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  • Writer's pictureLauren Mitchell

Slow It Down

August is on its way out the door. There are four months left in 2020. And though I know we want to shout our “Hallelujah!”, we have to remember that each one of the days is assigned a purpose by our God.

I want it to slow down.

Some of you just said, “What!? Did she seriously say slow it down!?!?”

I did. I said "slow it down” because I know that if we don’t learn what we need to learn in 2020, then we’re not really moving on in 2021.

This year did not look anything like we expected or planned, but we have to grieve those expectations, have the funeral and move on. I can’t lament anymore; I definitely can’t eat like I’m lamenting either! Can I get an Amen!?

We have to bury those expectations and let God grow something new, and we’ve got four months so we better get busy. We get busy planting the truth in our souls. This is a planting and watering season. We plant the truth that God has a purpose for every day, and then when it seems dry and we don’t remember our hope, we water. We water. Then we water again. We do not grow weary of telling the truth to our soul over and over.

“As for you, O Lord, you will not restrain

your mercy from me; your steadfast love and

your faithfulness will ever preserve me.”

Psalm 40:11

“I will give thanks to the Lord with my whole heart; I will recount all of your wonderful deeds.

I will be glad and exult in you;

I will sing praise to your name, O Most High.”

Psalm 9:1&2

“And I will lead the blind

in a way that they do not know,

in paths that they have not known

I will guide them.

I will turn the darkness before them into light,

The rough places into level ground.

These are the things I do, and I do not forsake them.”

Isaiah 42:16

“Behold, the eye of the Lord is on you,

on those who fear him,

on those who hope in his steadfast love.

Let your steadfast love be upon us,

even as we hope in you.”

Psalm 33:18&22

If you needed a place to start, water your soul with these. Remember, remember that God’s mercy and steadfast love will preserve us. Then, give thanks to the Lord for everything you can think of today, and remember the ways He has shown love and mercy. Ask God to turn your darkness into light, and the rough places you face into level ground before you. Hold fast to hope, because Satan wants to wrench it right out of our hands. He knows that as we hope in God, His steadfast love is upon us.

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