Molly Crabbe
Molly Crabbe

Fall usually means gray skies and rain in the Pacific Northwest. The physical darkness that this season brings makes me physically and mentally tired. At times, it feels as if I have no control over my own ability to move forward on the things I love to do.

This year has brought an extreme amount of heaviness and a loss of control as we have navigated both a pandemic and a contentious election.

“Cast all your anxiety on Him because He cares for you” (1. Pet. 5:7, NIV).

I encourage you to take time to reflect and be honest about how you are really doing right now. We do not have to have it all figured out. Ask the Lord to show you where you need to hand over the things you have been trying to carry alone.

Reflect on these questions to get you centered on the Lord:

  • How do you start and end your day? “Seek first His kingdom and His righteousness” (Matt. 6:33).
  • Do you take time to reflect on where God is at work around you? “Be still, and know that I am God” (Ps. 46:10).
  • Is thankfulness overflowing from your lips (Col. 2:6-7)?
  • Do you look for ways to bless others (Prov. 11:25)?

Prayer + Reflection

  1. Spend time at the beginning of your day seeking the Lord and being quiet in His presence.
  2. Allow your gratitude to overflow to the Lord as you thank Him for your many blessings.
  3. Ask God how you can help “refresh” others around you, provide a sense of calm and bless them today.
  4. As we approach the Thanksgiving holiday, pray that Christians will be a blessing to all nations. Pray that people will reach out with the love and peace of Christ to members of the community who have different ethnic and cultural backgrounds.

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is the missions pastor of Church of Living Water (Olympia Foursquare Church) in Olympia, Wash.