Anything?

I have been watching God answer so many prayers lately. It’s incredible to pray for someone and then watch it take place. He can do that. He hears what we say and then if it works with His plan He provides. Incredible. What an amazing God we serve, ya know?!

So I just wanted to reach out to you and ask you if there was anything I could pray for you today or this week? No matter how silly you think it might be or if you’re scared to say the words, I’m here and I would love to help you any way I can. But more than that He’s here and He loves you so much.

I hope you can remember that this week. Just how much He loves you.

In His Love,

Lauren

Perfect. Just Perfect.

I have never found a more fitting prayer then the one I found the other day.

It couldn’t be more perfect for me. Often times, I’m kind of at a loss as to what to pray for. Sometimes I feel too selfish with my prayers. Other times I feel like I’ve already prayed enough for those things. I try to explain to God what I really feel, but I always fall short, I think.

But, now I have found the most perfect prayer. It applies to everything. It works in all situations. It let’s God know exactly what’s on my heart and it does it in a way that even makes sense to me.

I’m sure you expecting this grand prayer by now, aren’t you? Well, I’m not a grand person, but here it is:

Lord, do what you want with my life, but please give me the courage to face it.

That’s it.

That’s all I really want too. I want God to use me to glorify Him. I don’t want to have to make choices and decisions on a daily basis. I want to enjoy life and all that He has blessed me with and so if I can just give it to Him and then let Him be my strength and my courage, well, it looks like 2015 might be shaping up to be a fantastic year.

So as I’m sure that I will have specific requests come up throughout this year, I also just want to ask you that when you say your prayers that you say this one for me. Anytime. Any place. It’s a keeper.

His Will.

This past week God began yet another transformation in me. I’ve been so hungry for the Word lately. I just want to know more. I want to be better for Him. And I just want to grow this relationship deeper and deeper.

The truth is, I have fallen in love with God.

But as much growth as I’ve made, as much progress and as many steps forward I have taken, I had to stop. I didn’t want to. I pleaded to let me keep going, but He said no.

It’s true, I’m tired. I’m exhausted and so it makes sense, but this may just be the hardest thing He has ever asked of me.

And I’d be lying if I didn’t tell you how scared I am. How terrified I am. Because this is it. Once this is done, I won’t be the same. I’m giving myself up.

I don’t know why I struggle to hang on to myself. This is what I want. This is my story. This is a new beginning, a second chance, but it’s still so very scary.

‘Forgive them.’ He said.

I didn’t have to ask any questions. I knew what He wanted. I knew exactly what He wanted.

He didn’t have to explain. He didn’t have to repeat Himself. I knew.

I also knew not to argue with Him. He’s been so patient with me. He has watched me make mistake after mistake, but He has loved me unconditionally through every second of it.

I could do this for Him. Not just because I needed to ,but because I want to.

I finally desire His will over my own.

I could justify why I shouldn’t have to forgive them. I have every reason in the book why I shouldn’t forgive them and not one of those reasons makes me look bad.

It makes sense NOT to forgive them. It would be typical and normal for me not to forgive them, but that’s not His desire. That’s not His will. I am to love like He loves. That means that I have to forgive them. He’s forgiven me.

It isn’t easy. No matter how much I want to do this for Him, it isn’t easy. It is the hardest thing He’s ever asked me to do. I wish I could tell you that everything changed in one moment, maybe it kind of did, but the forgiveness, that’s not something that’s just going to happen. That is going to be hard work, but I look forward to the day where I do it with ease, where the choice isn’t something that makes me cringe with anger and hurt. Where I just wake up and they are forgiven.

This can only happen with Him. I know that. And until I have forgiven them, all of them, every single one of them, and believe me, there’s a very long list, this is where I sit, and I’m okay with that. So while I sit here, while I regain my strength, while I rest up, I ask you to keep me in your prayers.

Pray for strength. Pray for patience and peace for me during this season. Pray for me to forgive all of those who have hurt me. Those that are on the top of my head and those that I don’t even realize I need to forgive. Prayers that I can draw closer and closer to God and that above all else His will be done, no matter how uncomfortable it makes me. No matter how angry or mad it makes me. No matter how many nights I cry myself to sleep. His will, that’s all that really matters.

And finally prayers that when this is done, when I have forgiven them, that He will live in me and that people will see the kind of transformations only He can do, through me.

Grateful

Working from home isn’t always easy. There are noises and distractions. There are interruptions. It isn’t easy. It isn’t for everyone. But it works for this family. Some days I don’t get much done. Some days I finish right where I started, but then there are days like this.

Days when I’m able to enjoy my second cup of coffee, catch up on emails, work out some ideas for the blog, clean the house, and even fix breakfast.
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These two can be tough and this job can be demanding, but it’s moments like this, when everything is so peaceful and in tune to one another that makes everything I do worth it.

It can be so hard to remain grateful for what you have. I struggle daily. But it’s nice to be reminded just how wonderful life really is.

Today, my prayer is that I am always reminded of how perfect life is and that I am always able to keep a grateful heart no matter what season of life I am in. No matter what kind of storm is outside. I am incredibly blessed and I should be sure to give thanks always.

Financial Peace

These last few months have been pretty tough on us financially. Anytime there tends to be money issues life gets pretty hectic.

So I am asking for prayers for financial peace- keeping faith and putting my faith and trust in God that He knows what we need as a family and that we constantly remember that He will provide for us.

Prayer Requests

I am always asking people to pray for me. I truly believe in the power of prayer. I know that it works. I’ve seen it work first hand.

However, I don’t know that most people agree with me. They may feel like God isn’t listening or they may not like the way God responds (Guilty!). So I began praying, asking God what else I could do when it came to prayer and how could I make the most out of it. He told me to pray for others. And so that’s what I’m going to do.

Anything. No matter how big or how small, anything. Please just let me know what I can pray for in your life.

Comment, Email me, let’s keep track of our prayers. I will post them to my site so other people can join me in praying for you. (Will post anonymously if needed.)

Recently, I decided to start a prayer journal. Any prayer I have for myself or any prayer request someone else has, goes right in my notebook. There are the details. Then when it’s time for me to pray I grab my notebook and I read each one out loud. Let’s make this our prayer journal.

I will also be sharing my prayer requests with you so you can join me in prayer. My goal, my hope, my prayer is that people will come to this page knowing that someone is waiting to pray with them, for them, over them and then I hope that soon it’s not just a ‘someone’ but rather a whole lotta people and that we will get to watch how glorious and how amazing our God truly is together.

Remember, He wants to hear from us.

“Do not be anxious about anything, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God.” Philippians 4:6