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The Upper Room Devotional 22nd August 2022

The Upper Room Devotional 22nd August 2022

The Upper Room Devotional 22nd August 2022

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The Upper Room Daily Devotional For Today 22 August 2022Follow God’s Lead By Jessica E. Dutton (Maine, USA)

TOPIC: Follow God’s Lead

Jessica E. Dutton (Maine, USA)

TODAY’S READING

Jeremiah 17:7-8

KEY VERSE: Blessed is the one who trusts in the Lord, whose confidence is in him. – Jeremiah 17:7 (NIV)

MESSAGE

To celebrate our eleventh wedding anniversary my husband and I took ballroom dancing lessons — something we had wanted to do for years! Before we learned the basic steps to the foxtrot, waltz, and merengue, our instructor taught us proper dancing position.

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He showed us where to place our hands and told us to imagine we had swallowed broomsticks so we would stand tall and straight. Then he instructed me to let my left shoulder rest firmly in my husband’s hand so my husband could easily guide me across the dance floor. Yet, instead of trusting his guiding hand, I often tried to anticipate the next steps or even completely take over, resulting in a misstep and loss of rhythm.

The Upper Room Devotional 22nd August 2022

 

That advice about ballroom dancing has stuck with me because of its broader application. How often do we ignore God’s guiding hand and try to guess and plan the best steps forward? How often do we take over, thinking we know best? Yet all the while God is present to guide us if we trust ourselves to God’s loving care. Truly there could be no better guide than our faithful God.

THOUGHT FOR THE DAY

I can always trust God to guide my steps.

TODAY’S PRAYER

Dear Father, thank you for your steadying presence when we lose our rhythm. Help us trust you to guide us each and every day. Amen.

PRAYER FOCUS

For a deeper trust in God

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The Upper Room Devotional 22nd August 2022

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LORD JESUS, I BELIEVE YOU DIED FOR MY SINS, FORGIVE ME OF ALL MY INIQUITIES. I ACCEPT YOU AS MY LORD AND SAVIOUR FROM TODAY AND FOREVERMORE. COME AND BE THE LORD OF MY LIFE AND I AM WILLING TO OBEY YOUR COMMAND AND LIVE ACCORDING TO YOUR WILL AS YOU HELP ME, THANK YOU FOR ACCEPTING ME INTO YOUR FOLD. AMEN

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