There was a meeting last night to discuss custody/visitation arrangements. No common ground was met and mediation will be necessary as the next step. We fasted and prayed yesterday and submitted the meeting to the Lord. It’s tempting to feel discouraged that our prayers were seemingly unanswered, but we keep coming back to faith. We readily acknowledge that we can’t figure this out on our own. We have to trust the Lord and allow him to guide us without seeing what’s ahead — and for me, without being part of the discussions. We’ve been accused of being selfish and irresponsible. That’s hurtful, but we’ve tried to look at that humbly. Are we?

They haven’t agreed on a mediator. A mediator (former judge and attorney) who is an expert in child custody has been recommended. We feel he is the most qualified and impartial option. A tentative appointment has been arranged.

There is need for humility. The tone so far has been defensive and judgmental. The notion that we are getting what we deserve is not considering what’s best for K. If there is pride that we need to be aware of, let it be revealed to us.

In the same way, the Spirit helps us in our weakness. We do not know what we ought to pray for, but the Spirit himself intercedes for us through wordless groans. And he who searches our hearts knows the mind of the Spirit, because the Spirit intercedes for God’s people in accordance with the will of God. And we know that in all things God works for the good of those who love him, who have been called according to his purpose.