3 Things To Remember While Waiting

I stumbled across the story of Hannah recently during my devotional time. I’ve read the story before, but that particular morning I saw it with fresh eyes.

You can find her prayer in 1 Samuel 1:10-11.  Here are 3 things I learned from Hannah about waiting.

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3 Things To Remember While Waiting

1. Don’t turn away from God.

Verse 10 tells us Hannah was experiencing “deep anguish” and she “wept bitterly.” But through all of her grief, she continued to pray. She never allowed her hurt or sense of loss and grief cause her to turn from God. She trusted Him and believed He would one day answer her prayer.

2. Be specific.

Verse 11 tells us Hannah was specific in her prayers. She prays “Oh Lord…give Your maidservant a male child.” She did not pray for just any child…she prayed for a son. Only a son could take care of her after her husband died.

James 4:2b states “You do not have because you do not ask God.” Even though God knows what we’re thinking and what we desire, we demonstrate faith when we specifically ask for what we need.

3. Be prepared for any response.

The last thing Hannah teaches us in this prayer is a little tough to hear. Even though she prayed, trusted God to hear her and was specific, she was prepared to hear a response other than yes. In verse 10, she starts her prayer with “Lord Almighty, if …”

IF

It’s such a small word, but it packs a major punch. “IF” was Hannah’s way of acknowledging that she trusted God regardless of the outcome.

We must remember that God is sovereign. We must trust His plan for our lives even IF we can’t understand what He’s doing.

Proverbs 13:12 tells us:

“Hope deferred makes the heart sick, But when the desire comes, it is a tree of life.”

“When” is not on our timeline. “When” is up to the Lord. “When” might look different than we expect. But “when” we trust in God, His plan will be our tree of life.

Hold fast to Him and know that He is with you…regardless of the outcome.

If you would like to dig deeper into the ways God answers prayer, feel free to check out my article “The 3 Ways God Answers Prayer” for more information.

Until next time…be well…be encouraged.

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What do you want Jesus to do for you?

What’s Your Number One Prayer Request? – If you were allowed one request of God what would it be? Often in the gospels, Jesus asked people:

 “What do you want me to do for you?” Matthew 20:32  

What do you want Jesus to do for you

How do you think you would answer Jesus? I know that I could easily come up with a list a mile long on things I would want Jesus to do for me.

Some things I would request would be for practical needs, such as enough money to pay our bills, put our children through school and support our missionary friends.

Other requests would be more for our spiritual needs, such as the salvation of family members and friends, a greater understanding of the Bible and the boldness to speak to others about Christ.

Now there is nothing wrong in bringing all of our needs to God.  In fact he encourages us to do that.   Many times, especially in the Psalms we are told to pour out our heart to the Lord.

“Trust in him at all times, O people; pour out your heart before him; God is a refuge for us.” – Psalm 62:8

However, as I contemplated the answer to my question, that if we were only allowed one request what would it be, I know that I would answer in the following way.

“Lord Jesus please satisfy my heart with your steadfast love today, so that I do not go looking for it in other people, my circumstances and in other things.”

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God created us with a need to be loved by him.  When I pray that I would be satisfied by his love, I find that I have a peace, joy and hope that goes beyond my circumstances and seems to keep my other needs in the right perspective.

I find myself resting in his control of things and not being as anxious, as I know that if I am loved by him, he will work all things together for my good and his glory.

I pray this prayer often through the day and am surprised at how he lifts my head up off my circumstances to remind me that I have an incredible treasure and that is the love of God.

I would encourage you to try the same prayer for yourself and see how he warms your heart and strengthens you for whatever lays ahead.  His love is steadfast and will never let you go.

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Praying Through The Healing Process

There have been so many times that in my suffering my heart wandered from the Lord.

Why is it that in times of need, we tend to run from the One who can truly heal us?

I’ve feared that He won’t answer. I’ve felt abandoned and betrayed. I’ve tried to create hope for myself where hope was lost.

Praying Through The Healing Process

I’ve looked for a faster answer elsewhere and every time I came up empty, I returned to the Lord in the same broken place – in need of healing and hope.

When we face brokenness the Lord is the only one who can truly mend our wounds.

I had to accept that the healing process might not look like I’d envisioned.

It was only then that I found the courage and the strength to approach God with boldness.

Let us then approach God’s throne of grace with confidence, so that we may receive mercy and find grace to help us in our time of need. -Hebrews 4:16

When we approach the Lord, trusting His goodness and His working, our hearts will be truly opened for the healing transformation and redemption God longs for us to have.

When I finally surrendered my picture of what healing looked like, my heart was opened to healing more beautiful than anything I’d ever imagined.

God opened my heart to this new picture through dedicated prayer.

I had to hit my knees and fold my hands so many times before my heart was softened.

I prayed in surrender more times than I can count before I truly felt myself release my hold on these expectations.

Prayer doesn’t need to wait until our feelings are all set in place. Prayer takes place before we even know where to begin.

Before we can see the final picture, before we feel like surrendering, before we feel the healing, we must offer our hearts to God in prayer.

I find it helpful in these times to write down prayers. I write short prayers of surrender or asking for healing and hope. When I don’t have the words to say, I utter these small prayers.

God knows what we are able to give. Search your heart for areas you may be holding back in prayer. Ask God to reveal these areas to you.

When we offer our hearts to God in prayer, He brings us healing beyond anything we can imagine.

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How to give it all over to God and don’t give up

How to give it all over to God and dont give up

I know how to be abased, and I know how to abound. Everywhere and in all things I have learned both to be full and to be hungry, both to abound and to suffer need.

I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me. Philippians 4: 12-13

Have you ever felt at the end of your rope? Circumstances seem too hard. You lift your hands up and cry to Heaven, “I give up! I cannot possibly do this!” I have been there many times.

This past year, I was very discouraged about my weight.  Being unhealthy and a bad example to my children, I prayed that God would help me change. Yet, I began to try to change on my own. Counting calories and exercising proved to be so challenging.  The scale, my enemy, didn’t seem to budge.

Finally, earnestly through prayer, I truly seeked God’s guidance. Throwing up my hands, my health was given over to the Lord. He directed me to a new healthier lifestyle that I had been hesitant to try.  Letting God work through the change, both my husband and I lost about 40 lbs each.

Health, pursuing something new, or just life in general can be enough to make a person scream and want to give up. However, when things become burdensome, we should give them over to God, allowing Him to work through them for His glory.

How to give it all over to God and don’t give up?

Cast your burden on the Lord, and He shall sustain you; He shall never permit the righteous to move. Psalm 55:22

*Lay Your Burdens at the feet of God.  

Instead of giving up, take your worry to Christ. Ask for guidance. This may be hard. You may want to be in control. However, let God take your burden and give you new strength.

*Take Action.

Allow God to direct your next steps. If your circumstances is God-ordained, God will direct you how to proceed through Him, taking your burden from your shoulders. If it is not what God wants, He will take you in a new direction. This may be something you never even dreamed of. Don’t be scared.

*Give all glory to God.

My weight loss was something I thought I never could do. Yet, it was only because of God that I lost weight and began a healthier lifestyle. When God takes a hold of your situation, stay focused on Him and give Him the credit and the glory He deserves.

To the end that my glory may sing praise to You and not be silent. O Lord my God, I will give thanks to you forever. Psalm 30:12

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Disadvantaged but Qualified

Disadvantaged but Qualified

“Just look at yourselves, brothers—look at those whom God has called! Not many of you are wise by the world’s standards, not many wield power or boast noble birth. But God chose what the world considers nonsense in order to shame the wise; God chose what the world considers weak in order to shame the strong; and God chose what the world looks down on as common or regards as nothing in order to bring to nothing what the world considers important; so that no one should boast before God.” 1 Corinthians 1:26-29 CJB

Have you ever asked yourself, “Who am I that God should use me, honor me, love me? Who am I that God should call me, choose me, favor me? Have you ever disqualified yourself from the destiny God called you to because you did not think that you were packaged right … because you did not come from the “right” family, city/town/village, background … because you have just enough money to survive and cannot even imagine financing the giant dream He is urging you to pursue? Have you? I know I have.

So did Gideon. The LORD said to him, “Go in this strength of yours and save Isra’el from the hands of Midyan. Haven’t I sent you?” Judges 6:14 CJB. Gideon’s natural reaction was, “Forgive me, my Lord, but with what am I to save Isra’el? Why, my family is the poorest in M’nasheh, and I’m the youngest person in my father’s house!” Judges 6:15 CJB

When God commissions us, it is not us neither would it be done in our ability and strength. The LORD assures Gideon, “Because I will be with you, you will strike down Midyan as easily as if they were just one man.” Judges 6:16 CJB

YHVH will be with us and will enable us to succeed and complete every task that He has assigned to us.

For it is “… ‘not by force, and not by power, but by my Spirit, ‘says ADONAI-Tzva’ot.” Zechariah 4:6 CJB

The LORD is well known for mandating the unfits and misfits of this world to do great things. He always finds strength in the weakest places. Let us realign our outlook, accept the mandate, trust that He is able and walk in obedience.
— Chosen and Qualified,

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