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Rerouting Wrong Ways


Gwen Smith

August 5, 2016

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Turtle Story

He had no idea that he was moving in a dangerous direction.

The cute, little box turtle was just trying to get where he was going. Doing what turtles do. Thinking what turtles think. The fact that he was crossing a busy road that is paved for fast moving cars, not slow crawling reptiles, wouldn’t have even entered his tiny turtle brain.

I’m a fan of turtles. Always have been. Maybe it’s because they look tough on the outside, but are really softies on the inside. Maybe it’s because they seem shy and vulnerable when they retreat into their shells and pretend that nobody’s home. Maybe it’s because for a brief time as a kid I had a pet turtle named Raspberry… because I found him when I was picking raspberries… {I’m a clever pet-namer.} Not sure that there is one reason in particular, but I do like turtles.

I had to do something.

If I didn’t help him out, there was a high chance that his field trip to the pavement would’ve ended disastrously. I cared about his cute, little shelled-self so I quickly, and safely, pulled over to the side of the road and intervened. He wasn’t able to see the danger of his actions, so I picked him up and moved him to a safe place; to the grass near the swampy area.

In the days of the early church a man named Saul was full of murderous threats and was moving in the wrong direction. Like my turtle friend, he had no idea. Saul, a Pharisee, sincerely thought he was doing the right things, acting the right ways, and following the right rules. But he wasn’t. His behaviors and convictions were actually opposed to the very God he believed that he was representing and defending.

So the Lord intervened one day as Saul walked along a road in Damascus on his way to arrest some people who didn’t believe as he believed. (Acts 9:2) He couldn’t see the danger of what he was doing, so Jesus paid him an illuminating visit that struck him blind so that he might know and see the truth.

In order to save him.

To reroute his wrong ways and point him in the direction of life.

Saul’s personal encounter with Jesus changed him. All of him. Even his name! (Which was eventually changed from Saul to Paul.) From the time of his rerouting, Saul humbled himself before the Lord and worked hard to go where God wanted him to go: to help reroute other wandering hearts toward the salvation and hope of Jesus Christ.

One of the evidences that someone has a genuine relationship with the Lord is the willingness to search their heart and ask God to show them what needs changed. Sometimes in life we can move in the wrong direction, away from the will of God, and not even realize it.

You might be blinded by an anger that you feel justified hanging onto. Perhaps you think that flirting with that guy on social media isn’t hurting anyone. Maybe you need rerouted from unhealthy eating patterns, addictions, insecurities, or maxed out anxieties. Know this, Jesus wants to reroute every wrong way and move you to the safest place: the center of His will.

Saftest Place

Dear Lord, Please show me the ways that my heart needs rerouted and give me the courage, desire, and determination to move in the direction that you lead. In Jesus’ name, amen.



Read the story of Paul’s conversion: Acts 9:1-19.

Might there be a way that God wants to reroute your heart today? Spend some time in prayer and ask Him to help you see His will clearly. Then move in that direction.

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Thanks for doing life with me! Have an incredible weekend!

Blessings and Grace,






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About Gwen Smith

Gwen Smith

I am an unashamed, imperfect worshiper of Jesus Christ. I cling to His goodness to cover my mess and purpose my days to live out the hope of the Gospel. It is my joy and passion to inspire women to live fully in grace and truth. I write books, devotions and songs. I speak. I sing. I worship. I post, pin and tweet. I am intensely in love with the Word of God and believe, wholeheartedly, that the Bible is divinely inspired truth.


175 responses to “Rerouting Wrong Ways”

  1. susan says:

    Thank you for your words of encouragement and offer for prayer.
    I apologize up front for this lengthy message, but I needed to give you a background for my request…

    Please pray for my sister. She’s 68, saved, but walked away from God years ago and can’t find her way back. She has deep-rooted spiritual and emotional problems – depression, nerves, anxiety, some physical issues, and thru the years (my best guess is around 45 years now) has gone thru counseling to no avail. She gets angry with God – “how could a God that’s supposed to be good let her go thru all of this” – and she won’t listen to any “preaching” as she calls it – my efforts to help her understand that He’s trying to get her back to Him with the trials she faces.
    She hasn’t worked in years, is a dependent of my mom who is now 92. Mom is on social security only, and after breaking her hip 2 years ago, lost her mobility and is in a wheelchair with limited mobility due to bad arthritis in one knee, along with dementia, so she’s no help with my sister. My sister and I live with her – I work and my sister is home with her, and we have in home help 4-5 hours per day. She and I do not get along due to her problems – she doesn’t drive, won’t take social security because “she didn’t work and put enough into it to take out of it”, yet she doesn’t mind spending my mom’s social security check for what she needs for herself – which isn’t a lot, but still comes out of my mom’s income. After paying home care my mom doesn’t have a lot left, so I’m covering a lot of the expenses myself and I don’t have a high paying job to support 2-3 people. My sister is overwhelmed, burned out (but she won’t leave the house and get out with anyone to try to take a break while the help is there because she says she’s not good company) and we argue constantly. She leaves pretty much everything to me when I’m home, and I’m over the top with all of my responsibilities. It makes me angry that she won’t do anything positive and constructive – she sits and “thinks” about her problems and tries to solve them by being “quiet” and expects me to listen to all of her problems and doesn’t understand when I can’t/won’t. I’m too angry with her to be able to listen, and her problems are WAY beyond what I can really help with. I’m trying to do what I can, trying to help build her up nutritionally so she’ll feel better, but so far nothing is working. She leans on everyone but God and I’ve tried to tell her God is THE One that can help. I can’t take any more problems – I have no time for myself the way it is, I have no one to talk to – we don’t have funds or time for counseling, and on the one weekend day I have to get all of the errands/shopping done, she tries to tell me she needs me to stay home. She has also pulled this on weekdays when I work, and it really upsets me. Not only do I have an obligation to be at my job, but I love my job, I want to work, and I NEED to get away from her and her problems. She doesn’t understand that I guess – she only feels like I’m rejecting her, when it’s not so much that as I’m just tired of her being so dependent on me. She said she has no one to talk to – I don’t either. I have a couple wonderful friends, but don’t feel like I should burden them with all of my problems – that gets real old real fast. I’m 58 – my dad passed away 8 years ago, and my brother – who was my support – passed away 4 years ago. I’m it…. we have no family or friends that we can really depend on – a couple that will help when they can, and 1 aunt that comes every 6-8 weeks but is 50 miles away, and even though it’s my mom’s much younger sister, she doesn’t seems to realize that we could really use her help. My sister has asked, and she then tells me that she can’t help lift my mom, and she’ll be glad to help any other way, but I don’t see that happening.
    Thank you so much for “listening” – please pray my sister will soon get to the point that she goes to God – before this destroys our relationship, and our health.

    • Gwen Smith says:

      I am praying for your sister and that you will have peace. God bless!

      • Victoria Katampoi says:

        Susan, may the peace that surpasses every understanding be upon you and i ask God to see your sister through. Our God is faithfully and full of mercy.

  2. Kay Johnson says:

    Please pray for my household. We are believers through Christ that GOD is a healer. We have been through sickness multiple times and have been given healing miracles every time. However, we are experiencing another season of sickness and I am broken, sad, and confused while trying to be faithful, obedient, and still. It’s very hard to continue to be dealt blows of sickness while trying to serve and grow in GOD and ministry. Please pray that we are strong enough to handle GODs will, whatever that may be while holding firm to GODs promises. Please pray that I am able to be strong enough for my husband and small kids. A part of me is so hurt and broken by the “what if’s” and the other is strong in the reality that we still serve the same GOD that brought us through so much sickness already. We want GODs intentions to be met through this. I am praising in advance for your prayers and GODs will! Thanks to the ladies for the daily devotions, thanks for the space to write this, thanks for reading this!

  3. I truly need prayers right now. I wish I was able to explain it all, but am afraid that would be a book.. please pray with me that God will provide me with another job, one that is where he wants me to be. Please also pray For guidance in my battle with the courts in regatds to my son. Please pray god will conti ue to be with us during this horrible time. Thank You! Blessings

  4. Dylene Freeland says:

    Please pray for God to lift me out of depression. It’s been severe lately. I saw a new dr who does things naturally, but I’m feeling very impatient. It also costs a lot of money & I’ve taken a major cut in pay this year. Please pray for healing from depression & insecurity as well as wisdom to know if I should continue seeing this dr.
    Thank you & God bless!

  5. Gary Neagles says:

    As a deer panteth after water please pray that my soul thirsts after God in the same way. That I would seek and find with all my heart! To be an obedient warrior in these last days. That I would find such a sweet communion, felicity if you will, in HIM. That I would learn how to walk in union with the HOLY SPIRIT. Please pray this also for my ex-wife,Teresa,in Springdale, Arkansas. Thank you very much & may God richly bless you and your ministry. GO RAZORBACKS!

  6. babalwa says:

    Please pray for me that the Lord will open my spiritual eyes to see the things the way God sees them.Spirit of discernment.Financial breakthrough and lastly my mom to be healed completely. I’m trusting God to bless me with a job from Dept of health

  7. Debbie O'Malley says:

    Please pray for me and my household. My husband is so mean to me. He avoids me because he can’t stand to be in the same room with me. We fight. He insults me in front of our son and tries to use my son against me. My son just called me a jerk because I told him to get off internet and get his bath for school. He is 10 yrs old and now that his Dad has had a hold on him and sleeps in the bed with him and plays games on internet with him. They have bonded and leave me out. I used to pray and stay prayed up and just avoid his abuse and pray and not say nothing back. I have lost all patience. I am falling big time. I am broken. I want a divorce. I can’t believe our marriage and relationship has ruined my son. He will not know how to treat a lady because there is no love in this house. I need help in a big way. I’m at a crossroads…. Please pray for guidance and peace and answers. I’m losing it!!

  8. Patricia says:

    It will one year on September 25th that my husband of 44years passed away from a heart attack, my sadness, broken heart , each day I try to move forward, but I miss him, I know he is in heaven, but I still miss him so, and now I need God’s direction on my home and if I should sell.? I have my son and his wife living with me, am praying for them to move out soon, she is not a very nice person, I don’t want to get in arguments with her so am staying out of her way and this is making me depressed , God is need You to intervene

  9. Megan says:

    Please pray for my husband who is a disabled veteran with PTSD and alcohol abuse. Our marriage has struggled because of this and we have 3 small children. He lost his job because of this and has been out of work for 1.5 years. I’ve been a stay at home mom the last 6 years so we are struggling financially but also battling spiritually. He is finally sober and we are going to counseling. Pray for Gods direction and provision in our life. And that God keeps the darkness from tempting my husband with cravings and alcohol. Where there is light there can be no darkness. Call on the name of Jesus girlfriends!

  10. Amy says:

    I need prayer for guidance. My teenager and I are on a rocky path of detruction. She is defiant against my rules. Daddys house is more fun therefore he decided last weekend to get an emergency temporary custody. There are lots of lies and deceit going on. The accusations against me are all false. I do not have the money for the retainer fee that is due tomorrow for a lawyer. I know that I want my baby girl home and safe. This is a struggle but I am seeking God’s will to be done. I know that when 2 or more are gathered in his name he is in the midst of them. Please join me in prayer for guidance in the direction of God’said will.

  11. eunice fash says:

    Please pray for me concerning speed in my academic programme and also securing a job.

  12. Carol Mundy says:

    Oh, where to start. So much hurting and pain from so many people! You and Mary and Sharon may never know this side of heaven how much your devotions have spoken to me! I call it a God thing because only He knows our hurting hearts, our tears, our struggles. Please pray for my son, who may already be divorced and is living with another woman! And for our granddaughter, who my former daughter-in-law took and moved with her to another state! She is 12 and I haven’t seen her since she was 4!! And our daughter being involved with another young woman! Both of my “children” accepted the Lord, but they both are about as far away as you can be! Am learning that I can’t “FIX” them, but God can! Also learning to trust, rest and just be! And to stop listening to Satan’s lies and accusations that I have no business professing Christ and singing on our Praise Team at church and in the choir! James 4:7-“Submit therefore to God, resist the devil and he will flee from you!” I added ! Thanks for all you do day by day, week by week! Yours and Mary’s and Sharon’s devotions, blogs, etc. have meant so much to me.

  13. Patty says:

    As a single mom of three teenagers, life gets so over whelming. It’s lonely, scary and full of financial problems. I was also just rejected by someone that I love dearly. When someone wrongs you it’s hard to give forgiveness and move on especially when you were in such a tough spot already. I have a hard time seeing when people who do evil seem to be the winners in their finances and in other areas. While good faithful, Christian people aren’t coming out as well. I know God never promised easier lives as Christians but it’s hard to wrap ones head around the fact that many evil ones come out ahead. I’m really struggling with this right now.
    Thank you

    • Teresa says:

      Teenagers are so self centered…it’s their nature! I speak to my own selfish 16 yr old son; he’s so infuriating–I pray pray pray for guidance, strength, calmness; not all always prevail but keep the faith! God has a plan!!

    • Gwen Smith says:

      Patty, I’m so sorry for your pain. Praying now for you!

  14. Stephanie says:

    I need payers for God’s will and direction in my life. I’m getting ready to finish school & I desperately need lots of prayers that I can study well and retain all the info I need so that I can pass my two state board tests. I’m really afraid of that. So please pray that I do well and pass with good scores. Also please pray that God directs my next area in my career path and puts me where he sees fit, because I haven’t have a clue as to where to go. Also could you please pray for my marriage and relationship with my husband. We’ve recently reconciled from being seperated for 3 months. I need God lead and will in our marriage. Please pray that God will continue to work in both of our hearts and to put the desire in my husband to go back to church and to make God his head of his life and not my husbands will and desires. This is a big stronghold for my husband. Pray that God works on him to be the man God had called him to be. And me also. Pray that whatever isn’t of God or God’s will that God will block it and not allow it to come to life in us or our lives. We so desperately need him in our lives. Please pray that God strengthens our faith and beliefs to become stronger and stronger everyday. So that we may favor and blessings in our lives. Thank you.

  15. Reina says:

    My prayer is I want to make sure I am going the right path and to illuminate my way. I so desire to do God’s will.

    • Gwen Smith says:

      Reina, you’re heading in the right direction. Keep seeking God’s will for your life and don’t let yourself get sidetracked by anything. Praying!

  16. Nancy says:

    I have been off work due to illness for 6 years now – praising God that I have recovered enough to go back to work. My husband and 2 daughters moved to China for him to work while I recovered. He is now home – he and 5 of my children do not believe in Jesus and challenge my son and I in our faith. We will no longer have a place to live in 5 weeks and both my husband and I are unemployed and looking for work. No matter where we end up it will involve a long move. I have also just found out that my mother (who is 4,000 m away) is ill and likely going to have cardiac surgery in the next few days. Please pray that the Holy Spirit will work in the hearts of my family to find faith and salvation in Jesus Christ, that He will provide healing for my family physically and emotionally and that He will provide jobs for my husband and I where He wants us to go and where we can shine for His glory.
    For the revelation awaits an appointed time; it speaks of the end and will not prove false. Though it linger, wait for it; it will certainly come and will not delay. – Habakkuk 2:3

  17. Teresa says:

    Please lift me up in prayer! My the grace of God save my soul and heal my body. Day end and day out I feel like God has given up on me. My life seems point less. Lord please hear my cry for help!

    • Teresa says:

      Wow…from another Teresa, I hear you, and I feel like you’re speaking my life today!! I feel so sick, so hopeless over my son, my weight, my motivation; seems like the people around me are all negative, not doing what they promise, which in turn makes me so angry! I’m praying to God to lead me in the right direction regarding a narcissistic mother I can’t stand but I know I’m supposed to ‘honor’, my teenaged son who does nothing but lie and deceive, yet he’s tearing my home apart, etc etc….PLEASE LORD hear our prayers, lead us, guide our hearts and minds….amen!!

    • Gwen Smith says:

      The Lord hears your cries for help. Just keep clinging to Him.

  18. Thank u so much for all the devotions they are always on target to what is needed in my life! For the last 20 yrs so much has happened in my life my husband died when he was 36 while we were on a camping trip trying to save his best friend who fell in the water. Have been a single parent to my sons since they were 18mos and 4 yrs. During this time have had so many deaths in the family including my mother all grandparents of my husband and I. Many uncle’s and Aunts and several of my sons friends. This has caused alot of trauma to my sons and especially when my oldest son was 18 found his best friend who committed suicide. When my youngest son was 17 he was in a car accident with our neighbor’s grandson who he grew up with. He just took over driving and an accident occured our neighbor passed away and my son served 4 yrs in prison. We lost our home of 20 yrs and and started over.Two weeks before the accident happened my oldest sons fiancee was 5 mos pregnant her mother was in a bad car accident and died at the age of 39. I am the only grandparent alive because her father died when she was young also.To say all this my faith and hope was taken over by discouragement and a depression I never knew was possible. I got tired of facing battles and as they still continue both of my sons face their depression by alcohol and now that they are 22 and 25 they don’t see what I do. I know that God is able and will help them. There is anger, hurt and discouragement most of all no hope in all of us. I have come such a long way with mine in the last 4 yrs and thank God I’m out of the dark hope and healing is taking place. My youngest son since out of prison deals with depression anxiety attacks and I believe survivors guilt. We are Christians and my sons were raised in the Church as the Mother I hurt for them but, know the pain they have seen all their life and understand the questions they probably have when is the hurting going to stop and why has all this happened? It hurts so much to see the choices my son are making to forget the pain and I pray that God helps, leads and give each one of us the courage, faith, and stength to overcome and do His will not puts.S

    • Thank u so much for all the devotions they are always on target to what is needed in my life! For the last 20 yrs so much has happened in my life my husband died when he was 36 while we were on a camping trip trying to save his best friend who fell in the water. Have been a single parent to my sons since they were 18mos and 4 yrs. During this time have had so many deaths in the family including my mother all grandparents of my husband and I. Many uncle’s and Aunts and several of my sons friends. This has caused alot of trauma to my sons and especially when my oldest son was 18 found his best friend who committed suicide. When my youngest son was 17 he was in a car accident with our neighbor’s grandson who he grew up with. He just took over driving and an accident occured our neighbor passed away and my son served 4 yrs in prison. We lost our home of 20 yrs and and started over.Two weeks before the accident happened my oldest sons fiancee was 5 mos pregnant her mother was in a bad car accident and died at the age of 39. I am the only grandparent alive because her father died when she was young also.To say all this my faith and hope was taken over by discouragement and a depression I never knew was possible. I got tired of facing battles and as they still continue both of my sons face their depression by alcohol and now that they are 22 and 25 they don’t see what I do. I know that God is able and will help them. There is anger, hurt and discouragement most of all no hope in all of us. I have come such a long way with mine in the last 4 yrs and thank God I’m out of the dark hope and healing is taking place. My youngest son since out of prison deals with depression anxiety attacks and I believe survivors guilt. We are Christians and my sons were raised in the Church as the Mother I hurt for them but, know the pain they have seen all their life and understand the questions they probably have when is the hurting going to stop and why has all this happened? It hurts so much to see the choices my son are making to forget the pain and I pray that God helps, leads and give each one of us the courage, faith, and stength tovercome and do His will not ours.i

    • I meant His will not ours

    • Gwen Smith says:

      I’m praying for you now that you’ll have peace!

  19. Robyn French says:

    I really need help i need help from God I need help from others to pray for me I suffer from bipolar one disorder anxiety depression PTSD ADHD PTSD and multiple personality disorder I also suffer from seizures these seizures put me into other disorders such as my multiple personality disorder causes me to do things that I would never dream of I really need help and prayer I seek help from a medical professional a psychiatrist a psychologist but I know the great healer is God himself I have lost my marriage I really need help and prayer I seek help from a medical professional a psychiatrist a psychologist but I know the great Hillary is God Himself I have lost my marriage the court awarded my children that I homeschooled their entire life to my husband to send a public school I need prayer from every individual that could possibly pray for me and my family

    • Gwen Smith says:

      Robyn, I am so sorry for all that you are going through. I pray that you will find healing soon. Continue to lean on the Lord, for He will be with you always. I pray that you will seek out help from a local church to find people who can come alongside you while you are healing.

  20. Lynn Gamache says:

    Such a very practical devotional and good reminder that as we “trust our Father with all of our heart, soul and mind…(and don’t trust in our own plans and understanding of life issues) then He can direct our paths in the ways best for us in the light of eternal values…” I have found it so even this summer as God closed the door to our going to Guatemala on a missions trip and has instead left us here at home to see doors open before of that we could never have planned or imagined. God is good…all the time!

  21. Sandra says:

    Please pray for my daughter Diana….she suffers from extreme anxiety and depression….she belongs to God. My prayers is for her healing mentally, and spiritually….that God would use her life for His honor and Glory.

  22. Deidra says:

    I need prayer withbmy health. my blood levels have been extremely low lately and I have to see a hematologist. I’m asking for hiod results and health. As well, I need to be prayed on making proper decisions not wrong ones. For example, not drinking and doing things in moderation

  23. Darcy Clift says:

    Please pray for health decisions. Also been looking for JOB for 3 yrs. Having a hard time being patient. Wanting to stay in God’s will for these decisions.

  24. Darcy Clift says:

    Please pray for my health and decisions connected to what to do next. Also, I am looking for a new job and have been looking for 3 years. I want to be in God’s will and am feeling frustrated.

  25. Deborah says:

    My prayer is for my daughter-in-law. She is battling a very rare cancer and the doctor’s have said they can’t do anything else for her. She is only 25 and her and my son have been married a year.
    I pray that the Lord will give her a miracle in her life. That the tumors will stop spreading and she will be healed. All things are possible with our Lord!
    She also does not know our Lord and I pray that she will accept him into her life. My son is saved but his faith is very weak at this time.
    Thank you.

  26. Kendal says:

    At the beginning of the year, my pap smear came back slightly abnormal. I went back in for a repeat pap smear last week, and unfortunately, that pap smear came back even more abnormal. I am in the process of scheduling a colposcopy and biopsy. Please pray for me, as I need to trust God’s will even more during this difficult time.

  27. Hope Poelma says:

    I am asking prayer for deliverance for my husband from medication withdrawal or whatever that caused him to be in the hospital for 3 weeks. We are Christians but whatever is happening has caused him very serious mental issues. I am asking God to restore his mind completely. Too I ask wisdom for the doctors, nurses, any caregivers he has to know the best treatment for my husband.

  28. Mica says:

    Gwen, your devotionals have helped me tremendously. I’m thankful for your transparency. I need prayer for my marriage. I am doing all I can to give it to God and not be angry. My anger comes from hurt. I don’t know what has caused my husband to not love me anymore and be so cold towards me. I pray. I cry. I try to be calm and listen. His constant back and forth with his feelings towards me is getting to be too much. His unfaithful behavior are unbearable. I love my husband with all my heart and I am so broken. He will not have a conversation with me and the look in hid eyes does not show love. Please pray for me and that my marriage will be restored. I have spent the last 23 years of my life with him and have been married for almost 17 years. My last child is on her way back to college next week and I fear my marriage won’t make it. I won’t give up and trust God to fix it. Be blessed!

    • Mandy says:

      Dear Mica, I to am going through the same situation. I have been married for 32years. My husband has withdrawn from me and I feel in my heart that he is cheating on me also. I am praying for the Lords guidiece. My prayer is that I stay In the center of His will. I will lift you and your family up in pray. Would you do the same for me? Sincerely, Mandy

    • Gwen Smith says:

      Praying for you now!

  29. Mo says:

    Please help us pray for a 14 year old named Brianda who has so much fear and anxiety she finds herself unable to leave her room. Won’t go to school or church and her mother is beside herself. Please pray for God to touch this child and help her come out of her shell.

    Thank you

  30. Leigha Partridge says:

    I suffer from severe depression and anxiety and I know I need to get right with God and change my life, pray for me

    • Peggy carman says:

      I too suffer from depression and anxiety and I feel what you are going through, I also need prayers. Thank you Jesus for girlfriends in God who pray for each other.

    • Gwen Smith says:

      Praying that you’ll be able to release your anxiety and depression at the foot of the cross. Lean on the Lord. He’ll walk you through this.

  31. Sonya says:

    I pray that I can be an example of God’s love to others, especially my children. I need to keep my trust in Jesus and know that He has all things. I pray that my son will get into graduate school and find the career he is looking for. I pray for my daughter that she gets back into school and focuses on her future. That she puts aside all things that have kept her in the dark. Please lift her in prayer for her to know Jesus up close and for her to trust him with all she is. She has made some mistakes and is really trying to go forward. I loved your message and it sure helped me see clearer. Thank you to all. God Bless.

  32. Elaine Marcantonio says:

    Please pray for my mom who is in a nursing home and has had a lot of changes and is depressed and confused.I’m thanking the Lord for more work but am behind on rent with possible eviction.thanks for praying!

  33. Laura Lindberg says:

    Thank you Gwen. This one came out twice must have been for a purpose. I am struggling right now with some health issues. I think a lot of the things are to do with the stress and fear I have lived in for a couple years now. I have a very strained relationship with my dad. Due to some other problems though it’s always been that way. Pray for me as I learn forgiveness. I need to forgive him fully and let go of the problems for me to be rerouted and set free in my relationship with God. I don’t even know how to pray about it any more. My body feels the stress and I know his does too. It’s one of those impossible situations that only God can fix by rerouting all hearts. I want God’s will in this and conflict and hurt is not it. Father God I give you this situation again. I give you my heart. Change me and set me free by your power. Make your power and presence known to me so I will have complete confidence that I am your child. Help me grow in you and show your glory. I choose to forgive. It’s all yours Lord.

  34. Ann says:

    I am praying for a failing marriage. I pray for true direction and the peace of our Lord Jesus Christ in the direction this needs to go. I pray for courage and comfort that HE has this situation and he carries me through. Help my lack of trust and I pray for his WILL not mine. Help me let go and let God take control….

  35. Cherry Tolentino says:

    Hello every one. My prayer request is for my son who is 16 yrs old to be delivered from alcohol and drugs! Pls pray for him his name is christian. Also for my boyfriend rene and i (cherry) to be restored. For god to soften his heart let go of all the anger and learn to forgive. Having a really terrible anxiety attacks when i think about loosing my boyfriend. Praying for healing over this.Thank you and God bless.

  36. theresa says:

    Please. Pray for. Me. I have. Two. Opportunity. For two. Jobs. One. That. Is at. The disouner museum. I want. The. Most. My. Friend. Donna story. Was in. A carjacking. In a week. Ago. And. She. Has. An appt. On the. 15 of this. Month. For. Getting. Her. Nose. Reconstruction. Surgry

  37. Jenifer says:

    Praying for God to continue to move and give me the courage to speak up, He has my back and will never leave my side. He knows my heart and daily struggle. I thank Him for always being faithful.

  38. Kathy Human says:

    I pray for my grown children. They both have a calling on their lives and are running as far away from this as they can. My daughter especially is in dire need of prayer. She is getting divorced and is still being manipulated by her husband through their son. Their son is a miracle from God and shouldn’t even be alive. The husband is with another woman and the son is a very confused little boy.

  39. Teresa Ball says:

    Like so many I have financial burdens that are getting to be overbearing. Please pray that I find a way to pay my bills, not lose my home, and not to have my pay check garnished. Over the past year I have been through so many trials and am still going through them, my faith is being tested and I’d like to think that overall I am handling it pretty well. I have become closer to God and know that all is in his hands. It’s just that some days are so much harder than others and depression finds it’s way in.

  40. Cynthia Taylor says:

    Thank you for such a wonderful post. At times, I question if I am doing the right thing. I have my own business and trying to make a go with it. I pray that I am doing the right thing and that the projects will come.

    • Nancy Hamlton says:

      Hi Cythnhia , I understand I’m a business owner as well, I’m really struggling right . It’s seems like it’s a problem on every side, I should be screaming and pulling my hair out , but I know God is my provider , I just pray that I endure to the end because I know God has a blessing on the other side of Through, so be encouraged , God will see you through. God is our provider, stand on his word.

    • Gwen Smith says:

      Praying God will open doors for you.

  41. Jana says:

    My prayer is to have a closer relationship with God. I pray that He would bless my husband with a career that aligns with God’s will for him. I pray for restoration of my commitment to my marriage. I pray that our “storm” that we are in right now financially that God would intervene and provide the resources for us to live day to day.. I’m trusting God for a financial blessing, and I decree and declare that the cusre is broken in my life.. In Jesus’ name I pray.. Amen

  42. J says:

    My prayer request is for my marriage of going on 15 years and for my two children. I pray that God will guide us and help us see that how we have been dealing with our differences is not working. I ask for his help in us having a forgiving heart and that we may receive the guidance we need to get on the right track.

  43. Cindy Melton says:

    Please pray for some health issues my daughter is having. She is pregnant and continues to experience UTI’s which is causing her to be on antibiotics. We are seeking God to heal these UTI’s and help the docs and her to understand what may be causing them. Also, for God to direct the docs and her on the best treatment plan to prevent harm to her or the baby.
    In God’s Love.

  44. Fran says:

    I starting dating my husband when I was 15 and he was 17. We dated for 5 years and then married right after he got out of college. We already had one child by the time he got into medical school so instead of me finishing college I worked odd jobs until he started earning a living. I chose to stay home and raise our 5 children. We had our ups and downs, he cheated on me not only with what I thought was one of my best friend and our preachers wife. But with several other women, due to this he was out of a job for 2 years and got the help he needed. After trying to go back into a successful practice (which I worked for him for the last six years) he was shunned by our home town and the other doctors who were guilty of some of the same behaviors. This put us in a real financial strain as well as his health. We had just moved to another town in November 2015, and his practice was growing. He suddenly passed away in May 2016. With his health issues he has no life insurance and we had no will. The only car I had was 11 years old and in his name. I have moved 4 times in the last two months and am now looking for a job. Please pray that God opens up a job that I can glorify HIS name and follow HIS will. Also that a lawyer can help me with a probate will, so that I can collect what little money is still in he business and possible get the title to my totaled car so that I may collect the insurance money! Pray for blessings on all the people who have helped me financially as well as someone donating an old car. My husband and I both felt that even knowing a patient didn’t have the money to pay we saw them anyway. Now I have so many unpaid bills and one child still at home going to college. One who is in medical school in apt her country, too far for me to go to if needed, one who got married the day before my husband passed away (my husband was in the hospital, so we couldn’t attend the wedding, but we thought he would pull through like he has in the past and they were going to plan a small wedding for us) one son who is lost in his faith and one who has blessed me with an awesome daughter in law and to very beautiful grandchildren.
    My life has gone from helping my children and others to having nothing but a gofundme account to live on until I find a job. With my age and only 2 years of college I have a lot going against me but I do have GOD on my side!
    Thank you for these devotionals, they always speak to me at the very time I need to hear a message from my ONE AND ONLY Jesus Christ!

    • Gwen Smith says:

      I am so sorry for all you have gone through. I know you are feeling lost right now. Just keep trusting in God. He’s looking out for you and He already knows the plans He has for you. He’s seen your future. Just keep trusting in Him.

  45. Maria C.Erdogan Erdogan says:

    My prayer request is that my relationship with the man I love can be fixed. I want to have no fear in trusting him again, and i I want him to trust in us. I love this man deeply , he was my vessel to get find Him again. Please pray for our survival as a couple

  46. Deitra says:

    That is my daily prayer, that God is the center of my life. That I please Him in all that I do, in how I live. I struggle with paralyzing fear that has caused me to miss out on this gift of life that God has given me.I have 2 sons in prison that I constantly worry about. A younger son that’s a 24 year old black male, I’m constantly worried about. A 34 year old daughter with 4 children who suddenly says she don’t know if she believes that God is real. I have health issues. I am type 2 diabetes, hypertension, morbidly obese, asthma, with hypothyroidism. Please pray for me .

  47. Debbie says:

    Gwen, What a wonderful message! I pray that God would reroute my heart. I am a 61 year old Mom and Grandmother. My husband died 4 years ago. I am weary. I have a lot to do to clean my house. My daughter and son are very helpful for which I am grateful. I have 3 grandchildren and pray to reflect Jesus as I relate to them. I also ask for prayer to be financially responsible. I need to hear from God daily to know His will and be obedient. I pray to have the discipline to stay in His Word daily. Thank you.

  48. CHRISTLE H. says:

    My prayer request is For my Car to be fixed. I have had a lot of car problems and I don’t have the finances to fix it. I need Gods intervention and to touch somebody heart on my behalf.

  49. janell says:

    Please pray for me and restoration of my marriage. I started drinking again after 12 years of sobriety. My husband who has never seen me that way says he wants a divorce because he can never trust me again. I went to rehab, am now living in a women’s halfway house, seeking God’s will for my life. I love my husband and not giving up on the marriage. Love this blog. Helps me so much

  50. Carolyn Elmore says:

    GOod morning, thank you for this opportunity, my husband of 41 years passed away suddenly in June. I have been having a very hard time not only accepting his death but also finding what direction God wants me to go. Please pray God will open doors He wants me to enter and close the wrong doors. I am struggling with thinking I need to move to a better neighborhood or staying in my home of 30 years. Please pray for my healing and direction,

    • Debbie says:

      Carolyn, My heart goes out to you. I also lost my husband suddenly 4 years ago. I pray for you to be greatly comforted by God, to receive His guidance in your decisions and to find rest and peace in His presence as He shows you how much He loves you.

    • Fran says:

      Praying for you in your loss! I just lost my husband of 36 years in Msy. It is so hard to lose someone we love and have shared do much of our lives together! Praying for healing and answers for you!

    • Gwen Smith says:

      Praying for your healing now!

  51. Heidi says:

    I’m in the middle of a big life change and could really use extra prayer through all of it. I’m moving to a new city 3 hours away from where I currently live to take on a new job. It has all happened extremely quickly and at this point I have no place to live when I start the new position. We’re in the middle of selling our home so I will be moving down there temporarily by myself without my husband. It’s a huge scary step and after several housing issues my faith is taking a hit. I could certainly use prayer that I have a place to live before I get down there, that our house sells quickly and that God would be glorified and shine through all of this. Thank you in advance for your prayers.

  52. Kelly says:

    Please pray that my tithe increase. I desire to release the soul ties of my past which haunts me daily. I pray that my impulse decision doesn’t affect my future negatively. Please intercede and ask God to give me a peace about moving and send the right people my way so this is seamless. I want a new start, I want to make God blush, I want to make Him smile. Increase in every area of my life. Go before me as I meet with others… Cover the children in my care as I make decisions for their future…. Allow me to be mission minded… In Jesus’ name.

  53. Christle Flewellen-Wheeler says:

    I feel very stressed for my daughter’s upcoming school.year and her job. I have prayed yet i.continue to worry. Please pray. Thank you.

    • Jana says:

      I stand with you in prayer for your daughters protection as the new school year approaches. I pray that God will shield her from all dangers that are seen and not seen. Trusting and believing in Jesus’ name. Amen

    • Gwen Smith says:

      Keep turning it over to God every second of the day. Just cast that worry at His feet.

  54. C says:

    Thank you for your devotions I always read them for inspiration & direction. Please pray for me I’m in my first trimester of pregency and feel awful. I need the lords blessing of health and freedom of this pain. It’s hitting me emotionally and a huge change in my life. I’m so greatful for this next chapter. It’s just all so new and I want to be about to handle the pain with grace and with positive thinking.

    Thank you!

  55. Jacque says:

    I ask for prayer for my son’s addiction for the Lord to reroute his heart. I also ask for prayer for family members who have not had an encounter with Jesus our Lord. For myself I ask for guidance in my future plans. Thank you for your loving heart.

  56. Maria says:

    My prayer request, I need to hear from God, feel like changes are coming and I want strength for whatever it is.. also for my husband that the Lord give him wisdom on how to deal with something that have come up from his past.

    • Jana says:

      My sister in Christ, I pray that God speaks to your heart and soul and that you find comfort in knowing that He has not forgot about you. Praying that God will bless your household and all that your husband attempts to do that keeps him in His will for his life..Trust in the Lord with all your heart, and He shall direct your path….

    • Gwen Smith says:

      Praying for strength for you and your husband.

  57. Daisy says:

    My prayer is not specifically for me but for my boyfriend, please stand in prayer with me as I ask Jesus to save and help him,I thank God for his life, I humbly ask that the Lord may be in Him and in me and maintain us. May the Holy Spirit lead him to the right people,Godly mentors and men his age seeking God earnestly and unapologetically. I pray that he may have the desire to live a more upright life and that Jesus may replace his sins with righteousness and lift his burdens today, Amen
    It has been a long journey and a lot has happened I have found Christ but he still does not know him, may desire is that God may save him.
    Thank you for all the posts they have been such a blessing to my life for the past couple of months, I really look forward to them everyday. May God bless you

    • Gwen Smith says:

      Praying for your boyfriend that he will come to know the Lord, and praying that you will put your all in the Lord.

  58. Dehyeatee R. Scott says:

    My husband and I have been praying for the past 54 months (4 years, 6 months) for a particular blessing from God for my husband. Up to today, this request has not been granted. We’re probably on the wrong track. We would like to be rerouted if that is God’s will. I honestly would like to know God’s will for our lives. Today, I want to ask God to show me clearly which route I should take. I’ll like to see Him as my God, my loving Father, my Director, my Guide and my Companion.

  59. Shanita V. says:

    Please pray for me about my anxieties & fears. I let them overcome me and I just want to stop worrying so much. Especially worrying over my health. I’m fine and I just want to continue to believe so and have a clear head. Please also pray over my classroom this year as I start a new year at a new school. I pray that I’m being the best teacher I can be and that I learn to take some time to rest during the busyness. Thank you.

  60. Linda says:

    Please pray for me in what to do besides prayer about my daughter who is doing drugs, drinking and committing adultery . I has a granddaughter who is in dysfunctional family. 8 years old. Please pray God would reroute her mom and protect my granddaughter.

  61. Julia says:

    Hi GiG
    My prayer request is for God to help me get out of debt and be faithfull in my tithes and offering…and to also have a closer walk with Him and know His will for my life.Thank you.

  62. Karen Truxillo says:

    My prayer is for my daughter to make good friends in her new school. So far she hasn’t made one and it breaks my heart to see her so unhappy. She had to switch schools this year and she is in the 6th.

  63. Cynthia says:

    Hi Gwen,

    Thanking God for you and your wonderful ministry – and the other GiGs out there.

    I am currently going through a very confusing time in my life – not sure I am in the right career, dealing with attraction and like to a man who I am not sure is the person who God wants for me, financial choices….. I could go on and on and on… it really feels like I am smack dab in the middle of a serious ‘rerouting’. So please pray that I may follow God’s will and seek his heart and that wisdom and discernment may come my way through it all.

  64. Soletta says:

    I am a believer in My Lord and Savior Jesus Christ….. I am an avid believer, I Love Him and I want desperately for my lifestyle to match my confession. I feel like I owe God more. I owe my family more, and I owe it to myself to be a better woman. I fell off some time ago spiritually and it seems I’ve had the hardest time getting back into that place of worship that I once resided. I am desperate….. I don’t want to be lost, I am a hurting person. I need relief and release….. Please pray for me that God will reveal and whatever it’s hindering me in my walk with Him do that I can be free to live and free to worship in Jesus Name. Please, Thank you…..

  65. Thelma says:

    Mrs C
    I recently lost my mother after a short illness and l am struggling to come to terms with her death. I also have feelings of guilty. Please pray for me l also have weight issues, financial issues and relationship issues. Please pray for me.

    • Patty says:

      Mrs. C,
      I just wanted you to know that I said a prayer for you. I’m so sorry for the loss of your mother which I know it makes all your other problems seem that much more difficult. God is good and hears our prayers. Have faith with me that He is working on your problems and look to Him for a peace that only our Savior brings. In Jesus Holy Powerful name amen

    • Gwen Smith says:

      Praying for you!

  66. Theresa Sheets says:

    My twenty year marriage is ending . I feel I will need plenty of prayers and “rerouting”

    • Regina says:

      After a 2 year separation and almost a year since my divorce became final, after 20 years of marriage as well, don’t let go of God. His grace will carry you through it, as impossible as it sounds right now. Continually lay the fears, stress and tears at His feet. He will lead and heal you. GiG was a tremendous assett for me and the books “Broken into Beautiful”, “your scars are beautiful to God” “When “God Doesn’t Fix It” and “Divorced, catholic, now what?”

    • Gwen Smith says:

      Praying for your marriage and for your healing.

  67. ReShon says:

    Please pray for me that I can change. I need to be a better wife, mother and home maker, but it seems that I just can’t find the strength and determination. I don’t want to do anything when I get off of work. I just want to sit and rest, I know that isn’t an option. I have a family that I must tend to. Pray that God gives me the strength to do the things that I need to do for my family. I don’t want them to feel like they are not important to me.

  68. Tasha says:

    My prayer request is for the Lord to guide us with our business. If we are to keep it, the direction it should go, and bring in new people to work if we are to keep it going. Whatever is his will for our future and our family. Restoration and healing in our marriage, it has not been a shining example to our children. I ask for clarity, wisdom, and strength, in Jesus Name , Amen.

    • Gwen Smith says:

      Praying for you now, Tasha! I encourage you to read the New Testament books of James and Philippians this week. Both will set your heart in the direction of God’s strength and wisdom.

      Warm Blessings,

  69. Susan says:

    Thank you Gwen for all your heart felt writings … I like turtles too! That was a great analogy! Please for me and the Pregnancy Resource Center I run. We are a faith based center and there has been numerous attacks and trials. I really do feel the Lord’s presence and He has been showing me much since He has called me to be at the center. Please pray for me, the volunteers and the board of directors!
    Thank you sisters!

  70. Omo says:

    Pray for grace upon my life to do God’s will always. I feel entangeld in a relationship because am adicted to certain habits. I need restoration to know what God want me to do in life. I really need to be rerouted.

    • Gwen Smith says:

      Omo, Thanks for sharing this. Your acknowledgement of the unhealthy habits is a huge step in moving toward godliness. Now, I encourage you to hash it out with Jesus and stay tight to the teachings of His Word. Also, find a friend to hold you accountable. Praying for you now.


  71. Karen Dunsworth says:

    This summer God altered my path. I developed an infection in my knee replacement. In May I had my knee replacement removed and a temporary knee put in. I also had to do 6 weeks of antibiotics therapy. On July 20th I was infection free and able to have a permanent knee replacement. Recovery has been long and at times very discouraging. Through this I have learned to depend on God completely. He has put wonderful family and friends in my life that have been a tremendous help. My prayer is that the rest of my recovery passes quickly and I can get back to activities I enjoy.

    • Gwen Smith says:

      Karen! I had several knee injuries when I was younger because of my volleyball habit. 😉 Totally know the frustration of long recoveries but am excited to hear that you are paying attention to the blessings and lessons along the way of healing! Proud of you! Praying for you now. Have a beautiful day, friend.

      In Christ,

  72. Maria Clarke says:

    My prayer request is for my husband he is having an affair and although he knows that I have found out he refuses to end his affair. He said that he is in love with the other person and in love with me to . I just cannot understand. Please pray for me.

    • Wendy says:

      I’m so sorry. Praying for you now.

    • Susan says:

      I will pray for you Marie and your family and the other woman. Keeping praying and stay close to the Lord. I’m not sure if you saw the movie The War Room … she fought for her husband with the Lord.

    • Gwen Smith says:

      Oh, Maria. I’m sorry you are going through this! I encourage you to seek help and counsel from your pastor and/or women’s ministry director. Praying for you now, friend.


    • Jenifer says:

      Maria – praying for God’s peace for you and to stir in your husband’s heart the promises made and to know God will never leave you He has you wrapped in His loving arms – Praise Him in this storm – Thy will be done.

  73. Jan+ says:

    Pray for our daughter & husband who’s lives need “rerouting”, going in the wrong direction, the EVIL ONE” has a strong hold on them, wrong thinking, tearing our family apart. Crossing the road of life without Jesus and HIS BEST.

  74. Bonnie says:

    Hi April. I will pray that God will open that door of employment and place you where He wants you to be. While we wait for His perfect timing to unfold, let us fix our eyes on Jesus and trust for His perfect plan to unfold: (2 Corinthians 4:8; Colossians 3:1-2; Hebrews 3:1 and 12:2-3). My prayer request is to not fear that my son Jamie will die from heroin use. He has been in bondage for years. More importantly, I pray that God will draw him close, he will repent and be set free. I pray that Jamie enters in to newness of life and will make Jesus Lord of his life. I want to trust my Lord for this, but sometimes my heart grieves beyond words. I love you Lord and I thank you for this day you give us! Thank you for praying.

  75. chris says:

    My prayer request is for the restoration of my marriage. Please pray my husband’s heart will soften and he will come back home to us.

  76. Kirsten Bates says:

    Please pray for me that I love God more than people ,places or things including myself and smoking.Thank you and God bless you and your family.

  77. Gina says:

    My prayer is to KNOW CLEARLY what my God wants me to do, He knows the multiple situations I am referring to. Hard decisions I need to make and I fell alone and have NO clue as what to do. I am tired and I find myself being weak. I ask Jesus and others to pray for me to know what to do and for my son. I know God has a plan for him but he is running and fighting it with all his might, I am scared. Thank you for all you do I so enjoy reading and praying with you and I do thank My Heavenly Father because He has gotten me through so very much as a single mom on 18 years. But I feel like I have been beat down and I am struggling to keep hope most days. In Jesus Name I ask Him to bless me with clarity, Thank You My Father In Heaven!!!!!!!

  78. April Ferry says:

    My prayer request is that I will be able to get a job in the accounting field. I feel stuck.

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