Wednesday, January 25, 2017

I am walking in victory while praying through circumstances.

Monday I was talking to a friend about my life in regards to my prodigal, and God dropped this sentence into my mouth. 

Prodigals by definition are not in a good place in their lives, and with their life comes so many complications, bad decisions, heartaches, heartbreaks, needs, strongholds, disappointments, etc.  My prodigal is no different. 

When we know of those times, we pray.  We pray through the circumstances. 

When God lays a burden on our heart, we pray.  We pray until the burden is lifted.

When we are tired of the fight, we pray.  We pray until we are strengthened for the fight.

When we suddenly feel anxious, we pray.  We pray until we have peace. 

Our position is complicated by parent's or grandparent's love.  God puts protection instincts into us, fix-it instincts, because that is what it takes to raise a child, but this can get in the way of the work God is wanting to do in their prodigal life, so we have to find our place of rest. 
     -When God promises, it is done, so rest.
     -God is working, so rest.
     -God is answering your prayers, so rest.
     -When circumstances are hard, remember that CIRCUMSTANCES DO NOT CHANGE THE PROMISE, so rest.
Trust God.  Rest.

We are walking in the victory won on the cross, the victory promised in God's true Word, and the victory that He has promised us personally.

Trust God.  Rest.

I am walking in victory while praying through the circumstances. 

Saturday, January 7, 2017

Another praise report!

A prodigal has moved to New York City, out of the Bible Belt, away from godly family. 

However, God still knows where he is and has answered prayers that God would send laborers into that harvest field:  the heart of this prodigal.

The way I understand it is that he was standing in line to appear on a TV show when he spotted a group of young people.  He told his parents that they looked like they were part of a youth group, something with which he is VERY familiar, because he used to be one!  =)  Somehow, they struck up a conversation, and one of them is a preacher, and that group of people is in Brooklyn to plant a church!  That preacher has kept in touch with this prodigal, and even went to one of the prodigal's concerts (the prodigal is a musician), later saying that he had never been to a rock concert. 

I do not believe in coincidence in the life of a Christian.  I believe in God's answering prayers!  I believe God sent that group and that preacher specifically into that harvest field!  Out of all of the places in Brooklyn that the prodigal could be, and out of all the places in Brooklyn that the group could be, they were together in the same place at the same time!

Thanks be to our God, who loves our prodigals more than we do!

Friday, January 6, 2017

Another saved!

My uncle was saved on his death bed, and I am so very thankful!  That makes 25!  25!!!!

He was in his 70s and had never given his heart to the LORD as far as any of us knew.  He was raised in a Christian home and prayed for by his parents.  We have all prayed for him.

And God prepared his heart to be reached and sent someone to simply say, "Don't you think it is time?"  And he said, "Yes!" 

I am so very thankful!

Never give up!
When I awoke this morning, the Holy Spirit laid this psalm on my heart to pray for and to claim for and to speak over my prodigal.  It is full of so many things I want my prodigal to live out.  It is perfect for where I am in my praying.

"Make a joyful shout to the LORD, all you lands!  Serve the LORD with gladness; Come before His presence with singing.  Know that the LORD, He is God; It is He who has made us, and not we ourselves; We are His people and the sheep of His pasture.  Enter into His gates with thanksgiving, And into His courts with praise.  Be thankful unto Him, and bless His name.  For the LORD is good; His mercy is everlasting, And His truth endures to all generations."  (Psalm 100 NKJV)