What Do You Look For? {word filled wednesday}

Have you asked yourself lately what you’re looking for? 

Especially when you find yourself in the midst of a trial or transition?

When you are  plain unhappy with today and want a different outcome for tomorrow?

I was caught off guard recently when I noticed that in one particular area of my life I have been placing my hope in a change of circumstances occurring in my life rather than in the purposes of God.  My gaze has locked in on the opportunity for a new beginning, and I have been scheming in my mind how this transition time could deliver what I hope for our family and community.

It isn’t that my desire for this particular situation is rooted in wrong thinking, a selfish outcome, or impure motives.  On the contrary, as a problem solver and visionary, my passion for resolution is fueled by my natural gifts and talents coming together as I brainstorm, evaluate, and rethink how it all should play out.  However, since I am not in the position to carry out these ideas nor foster the solution, it is a foolish waste of time to hope in any of my solutions.  In the end, I will only become frustrated and disillusioned, especially with those in a position to do something to solve this particular problem.

So what should I do? 

What should you do when you see a solution to a problem that is not yours to fix?

We need to shift our gaze.  While we can certainly tell the Lord what we want, certain that He will hear our prayers, we must remember that He won’t necessarily respond with a “yes.” His will is more important than our solutions.

He sees the big picture. We only see our picture.

Instead of setting our sights on our purposes, we need to shift our focus to the Lord sovereign will.  It is a simple process:

  1. Confess to the Lord the desires of your heart.
  2. Acknowledge that He is God, who sees the whole picture.
  3. Ask the Lord to change your heart and to surrender to His purposes.
  4. Be willing to join the Lord in His work and solution, instead of requiring Him to join in yours.
  5. Commit to trusting in His outcome.

When we put our hope in the Lord, we will never be disappointed.  His outcome is perfect.  Always.
Thank you for joining me in this intentional journey of living with perspective as I discover what it means to hope in the Lord this year.

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Elisa Pulliam

Elisa is a trained biblical life coach, mentor, and speaker passionate about equipping women to experience authentic life change for the sake impacting the next generation. She leads More to Be, a ministry committed to raising up mentors and providing resources for tweens, teens, twenty-somethings, and women. Elisa is also the author of Impact My LIfe: Biblical Mentoring Simplified. She considers her first calling as wife to Stephen and mother to her house-full of children. Her favorite days begin on the porch with the Lord and end on the beach with her family and friends. Connect with Elisa at www.elisapulliam.com

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15 Comments

    • Thanks, Denise!

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  1. That is something I keep repeating- they who hope in the Lord will never be disappointed! Amen to that!

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    • Yes, yes, yes…more and more!

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  2. What a lovely reminder for this warm and beautiful Word-Filled Wednesday. One of my grandsons is visiting and I enjoyed reading it to him as well. A great way of planting seeds in his heart for eternity. Thank you.

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    • That is so cool! What a blessing to picture you sharing these truths with your grandson. You rock, grandma!

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  3. Hope doesn’t disappoint. The 5 points you made are great reminder of how we can surrender ourselves to God’s will.

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    • Thanks, Debbie!

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  4. “Be willing to join the Lord in His work and solution, instead of requiring Him to join in yours.
    Commit to trusting in His outcome.”

    What a profound statement. And one that cuts right to the heart. Thanks for this wonderful reminder. It is so easy to transition into trying to coerce the Lord into doing your will. But if course, this is futile.

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    • Leigh Ann, thanks for your comment. I actually learned that concept to join the Lord in His work through a fantastic study, Experiencing God, by Henry Blackaby. I highly recommend it!

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  5. Wise words here to step away from things that are not ours to fix. So thankful He does see the big picture and that I only have be concerned about my part for today.

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    • Yes, yes. We need to reminder each other to step out of the Savior’s shoes and instead follow in His footsteps!

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  6. I just recently found your blog and look forward to getting to know you better in the days ahead. As a counselor and life coach, I thought the resources on your prayer partners page was super! Thanks!

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    • So glad to have you join in and get to know you!

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  7. I love that. Thank God He is our hope. Blessings ~

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