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Focus: I’m Praying On It … 25 of 31 Days

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My job is to be obedient to God, to apply His Word, and to walk according to His ways—not according to the world’s suggestions. ~Lysa TerKeurst

Honestly I had a problem with this … on the last legs of co-dependency my “taught” nature is to people please. From my parents to my children my job WAS to keep the peace.

Today … not so much!

Praying on it …

My goal is to focus on God, totally. We all quibble about those people [Christians] who say that they are going to “pray on it” … they seem to go to God for everything … big, little, good, bad and indifferent. The consensus, for those of us who judge this to be avoidance, is that they just don’t want to be apart of the group that does the work of the kingdom. In all of our highfalutin-ness we believe they just want to sit in the pews [chairs] and soak in God then go home to their lives.

Well it’s just as much their job to be obedient to God and walk in His ways for their lives as it is ours!

I’m there … Prayin’ on It! Don’t get me wrong … I have a full schedule of responsibilities, much of which is Kingdom related, then when a season, like the one I am at the end of, gets stressed … it is then that one either grows or withers.

Like our sweet pastor said on Wednesday … We were given faith … we aren’t supposed to wither. Yet we feel as though we are withering away with the stresses of this life … we were built of sturdier stuff!

We were built to weather the storms of this life … We were given salvation and faith so that we could stand, unhindered by what would come against us in this existence.

As for everyone who comes to me and hears my words and puts them into practice, I will show you what they are like. They are like a man building a house, who dug down deep and laid the foundation on rock. When a flood came, the torrent struck that house but could not shake it, because it was well built. – Luke 6:47-48

However, we cannot remain that foundational rock when we are focused on what the world [others] suggest. Even the most loving Christians make the mistake of assuming they know best for someone else.

I’m referring to myself here.

The storms of this season I’m in have ravaged me. I feel tired and spent, but God … OH YES … but God! Even feeling the emotional and physical fatigue that I do I remain calm and I understand what is going on. There is no confusion … no chaos, just the comfort of knowing I don’t have control here, and God is bigger than my circumstance. A comfort really … almost no responsibility … yet the world [others] would/have judged me differently.

I’m focused upon God … obedient to Him alone, if I cannot back up, in the Word, what I’m being guided to do by others I’m not doing it … if I can back it up I’m praying on it to be certain that God is directing me. No more biting off more then I can chew because I feel obligated or because I’m afraid to say no … or even because I feel I need to please someone so they will love me still.

No, in obedience to God, I’m prayin’ on it!

But seek first his kingdom and his righteousness, and all these things will be given to you as well. Therefore do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry about itself. Each day has enough trouble of its own.

– Matthew 6:33-34

My days have joys and troubles of their own, and no one knows them … So I’ll pray on it. 🙂

My faith doesn’t rest on the Wisdom of men but on the Power of God.

~ 1 Corinthians 2:5

Blessings.

Welcome to 31 days – the beautiful brainchild of the Nester who inspires us to spend the month of October writing every single day on a topic that might inspire a community.
And I found it through Lisa-Jo Baker ~ tales from a Gypsy Mama
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Author: Hopeannfaith

Welcome, I'm Andrea ... HOPEannFAITH ... I write and take pictures as a way of expression. These are gifts given by a loving and indulgent Father, to a headstrong and stubborn daughter, with much to say. A semi-retired social worker/secretary, I now call myself a writer. I've published one internet article and written many blog posts. However, publishing does not make one a writer, anymore than taking a box camera to the park makes one a photographer. What makes one who and what they are? Well God for one ... formed me before the foundations of this world (Psalm 139); and many, many years after putting away my passion for wordsmithing and picture taking He gave it back ... in droves. I am a culmination of my choices and experiences. It is here that my experiences color the world in print and color. It is my goal to reach just one soul a day with love ... encouragement ... understanding or just letting that soul know that they are not alone where they are today. This is about creating ~ all of it. Creating a HOLY and SACRED place where the ugly truth can be healed and the beauty of a moment or a tear can brighten a day for the experience. Why HOPEannFAITH? Hopeannfaith is my inner child, and she is maturing, as she should have done all along. She is learning all about how Faith fulfills Hope. She is learning how to live. HOPEannFAITH ~ the wonder twins all wrapped up in one, me. These are my Journey Journals ~ written and visual. I welcome your company. I welcome your friendships. My Journey is in the light ~ although I have and will share the shadowy corners and the dark ~ so you know that you are never alone there. If we hold hands in the dark, and we walk, side by side, through the shadow, we will reach the Light together. In relationship with one another and with the Light. Blessings.

2 thoughts on “Focus: I’m Praying On It … 25 of 31 Days

  1. Andrea- we spoke recently-about another post you wrote-[ sons with issues] this one today is a mirror of my own experience and I found you words were exactly what i needed to read to keep my eyes focused on GOD and not on the circumstances.
    The storms of this season I’m in have ravaged me. I feel tired and spent, but God … OH YES … but God! Even feeling the emotional and physical fatigue that I do I remain calm and I understand what is going on. There is no confusion … no chaos, just the comfort of knowing I don’t have control here, and God is bigger than my circumstance. A comfort really … almost no responsibility

    now that there thought- was spot on- a gift !!
    My days have joys and troubles of their own, and no one knows them … So I’ll pray on it. I shall pray for YOU and your son, Andres. My son is doing well- praising God for the best “present” in years.

    May I pray this prayer from another blogger for us both today:
    My prayer for you is that God will be your God in every circumstance. I pray that in every season of your life you will seek Him, rely on Him, press into Him. I pray that you will be rooted in God your God, so that when things do not make sense, you will know deep that HE IS GOD, and HE’S GOT THIS. I pray in the name of Jesus, Who is the WAY, the TRUTH, the LIFE. Amen.

    God Bless you, as you bless me- which is immensely 🙂

    • Mary,
      May I say that you have blessed me immensely as well. My boy is doing well too … battling successfully right now, and on his own I might add. I did pray that God would give him the strength and He is … always faithful. I am so blessed that my posts are giving you comfort and encouragement. Isn’t it wonderful to know that the internet is a missions field. So glad to have met you Mary.
      I have prayed that prayer for us both too. God Bless you woman of God!

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