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I have seen this video a few times and each time I am brought to tears. It is the story of faith, God’s love, grace, blessings and a miracle. This family talks about the need for their daughter to have a heart transplant and how prayer and God is getting them through it all. God performs miracles every day, and we are blessed by those miracles! God is good, all the time!

Prayer Requests

June 9, 2011 — Leave a comment

“but God has surely listened and has heard my prayer.” Psalm 66:19 (NIV) 

“Grow flowers of gratitude in the soil of prayer.” Terri Guillemets

We all have a million things on our plates and that seems to never change. Our prayer lives are constantly filled with new requests. A prayer gets answered and then something else pops up to add to our list. Thankfully our God loves to hear from us and wants us to give him our concerns. He actually wants to hear me ramble on about what is on my mind. Amazing! I can be rather long-winded sometimes, if there is something that is really bugging me I can talk about it for a while and the wonderful thing is, He will listen to every word! I am still trying my best not to make my prayer time a constant list. I want my time with God to be more than the list, I am striving to make my time with Him filled with praise and worship to Him as well. It is definitely something that I am having to be conscious of when praying because it is very easy to get on auto pilot and go back to what I was used to doing and have always done. It really is an amazing change now that I have started to do this though. When I spend my time praising Him after sharing my concerns with Him I have found that to be truly peaceful, the concerns I just shared with Him are not on my mind anymore. It’s awesome how He does that! Please feel free to share your prayer requests with me, there are many things that are on my prayer list but I thought that I would share a few with you:

Both my dad and brother-in-law are in need of jobs.

My husbands grandma had a fall and is now trying to take it easy and reduce stress.

My sister-in-law will be induced a week from today and we are all ready to meet that sweet little boy!

“Patience is bitter, but its fruit is sweet.” Jean Jacques Rousseau

“I am still learning.”  Michelangelo

This weekend I decided I would try to take a step into the world of coupons. There have been a few things that I have used coupons for, mostly because they had been sent to me in the mail. I have never ventured into the true coupon world, searching, clipping, getting free stuff from coupons. I thought what a great way to help keep my grocery bill down and I know that would make my husband happy! I bought the Sunday paper, actually I bought two, and last night I sat down to start searching through it. I clipped out a good amount but I did not feel like it was substantial. A lot of what I found were the accessories like deodorant, shampoo and things like that. Those coupons are wonderful and will save me money but I was really hoping for more things that were for food to help the regular grocery bill. I also found myself a little overwhelmed and confused. I mean when flipping through the pages I saw ones that actually said coupon, then I saw ones that advertised a special sale… so are those coupons you take to other stores to try to price match or are they just something you now know a store is selling and that’s it? I pretty much decided that I have no idea what I am doing! I have also begun to look online for some coupons but have found a few things here and there, nothing crazy awesome. I know that if I stick with it I will find myself getting awesome deals and saving money not to mention I will begin to actually understand it, but I must have patience. It’s never easy stepping your foot into something new that you have no idea what you are doing, but with a little patience and lots of questions it all comes together. So I have decided to be patient, which means here come my questions… how does this all work? Do you coupon, if so where do you find the best coupons? Am I even doing this thing right?

“Then you will call on me and come and pray to me, and I will listen to you.” Jeremiah 29:12 (NIV)

“Hear my cry, O God; listen to my prayer.” Psalm 61:1 (NIV)

Today I was thinking about my post from yesterday and all the things that we have learned in the past 6 months and how quickly that time goes. We went with Aunt Paige to her doctor’s appointment, she will be having her baby in two weeks! I thought about all the emotions I felt when I was close to delivery and how it all can be overwhelming since it is an experience that you never really can be prepared for until you have done it once. We were talking on the way to her appointment about this and I told her the truth… pregnancy, labor/delivery and Eli have been the one area in my life that I have been able to truly be at peace with and know that God’s hand and protection is always there. I believe that the reason I have been able to stay this way is the amount of time I have spent in constant prayer for my son from the beginning, I was even praying for him before I ever knew I was pregnant. The prayers we say for our children are the strongest, powerful and most loving thing that we can do for them. If you read my blog the other day about my struggles and realizations with anxiety then you know that I am preaching to myself here. If I have not only seen but have experienced the peace that comes from truly giving your pregnancy and child to God then why has it taken me so long to do this in all areas of my life? Trust me I have asked myself that very same question plenty of times. But, I know that if I can give my pregnancy and child to God which are both very big for moms to do; then I can give all areas to Him and experience the very same freedom. I will never stop praying for my son, as he grows the things I pray for will change with his age. But, he will grow up to know that his mom prays for him daily. We don’t need to worry about our children, we need only to pray!

“Devote yourselves to prayer, being watchful and thankful.” Colossians 4:2 (NIV)

“Praise be to God, who has not rejected my prayer or withheld his love from me!” Psalm 66:20 (NIV)

Do you ever feel like your prayers are being unanswered? I know that I have felt that way many times. Last night while sorting the laundry I was talking to God about this among other things. Then it hit me, what is my prayer life? When I thought about that more I realized that currently it looks a little something like this… my list of prayer requests, a few “thank you” prayers
and then the rest of the time is either back to requests unanswered or me complaining and getting frustrated that they are unanswered. I know I can not be the only one who has had a prayer life like this at some point?

Well last night when I realized that this is what my time spent with God has looked like lately things came together. No wonder I haven’t felt like my prayers were being answered… all I am doing is listing off a “to do” list followed by complaining and only a few words of thanks. This is not supposed to be how prayer lives are. I mean in all honesty would any of us moms feel appreciated, loved and valued if our children treated us like this? We are His children and for some reason I have allowed myself to treat my time with Him exactly how I would not want to be treated.

So last night I made a decision. Yes it is okay to give God your prayer requests, and yes give thanks for answered prayers. But, instead of complaining, I am going to spend my time believing that He will answer my prayers and spend the rest of my prayer time in thanksgiving and worship, truly being in awe of who He is. Who knows, maybe God was just waiting for me to realize that I was being selfish in my time with Him, maybe all He wanted was for me to worship Him and thank Him.