Christian growth · Prayer

God’s Hand At the Window

This morning I rose and pulled back the curtain to see the new day – to see what was happening outside my window.  I wanted to see the brightness of the sun, the beauty of the morning and of the freshness of the new day.  It was easy – I just took my hand and pushed back the curtain.  Do you know that there are many times when God does the same thing for us so that we will be encouraged in prayer; so that we will see that He is indeed working on our behalf? I watched that happen this  past Sunday morning…

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Prayer

High Five for Prayer

Last week Whitney shared the explanation of High Five for Friday.  It’s a place where bloggers can list their posts listing five favorite things from the past week.  Today I’d like to do a little twist on that and have a High Five for Prayer.  I’d love to share with you answers to prayer in my personal life and give God the glory for all He has done!

  1. He has revealed Truth me that I needed to learn. During our recent week of evangelistic meetings, I woke up one morning just feeling out of sorts.  I got into the Word and had my prayer time in the morning but still had an uneasiness in my spirit.  As I went about my day, it was really troubling me and I asked the Lord, “Father, why am I like this from time to time?  What is causing this irritability in my spirit?”  It was later that night in the service that God used our evangelist to give me my answer.  It came from James 4 – When I’m want something that I’m not getting, I get irritable.  It could be I’m not getting my way, or I’m inconvenienced by someone, or slowed down on the Interstate.  God showed me so clearly the answer to the question I asked Him earlier.  I got it right and I thanked Him that He so graciously gave me my answer so quickly so I could win over this selfishness.  My God cares about my growth enough to answer my prayers regarding those very issues!
  2. I believe God brought healing to me.   I recently had a nasty lesion on my arm looked at by my dermatologist. Her immediate response was, “This concerns me greatly.” A biopsy was taken and a few days later they called to tell me it was a Squamous Cell Carcinoma and it would have to come off.  When I went to have the procedure done, the doctor entered the room and said that the biopsy was inconclusive and she wasn’t absolutely sure it was cancer.  When she did the “scrape and burn” procedure, it had no roots and didn’t look at all suspicious.  Praise His name!
  3. He clearly directed me in an important decision. When looking for direction about an opportunity to serve Him, I was totally unsure of what to do.  As I prayed God began to bring an answer to my heart using the preaching of His Word that I heard on a podcast.  I then had no doubt that God was opening this door for me, and I knew that the only way this could be accomplished was through His enabling!  He made it very clear that if I trusted Him He would equip me. It’s been a blessing to my heart because I know it is all of Him and none of me!!
  4. He provided a desire in my heart for a material thing I felt was a need.  I don’t know what I need, but my God does, so I prayed about something personal that I felt would help me, but there was the financial burden of it.  We had the money, but it was designated for other things.  I gave the matter to the Lord.   I told Him I only wanted His will, and if I was asking for something He knew would not be the best for me, to please not provide.  Later in the day my husband asked me if I had made an order.  I told him, “No. I didn’t feel like we could afford it.  The next minute I looked at my phone to see a text telling me that the price had been reduced by half!  It was totally in my range now and it was only by the graciousness of my God.  This is a “small” thing, but it’s huge because it was a clear reminder to me that God cares about the little things in our lives.  He is a good, good Father.  I’m reminded of this verse –If ye then, being evil, know how to give good gifts unto your children: how much more shall your heavenly Father give the Holy Spirit to them that ask him? Luke 11:13

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  5. He allowed my daughter and son-in-law to finalize the adoption of their two sons this past week! I’m officially a Gigi!! (In case you’re not aware of the situation, I wrote about their foster parenting journey here .)  It’s been two years of praying, waiting, (yes worrying!), then praying some more!  It’s been up and downs, questions with no answers, paperwork and endless visits and appointments, but this past Friday the adoption was official!  Perhaps you saw Whitney’s post about the party we had last Saturday.  It was certainly a time of rejoicing!
    The Lord has shown Himself so wonderfully in this whole process.  I’m reminded that He was at work even when we could not see.  His hand was caring and loving those little boys and providing for them when we wondered about their future.  He loves them even more than we do. God has made my own spiritual adoption become a doctrine that is richer than I ever understood it to be before these boys entered our lives! I am so thankful for this rich answer to prayer!

Psalm 3 is a passage I have recently memorized and it has become so very precious to me.  Let me share part of it here –

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What are you praying for?  Do as the psalmist and cry aloud with your voice.  Call.  Ask.  Then He will give you sleep, too.  You can awaken knowing that He is at work doing what only a loving, omniscient, sovereign God could do!  Don’t give up.  Keep on praying!

Do you have an answer to prayer?  I’d love to hear what God has done in your life recently!

Refresh your prayer life with praising Him for His answers,

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Bible study · Prayer · spiritual growth

Suggestions for Books, Journals, Planners and More!

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Remember the Disney song, When you Wish Upon a Star?  The song tells us that when you wish on a star, your dreams come true.  It’s cute for a Disney movie, but if that was a reality  we’d all be driving brand new automobiles.  I just checked and my 2005 Jeep is still Continue reading “Suggestions for Books, Journals, Planners and More!”

God's Will · Prayer

Make the Connections

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I’ll never forget the memory of riding in the car with my sisters and parents when I was a child. My parents were in the front seat of the car on our way to or from errands, and my two sisters and myself were seated in the backseat.  We took turns sitting on “the hump,” as we called it.  It was the middle seat, the one not quite as comfortable as the other two, but a seat, nonetheless.  As we traveled through town, one of us might speak up and ask where we were going, or perhaps request a stop at an ice cream place or White Castle Burgers.  Then as my dad drove, we were watchful.  We knew that if he turned his blinker on to go that direction, we were headed for a frozen treat.  If he turned that way we were stopping for lunch at White Castle, and if he stayed this way we were headed home – perhaps to something even better!  After we asked, we learned to watch our father’s movements – a turn on of the blinker or a change into a turning lane, to see the fulfillment of our request!  How wonderful it was to anticipate what he was going to do, then many times see him fulfill our greatest desire.  He was usually silent about the plan, but we knew He loved us and would make a right choice, based on that love.

When you and I go before the Lord, we need to do the very same thing.  After we have prayed and placed our requests before the Lord, we must get up off our knees, and connect the things that happen next with what we have just prayed.  We need to be on the lookout for God’s movements. Sometimes He makes a turn; connect it – He has a different plan.  Sometimes He turns things in the direction we were praying; it’s a fulfilled plan.  Then other times He is silent; and we must wait and trust.

All the while, we need to keep praying, and then connecting what happens next, if we truly want His will.  It may take us a direction we hadn’t planned, but He is our Father,  He loves us, and He will do what is right, based on that love.

As you have connected the next thing that happens after you pray, what have you seen the Lord do?

Christian growth · Prayer

How To Pray Powerfully Using Scripture

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Because we live in the country, we have a home land line at our house.  We had it installed because our  phone reception can be poor at times, so in the case of an emergency, we wanted to know we can call out.  However, whenever that phone rings, we totally ignore it.  It’s like it isn’t getting our attention at all.  You see, the only ones who call that number are telemarketers.  Since we know that, we let the answering machine get the call and we totally ignore the ringing!

Have your prayers that you pray ever felt like our land line?  Have you ever called to talk to God, but it seems He is just ignoring your call?  We’ve all been there at times.  But I think if we understand how to pray effectively and powerfully using His Word as our supplication, we’ll feel like that far less often, and will understand the power of praying Scripture.

There truly is power in praying back God’s Word to Him.  If that idea seems strange or you wouldn’t have a clue where to find verses to pray, I hope you’ll watch today’s video as I share how to do both of those things.

I’m also going to share an idea about how to set up a prayer journal for a small child, and then progressively change it so it would fit an older child’s needs.

One resource that I forgot to mention on the video is this book,

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I got mine at a conference a few years ago but I found it here on Amazon.  I saw a used copy for $1.99!  I love this book and use it a lot!!

I’d love to hear how it’s going for you if you’ve begun a prayer journal.  Or if you have any other questions, feel free to leave them here in the comments.

This is the last in the series on prayer, but let’s you and I KEEP ON PRAYING!

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Christian Life · Motherhood · Prayer

How To Pray in the Busy Season of Life

When Susanna Wesley, the mother of ten children wanted to pray, she simply pulled her apron over her head.  Her family knew that when they saw her with her head covered they were not to disturb her.  I’d say she was serious about prayer!  She took whatever measures needed to find the time to talk to the Lord.

We’re all busy women, but in certain seasons, especially when children are home, it can be difficult to find the uninterrupted time to really pray.  I’d like to suggest a way for you to have this time with God if you’re in this busy season of life.  I’m going to share a few suggestions in the following video.  I trust it will challenge you to implement these ideas into your day.

Is there one suggestion that was shared that you could implement?

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Goals · Prayer

It Smells of the Lamp

I have parents that are a quilting duo! My dad, the engineer mind in the family, cuts the fabric squares. My mom, the crafter, sews them together, then Dad cuts them again to get them perfectly square. Each square gets a heavy ironing before it’s sewn again. The picture you see here is that of the pieces being laid out to see where each one should go. After placing and replacing, they will take this up very carefully, row after row and stack it the way it needs to be sewn together. Of course after the batting and backing are put behind it there’s all the hand quilting to be done. Whoa! Many, many hours go into the making of a quilt! However, when it’s all finished it’s not only warm and cozy, it is a piece of art!

This week as I was studying Proverbs 31 I read verse 18 – She perceiveth that her merchandise is good; her candle goeth not out by nightAs I studied the last part of this verse, I learned that it was often said of an elaborate piece (of art, needlework, a literary work, etc), “It smells of the lamp.” That means that there were many long hours put into making that piece – so much that it even went into the night hours. You could tell by looking at it that it wasn’t done quickly; it took much labor and effort.

When you understand the hours of labor that a quilt takes you appreciate it all the more! When I look at the quilts that my parents have made for each of their children and grandchildren I am reminded of the sacrifice of time and labor that it took to make them. They “smell of the lamp.”

While I’ve pondered that phrase for the last several days, the cry of my heart to the Lord is that my prayer life would be what “smells of the lamp.” More and more I understand how weak I am and unable to do anything without God’s enablement and power in my life. Oh, that I would wake up in the morning with the burden to pray, go into the noon hour with prayer on my lips, enter the evening with a continued heart-cry to my God, and go to bed at night and be awakened to “turn on the lamp.”

Nothing else will go lacking if prayer is the center of my life. For when I am praying my needs are met, my steps directed, my thoughts established, my heart made right, and my burdens lifted. What a beautiful thing a prayer life like that would be.

Oh, God, may my prayer life smell of the lamp!


What area of your life would you want to “smell of the lamp?”