Spiritual Practice


Katy Barclay & Dabria Karapita

Strangely, the hardest season of my life became one of the sweetest. I was feeling helpless because so many things were out of my control. I turned to Romans 8:28 for assurance that God works for our good; but somehow the rest of the verse grabbed my attention: God was not working to bring about my “happy ending” but to fulfill God’s purpose.

This insight shifted my prayers. I began praying that God would use my difficult circumstances to teach me, mold me, and make me more like Jesus. And I began to find joy in knowing that God was helping me grow stronger in dependence, trust, faith, and love—characteristics that defined Jesus’ life.

—Katy Barclay

GIVE GOD CONTROL: I’m a control freak. Facing an unknown future makes me anxious. I like to have my ducks in a row and quacking happily. But scripture challenges me: Do I need to know every detail? Can I trust God’s guidance? I’ve come to believe that the more I pray and worship God, the more I’ll be walking in the paths God has for me.

Pray: God, I surrender my life to you. Give me wisdom and direction as I live each day for you. Amen.

—Dabria Karapita, 21

We know that in all things God works for the good of those who love him, who have been called according to his purpose.
Romans 8:28 (NIV)

—from devozine (January/February 2020). Copyright © 2019 by The Upper Room®. All rights reserved.

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