Give it up! (To God, That Is.)

Read it!: I Samuel 22

From there David when to Mizpath in Moab and said to the king of Moab,

“Would you let my father and mother come and stay with you

until I learn what God will do for me?”

(vs 3)


Think it through:

At this point in his life, David is on the run with a ragtag band of men who were “in distress or debt or discontent”—not so much followers of his but those unhappy with Saul. He’s moving from one place to the next, hiding from a king who wants to kill him. He knows the Lord has crowned him as the next King, but he’s not sure how or when that will come about.

How I can feel David’s heart in this verse! His whole life is up in the air, and so he’s entrusting his parents to a foreign king while he waits for the Lord’s plans to unfold. He’s not making promises, nor is he asking for help. He just wants his love ones to be safe in an uncertain time.

So often my life feels up in the air, while I’m down here trying to do my best for my family. Are the decisions I’m making for them the right ones? Am I doing what I’m supposed to do? Are my husband and kids getting from me everything they should, even as I pursue God’s plan for my ministry and my life? How much time and energy should I be putting into my writing, speaking, books, and other ministry efforts?

Like David, I know that I can’t be everywhere at once, be everything to my family I “should” be. I can’t always protect them or be there for them in every moment.

Instead, I have to entrust them to the Lord’s care while I wait for His plans to unfold for me.


Live it like you mean it:

Do you ever feel like you’re not enough for your family? Do you weigh your callings and responsibilities, wondering if you’re coming up with the correct balance? Take a moment to surrender those things to God.  (You may even want to spend some prayerful time reassessing your commitments; if so, check out this article on

I’ve been taking one Saturday a month to work at the library, writing a little but generally catching up on ministry work. It feels so good to be able to focus my energies on the growth of my ministry… and so terrible to leave my husband and kids to have all of that Saturday togetherness without me. Next time, I’m giving up the guilt. I’m handing it over to my Lord.


Lift it up:

Lord, I want to be a woman after Your own heart and wait patiently for Your plan to unfold in my life and ministry. Please hold my husband and children in Your hands while I’m doing my work for You and can’t be with them, physically or mentally. Lord, I trust You with my husband, my children, and my ministry. Please help me to find Your perfect balance. Amen.


Tell Me About It:

What are you handing over to Him today? 

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