This morning Tj and I were doing our devotional together and it’s titled “Talking With God in Prayer”. I chose that own because the power in prayer is more powerful than we can fathom and we often forget to pray in time of struggle, victory, heartache, confusion, or in happiness. Prayer is our conversations with God like we have with best friends, family, and spouses. He wants to talk even more and be included in everything that happens in our lives. I know that prayer strengthens our friendship and intimacy with God and that is the beginning to a fulfilled life.
So today it was about expressing thankfulness to God for all he does and gives us. It asked us to write down 10 things we are most thankful for and to share them and the reason why. We have learned through Life Leadership the importance to put things on paper, not on our phones or in our mind but on paper because the physical act of writing things out, engraves them in your mind. It opened our eyes to all that we are blessed with because we could have written more.
I’m not sure if anyone else can relate, but I often find myself looking at the negative, the obstacles, and the things not possessed. But it usually doesn’t take long before God redirects my view and helps my obstacles shrink and my destination enlarge so my view is looking at the light not the darkness. I have been asking God for quite sometime to help me with perspective and to bring out more positive into my mind and heart. Yesterday was the first time that it took me mere minutes to see the upside.
We had purchased a car a few months back that we could pay cash for. After purchasing it, we were so excited…then things started to go downhill. The car started making this awful squealing noise when it started and for a little ways driving, then found an oil leak and a few other things that is just to much to explain. So Saturday we took the car to Tj’s dads for him to look at and find the problem( he is an excellent, knowledgable mechanic😊). The squealing turned out to be an easy fix praise God. As we were leaving Sunday to drive back home, I was following Tj in my car and he turned around and after looking at it the heat hose(I am not knowledgable of cars) blew which made the car start smoking. Tj’s dad informed us that it usually happens when people are driving on the highway and stranded and if you keep driving for any length of time could blow the whole engine up. I was not a happy camper at first, what was supposed to relieve pressure to have 2 cars has turned into one thing after another. So not only do we have to put money out to fix it, we are back to one car for awhile. We head back home and I am still struggling with it when all of a sudden I just take a deep breath and like a light bulb, God shed some light. The cost will only be like $40, it happened right there so we didn’t break down elsewhere and had to have it towed for a couple hundred, and everyone was safe. I felt so peaceful all of a sudden that I started to thank God because that would have usually taken me days to overcome.
The whole point of this is that, struggles are inevitable and will come no matter what. The good news is that they don’t last forever and they are easier when you can see Gods perspective rather than your own.
One saying I love is
“It’s not what happens to you, but how you handle what happens to you.” So next time anything small, medium or large happens, PRAY! Don’t ask why, but say “I trust you God, and thank you that you are doing something bigger than I can see right now.” For me, I love to be in control and know what is going to happen and when, so to say the least it has been a battle to give control to God. So if this is a struggle for you, just keep fighting and praying for peace, belief and trust. And as my mom says, “Don’t give up!”
Claude Hamilton- “Keep Stroking!”
“The test of persistence isn’t when you cross the finish line and everyone is cheering or when you walk up on stage and people can’t stop clapping for you, the test of persistence is when your the brokest.” -Claude Hamilton
The Lord is my rock, my fortress and my deliverer; my God is my rock, in whom I take refuge, my shield and the horn of my salvation, my stronghold. (Psalm 18:2 NIV)
Keep sticking to the fight and claim your victory one at a time!