The Power of Prayer Part 2

I’m blown away by the things that God has been doing in my life lately.

I remember back when I was on Facebook, a dance friend would tease me about praying for a parking space. I tell people all the time that you should pray for EVERYTHING because God cares about ALL of our needs and a few of our wants.

I ALWAYS pray for parking especially at home because a lot of people have moved into my apartment complex to the point where you have to pray for a parking space if ever you leave. For example, today I left every so briefly to go return a bowl I purchased on Saturday. On my way home, I stopped in the T-Mobile store because I need a new cell phone because I’m tired of the Scotch tape on my phone. I also stopped in the dollar store. Finally, I stopped in Shop Rite to get some V8 Splash and sushi. I was gone maybe 30 minutes. When I returned home, there was only one parking space close to my apartment (though there were plenty of spaces elsewhere). I looked out the window at 7:30 p.m. and there were a couple parking spaces available closer to my unit, so I went out to move my vehicle.

As soon as I got in the driver’s seat, someone came flying through the lot and pulled into a space. I thought for sure they had taken the space that I had my eye on, but thankfully, they took the second option, praise Jesus. I gave thanks to Jesus before I got into my vehicle and again after I moved my vehicle. It always pays to pray for what you want or what you need!

Since we’re on the subject of prayer, I have another praise report related to prayer. Last Monday, I text a friend from church and asked for prayer for more fellowship opportunities closer to home so that I don’t have to drive so far to fellowship with other believers. I sent that text at 9:28 p.m. on Monday, June 26th.

When I got home from work on Thursday, June 29th, I received an email around 6:38 p.m. from Meetup.com letting me know that there was a new Bible Study group that I might be interested in. Of course, it’s located a good 25-30 minutes away from home. At first, I wasn’t going to join, but then I thought, what the hey, it can’t hurt.

The group was created on Thursday and had its first meetup on Saturday morning. I’m really glad that I went because I had such a blessed time. I had a yummy home-cooked breakfast and met some pretty nice people. They were warm, welcoming, friendly and easy to talk to. Most people who know me, know that I’m a huge introvert. That means I would much rather stay home than go out in most cases. It also means that I’m pretty reserved around strangers…but not last Saturday. It was like someone had taken over my mouth the way I was jabbering away. Not only that, but I’m normally a VERY PRIVATE person to the point of not telling people what town I live in, but there I was giving out my cell phone number. Yeah, I told God that I’m working on not being so overly private…

Anyway, the point is, God does answer prayers! I went to a meetup last night, which turned out to be a 2 hour church service. Gotta love those Pentecostals! All joking aside, they were really nice, too and it was a blessed time in God’s Word. There is another Bible Study meetup this Friday night that I plan to attend. Might as well go to a Bible study since I can’t find a dance partner to practice my Waltz with.   🙂

Remember, the Bible says “ask and you shall receive” and it also says “you have not because you ask not”. So, if you want something, start praying because all you have to do is ask and it will be given to you according to God’s will.

The Power of Prayer

I have completed two weeks at the new job and I actually like what I’m doing. God has truly placed me in a challenging position because it’s not the type of job where I could walk in and know what I’m doing. There is much to learn. I have always considered myself a quick learner, but this job has certainly humbled me because not everything is coming as easy as I would like. I like the fact that I have work to do throughout the day and I’m not bored and staring at the clock waiting to go home. I have even started going in at 6:45 a.m. to try to catch up on work. The quote requests coming in so quickly and one request can take over an hour to complete depending on the number of parts being requested. Other requests require double entry: once in our system and again in an online system created by the customer.

My co-workers are patient and supportive, which is something that I’m not used to. My boss has even told me that I’m doing a good job. It is quite refreshing!!! It all feels too good to be true. I mean when you’ve been praying for something for so long and God finally gives it to you, you’re entirely sure if it’s for real. By the end of this week, I felt like I was waiting for the rug to be pulled out from under me or for the shoe to drop. I give glory, praise and thanks to God for answering my prayers! I pray that this is long lasting and not just the honeymoon phase of a new job because 20 years is a very long time to wait for an answered prayer!!!  I know, Sarah waited longer as did Moses and countless others!

The point to take away is this: God does answer prayers…in His time and not ours!  So, if you’re waiting, keep praying because the prayer of a righteous man (woman) availeth much and is powerful and effective. I am reminded of The Parable of the Persistent Widow in Luke 18:1-8 and how this woman would not stop “bothering” the judge. 1 Thessalonians 5:16-18 tells us to pray without ceasing. If there is something that you truly want and it is in line with God’s Word, keep praying. Never give up on praying for what you want!

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I’m back…

I can’t believe it’s been 2 months and 2 days since my last post.

Much has happened.

I was reminded that born-again Christians go through the same grieving process that the rest of the world goes through. The 7 Stages of Grief are real and we all experience some or all of them. I definitely went through the Denial and Anger stages of grief after Bill Lupetti passed.

Thankfully, I was wise enough to ask for prayer because I was too angry to pray for myself! I’m living proof that prayer works because God did not hesitate to answer the prayers of those who prayed that I would quickly get over my anger. I must admit, being angry with God, whom I love more than life itself, it one of the absolute WORST feelings in the world. When I couldn’t take it anymore, I ask for prayer at a women’s prayer breakfast at church. God answered that prayer pretty quickly and I’m thankful because otherwise, the anger would have consumed me.

Why was I angry? For the same reasons anyone else would be angry when someone they care about passes away. Just because I’m saved and Bill was saved doesn’t spare either of us from experiencing the same emotions and feelings that any other human experiences. Yes, I know where Bill is and I know that he has received his crown of glory along with his new body and I know he is no longer in pain, but as selfish as it is…I still wanted Bill here for just a little while longer. I needed more time with him. I needed to tell him things that I never got a chance to say.  It’s a sharp reminder to take hold of every opportunity that we have with those we love and care about because tomorrow is not promised to any of us.

I went to visit Bill’s grave on the one month anniversary of his passing. I didn’t do anything other than talk to him as if he were still here with me.  I haven’t looked at any of the photos I took at Bill’s viewing or funeral…I’m just not ready yet. Perhaps on Monday for Memorial Day.

For anyone else who may be suffering the loss of a loved one or going through any other difficult situation, remember God is faithful and true to His word: never will I leave you, never will I forsake you.

God knows what we’re going through…each and every single one of us.

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God Isn’t Finished, Yet

There is so much I could say here and I’ve said most of it in my head, but I’ll just say this: be careful what you pray for because He is faithful to give it to you. So, if you pray for patience, God will surely give you a trial to teach you how to be patient. If you ask God to increase your trust, He will surely send a trial to teach you to trust HIM. I think you get the point. I’m NOT saying you should not pray for these things (because God will teach you these things anyway), I’m just making you aware of how my Abba Father, operates.   Seriously though, God dips each of us into the refiner’s fire for our benefit to transform us into the men and women He created us to be.

One last bit of encouragement, DO NOT compare yourself to anyone else. I’ve met people who have been saved for decades who are still sucking on breast-milk while some folks who just got saved have moved on to the grown folk’s table and are now chewing on meat & potatoes.  You have your own Romans Road, so just walk it out knowing that God isn’t finished with you yet because He who is faithful will finish what He started.

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Alone Time With God

I need my alone time with God. I remember when I used to work in NYC and would get to work extra early so that I could spend time with my dearest Dad.  I also remember being so rigid that I’d get annoyed if someone interrupted us, until I finally gave in and accepted the obvious…God was sending people to me for a reason, and that reason was NOT so I could feel annoyed, but rather for me to share His Word with whomever was “interrupting” me.  It was a huge reminder that we ALL need to be open to those “interruptions” which are really divine appointments.

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