I love this song by Lee Greenwood! If it doesn’t make you feel patriotic and thankful for the men and women who sacrifice and pay the ultimate price for your freedom, then nothing will. Despite ALL of the issues we have in this country, there is NO PLACE I would rather live!!!
2 Chronicles 7:14 (NIV)
14 if my people, who are called by my name, will humble themselves and pray and seek my face and turn from their wicked ways, then I will hear from heaven, and I will forgive their sin and will heal their land.
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.
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!
I found this to be quite interesting. My niece would not have been born if it were still illegal in certain states to “co-mingle” outside of one’s race.
Happy Father’s Day to all of the Dads, Step-Dads, Grandfathers, Spiritual Fathers and Father-figures.
Today was met with mixed emotions. I was not in mourning as sometimes still happens after all these years on Father’s Day. I honestly believe that is because of Jesus. Yes, I still miss my Dad, especially after the good week I had at my new job. That’s just it. It’s hard to deal with sometimes especially when good things happen in my life that I can NOT share with my Dad because he’s already in Heaven and I’m still here waiting to receive my crown of glory. The same is true of when bad things happen because I can’t go to Dad for comfort or advice.
All that being said, I give glory, praise and thanks to God for loving me enough to provide Father-figures throughout my life to fill the void. I am living proof that God’s Word is true; He is ALWAYS FAITHFUL and will restore that which has been taken or destroyed. I did not realize it until I was well into my adulthood, but I am a Daddy’s girl…to the core! I realized it when God kept giving me a “new Dad”. There have been a few over the years and one in particular has been appointed as my Spiritual Father. I am BLESSED beyond what I deserve!!!
Happy Father’s Day to ALL of the men out there, especially those caring for another man’s child!!!