I Lift My Life Up

This song sums up the prayer of my heart right now. Things seem to be going fairly well in my life at the moment, but I still have (sometimes overwhelming) doubts and fears…and I need to continually bring them to Jesus. Whatever is on your mind and heart today, lift it up to the One who laid down His life for you. ❤

Three Prayers Answered

So my last post was about unanswered prayer. Right on its heels comes this post, which is about three prayers that were all answered in the same day. God definitely works in mysterious ways. 🙂

Monday I began my first day of school at a local Institute to learn Microsoft Office and Quickbooks. It was the culmination of months of prayer and hard work. I had sought direction for a viable career plan, along with financial assistance to achieve that plan, through an agency for vocational rehabilitation. However I met with a lot of red tape in the beginning, instead of the progress that I was hoping and praying for. But thankfully, my counselor and I decided on a career plan and she was able to get my schooling funded! I was ecstatic, but still nervous about actually starting school. Well, I had a great first day of class, and I’m looking forward to the rest of my training. Prayer number one: answered.

The second prayer involved my Steeped Tea business, A Heart for Tea. I had been very anxious about how everything would work out, but Monday there was a mini breakthrough. I was able to complete an online “ParTEA” and submit an order through which I actually made a commission, along with earning free products! The process of getting to that point was not easy, and I know that I will need to continue to take small steps forward…but it’s a little victory, and for this answered prayer I am grateful!

Lastly, our church hand-bell choir has been practicing a more difficult song to play for Easter services. I had been attempting to focus on having fun and allowing myself to make mistakes, which was helpful. I practiced at home to try to learn my part better, but I still had difficulties at our practices. Monday afternoon I was able to find a way to get my part down, and I did fairly well at our practice! I was so proud of myself – but the credit really goes to God, who enabled me to play to the best of my ability and to play well.

I know these may seem like small things, but to me they were huge. I’m also learning that just because a prayer isn’t answered right away or “just the way I want it to be,” doesn’t mean that it won’t be answered. God has His ways and He has perfect timing. I’m just blessed to be a part of His lovingly orchestrated plan. ❤

Photo Credit: Aundre Larrow

Unanswered Prayer

I had a pretty intense prayer session with God recently. I was quite hopeful, even almost certain, that God would answer in a positive way. But as of right now, the answer hasn’t been what I had anticipated.

It’s really difficult when this happens. It sometimes makes you (or at least me) doubt God, wonder if you prayed the right way, and maybe even get a bit angry. The truth is, I don’t know why God didn’t answer my prayers the way I was hoping. But I DO know that He is in control, that He knows what’s best, and that He is working things out for my good as I love and trust Him.

God sees the big picture, and I don’t. I really just need to trust Him right now.

Is there something that you’ve been praying for, hoping for with all of your heart, that hasn’t been answered the way that you’d like? Don’t give up. Keep asking. Keep seeking. Keep knocking. And keep surrendering to His will. He won’t give His children a stone when we ask for bread (Luke 11:1-13 NKJV).

Photo Credit: Joshua Earle