Looking back through some of the devotional thoughts that have had special meaning for me during the last couple of years, I came across something that I ear-marked as a “keeper.” It is a prayer written by one of my favorite devotional authors, Lysa TerKeurst. I have adapted and taken ownership of this prayer for myself, for the new year:
Unearth that remnant of unforgiveness.
Shake loose that justification for harshness.
Reveal that broken shard of pride.
Unsettle me in the best kind of way. For when I allow Your touch to reach the deepest parts of me, suddenly, a fresh wind of life twists and twirls and dances through my soul.
I can delight in forgiveness and love more deeply.
I can discover my gentle responses and find softer ways for my words to land.
I can recognize the beauty of humility.
I can rest assured that even though harsh winds blow, I will be held by Him.
Goodbye shallow love, sharp words, and self-focus. Welcome deeper love, softer words, unleashed intimacy, and the certainty I am held.
Welcome my unsettled heart.