A Year of Prayer
This year has brought more tears than any, in quite awhile. It has not been a bad year at all. It has been a year of change. A year of forcing myself outside my comfort zone. A year filled with prayers of protection and prayers for direction.
We weren't thinking about going into the mission field. We weren't dealing with an onslought of devastating circumstances. We were just sending our little one to kindergarten (if you are one who knows me the "just" was a mountain of difficulty). And I began believing for a part time job that would allow me to nearly make my own hours.
This year prayer and direction have made this transition one that I can look back on and feel good about. God has given me more faith, grace and peace of mind than ever before. None of these things come naturally to me. So I know without a doubt that it is all God.
Looking for direction is a daily occurrence. The truth is we will find direction without time spent in the Word or with God. Direction found in a misguided friend, a misunderstanding mate, a bottle of escapism, a daily TV show that tells us to always look out for yourself first. The list goes on and on.
When we first reach out for "The Truth" through God's word and prayer, the direction will come. Maybe through a 'God guided' friend, maybe relief found through beautiful music that glorifies God, healthy living, maybe through a passage of scripture explained so perfectly that a light bulb goes off and you finally have clarity. One thing I am sure of - continual daily reading and praying will bring peace, comfort, and praise. Without it, there is an emptiness and a searching that nothing can fill and no direction fulfill.
If we are praying for direction from God, pray and reading His love letter to us, is your first step. Without this step and this desire, there is no telling where you will end up.
PS. I was not only given peace about my daughter in public school but a huge opportunity to help out in class and be a part of her schooling. God also placed me in a job that was, by all accounts, made for me. Where I am able to serve seniors and where the hours are perfect. All of this came, not because I am "Super Christian" but because God is good and has promised to supply all our needs"
Why I think what I think:
Ever lack wisdom to know what to do?
How to and how often to pray?
What if we don't know exactly what to pray?
How much should we pray, really?
Do we actually receive what we need?