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Straight Paths

Make a Faith Journal Using the Bless Method | Straight Paths | August 10, 2023 | Proverbs 3:5-6

Date: August 10, 2023

I use the BLESS method every morning for my devotional. 

B - Bible Verse
L - Listen for God's Voice and pray
E - Explore the History and meaning
S - Study the Key Words or Phrases
S - Summarize and Share

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B - Bible Verse: “Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding; in all your ways submit to him, and he will make your paths straight." Proverbs 3:5-6

L - Listen for God's Word and pray: Prayer: Dear God, help me embrace unwavering trust in You, even when life feels uncertain. Open my heart to rely on Your wisdom above my own understanding. Teach me to submit my ways to You, knowing that Your plans are greater than mine.

E - Explore the History and Meaning: Proverbs, attributed to King Solomon, is a book of wisdom in the Old Testament. These verses highlight the importance of trusting God over relying solely on human wisdom. Trusting God wholeheartedly and acknowledging His wisdom in all our decisions leads to a life of alignment with His purposes. It's an invitation to surrender our own understanding and embrace His guidance, resulting in a path made straight by His wisdom.

S - Study the Key Words or Phrases: 

Trust: Placing complete faith and confidence in God's guidance and wisdom.

Heart: The center of our being, encompassing our thoughts, emotions, and desires.

Understanding: Our own limited perspective and reasoning.

Submit: Surrendering our plans and desires to God's authority and will

S - Summarize and Share: 

These verses hold a special place in my heart as they remind me of my journey towards deeper faith. Trusting in the Lord with all my heart has been both a challenge and a source of immense comfort. I'll admit, I've often found myself leaning on my own understanding, trying to figure things out on my own. But God's patient whispers have shown me that His ways are higher, His wisdom is unbounded.

Imagine standing at a crossroads, uncertain of which path to take. That's when these verses echo in my mind, encouraging me to submit my ways to Him. It's not just about following a set of instructions; it's about entrusting my hopes, dreams, and struggles into the hands of a loving Father. His promise of making my paths straight feels like a guiding light, illuminating even the darkest corners of my decisions.

I recall moments when I thought I had it all figured out, only to stumble and fall. Yet, through each misstep, I've witnessed His gentle redirection, leading me to unexpected blessings. This trust journey has transformed my relationship with God, teaching me that His timing is perfect and His plans are tailor-made for my best.

So, as I think about these verses, I'm humbled by the reminder that my understanding is limited, but His is limitless. As I choose to lean on Him and let go of control, I find a such a strong sense peace that goes beyond my circumstances. Trusting in the Lord wholeheartedly isn't always easy, but it's an adventure of faith that transforms fear into hope, doubt into assurance, and confusion into clarity.

Bible Cross References:

Proverbs 16:3: "Commit to the Lord whatever you do, and he will establish your plans."

Psalm 37:5: "Commit your way to the Lord; trust in him and he will do this."

Isaiah 30:21: "Whether you turn to the right or to the left, your ears will hear a voice behind you, saying, 'This is the way; walk in it.'"

Jeremiah 29:11:  For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the Lord, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.

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