Thursday, July 9, 2015

The Prayer of the Impatient

            Out of pure curiosity, I signed up for the Blogging 101 email course that started on July 6.  I just wanted to know what kind of assignments it had, and Day 4 has actually come in handy.  Here is today’s assignment: “Publish a post you’d like your ideal audience member to read, and include a new-to-you element in it.”  So, I thought I would share my thoughts for this assignment.

            Who is my ideal audience member?  First of all, after having a birthday this past week, my mind has already been on my age and the future and biological clocks and all that.  Therefore, my ideal reader at this moment would be my future husband if he’s out there somewhere.  In all honesty, I do often wonder if he has ever stumbled across my blog and if he likes it.  I participated in a Bible study about six years ago that encouraged the participants to write letters to their future spouses and being the sentimental, romantic type, I have kept a small box with a few letters I’ve written since then.  I looked through that box and those letters are too personal for the public eye, but I did come across a short poem/psalm that I had put in there.  If I were to title it, I would probably call it “The Prayer of the Impatient” and it could work as the new element for the assignment.  I have used some poetry in the past, but it has been a while and most of my newer readers have probably not seen any.  Hope you enjoy:

Calm my restless spirit, Lord.
Still my anxious thoughts.
Help me not to keep watching for tomorrow,
but to live for You today.
Show me the way to Your peace and joy.
Let me be swallowed up in Your love and mercy.
Bring me to a place of comfort
and fill me with Your peace.
Help me not to dwell in the “some days” and “what ifs”
but to live right here, right now in Your good and perfect will.
Teach me to stop looking for where I’m going,
and just to focus on where I’m at.


  1. That is really beautiful. Focus on Him right now. He'll take care of the rest.
    If I'd written a letter to my future wife it would've started off with a thank you for marrying me because no one else would...

    1. Lol, I'm sure your wife is grateful for you too. And thank you for the encouraging words :)

  2. Happy belated birthday! Such a pretty poem! It is always hard to live today without thinking of the tomorrows, but always good to keep our eyes and hearts focused on God.


  3. Happy belated bday, Elizabeth.
    What a moving post. Hope you have a glorious day.

  4. It will be very interesting when you show your husband those letters. Happy Birthday--late, but you can never celebrate too much.

    1. I look forward to that day when I can share them with him.

  5. When I was single, I got so tired of people saying, "It'll come when you least expect it" and "stop looking and it will find you." For the record, I met my husband on an online dating site, so I was very actively looking!

    1. Yeah, sometimes I just want people to leave me alone and let me handle my own singleness. My least favorite comment is "you just got to put yourself out there" and then no other real advice to follow up on it.


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