Answered Prayers

I’m not quite sure how to start this post. I’m so overwhelmed by the blessings poured out on my family. We don’t deserve any of them.

I can’t emphasize that enough.

You know that my relationship with my Savior has been hot and cold (mostly cold) my entire life. I’ve “turned the burner back on” and find myself seeking his face more and more throughout my day.

Despite this, God continues to faithfully answer my prayers and bless me with his presence.

My husband and I prayed for God to allow us an opportunity to serve others. Guess what… we have THREE instances this weekend where we’ll be serving friends in need.

We prayed for financial peace and ease from stresses due to my lack of a summer paycheck. Guess what… I had a handful of income opportunities throughout the year open for me within this past week.

God hears us. He listens. He desires to bless his children and all we have to do is ask.

This is the confidence we have in approaching God: that if we ask anything according to His will, he hears us.    1 John 5:14

One of my favorite hymns is called “Why Me?”. I really suggest you listen to it. There’s a great Johnny Cash version.

The lyrics read as one person asking God why he blesses them when they have done nothing to deserve it. I’ll post the lyrics below:

Why me Lord
What have I ever done
To deserve even one
Of the blessings I’ve known
Tell me Lord
What did I ever do
That was worth love from you
And the kindness you’ve shown
Lord help me, Jesus
I’ve wasted it so
Help me, Jesus
I know what I am
Now that I know
That I’ve needed you so
Help me, Jesus
My soul’s in your hand
Try me Lord
If you think there’s a way
I can ever repay
What I’ve taken from you
Maybe Lord
I can show someone else
What I’ve been through myself
On my way back to you
I’m overwhelmed and speechless at his amazing grace. I never expected to be blessed so abundantly and so suddenly but, of course, I should have known better than to doubt my God.
I want YOU to be blessed as well. Please let me know how I can pray for you.

Grow Your Quiet Time

I think it can be said for just about everyone that we experience seasons of faith. Whether you’re a Christian or not, our passion for what we believe in ebbs and flows like the tide.

I’ll have periods of my life where I’m extremely faithful with my quiet time. I’ll speak to God throughout my day and my faith is among the strongest it’s ever been.

….And then I’ll have periods of my life where I go weeks without cracking my Bible or offering up a single prayer. I wish I could be constantly hot. But, instead, I find myself more often lukewarm.

Recently, I’ve “woken up” and found myself in a period of complacence. I knew I wasn’t living my faith the way I should. When I bury myself in these ruts, it’s hard to get back to that pedal-to-the-metal type of faith. It’s almost like when I sleep in and it’s just so hard to get out of bed (everyday). I’m asleep in my obedience and selfishly living my life the way I want instead of how God directs us.

Eventually I’ll crack open my dusty devotional, locate my Bible from whatever bookshelf it’s currently living on, and try to establish some sort of routine to get myself back in the Word.

It’s difficult to fully immerse myself and spend all that time in the Word and in prayer when I haven’t done it in weeks. My heart has turned lukewarm and I can’t just snap my fingers and turn the heat up.

But I can spend five minutes a day in prayer and reading a passage of scripture.

I firmly believe that if you wholly and faithfully give God even a small portion of your day, he will take it, grow it, and mold it for his glory.

That moment will turn into an hour, and then a morning, and work it’s way up until he consumes you with his love daily.

No matter what season of faith you’re in, God still loves spending time with you and will bless you if you honor him and are faithful with your time together.

It doesn’t take jumping in head first and saying you’re going to spend one hour every morning and every night in the word. Eventually you may be so thirsty for his word that you end up doing just that.

But if you find yourself in a rut (like me), just offer what you can. For me, that’s 10 minutes a day while the coffee is brewing. But I can feel my faith getting stronger because of those 10 minutes. And I can feel God answering my prayers and convicting me daily to live as a representation of his love. And in a couple of weeks, that quiet time will have evolved because God took it and ran with it.

I like to imagine the passion I have for my faith as a tiny spark within me. Right now it’s small. As I feed it slowly over time, and the kindling gets bigger and bigger, that spark will turn into a flame so bright that the whole world will see it.

Just like the parable of the widow in Luke 21:1-4, give God what you can, faithfully, and he will bless you.

Impure Thoughts

I grew up in a Southern Baptist home. Church has always been a part of my life and I’m thankful for the faith my parents instilled in me as a young girl. However, keeping myself accountable for attending church and growing my faith has been challenging ever since I left home and went to college 7 years ago. It’s been a constant battle for years now. I have never strayed so far from the faith that I rebuke God as my Savior, but I have neglected our relationship for sure.

In this season of my life, I have recommitted myself to growing in my walk and being consistent with my quiet times. I love the book Jesus Calling and use it as a daily devotional because the readings are so short but so dense with great, thought provoking statements.

Today’s reading was on impure thoughts. This was something that always seemed to drive a wedge between myself and God. I would think something terrible or awful, realize what I was doing in the context of my faith, and deem myself unworthy of God’s love.

These thoughts are things I was never taught how to deal with.

Today’s devotional stated that when impure thoughts are subconscious, God knows and we are not responsible for them. When they are conscious, we are clearly at fault.

However, when we recognize that we are experiencing these thoughts, we can immediately ask for forgiveness and protection.

Immediately after reading this, I felt forgiveness for all the guilt I had been carrying around for years. The answer was SO EASY. God is a loving and forgiving father and I had somehow forgotten that over the years.

As with anything, keeping impure thoughts out of our mind takes practice, but with faith and perseverance, it becomes easier and easier.