Day #8: Prayers to Pray During Times of Change #YouandYourGirl series

Day 8 of 9 | Lord, make me gentle | 9 Prayers to Pray During Times of Change | #youandyourgirl series {May 2015} by Lynn Cowell

Day 8: Lord, Make Me Gentle


But I made this for you?


My whining tone even threw me off. Why was I overacting? All he said was he wasn’t hungry.


Slipping into my office, I gave myself a time out. I knew I needed to ask myself: What’s going on? Why are you so irritable? Why the short temper these past few days? What has triggered this? In less than 30 seconds I knew the answer.


I was tired.


When schedules are upside down and the pattern that was right is now not right at all, our minds grow weary. Routine brings a certain rhythm. When the design of our days is interrupted, we can easily be interrupted. Our gentleness is gone faster than my homemade cheesecake baked for a family birthday.


I’m so glad Jesus doesn’t expect us to be the do-it-all, have-it-all together girl. If that was the criteria to be His or to be used by Him, I’d be out. Because I don’t. I don’t have it all together. {Honestly, some days I don’t feel like I’ve got it half together!} But when I don’t, He still doesn’t leave me. He won’t judge me, condemn me or even get mad at me. In fact, He is gentle with me.


So as I receive His gentleness toward me, I pray that even in a season of change, I’ll be able to be gentle toward others. Because the more I accept His gentleness for me, the more I can pass on His gentleness to those around me.


Jesus, change brings out the bear in me. I get tired, weary and just plain worn out. I know You are gentle toward me. Thank you. I need it. Please help me to pass that gentleness on to those around me today. Amen


When do you most feel like you loose the ability to be gentle? When you are tired? Hungry? Angry? Overwhelmed? Target your trigger point. What is going on in you when you fail to be gentle?

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  1. I just love how real you are! Some days I read your blog and think “That’s me!” This was just one of those days. I really wanted to let you know how much I appreciate your candor and willingness to talk about your humanness. There are times I don’t own up to my weaknesses for the very reason of appearing weak. I know we all are and God loves us anyway. Thank you for putting it right out there so I have encouragement in this parenting struggle. You are a blessing.

    1. Lynn Cowell says:

      You’re so welcome, Lynn! I figure that have to be others who are struggling like me. We need each other and together, God can take our weaknesses and use them to make Himself famous!

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