Praying God’s will…

God recently answered one of my prayers and taught me a life-changing lesson along the way in praying His will. 

My husband Craig had not had a job with a regular schedule that would allow for regular family time in the almost seventeen years we’ve been married. It was really taking a toll not only on our marriage but also our two girls were craving some time with their dad. My oldest daughter had come to me on several occasions in tears because she was needing some quality dad time. Craig and I were also drifting apart. 

Last month Craig’s schedule rotated to where he had every Sunday off for the month. That first Sunday that he sat beside me in church I felt a closeness to him that I hadn’t felt in a long time. The second Sunday was the same thing. I had such a strong feeling come over me and I spent some time with the Lord in prayer after that and prayed in a way I had never really prayed before…I prayed what I knew of God’s will from the truths I knew from His word. This time my prayer was not based on what I wanted, but what I knew that God wanted for us and for our marriage. I declared the truth that Gods will is for Craig to grow in His faith and relationship with Christ and I knew by that closeness I had felt with Craig next to me in church that Gods will was for Craig to go to church regularly. I declared the truth that Gods will is that our family would be strong together and have time to spend together because marriage is a covenant that God takes very seriously and the family was His plan for us. I declared the truth that He put Craig and I together and it’s His will for us to continue to not only grow closer to God but to continue to grow closer together in our marriage. 

About a week later Craig came across a job posting for a job that, for him, sounded too good to be true. It was a job working outside which he enjoys that would give him every evening and every weekend off. He submitted his resume that night. The next morning he got a call for an interview…praise God! Craig has now been at this new job for two weeks and I can already see a difference in him and in our family. 

After talking to him later about everything, he told me that he hadn’t been actively looking at other jobs for at least a month. The day he came across this job posting, he felt like he was supposed to go on and check out the listings…this job was at the top. 

Friends, we have such an awesome God! You will NEVER regret learning the truths in His Word, the Bible. I’ve learned such a  lesson through this about praying God’s will. When we align our requests to the truths in His word, we are asking according to His will and not ours…and He is faithful! 

What if…

So what if you’ve gotten on the wrong boat? What if you thought all along that you were headed in the right direction but it turns out that the course you’re on isn’t taking you where you thought it was going to take you?

Let’s talk about religion for a minute…my heart has been so troubled for the people that only know Jesus through religion and not through a personal relationship. There are so many people out there that are steeped in their religion and the traditions of that religion and as a result are completely missing out on what God really intended for them…a deep and very personal relationship with them through Christ Jesus. Religions are man made. Religions are based on people’s own efforts to be made right with God. Gods plan was not based on people’s efforts and works, Jesus was and is the plan! He made each of us to be in relationship with Him. Jesus bridged that gap and allows us to have a relationship with God the Father. 

Religion says pray this prayer – Relationship says just talk to Me

Religion says do this or say this at this time – Relationship says follow the Holy Spirit that I’ve given to guide

Religion says you can only take communion if you’re in right standing – Relationship says all are welcome at My table, My blood paid the price for all and if you believe I died for your sins, you are in right standing

The only way to salvation is through faith in Jesus Christ. Jesus must be the cornerstone that our faith in God is built on…no one else and nothing else. John 14:6 says Jesus answered, “I am the way and the truth and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me.” 

What if you’ve been on the wrong boat this whole time and you just didn’t know it? Afterall, you don’t know what you don’t know…

Friends, this is something that has been constantly on my heart for the past couple of years. There are people that are on the wrong boat or have missed the boat completely and it saddens me so much that they are not able to fully experience all of what God has for them. I’ve started many blog posts on this topic over the past two years but the words never fully came together. A few mornings ago, I was in my prayer time and this sadness came over me again and the phrase “it’s like they’ve gotten on the wrong boat” came to mind. I guess it could have been the wrong train or plane or pathway, but God chose the word boat…haha! In any case, if this message spoke to you, then it was for you. 

God is inviting you into a real relationship through His Son Jesus…make sure your current course is headed in the right direction…

What if…