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.

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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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Happy Father’s Day!

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!!!

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Quiz: Which Dance Matches Your Personality?

It’s been too long since I’ve shared anything about my ballroom dancing/dance life.

I returned briefly to the studio to take Rumba and Bachata classes with Lisa Skates at Simply Social Dancing. The dance studio is a good 30-45 minutes from work/home, so the month of May 2017 was a bit challenging. I literally had to force myself to attend dance class after work. I always enjoyed myself once I started dancing. I guess it’s like going to the gym to work out…the hardest part is getting there! I would definitely take more classes if there was an affordable dance studio closer to home.

The other studio that I used to take classes at quite often a few years ago is Starlight Dance Center. They have reasonable rates. I’m going to take the summer off from taking classes because nobody wants to sweat on strangers unless you’re attending an actual dance, in which case, it’s to be expected.  🙂

Anyway, a few of the dance pros from Dancing With The Stars have a couple studios in New Jersey. I went to one of them a few years ago for the free comp lesson. At the time, they only had 2 locations in New Jersey, but I believe they now have 3 locations. The problem for me is that they don’t have dance socials on Friday or Saturday. I’m not interested in going to a party on a Tuesday night.

Anyway, I just received an email from Dance With Me dance studio with the following quiz. My quiz results came back with Jive as being the dance that matches my personality. East Coast Swing is my favorite dance, but I’ve always wanted to learn Jive.  🙂

Quiz: Which Dance Matches Your Personality?

 

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Mourning into Dancing

Today is the anniversary of my Dad’s death. He died 3 days before my high school graduation in an auto accident. Though it’s been 25 years…(wow, can’t believe the time went by so FAST), it still feels like it happened yesterday.

No matter what anyone says, time does NOT heal all wounds. God comforts us in our grief and pain, but the hurt NEVER goes away…you just learn to live with it.

I’m thankful that God provided a much needed distraction this year in the form of a new job, which I began today. I had no time to mourn or think about my loss because I was too busy learning new skills at my new job. God is good!!!

Psalm 30:11 – You turned my wailing into dancing; you removed my sackcloth and clothed me with joy

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