Today’s Truth

Then I pray to you, O Lord. I say, “You are my place of refuge. You are all I really want in life.”

(Psalm 142:5, NLT)

We hope you are enjoying the Girlfriends in God daily devotions. We (Mary, Sharon, and Gwen) would like to introduce you to some of our special friends. From time-to-time, the Friday devotions will be written by one of our friends in ministry. We call them our “Friday Friends.” So grab your Bible and a fresh cup of coffee and drink in the words from our “Friday Friend,” Lisa Whittle.

Friend to Friend

Most of our life is spent grasping at things to help make us stronger, cure our struggle with habits and addictions, lead us to a better, more successful life. It’s our human desire to feel accepted and loved, and we believe it is in the fixing of ourselves that we achieve all this and finally have the life we’ve always wanted. But it’s not true. Our good God knows a better way.

I found myself in this wanting to fix me place several years ago, after tiring of the constant cycle of a roller coaster Christian life, fear watermarking my decisions, desire for human value and acceptance that kept me insecure and held me back from things I knew God wanted me to do. I craved anything that might help me and reached for the usual tools: books on the subject of my particular struggle…conversations with a safe friend…pulling the covers back over my head to sleep off my angst over the thought I might never be the person both God and me wanted.

I wracked my brain for the times in my life I had felt God the most near; where my greatest spiritual growth had occurred. And I remembered: the only way I found to get better is to focus on God harder. Not with some legalistic, religious rules and to-do lists, but by giving Him my entire heart. After all my lamenting and strivings, I came back to death to self, the way of the cross.

The truth is, my friend, wanting God more than anyone or anything else in our life is the game changer. We can try to fix ourselves. But that’s doing it the human way, which won’t produce lasting results. When we dive into God, focus on Him harder, things of our flesh we have tried so hard to kill naturally fall away. Our desire for Him changes everything.

But we don’t just arrive there. The flesh is willful and the pull of the world is strong, and our old habits of trying to fix ourselves die hard. But God. (It’s always but God, isn’t it?) In Him we have a “hope [that] does not disappoint,” (Romans 5:5 NASB) which means that while we are constantly disappointed by our own efforts to get better, focusing on Him to change us is a life guarantee.

Wanting God is a purposeful pursuit. It is a daily focus. It will require quality face time with Him through prayer and reading of our Bible. Maybe that sounds hard. But living without wanting God the most is the harder life, which most of us have tried and know.

And if we are tired of trying to fix ourselves, we are in the best place we can ever be to start the wanting God most journey. It is always in our place of lack our heart screams loudest for God.

And He hears and powerfully brings change.

Let’s Pray

Dear Father, thank you for being the game changer of my life. You know better than anyone how I have tried to fix myself for so long and it never really works. I need you, God. Move my heart towards You. Tether me to your truth as you break me from habits and sins that sometimes overwhelm me. I trust You to do the work in me that only You can, and I commit this very day to doing whatever it takes to want You the very most.

In Jesus’ name,


Now It’s Your Turn

Roller coasters may be fun at an amusement park, but when it comes to life, most of us are tired of living up and down. Get out a piece of paper and write down all the ways you’ve tried to fix yourself through the years. Now write down how wanting God the most would change that. Is it worth doing it His way vs. yours?

More from the Girlfriends

Today’s devotion is by our GiG Friday Friend, Lisa Whittle. Find out more about Lisa and her most recent book, I Want God, at

12 Responses to “The Game Changer”

  1. Amanda says:

    Thank you so much. You don’t understand how much I needed that. That’s exactly the problem I’m having it’s scary but it’s time. Thanks for the push of encouragement.

  2. Mandy says:

    Thank you Lisa Whittle. Enjoyed the devotion this morning! I try to read several devotions each morning, spending time with God and each devotion I read this morning spoke directly at me. I feel God is preparing me for a new journey, but no worries as he is in control!

  3. Pam says:

    This devotion has really struck home. All of my life , I’ve tried to be a “fixer”. If I could just fix this then everything would be better…it was only after I realized I couldn’t “fix” anything, but God could. When I FINALLY turned EVERYTHING over to God, things started to change. Thank you for this reminder, Lisa. God is truly amazing.

  4. Diana says:

    This is so me!!

  5. I see God has been talking to GIG behind my back again just worship message was definitely for me not only me but also my daughter was not a disciple but she struggles with trying to do things the worldly way and not realizing she has to do it God’s Way thank you for this message it came at the right time

  6. JB says:

    Wow, I needed this! Perfect for my situation right now. Thank you very much!

  7. Claudia says:

    Thank you so much for this encouraging devo!! I am always trying to fix myself. I am encouraged today to seek God again with all my heart and all my being.

  8. Jessica says:

    I love God with all my heart, and I have learned to trust His path. It is always better than mine. Then why am I so stubborn sometimes? When things go wrong, I go onto super fix mode. I stress and I worry about a quick solution. Instead I need to stop and pray first. He will guide me through it all. Please forgive me stubborn way, Dear Lord.

  9. Mrs r says:

    I keep trying to be better only I can’t, I don’t know how. I have prayed, I thought I got better but my family keep saying differently. My number one goal in life is to get to heaven. I’m struggling because I’m just not good enough for my husband and daughter. I can see it in my husband’s eyes, the way he speaks and doesn’t speak me and how he is almost never affectionate and compassionate to me. I need Jesus to help me to feel loved

  10. Candi says:

    To Mrs. R,

    Remind yourself that you are loved by the Almighty God. He’s teaching me that I sometimes look to family and loved ones to fill a place in my heart that only He can. My husband is human and can never love me like God can. When I get lonely or aggravated, it’s a reminder that I’m either relying on myself instead of God, or that I’m expecting people to do what only God can do. You are loved and cherished. You are not alone. I was just practicing this song and I think you should look it up. It’s called I am Not Alone by Kari Jobe. Love and hugs to you.

    To Lisa Whittle, thank you so much for the reminder. It truly blessed me.

  11. Katie says:

    This message was exactly what I needed to hear!! Thank you for being obedient and delivering these precise words to us!

  12. Tracy says:

    All of us need to hear that wonderful message! Pursuing the greatest love of our life will never disappoint us! Romans 5:5 is one of my favorite reminders that I can pursue the love of my life with reckless confidence!!!

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