Prayer Works

Watching the Lord work in my oldest daughter’s life is such a blessing to my heart.

Things have just been falling into place for her this year.

The last 2 years were really hard for her on many levels, but this year, through prayer, her life is changing for the better.

Last year for her education, every time she attempted to get a class she wanted/needed, something always prevented it.

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So that did wonders for her self esteem.

Even made her question if this is the path she should be going down.

This semester…

SHE GOT HER CLASSES!!!

Whoo hoo!!

Yes!! So excited for her!!

Last year friends were few and far between, pretty much because of her stand on her faith she lost some.  Really I think that was good. It was a painful prune, but one that has proven to have really ripened the fruit of her own vine.

This year, the few friends that stuck by her have really strengthened their relationships with her. So sweet to see them all grow.

The Lord has also brought her some amazing Christian friends!

She without noticing, has an even bigger circle of friends now than she did just 2 years ago. These friends are strong in their faith as well! They are always lifting each other up not tearing each other down. She is happier with these friends and I am so thankful the Lord brought these people into her life!!

Graduation Party 163Job wise, Aimee was relying on her photography to bring in her money. She had really thought this would be her career. Then when she could not get the classes she needed, her faith in the photography was faltering. She did volunteer work that seemed productive but limiting. She just was in a slump. None of her friends, even adults we know, were getting jobs either. That put her into a downward thought pattern. Thinking she would always be at home, as an old lady, being taken care of by her daddy was not making her happy.

Praise the Lord again!!

This year she has 3, yes 3 part time jobs not including her photography!! Some of her friends STILL can’t find jobs and she has 3!!

She loves it!! She was even offered a 4th job yesterday!!

These are small jobs that fit perfectly into her school schedule and allow her to still keep up with her photography!!

Whoo hooo again!!

045I love watching her work!!

Thank you so much Jesus for blessing my daughter and hearing our prayers!!

I know you have perfect timing and I know that this is exactly what she needed right now!!

Her life is just beginning and I am so blessed to get to be a part of it right now.

IMG_765 I love you Aimee :)

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Rain and Morning Prayers with Unexpected Answers

Oh my goodness.

Let me start this with my husband is okay.

Last Friday was quite a day for our family. It was our own little miracle and God’s amazing grace.

The alarm went off at 3 am as usual. My husband got up and got into the shower. I on the other hand, rolled out of bed half asleep and found my way to the coffee maker. I slowly opened my eyes as the smell of perking arabica beans began to fill my nose.  Now my morning routine could begin.  Lunch made, boots polished and coffee poured for the two of us, I sat down and waited for my husband to come into the kitchen. I had this bad feeling in my heart though. It kept nagging at me. It was pouring outside. I love the rain but this time this was the cause of my I don’t want to say worry, so let’s go with concern. The more I listened to it the more “concerned” I became. I figured I was just not totally awake yet and that must be why I was not soothed by the rain. I continued with our routine, as my husband was leaving out the door I kissed him but this time I did not just say “have a good day” I went with ” Honey, don’t worry about getting there on time. It is better to get there all in one piece. We would miss you. Drive SLOW.” Now it is also in my daily tradition that I wait at the window as he leaves, wave till he is out of sight and pray for his safe travels before I go off to my prayer time. This time I still could not shake that feeling. It was so strong that I prayed right there just for him to be covered with Jesus. Then I waited.

At 4:30 am I got a call from my husband.

I answered with “What happened.”  He replied with “I am okay, but I was just in an accident on the freeway.”

Apparently, my husband was traveling in the middle lane and another motorist wanted to get around him. When he sped up to get the front spot he hydroplaned. My husband said he knew somehow just before that this was going to happen and started to apply the breaks. The other car crossed right in front of my husband, hit the median and bounced back right in front of my husband’s car. The driver of the skidding vehicle  knew he was going to be hit by our SUV…and he was. My husband, sweet soul, gets out of our car, on the freeway, in a downpour, to go out and check on the motorist.  DANGER!!!! Yet Jesus was there with him. He needed to make sure the man was alright. He had just been through so much and had to have been terrified admitting it or not. The driver was okay, though his car was smashed everywhere. Some how they both pulled their cars off to the side of the road and waited for the CHP to arrive and tow their vehicles.  The men talked calmly and the other man used my husband’s phone to call his wife to let her know he was okay.

Then my husband said he needed to call 911 again since no one was on the scene yet and he was worried about the driver who still had not gotten out of his car. We hung up and I fell to my knees, with my hands lifted high in praise.

“Thank you God for protecting my husband!”

I was so overcome with emotion.

So thankful that both men were protected that cold, rainy morning.

Thank you God for hearing my prayers.

A few hours later, my husband called from the tow truck letting me know where they were dropping it off so I could come and pick him up. I woke up my eldest girls so that they could listen for the youngest and entertain her until I got home. I got in our truck and prayed a prayer of thanks to God again for being with my husband at such an early hour on such a rainy day and protecting him. When I got to the spot my husband was waiting for me I got to see all the damage that had been done to our SUV….

JESUS HAD SURROUNDED MY HUSBAND.

Our bumper was tweaked.

Granted it was tweaked bad, very bad.  That was it.

The front had cracked but not in a demolished type of way, just annoying and bothersome in that it will need to be fixed.

Thank you Jesus!!

My husband had said that he could see through the other man’s car. He is not a man to exaggerate. So I believe that he could see through the other car…and this was the damage that our car had received??? Praise God!! Prayers answered!!

Again all praise to God!

Thank you!

It was quite an amazing day and we are still in awe.

How prayers are like your closet.

Aimee was talking to me today about how boring prayers can be.

 

“I always say the same thing mom.”

 

She has a point if you look at it at surface value.

Yes then prayers can be boring.

 

“Thank you God for…Please bless…Help me with…Amen.”

 

Yeah, that can be pretty repetitious, very true.

Here is the thing,

I thought the same thing when I was younger.

God heard my prayer, knows what I want/need so He is not in need of my constant badgering.

 

Hmmm….yes He knows our prayers, yet He does not want to just grant us what we ask for. He wants for us to do our part as well.

Magazines self help sections often tell their readers to write down their affirmations and stick them on the bathroom mirror. That way it is the first thing seen in the morning and is repeated while looking in the  mirror. Eventually due to self-fulfilling prophesy, the person will begin to do or become what ever they are positively affirming every day.

 It is the same with prayer.

If everyday I pray to become closer to God, then I am bringing that to the forefront of my thoughts everyday. Next thing you know I am bored and grabbing my bible, getting closer to God. I am finding bible studies to join, better churches to affiliate with, new friends that are challenging me to become a better christian! Is that God answering my prayers? Yes! I believe that

God helps those who help themselves.

-Ben Franklin, Poor Richard’s Almanac 1757

 I read this from 2 Thessalonians 3:10 to support that thought..

 For even when we were with you, we used to give you this order: if anyone is not willing to work, then he is not to eat, either.

That said, yes I believe we need to work toward our prayers.

 

Make no mistake about this: You can never make a fool out of God. Whatever you plant is what you’ll harvest.Galations 6:7

GOD’S WORD® Translation (©1995)

She got that.

Prayers need to be worked on. They are not just magical gifts that appear suddenly and solve our problems. They are tools to get you where you need to be.

I could see she still thought it was boring.

Yes, the science (and our God loves science) of it makes sense.


You see it.

You do it.

You become it.

All great and wonderful words but not teen enough.

Okay,

lets try this again.

Think of your closet.

 You go to your closet every single day.

There are the same clothes in there every time you open the doors.

Now then, there are days when you add more clothes to your collection.

There are days when you clear out clothes to donate to others from your clothing options. 

You still always have your same basic closet with clothes, just now and then the ensembles change.

Prayers are the same way.

We pray similarly every day.

Eventually as life goes on things happen and we add to our prayers.

Friends and family with sickness, death, birth, heart break and celebrations change our prayers or add to them.

Then there are days when we “clean out” our prayers.

Prayers have been answered.

Loved ones died peacefully, babies born perfectly, goals achieved, hearts surrendered and life goes on as was intended. 

We now have different things/people/situations to pray for.

Yet everyday,

the same basic prayers flow from our hearts.

“Thank you God.”

So my prayers are my closet

and my intentions are the outfits.

Aimee liked this analogy.