Sarah Parham

Psalms from a Woman’s Heart – Psalm 86

It is not good enough for me to vent to the ceiling!  I need you to

Hear, O Lord, and answer me,

My children want more, my family wants more, my work wants more, but

I am poor and needy.

I have nothing left to give!
Show me God how to spend my time, my energy, my love.  Lord, I need you to speak to me, show me where I allow the enemy (or even just other good things) steal from my limited resources.

Guard my life, for I am devoted to you,
You are my God; save your servant who trusts in you.

I don’t want to waste my energy doing work you aren’t calling me to!  I want to serve you in everything I do, whether that’s laundry, kissing boo boos, or soul searching talks with young girls.  Let me work as unto you!  And when I fail, when I ponder too long on the things I want to get done, when I see your gifts as a burden, when I allow trivial things to steal from the life I give to others,

Have mercy on me, O Lord,
for I call to you all day long.

Lord, don’t tire of my voice, my requests, even when I fail to heed yours.  You are the only one I can come to, all day long.  You’re the only one who will always be there for me, no matter what.  You are the only one who won’t be overwhelmed by me and my needs.
Thank you that you always forgive me.  Father, you are so GOOD!  As I am consciously in communion with you all day long, you change me.  You don’t change my tasks, or my challenges, but you shape my soul, and it feels good!  God, in the midst of my day, you

Bring joy to your servant,
for to you, O Lord,
I lift up my soul.


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