Devotionals

Take a breath, and allow God to make a change

Written by Madeline Twooney

Thought of the day: 

Instead of procrastinating, l need to take a breath and allow God to make changes in my life. He will make all things work together for my good. 

“And we know that in all things God works for the good of those who love him, who have been called according to his purpose.”

Romans 8:28  (NRSV) 

This past month, l have known little peace. It feels like one thing after another is changing in the lives of my husband and l. Each day brings something new to deal with, and l feel like my head is spinning uncontrollably in an effort to keep up.  

I understand that God is leading us through a series of transitions in order to bring us into a higher understanding of Him, as well as bring us closer to fulfilling the dreams that He has put in our hearts.  

However, this month, l have been too pre-occupied with the here and now, with the challenges that are confronting us. l have not been able to think about the future benefits that our transitional period will make possible for us.  

Yesterday afternoon, l went out to my garden with my little one-eared pussycat to catch the last rays of sun for the day. The wind was blowing gently in my face, and l drank in the tranquility and stillness that my green oasis always gives me.  

I watched my pussycat stretch out on the grass and close his eyes contentedly; above him, a few doves had landed on the neighbor’s roof and were drinking from a rain pipe. People across the road were laughing as they hugged each other goodbye.  Everyone in my direct vicinity was at peace and allowing things to happen as they came – except for me. How could this be? 

Then, l felt like God told me to take a breath – just take a breath and allow Him to make the changes in our lives that He wanted to make. He loves us and will make all things work together for our good. I need not be afraid, for we were safe with Him.   

So, l did what God asked me to do – l took a breath, breathed out, and gave Him permission to do what He needed to do in our lives. 

When l woke up this morning, l felt like a weight had been lifted off my chest. I had been holding on so tightly to what God wants to change, that l had failed to see that He had been holding on tightly to me this entire time. By handing my pain over to Him, He had given me peace and renewed my faith. 

Prayer: 

Loving Father, thank you that You always meet us in the midst of our insecurities. Forgive us when a lack of faith makes us hold onto things that You want to change in us. Teach us to let go and trust in You, for You make all things come together for our good. Amen. 

Delve deeper: 

Are you resisting changes that God is making in your life? Do you crave peace during this period of transition? Spend time with God in prayer, and ask Him to help you let go of what you’re holding tightly on to. Trust that all things will work together for your good because He loves you.  

This devotional was published on the 2nd October 2019 on PresbyCan Daily Devotional.

About the author:

Madeline Twooney is a Christian writer and blogger. She has written articles for SheLovesConverge, and Ruminate Magazine and is a contributing writer for Crosswalk.comChristianity.com, and YMI Magazine.

In her spare time, Madeline gets creative as a freelance Special Effects Makeup artist, and she loves dancing to Sister Sledge and Stevie Wonder whilst cooking. Madeline is British but lives in Germany with her husband and their one-eared pussycat. You can contact Madeline at madelinetwooney@gmail.com or tweet her at @MTwooney

2 Comments

  • Eunice

    Do you know this happened to me just last week? I had been literally wrestling with God on stuff He wanted me to let go of. I slowly realized that I was just wearing myself out and was getting no where. The moment i finally handed everything over to Him, asking Him to help my unbelief (like Thomas lol), It seemed like that was exactly what He had been waiting for. A major prayer request of mine was answered that very night while I slept!!!
    I can say I have learnt a big lesson in all this – just take a deep breath and trust Him.

    • Madeline

      It is a profound lesson to learn, isn’t it? But oh, the relief when you let out that deep breath and hand it over to God! The stress just drifts away in the wind! 🙂

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