Marcy S., age 50, North Carolina

“Come unto me.” When you hear those words you will know that something must happen in you before you can come. The Holy Spirit will show you what you have to do, anything at all that will put the axe at the root of the thing which is preventing you from getting through. You will never get further until you are willing to do that one thing. –Oswald Chambers.

I’ve come to believe that the Holy Spirit wants me to tell Harold about God’s love and power to set him free from dependence upon alcohol. He is sick and he is crying out for help every time he takes a drink or opens a can of beer. I keep failing in my attempts to be responsive — and giving — in bed. Maybe this is when I should try to tell him — when we are closest. Lord, I cast this burden upon You.

And also the note I wrote Rosie Smoot yesterday — even after praying for guidance, I’m afraid I took the cake, the note and the booklet under that old demon compulsion, so sure I had to do something for her right then. Lord, if it was self getting in the way of Your holy, loving will, I humbly ask Your forgiveness and please use what I left there for Your glory and for Rosie’s blessing.

Lord, help me to distinguish between holding back from timidity and holding back (waiting) because You want me to.