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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!

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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!

“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!

“Hear my cry for help,my King and my God, for to you I pray. In the morning, Lord, you hear my voice; in the morning I lay my requests before you and wait expectantly.” Psalm 5:2-3 (NIV)

“But God has surely listened and has heard my prayer. Praise be to God,who has not rejected my prayer or with held his love from me!” Psalm 66:19-20 (NIV)

Have you ever prayed for something over and over again and felt like you were not being heard? I know that I have felt that way more than once. But, the good news is that we have been heard! God listens to our prayers, even if they seem like words we have repeated over and over. Whenever we pray and give our concerns to God, He will hear every word. He waits for us to give things to Him. It is our part to give it all to Him and then to wait, just like the verse says, expectantly. He will not always give an answer right away, and if you find yourself getting impatient like many of us, it is hard. The way the world is now, phone in hand where we can access all our answers it is so common to want an answer right away. Society may work this way, but God does not. When we pray and give it all to Him we can not expect Him to work according to our time and our plan. When we pray and truly give it all to Him then we need to accept His timing. The answers He gives us may not always be what we want to hear, however He will never leave a prayer unanswered. He hears every word you say to Him and He will answer your prayer, just give Him time! Never stop praying!

Being pregnant is one of the most exciting times but it can also be a stressful time. One of the struggles I had at the beginning of my pregnancy was fear. I was afraid of all the possible bad outcomes that could happen. Nine months is a long time to allow ourselves to fret. My husband knew from the start that I had fears and was having a hard time releasing these concerns. He bought me a book Praying Through Your Pregnancy by Jennifer Polimino. This was the best thing that he could have done for me. The book is a week by week journal. You read about what is going on with your baby that week, there is a place to journal and a prayer to say. This was the beginning of my prayer life for my son. What an amazing experience, praying for my unborn baby! God used this book to heal me of my fears. I gave every concern I ever had to Him and truthfully was able to be at peace. My pregnancy was honestly one of the most carefree times of my life. During my pregnancy my prayer life was brought to a new level and it was all because I learned to truly trust God with my fears. I knew that God would watch over me and my son but I had to live like I believed it. I was finally able to tell God what I was feeling, say “amen” and not pick my burden back up again. Because I learned this early on in my pregnancy it has been something that has carried over into other areas of my life even now after my son is here.  Starting to pray for my son before he was born has carried into continuing to pray for him daily now that he is here. I believe because my prayer life was transformed my prayers have been transformed. I know that I can give any and everything to God. I am not perfect, I still struggle with trying to carry my own burden. However, I know what it is like to pray and truly give it all to God. I know the peace that is given so I strive in every prayer and every burden I have to truly give it to Him. Your experience may be different, you may not be pregnant right now. No matter the case we all need to give everything to God in prayer. It is not easy to completely release our burdens but it is totally worth it. Sit down and pray today, release your burden to Him and see how amazing it is to no longer carry it on your own.

“If you believe, you will receive whatever you ask for in prayer.” Matthew 21:22 (NIV)

“Cast your cares on the Lord and he will sustain you; he will never let the righteous be shaken.” Psalm 55:22 (NIV)