Petitioning God With Words of Promise #PetalsOfWisdom

Today’s devotion was written by Carolina Hinojosa-Cisneros

“Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving present your requests to God.”  Philippians 4:6, NIV

“I don’t need your help!” I immediately wanted to pluck the words from the air and stuff them back into my mouth. I wish I had not said that. I wish it had come out differently.

I sat for days marinating in my anxiety about what my husband must have felt like to hear me say I didn’t need his help. I refused his help because my pride swelled larger than my thanksgiving.

Instead of taking my anxiety to God about a long day at work, I took it out on my husband. My words cut and I couldn’t take them back. He’s my helpmate and the first to offer help to me.

I should have taken my petition to God.

I should have taken up prayer when the anxiety grew on me for how I’d responded to my husband’s offer to help.

Do you take your anxiety out on your family when you should be bringing it to God?

I’m blessed beyond measure with a helpmate that is patient in every sense of the word. His love is an extension of how God loves me and how He extends his grace into our lives.

Our words have the power to promote healing in our home and they have the power to destroy the very promise on which it is built. –Tweet this!

Let’s pray:

God, thank you for loving me through my husband and my children. When I begin to feel anxious about things I cannot control in life, I want to remain mindful of how I choose to use my words in situations where I have not come to you first. I pray for your protection over my words and over my heart. In your name I pray. Amen.

IMG_1034Meet Carolina

Carolina Hinojosa-Cisneros is mom to a fabulously creative teenager, mom to a master Lego builder and wife to a hip-hop educator. She is a writer, poet, cardmaker and creator of Cisneros Cafe, where she writes about finding God in the mess.

Connect with Carolina on her blog at Ciscernos Cafe

Thank you for following along today. I hope you were encouraged and inspired by Carolina’s words. ~Kelly

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15 thoughts on “Petitioning God With Words of Promise #PetalsOfWisdom

  1. Abby says:

    Carolina, I can’t tell you how many times I’ve been there. I let things bubble to the surface until it only takes one little remark to set me off. Thank you for your words of wisdom here and I love that verse from Philippians. And Kelly, thanks for hosting!

  2. betsydecruz says:

    Kelly, you have a beautiful blog, and I’m so glad you hosted Carolina here. Carolina, this is wisdom in action. So often we take out our anxieties on our loved ones, when God tells us to lift everything up to Him. 🙂

  3. Megs says:

    Love it, and just had a similar snap attack with my husband today, too. Thank God for my patient husband!
    Happy Thursday!

  4. Chelsey Coffey says:

    I should post this on my bathroom mirror so I have to read it every morning! I struggle with this so much – taking my frustrations out on my kids or husband instead of going to God in prayer. Thank you for this wonderful reminder, Carolina and thank you Kelly.

  5. Meg Weyerbacher says:

    What a powerful message today. I have done this very thing before too. The first scripture was perfect for me to read right now with the things going on in my life. Thank you, Carolina for sharing your heart with us – thank you Kelly! God bless you both!

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