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Childlike Prayers

Christian books for girls.We had our first snow of the year this past week and my four-year-old daughter was super excited. She kept announcing to us how much snow was falling. She was mesmerized by it's beauty. This prompted her to pray for more snow. In fact she prayed out-loud that there would be snow every day forever. This little prayer got me to thinking. I realize that she would ultimately not want God to answer "yes" to that prayer. She isn't old enough yet to realize the ramifications. It would mean no summer swimming, no outdoor water parks, and freezing beach trips. It would mean no garden produce. In fact, it could potentially affect the large amount of produce grown in our valley so significantly that it would affect her own food supply. It could even result in starvation. 

I believe God loves it when His children ask Him for good gifts. (Matthew 7:11, Luke 11:13) I love when my children ask me for the things they want, as long as they have thankful hearts. I do say "no" to them when they ask me for things that would ultimately not result in good for them and others. They do not always understand why I must tell them "no." No playing in the street, no to too much candy, no to hitting your friends. They must trust that I have their best intentions in mind. Romans 8:28 is one of my favorite verses, "And we know that God causes everything to work together for the good of those who love God and are called according to his purpose for them."  

It's comforting to know that God's thoughts are higher than my thoughts, His ways are higher than my ways. (Isaiah 55:9) I can trust that His plans for me are good. I can trust that He will do what is best. So how should I pray? 

1 John 5:14-15 says, "And we are confident that he hears us whenever we ask for anything that pleases him. And since we know he hears us when we make our requests, we also know that he will give us what we ask for."

The key is praying according to God's will, or according to what pleases HIm.  How do we know what pleases God? If we use the Bible as a framework to pray, we can know that we are praying according to God's heart. I call it praying the Bible in. Here's an example:

1 Peter 1:6-7 "So be truly glad. (God help me to be truly glad.)There is wonderful joy ahead, even though you have to endure many trials for a little while. (Help me to focus on the wonderful joy ahead that you promise, even when I am facing trials.) These trials will show that your faith is genuine. (Help my faith to be genuine.) It is being tested as fire tests and purifies gold—though your faith is far more precious than mere gold. (Help me to remember how precious faith is.) So when your faith remains strong through many trials, it will bring you much praise and glory and honor on the day when Jesus Christ is revealed to the whole world."(Strengthen my faith, that I might stand strong no matter what trials come my way. Thank you for your promise of praise, glory and honor when you return. Please help me to live for that, and keep my focus on the prize.)

When we pray like this, we can confidently expect God to answer. Another verse in James 4:3 says, "And even when you ask, you don't get it because your motives are all wrong—you want only what will give you pleasure." If we are praying for more money so that we can give it to help orphans, God will most likely answer "yes." It's exciting to see God answer our prayers and move in our lives and others. We just need to remember that in order to experience the adventure of "yes" answers to our prayers, we must pray according to Gods' heart. 

Dealing with Gray Days

Christian books for girls.Have you ever had one of those days where everything felt gray? I have to admit that it doesn't happen to me very often, but the other day I just had a gray day. The fog had settled into our town, but it also felt like it had settled in my home, and for no apparent reason I felt like having a pity party. The thing is, the very next day turned out to be a day full of blessings. I had a fun interview with our local newspaper about my book series, I had an ultrasound and found out that I am going to have another girl, swaying the balance of power in our family back in the female favor. (I have one son, and will now have two daughters.) Then, the clincher was the wonderful phone call from my mother explaining her dilemma for her move to Maui is that due to travel restrictions on their dogs, she will need to buy an extra ticket for someone to travel with them, and would I be willing to go? (When someone says free ticket to Maui, I say "yes!") 

Proverbs 13:12 says, "Hope deferred makes the heart sick, but when dreams come true, there is life and joy."

Christian books for girls.If I had know about the blessings that were about to come my way during my gray day, I would have rejoiced. The thing is, we don't know what the future holds in our lives. Everything can change in a moment. We do know that God dearly loves us, and blessings are coming our way, even if we have to wait until Heaven to fully experience them. So why not rejoice today? The KIng James Version says, "Hope deferred maketh the heart sick: but [when] the desire cometh, [it is] a tree of life." Revelations speaks of the tree of life (Rev. 2:7, 22:2, 22:14) being in the midst of the paradise of God. Someday, God is going to remake this earth. Those who have given their lives to Him will experience paradise forever. 

Our Godly dreams will come true. Lets not give up hope, and lets rejoice, believing in faith that what God has promised, He will do. 

If you don't have a Godly dream, then ask God what He has for you. Partnering with God on His plans for our lives is the most fulfilling dream.

The Joy of the Lord is my Strength

Soar like an UNDERCOVER ANGEL. Books for girls ages 10-12. I am reading the best book right now called, Destined to Soar by K.P. Yohannan. The chapter I read today spoke of the joy that Jesus brings to believers. "Jesus came to this earth not to add gloom and hopelessness to people's lives, but to bring light, hope, laughter and the joy of heaven to a sin-ridden world." (Page 154) I love that God has given His children the very precious gifts that the world is searching for...peace and true joy. Satan is so deceptive in trying to get people to believe that the source of joy and peace is found in drugs, alcohol, ungodly relationships, etc. when those things only lead to death. I found out yesterday that the younger sister of a girl I was friends with in junior high committed suicide, leaving her six-year-old daughter behind. I remember her when she was five years old, beautiful and full of life. My heart breaks for her and her family, and I desire to help others to see God's loving heart for them before it is too late.

K.P. says, "Our joy originates from heaven and is therefore able to fill our hearts even in the midst of suffering and difficulties. Paul and Silas, severely beaten and in chains, were celebrating in prison. Why? Their joy was anchored not in their own strength but in the promises of God:

1) That all things would work out for their best. (Romans 8:28)

2) That Jesus had gone to the Father to prepare a place for them. (John 14:2)

3) He would return to take them there." (1 Cor 15:52)
(Page 154-155 Destined to Soar)

Luke 17 talks about how when Jesus returns that times will be like the times of Noah (Genesis 5-9) and the times of Lot (Genesis 13-19). Both were rescued miraculously by God from sin-steeped cultures.  Luke 17: 28-35 says, "And the world will be as it was in the days of Lot. People went about their daily business--eating and drinking, buying and selling, farming and building--until the morning Lot left Sodom. Then fire and burning sulfur rained down from heaven and destroyed them all. Yes, it will be 'business as usual' right up to the hour when the Son of Man returns. On that day a person outside the house must not go into the house to pack. A person in the field must not return to town. Remember what happened to Lot's wife! Whoever clings to this life will lose it, and whoever loses this life will save it.That night two people will be asleep in one bed; one will be taken away and the other left."
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I want to be among those who are ready and waiting for Jesus. I don't want to even hesitate when He calls me to a wonderful eternity with Him. And what about peace? At every beauty pageant I hear that what the contestants want most is for world peace. Jesus gave believers this precious gift of peace. John 14:27 says, "I am leaving you with a gift—peace of mind and heart. And the peace I give is a gift the world cannot give. So don't be troubled or afraid."

What an awesome God we serve! We can tap into the wonderful treasures He offers today! A final quote from Destined to Soar, "What about us? Do people encounter that overflowing joy, found in Jesus and the early Christians, in our lives as well? There is no more powerful advertisement for the reality of the Gospel than a believer filled with the love of Christ and the joy of heaven."

Satan knows the joy of the Lord is our strength. Let's not let anyone rob us of our joy. (John 16:22) And let's remember Psalm 16:11, "You will show me the path of life; In Your presence is fullness of joy; At Your right hand are pleasures forevermore."

Being Pruned

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John 15:1-2 Jesus says, "I am the true vine, and my Father is the gardener.  He cuts off every branch that doesn't produce fruit, and he prunes the branches that do bear fruit so they will produce even more." 

I can't believe I have never before noticed in this verse the part about being pruned.  I have always thought about the importance of staying connected to the vine (Jesus) in order to bear fruit.  (A vine that is cut off cannot produce fruit all by itself.)  

This year, my new year's resolution was that I would lay aside every weight...the extra 15 pounds I have been carrying around since my son was born, the extra stuff that is cluttering our house, and perhaps even sell our house and rent for a season. 

(Hebrews 12:1 "Therefore, since we are surrounded by such a huge crowd of witnesses to the life of faith, let us strip off every weight that slows us down, especially the sin that so easily trips us up. And let us run with endurance the race God has set before us.")

As the year has progressed, it is becoming increasingly clearer to me that God wants to prune me.  My husband and I feel like a giant plant, with so many different branches all competing to produce fruit.  We each have two jobs, he serves as one of the pastors at our church, we have two children, and are spending almost every day working straight from 6 a.m. to almost midnight--just to keep up.  My gardening friend explained to me that the purpose of pruning a plant is to send it into shock so it will send its roots deeper, and ultimately produce a more bountiful and healthier harvest.

So, I am allowing myself to be pruned by a loving God.  I am cutting back on the extra things that I am able to, so I can focus on the things that truly matter to God.  My mom, who is in the process of selling all of her possessions to follow her dream to move to Hawaii, told me the other day that when you get rid of stuff it lets more light in.  I like that.  I am excited to make more room in my life for the True Light.  

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