5 years ago this week I was a mess. Unemployed, broke, depressed. Now I’m a successful business woman. How did I get through it? Read this….
Some time ago, a friend said to me, “I pray, but my prayers are never answered.” So he basically gave up on God. At that time, I wasn’t as committed a Christian as I am now and I really didn’t have the proper response for him.
Now I do.
James 4:2-3 tells us:
You do not have because you do not ask God. When you ask, you do not receive, because you ask with wrong motives, that you may spend what you get on your pleasures.
Many, many years ago, when I was a young Christian, I used to play the lottery. I’d watch as the balls would turn in the cage and pray, “God, if you let me win, I’ll give half to the church!” It never happened.
My motives were wrong. I wanted to win, because I was having financial difficulties. At that time in my life, I still didn’t understand how to fully trust God for all my needs and I didn’t thank Him enough for what I had. I’d say a quick, “Oh, Thank God!” when something good happened or the faithful Thanksgiving prayer, but being grateful didn’t really become part of my life until years later when I was unemployed. (Read “Up the Down Escalator”) It wasn’t until that major trial in my life did God teach me how to trust Him.
Ever since then, I thank God for meals, thank Him for the talents and gifts he’s given me, and for the little things like running water on a regular basis. I try to live in an “attitude of gratitude.”
In Philippians 4:6-7 Paul tells us not to worry, but to ask for what we need in prayer:
Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.
The key phrase here is “with Thanksgiving.” He’s not going to give us what we ask for if we’re not grateful for what He’s given us already!
Another thing that hinders us from getting our prayers answered is Pride. We think we can do it all ourselves and that we don’t need God. How wrong we are.
Peter tells us:
All of you, clothe yourselves with humility toward one another, because,
“God opposes the proud but shows favor to the humble.”
Humble yourselves, therefore, under God’s mighty hand, that he may lift you up in due time. Cast all your anxiety on him because he cares for you. ~1 Peter 5:5-7
The key words here are “in due time.” God provides, but only if it’s in His Will for your life and when He thinks you’re ready. God’s timing may not be to your liking, but His timing is perfect.
Watch this video of Dr. David Jeremiah explaining “Praying Always with All Prayer“:
God will give you what you ask for if:
- You thank Him for what he’s already given you
- You ask for what you NEED with sincerity and not pride or greed
- You humble yourself before Him
- You TRUST HIM completely for ALL your NEEDS
- You seek His Will for your life and what you’re asking for is in His Will for you
Thank you, Father God, for everything you’ve given me. For providing my food, clothing, the roof over my head, for the income I have and for running water. Thank you for the talents you’ve provided me and allowing me to use them. Father, forgive me for not trusting you in the past and know that I put all my cares, worries, needs at your feet and that you will provide what I need and answers to my problems in Your time. Thank you for doing that, Lord. In Jesus’ Name I pray. Amen.
Feel better? I bet you didn’t realize that your burdens could be lifted off your shoulders so easily! Only with God’s mighty Power!
Soli Deo Gloria!
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Thank God It’s Friday and I worked all week! What an awesome feeling! I really feel like I’m being productive and that I’m an asset to this company.
I’m redesiging their website. I’ve set them up on LinkedIn, Twitter and with a blog on WordPress. I’m organizing a seminar in Jan. And once everything is set up, I’ll be helping with setting appointments for the advisors.
I had lunch this week with a former co-worker from Minico. She works on 46th St. and Broadway and I’m on 40th St. and Camelback. We met at the Big Apple on Van Buren – good BBQ.
I also discovered the Havana Cafe on 44th with as close as I can get to Puertorican food.
Yay! I’ll soon be able to afford to out once in a while!
I took a nice walk at lunchtime on Wed. down by the canal all the way to 32nd St. Unfortunately, I was wearing black pants and they got all dusty. I visited with the ducks and watched a flock of parrots in the trees.
I have an awesome view from our 4th floor offices. Check out these pix.
Have a great weekend and God Bless!
Soli Deo Gloria
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There but for the Grace of God go I.
That’s what I think when I watch the coverage of the devastation in Haiti. The same fault line that caused this 7.0 quake also runs under the island of Puerto Rico, one island to the east.
I felt several tremors when I lived there. It’s disconcerting to feel the floor below you sway. I can’t imagine what the Haitians went through. I see them as my former Caribbean neighbors (even if I never did get to visit that island). In Miami, I met many Haitian-Americans and my heart goes out to them as they wait to hear about their family and friends back in Haiti.
We take simple things for granted – running water, drinkable water, toilets, electricity, food, clean clothes, phones, a warm bed, a solid roof over our heads, a place to call home.
We should live in an attitude of gratitude. Be grateful for the little things starting with each new day when we wake up.
We are blessed and we need to let God know that we are grateful as often as possible.
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Do not take anything for granted. We are blessed because God chooses to bless us.
Father God, I know that you are aware of the suffering in Haiti and I pray that any roadblocks that may be hindering help from getting to where it’s needed be torn down. I pray that doctors and medicine, food and water get there quickly and that good plans arise to start rebuilding. Let the people there feel your loving hands. I thank you Lord, for the organizations that were already there and the ones that are sending more help. Lord, I am so grateful for everything that I have. Please let me live in an attitude of gratitude. This I pray in Jesus’ name. Amen.
Always be joyful. Never stop praying. Be thankful in all circumstances, for this is God’s will for you who belong to Christ Jesus. ~ 1 Thessalonians 5:16-18
This was last Sunday’s message at church. This is tough sometimes, but we have to do it. In whatever is going on, find something to be grateful for. Find the positive. Kind of like a Pollyanna.
Be grateful you’re alive, relatively healthy, have a roof over your head, a car to drive, food to eat ( no matter how you get it) and that Jesus loves you no matter what you do or how you act. He forgives you. God loves you so much that he gave up His Son for you.
We can all find something to be thankful for all the time.