Thursday, February 18, 2010

Step by Step: Answered Prayers

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I've gotten some skeptical reactions when I've told family members that God led us to a decision.  Those reactions have ranged from funny looks to "You can't say that!  People will think you're crazy!"  Today I'd like to tell you about a series of recent events.  You'll see how thick-headed I can be but, more importantly, you'll see how patient and persistent the Lord has been.  First, let me give you some background.

You probably know that I've been dealing with some medical issues, and the last several months have been pretty rough.  Very rough at times, with medication changes, side effects, and so on, in addition to the underlying medical condition.  Through it all, God has been faithful.  I'm very grateful that He has provided a few people who have been willing to walk alongside me, and with whom I feel safe enough to share the details of my struggle.  My husband, my pastor, and my friend "M" have been walking this rocky road with me.  They've shown compassion in bad times and rejoiced with me in good times; they've prayed with me and prayed for me.  I really don't know how I would have gotten this far without the help that each of them has given me.  It's still a rough road, but it's a tremendous help to know that I'm not walking it alone.

Now that you're caught up, this is what has happened in the past ten days or so.

One day, in discouragement and frustration, I exclaimed that I was tired of always having to ask for help.  I felt like a burden on the people who are helping me, and I wanted to do something for someone else, instead.  My husband asked what I'd like to do, and we talked about serving at a soup kitchen or food bank.

A couple of days later, my pastor mentioned an idea for starting a food pantry.  [You'd think that I'd be starting to connect the dots, but I wasn't.]  Later in the conversation, in talking about the challenges of an ongoing struggle, I said that if God wants me to learn or do or change something through this, I wish that He would point me in the right direction.  [Still not connecting the dots.]

Finally, as I left the building and got into my car, it all clicked.  I went home and called my husband to tell him.  He was immediately in agreement and he said, "Don't wait.  Ask if we can help."  [We're generally not so decisive: we take longer than this to decide whether to order pizza or Chinese take-out!]

I did, and we are, and I'm so excited about the opportunity!  It's a blessing to have something positive to focus on, and I love this as an example of answered prayers and the way the Lord leads us in our everyday lives.

To connect with more grateful hearts, visit Iris, who's hosting Thankful Thursday this month.




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14 comments :

  1. I think that is wonderful!! God will truly lead us if we ask and then listen. Like you, alot of us will ask but then miss the part where He opens that door. I am glad to hear that you did finally connect the dots and are able to do a work like this for God's kngdom!!

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  2. So glad you connected the dots! This is an exciting step for you. :)

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  3. What a wonderful opportunity for you. It is always amazing how the Lord opens the way for us.

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  4. I'm so happy for you. I'm glad you were able to connect the dots from God.

    I know it's a blessing to have such a great support system in place, and I completely understand about wanting to be able to help someone else. It helps when you can take the focus off yourself and focus on helping others.

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  5. How awesome... I'm sure you will be used to be a blessing to many souls........

    Isn't God awesome!

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  6. How wonderful! It is so exciting to see God's hand in our lives. :)

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  7. I love when God plays "connect the dots" with us in answers to prayers or ways we were not expecting!

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  8. Very exciting for you! When God calls us to do something, He also equips us with what we need. You will have the strength and joy to complete the calling. Thanks for sharing. Blessings.

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  9. I think that is amazing and was God leading you to exactly what you needed! My family does the same looks at me weird, I just say I've been blessed lately and I'm thanking who I need to :)

    I can't wait to hear more!

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  10. I am so smiling at your post! While I know that you have health issues, (I'm in no way discounting or ignoring that)I've experienced some life altering things in the last year. I know how the family can be, shaking their heads, thinking we are "on our pulpits" whatever, I just keep on.

    OK back to the smiles. I serve on the counsel at my church; the Parish Education chairperson. Our Pastor left last year and we have a service Pastor, until we "Call" a permanent one. I've been pretty much silent about that. Then after a meeting everything was clear... I was in the parking lot too! It was like I had a revelation.

    Nothing can keep you from God's plan, even if you don't see it at first. And, don't worry when your human side breaks through, it's natural.

    I am praying that your medical ordeal passes swiftly. Best wishes on your food pantry endeavor. I know it will be a success, 'cause God called you to fulfill His plan!

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  12. God is so good! He always works things out...I pray for your health and strength and I am certain that he will work that out too!

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  13. You took your lemons and made lemonade. What a great idea.

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