your marriage. I chose to set my mind on honoring God before others and my children no matter the outcome of my situation. A dear friend encouraged me to snuggle up to Jesus. I prayed for Him to be the husband to me that my husband refused to be. I spent time with God through reading my Bible, devotions, sisters in Jesus, and Christian music. I put sticky notes with scripture that spoke to me or encouraged my heart. I refused to be pulled into drama and prayed for God to fill my heart and home with His Peace. And He did despite an outcome I would not have chosen. So here I am today using my season of suffering to reach out to you. God is good like that. He does not allow our pain to be wasted when we stay close to Him. God bless you dear sister. I will be praying for you. Please be in touch if I can be of further support. Deborah

      • I am praying for you, Kim. I pray for God’s peace to fill your heart as He walks you through this time. I pray you will find comfort as you lean on Him. He is faithful, and He loves us so much! I thank Him for His guidance through your situation, sweet sister-in-Christ.

  37. What an awesome message! I can SO relate. I love learning from David. The way God worked through His mistakes, teaching and guiding Him with wisdom and patience …holding him accountable in the most loving way for his mistakes… It’s very relatable and a very much needed message today.
    Thanks for your faithfulness to say “yes” to writing here, today.
    Happy Friday!!
    Megs

    • I agree Megs! I feel like we relate to David so well because he had his ups and downs, just like we do. God teaches amazing lessons through the lives of His precious children. So thankful for His Word today and every day! Thanks for your affirming comment, too. It blessed me!

  38. I wonder how many times I’ve gotten in the way of God’s best by trying to be “helpful”? Thanks!

    • Thank God that He teaches us about ourselves, and how to grow and be more like Jesus. I pray we can always know when to be helpful, and when step back. With God, we can. Blessings Cheryl!

  39. Your words today really hit home! Thank you

    • I appreciate your thoughtful comment, Cathey. I needed to read them again myself! God’s Word is always alive and touches our hearts in new and fresh ways.

  40. Wow. No words to express how timely this is. Absolutely thankful for this

    • Oh Nina, your comment touches my heart. Thank you for letting me know that it was a timely word for you. God is awesome to give us what we need at just the right time.

  41. RebeccaLynn says:

    Waiting on the Lord! That’s something I’m not always good at ~ but it’s so essential! Thank you for the reminder that God’s timing, God’s plans, God’s ways are always the BEST! When He opens doors, you’ll know it ~ if you’re pausing to listen and look!

  42. Michela says:

    I need guidance in hearing the Lord’s voice clearly. My husband & son moved almost 12 months ago & I planned on transitioning soon after but could not replace my job or come close. I have been living with my mom & not sure what the Lord had in mind with the long transition for me. I am planning on giving notice without any employment lined up in one week. I’m hoping my current employer allows me to work part-time or from home. I feel in my heart the Lord has so much more for me to do but I’m not hearing HIM clearly. I don’t spend a significant amount of time with the Lord but talk to Him sporadically through out my days. Please pray I will hear HIS voice. Thank you!!

    • Praying with you Michela. May God continue to guide you in this time of transition as you spend time with Him and in His Word. I pray you will hear from God in your situation and have a peace that surpasses understanding, whatever direction He leads.

  43. Sally Ann Price says:

    Thanks for sharing this. Have a great weekend!

  44. This was sent to my inbox at just the right time! I needed to hear it and so does my son. Thank you Lysa and thank you God!

  45. Susan G says:

    Oh such a good reminder that everything we think we should do just might not be in God’s perfect will or timing. I will pray and seek Him for every decision I think I should do.
    Thanks for this!

  46. Cindy McMaken says:

    I felt called to be a nurse when I was a young girl. It took way longer that I expected, but I finally became an RN in 2002. A few years ago, I very clearly heard God tell me to go back to school to become a Nurse Practitioner. I graduated in Nov 2014 and started working as a NP in Jan 2015. I have been miserable ever since. I just turned in my resignation last week. I feel a sense of relief from the enormous stress and anxiety I’ve been under. I don’t understand where I went wrong. Somehow, I misunderstood God’s direction for my life. I appreciate this devotional. I have great intentions, and thought I was following God’s plan, but evidently I need to hone my listening skills.

  47. This is so good. I need to enlarge it, frame it and put it in every room of my house. I struggle with the mantra “If there is a need, fill it!”. Thankfully, I don’t always step up like I use to but I deal with a ton of guilt still for not stepping up. I love the story of David wanting to build the temple – it is the perfect example. Thank you so much for this post!!

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