When there is a verse that seems to follow me... I turn it into art. As I thought about this verse and than sat and made the graphic I meditate on it. I highlight what I think are keywords. I stop and think about what they mean.
My daughter was taking a shower and got soap in her eyes. She came out and told me "my eyes hurt, I can't pray". Then she came and laid her head on my shoulder and cried a little. Though she was crying it was her tears that would help her eyes feel better.
I woke up the next morning and the fear that had gripped my heart the day before was replaced with peace.
There are sometimes that it is just harder to be thankful than others. At least for me, I don't know about you. Today is definitely one of those days. Oh, I know I have lots to be thankful for. But an aching heart and fear can be so blinding. What is in front of us can be so overwhelming that it is hard to look past it. Brokenness can be good when you come to God and let Him speak to you and teach you in it. But, the enemy doesn't want you to do that. He wants to keep your focus on what is in front of you. He wants to keep you isolated and stuck. We are not meant to walk this life alone. We have our loving Father who walks with us. We also have the gift of the church, of each other.
Most recently he has had bad dreams. As he wakes up and comes to me. One night as I walked him back to his bed he asked me "mom, can you pray and ask Jesus to give me good dreams?". "of course I can..." I said
As I lay listening to it last night I realized it was me who had this timeline of when I wanted doors to open.
And I was discouraged because they aren't opening.
He is in the waiting
I love our prayer time on Sunday mornings.
Earlier in the year, my friend led us to pray over one another. This was an amazing thing to share.
As I thought of this I didn't remember a time that we did this for her.
I decided I wanted to share a verse with my friends
He who began a good work in you will carry it on to completion until the day of Christ Jesus - Philippians 1:6
This is a verse that has been sitting on my heart. It is a message that I keep hearing over and over again.
Scripture teaches us that God hears our prayers and that He even answers them. I believe this with all my heart and I have seen Him answer my prayers before.
Last week I literally got to look into the face of an answered prayer.
We don't pray to a god who does not hear or answer. Our God not only hears every word He answers us. Jesus tells us “ask and you will receive, and your joy will be full”