Do you ever feel like you’re alone? Like your cry out to the Lord hasn’t been heard or that God is forgetting you? Stop and re-read Psalm 13. David felt the same way. But don’t give it. God can still hear your prayers. He is with you and He will never abandon you. Call our to God and ask Him to answer your prayers according to His will. His love is unfailing and He has been good to us!
Sometimes plan A doesn’t always work. In fact, sometimes plan A, B and C don’t turn out the way you wanted them to. But I want you to know that God has a plan for you. A plan for you to prosper. A plan full of hope and a beautiful future. Just pray!
For I know the plans I have for you, declares the LORD, plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future. -Jeremiah 29:11
I pray everyone can believe in Psalm 139:14.
Believe that YOU ARE FEARFULLY AND WONDERFULLY MADE!
Stop. Take a moment to look at who you surround yourself with including your friends. No, I am not talking about the 731 “friends” you have on facebook. Most of those people are not your friends but rather someone you don’t mind staying connected to through social media. Take a look at the people surrounding you. The people you talk to on a monthly/weekly/daily basis. Now I challenge you to make a list of these people and ask yourself the following questions:
1. Are they making you a better person?
2. Are they continuously challenging you?
3. Do they bring positive or negative energy to your friendship?
4. Do you share many of the same common values?
5. Are they there for you and are you there for them?
I have 1 friend that challenges me with her every thought. I may not agree with her 100 percent of the time, in fact I don’t, but she is constantly challenging me about life, parenting and everything else in between and that’s one of the reasons I admire her so greatly. I have another friend that, plain and simple, makes me want to be a better person. A better giver, a better Christian, a better wife, a better mother, a better friend, etc. Her words of encouragement and her positive spirit are contagious and it’s always nice to share many of the same values. Lastly, I have another friend that I could call morning, noon and night and would simply sit there and listen to me ramble if that’s what I needed her to do. There isn’t a doubt in my mind that she wouldn’t be there for me.
The point of this post is to realize that when you make lifestyle changes the people surrounding you change too. That’s not saying you’re “too good or better” then the people you used to hang out with before but instead implying that you’ve made changes in your life that call for different surroundings. For example, when Adam and I brought Jayden into this world we immediately saw some people come into our lives and others leave. The fact of the matter is, someone that goes to the bar on a Friday and Saturday night are not going to want to sit at home with you and your newborn. That’s reality.
As a Christian there is nothing worse (poor word choice) than surrounding yourself with people they are unintentionally trying to pull you further away from God. It is hard to realize who those people are until you really stop and think about if they are making your a better person, challenging you and bringing positive energy to the table. Would it be easier to just be friends with people who love Jesus? Maybe. But don’t forget sometimes it’s the people who aren’t in a relationship with Jesus that challenge you the most (in a positive way, of course).
The examples of friends I gave above are just a few examples of women in my life that do all the the above. They challenge me, bring positive energy to our friendship, share some of the same common values and continuously help make me be a better person. The point of this post isn’t to call out a few of my friend but to take a look at your surroundings and see where those people are going. If those people have no more ambitions and goals, you’re going to find yourself driving along the same path. Surround yourself with positive people who will encourage you to become a better person and will be there for you in the good times and bad, those who will help your flourish in life and those will challenge you, your mind and spirit!
In 1 Kings 3:5 the scripture reads:
At Gibeon the Lord appeared to Solomon during the night in a drea, and God said, “Ask for whatever you want me to give you.”
At this very moment, if God said He’d give you one wish, one want, one desire what would you ask for?
How many times have you heard, “We’ve done all that we possibly can. The only thing we can do now is pray.” Everyone has heard it at least once. I’ve said it before. But as I continue my walk with Jesus I have started to understand the power behind prayer. With that being said, prayer should be the very first thing we turn to instead of the last.
How many times have you heard, “I pray… I don’t get stuck in traffic, it doesn’t rain while we’re at the football game, I get an exit row seat, I meet my future husband at the bar tonight, etc.” The strange thing about it is you usually hear these prayer requests from people who do not, yet, have a relationship with Jesus. And there lays the problem. The power does not come from the person who is praying but instead the power behind the prayer is in the God who is being prayed to.
There are numerous verses in the bible that really helped me understanding the power of prayer. James 5:16 declares, “Therefore confess your sins to each other and pray for each other so that you may be healed. The prayer of a righteous person is powerful and effective.” It is very hard for some people to share their feelings but when we open up to God we are exercising our faith. We are casting our worries on a powerful man. We are declaring that we trust in God’s plan and what He has in store for us. That right there should shine some light on how powerful prayer can be.
And one of my favorite verses, Philippians 4:6-7 says, “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.” How powerful is that? As I look at this passage, it is hard for me to write anything. I want to stop and start reciting Philippians 4:6-7 out loud on a roof top! To me this says, God is working in my favor, He is sovereign and all powerful! When I pray He hears me and no matter what is going on in my life I need to give thanks and continue to present my requests (prayers) to God.
My goal for everyone who reads this is easy; worry less, pray more and never underestimate the power of prayer.