Good morning, friends! Welcome to a new year filled with God’s bounty. Something I’m learning to do in this season of my life is wait for answers to my prayers. I have begun chronicling those prayers in a journal this year to keep track of who I’m praying for, their specific needs, and whether or not those prayers have been answered.
If I’ve told you that I’m praying for you, your petitions are in that journal. As those prayers are answered, I will make a note of that as well. Strengthening my prayer life is a goal of mine if I am truly to embrace 1 Thessalonians 5:16-18.
Rejoice always, 17 pray without ceasing, 18 give thanks in all circumstances; for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus for you. (ESV) ~Biblegateway.com
Sometimes, though, we have to wait a while to see or feel the effects of God’s attention to our cries, wails, and petitions. Two days ago, God sent me a reminder message that he is working on the miracle I began praying for back in September and wrote about in Waiting and referenced again with Waiting a While. Today he sent me another message to assure me that my prayers are in sync with his will. I was nearly reduced to tears by this realization — definitely happy tears. So I bundled up, left the house, and took a 45-minute walk along my usual path with my trusty Golden Retriever Marleigh.
As we walked, I thanked God for the wait and for placing this prayer on my heart — a prayer that isn’t even for me, but it’s a miracle that I long to see. Timely check-ins from God help us to trust him more and to draw even closer. I’m hopeful that you’ll get a check-in from him sometime soon as well.
Before you leave, listen to my Music Monday selection from Juanita Bynum entitled “I Don’t Mind Waiting.” I hope it ministers to you. May blessings abound! <3