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! 

Wake up America!

The Holy Spirit has been preparing me for changes ahead. As I read and study His Word and research the things put on my heart, I am convinced more and more each day that we are in for changes…big changes ahead. The legalization of same sex marriage last summer, now a decree that all public schools must allow transgender individuals to use whichever bathroom they say they identify with?? Our country is blatantly turning its back on God! He has been sending warnings to this country to try to get us to repent but instead this country continues down its sinful path and continues to turn away from what this country was founded on…One nation under God. Gods judgement is coming on America…the hedge of protection has been lifted (9/11 is one example) as this country continues its disobedience to Him.

The times are changing at an accelerated pace. Can’t you see it? Open your eyes! Wake up America!!

We must pray for this country. We must fervently pray for this country. 

Thank you Father for opening my eyes and showing me the things you’ve shown me. Thank you for assuring me that although times of chaos may be coming, all I need to do is rest in the peace that you provide. 

God is so good!!

Excuse me while I wipe away the tears that are rolling down my cheeks right now…God is so good!!

The Lord has put on my heart to share the blessing of my weight loss with others so that others may be blessed through my testimony. As part of this, I’ve felt for a long time like I’m supposed to mentor someone that also struggles with their weight as I once did. I started praying about a year ago for the Lord to match me up with someone who could not only use but also desire this kind of mentoring relationship. I remember telling my mom, “how am I supposed to find this person, it’s not like I can just hand out business cards for something like this!” but trusted that when the time was right He would align all the pieces. 

Late last week, I was sitting in the parking garage getting ready to get out of the car to head into work when I looked up and saw the words “It’s time” displayed on a billboard in front of me. I looked away not really realizing what I had just read and then I looked back at it and thought did I read that right? Sure enough, that’s all the billboard said was “It’s time”. I had a flood of thoughts instantly go through my mind as I wondered if this was the Lord speaking to me. As I sat and stared at that billboard, there was no doubt in my mind that the Holy Spirit was using that billboard to speak to me and I knew what it meant…it’s time to share my weight loss story and pass on the blessings that I’ve been given. I knew that there would be a revelation coming soon. This morning I saw that same billboard and smiled as I got out of the car recalling my experience from last week. 

I came back this evening from taking my youngest daughter to the park to find a message from a new friend that had reached out to me and has asked me to be a mentor to her as she has been struggling with her weight. She had shared with me a few weeks ago about her weight struggle and I had a feeling at that time that there was something significant about this new relationship/person. Praise God!! He is faithful, He is trustworthy, and He does answer prayers. I’m so excited for both of us…I can’t wait to walk with her down the lighted path! 

Please pray for both of us as we set out on this journey together, that He would guide each step. 

Don’t underestimate the power of your testimony…your story can help others too. 

God is so good!!

Spirit lead me…

One of my favorite songs is “Oceans (where feet may fail)” by Hillsong United. The lyrics to this song are words that I pray often. I pray that each day the Lord leads me to deeper waters and into a deeper relationship with Him. I pray for faith to follow Him wherever He calls me…

Oceans (where feet may fail)

You call me out upon the waters, the great unknown where feet may fail. And there I find You in the mystery. In oceans deep, my faith will stand. 

And I will call upon Your name, and keep my eyes above the waves. When oceans rise, my soul will rest in Your embrace. For I am Yours, and You are mine. 

Your grace abounds in deepest waters, Your sovereign hand will be my guide. Where feet may fail and fear surrounds me, You’ve never failed me and You won’t start now. 

So I will call upon Your name, and keep my eyes above the waves. When oceans rise my soul will rest in Your embrace. For I am Yours and You are mine. 

Spirit lead me where my trust is without borders, let me walk upon the waters wherever You would call me. Take me deeper than my feet could ever wander, and my faith would be made stronger in the presence of my Savior. 

You really must listen to this song…

Father God, today my prayer is that You would call me out to deeper waters. That You would give me the faith and trust that I need to follow Your lead wherever You would call me. I pray that Your presence in my life be stronger and stronger with each passing day and that I will have peace knowing that my life rests in Your sovereign hand. Thank  you for the daily confirmations that You give me to show me that You are right here with me on the path. In Jesus name, amen. 

God is so great!!

There’s been something heavy on my heart recently and I prayed about it earlier today. I was just thinking about it again and Psalm 46:10 came to mind “Be still, and know that I am God”. I then decided to open up the Bible app on my phone and do some reading and guess what the verse for the day was? Yep…Psalm 46:10 Be still, and know that I am God. I’m telling you…God is in the details!! Those little things are not coincidences…He’s telling me to hang in there, keep trusting and be still, He’s got it all in control! I’m so greatful that I can trust in Him to answer my prayers, God is so great!

The Proof of Your love

One of my favorite songs is “Proof of Your Love” by For King and Country. This song touches me in a special way because the words it sings about is one of my most prayed prayers…let my life be the proof of Your love. I want every aspect of my life to show what the Lord has done for me because of His love for me. My actions, my words, my character…I want that light to shine so brightly for my Heavenly Father that others will want that light and a relationship with Jesus Christ for themselves. I want my entire life to shine with proof of His unending love. As a follower of Jesus Christ, we are each called to spread the Good News and the hope that our Savior brings. The first step to doing that is just showing others our character and leading by example. Inspire others to be on fire for Christ by you yourself being on fire for Him!! 

Father, thank you so much for showing me Your steadfast love in every aspect of my life. Thank You for being faithful to me and letting Your light shine for and through me. Let MY life be the proof of Your love. Use me as Your hands and feet on the ground to accomplish Your mission. In Jesus name, amen.

What a life-changing experience!!!

I’m back home from Revive Twin Cities and just reflecting on the past couple of days. I am so very blessed!! I will be thinking about the experiences I’ve just had for the rest of my life – they were that life changing. I went out on one of the teams yesterday to share The Gospel. We ended up in a pretty tough neighborhood in St. Paul. One of the individuals The Lord led us to was a believer in Christ but was currently struggling with his faith. When we asked how we could pray for him he asked that we pray for is faith to be increased. I led our group in prayer to ask The Holy Spirit to rise up in this man and guide him back to Jesus and to fully equip him with the faith he needs to commit his life to Christ. When we were done praying we gave him a Bible. There was a gleam of excitement in his voice as he talked about sharing the new Bible we’d just given him with his children. I have no doubt that the simple act of some strangers coming up to him and asking if they could pray for him had just changed his life – The Lord led us to this man for a reason!! Wow, what an experience for our team to have been used as the hands, feet, and voice on the ground!!

Tuesday morning during prayer before all the teams went out, the worship team asked us to all get up from our chairs and while holding hands with your neighbors to make a circle. Folks, there were so many of us that the circle encompassed the entire perimeter if the football field we were on. I am telling you there is no better way to sing and worship our Lord than united in a way like that – what a powerful experience.

There were a lot of other experiences I could share with you but I’m already getting rather wordy. Needless to say, I can’t wait for it to be announced when and where the next Time To Revive event will be held at!!

For everyone reading this, I pray that The Lord will ignite a fire in you that will bring you to a new level in your own faith and give you boldness to get out of your current comfort level and in your own ways be the hands, the feet, and the voice for our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. In Jesus name, Amen.

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