The Habit of Praying for Others

 Posted by on January 17, 2013  1 Response »
Jan 172013
 

Prayer is a very important part of my life.  I have to admit though, it has been a selfish part of my life for many years.  I looked back and realized that so much of my prayer life was about me or the things around me that would make my life easier.

You ask and do not receive, because you ask amiss, that you may spend it on your pleasures.   James 4:3

004 My goal for the coming year is to improve my daily prayer life in a way that improves the lives of others.  I want my prayer to be selfless and beneficial to others. Continue reading »

The Habit of Waiting for His Time

 Posted by on November 13, 2012  1 Response »
Nov 132012
 

Meandering down a country road in my minivan, I saw it.  Out of the corner of my eye, surrounded by miscellaneous, unwanted household items.  I held my breath as I pulled the van over and approached the woman in charge.  “How much?”  I asked cautiously.

“Twenty,” she replied.  My budget is currently tight.  Very tight.

“Will you take ten?  That’s all the cash I have.”

(Without hesitation)– “Sure!”

My next hurdle was getting my husband on board, for he would have to remove the seats from the van and return with me to load it.  I wondered what he would say.  To my delight, he was happy… especially when I told him what I was paying.

We returned to the yard sale, my husband loved the piece as well, and we brought it home.  It now sits in our garage, waiting for its painting and distressing job, which shouldn’t take long.

I have been married twenty-two years, and have always wanted a full dining room with a table and chairs and a buffet.  I prayed about this almost from the start of my marriage.  We were married almost 16 years before my husband found the table and chairs set at an antiques store.  For the last six years, I’ve had a dining room with a lovely table and chairs, but no buffet.  I’ve looked at pictures in magazines, tried to figure out how to purchase one, plotted where to get the extra money , and even sighed, “I don’t have anywhere to put my grandmother’s china!”  All along, God said, “Wait.”  For the right time, the right price, the right piece… a quality antique with value that I could pass down to my children’s children.  He gives us the best but wants us to trust Him for the timing.  And then, one day when I least expected it, there it was as I was driving by.


This is the one God had for me, at exactly the right time. I smiled, because He is good, and loves me enough to give me things I want as well as things I need. All in His good time.

~by Kim A., The Daisy Muse

When GOD Stirs Things Up

 Posted by on November 1, 2012  2 Responses »
Nov 012012
 

Yes, GOD, my heavenly FATHER, has been “stirring things up” in our relationship. Actually HE has been doing that for a while. For about five years HE has “stirred up” in me a hunger for HIS word that is beyond anything I have ever known in my whole life. GOD can “stir things up” through all kinds of different people and experiences in our life, but I do believe the best “stirring up” is when HE takes us directly to HIS word!

In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. He was in the beginning with God. All things were made through him, …And the Word became flesh and dwelt among us… John 1:1-4a & 14a

How sweet are your words to my taste, sweeter than honey to my mouth!…Your word is a lamp to my feet and a light to my path. Psalm 119:103,105

So Jesus said to the Twelve, “Do you want to go away as well?” Simon Peter answered him, “Lord, to whom shall we go? You have the words of eternal life, and we have believed, and have come to know, that you are the Holy One of God.” John 6:67-69

When we follow the leading of the HOLY SPIRIT, GOD the FATHER will “stir us up” in amazing ways. Though the “stirring up” isn’t always easy, matter of fact I would say that it can be down right difficult.

 All Scripture is breathed out by God and profitable for teaching, for reproof, for correction, and for training in righteousness, that the man of God may be competent, equipped for every good work.~~2 Timothy 3:16-17

You see GOD doesn’t just use HIS word to make us feel good, or to learn history, and it is not just a way to pass the time. HE uses it to teach us, correct us, and to train us in righteousness. When we accept what GOD is “stirring up” in us, in the end it will be a very, very good thing. Why does he “stir things up”? Look at 2 Timothy 3:17 above, it is so that as believers we will be competent and equipped for every good work HE calls us to. In the most simple term, HE “STIRS THINGS UP”, to GROW US UP in HIM!

So when GOD “stirs things up”, don’t get in his way, humble yourself, submit to it, and let HIM grow you up so that HE can do in and through you those wonderful things HE has always planned to do!

~ by Angie, The One Thing

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A Day in Your Prayer Life

 Posted by on August 20, 2012  No Responses »
Aug 202012
 

“Knock, Knock, Who’s There?”

I have written about our little friend the squirrel before. I’ve told you how it comes right up to the door, looks in and waits for us to get up and get it some bread.  Well you will never believe what happened the other day. We had been gone from the house for a couple of hours, doing the grocery thing.  This day we did the big three: Wal-Mart, Publix and Kroger.  You can imagine how tired we were.

We came in the back door and were busy putting everything away. All of a sudden I hear this sound, like something hit the front door.  I didn’t really think anything about it and went back to putting away the groceries.  It hadn’t been more than a minute and I heard the noise again. So I asked Bob what it could be.  He started looking around and when he opened the front door, there was the squirrel just waiting for us to open the door and give it some food. He came expecting and he was going to keep on knocking till he got what he came for.

How persistent are you, when it comes to prayer?  Matthew 7:7-8 encourages us to…

“…Keep on asking, and you will receive what you ask for.  Keep on seeking, and you will find.  Keep on knocking, and the door will be opened to you.  For everyone who asks, receives. Everyone who seeks, finds.  And to everyone who knocks, the door will be opened.”

The key words there are “keep on.”   Sometimes our prayers are answered right away, but most of the time the answer seems to be delayed.  It seems to be delayed because we don’t immediately see anything happening in the physical realm. I believe that as soon as you make your request, God begins the process of answering you.  You may never know what keeps the answer from coming right away, but God always has a reason.

Sometimes it is to make us exercise our faith so that it will grow.  Sometimes God has to move people and situations around to fulfill what we need. Sometimes the answer is “no,” because God knows it would not be good for us. But sometimes the answer is delayed because of warfare that is going on in the spirit realm (check out Daniel 10).  When we pray, God moves. So let me encourage you to be like our little squirrel, “keep on knocking.”

Whatever your need is today, don’t give up. Your answer is on the way. It may be a long wait or it may be just a heartbeat away.  Remember the promise: the one who asks, receives; the one who seeks, finds and when you knock, the door will be opened.

~ Written by Beth, “My husband of 46 years and I recently retired from full time ministry and we are looking forward to discovering what God has in store for the next part of our journey.  I am a very proud mother and grandmother and I love to encourage others through the word and my life experiences.  My life verse is Psalm 118:24 – This is the day that the Lord has made; I choose to rejoice and be glad in it.”