What's in a Name?

Ecstasy (n)- 2. Excessive joy; rapture; a degree of delight that arrests the whole mind; joy may rise to ecstasy. (Websters 1828 Dictionary)
Doldrums (n)- A sate of inactivity or stagnation.(Dictionary.com)

Saturday, May 17, 2008

Answers to Prayer

God is so good. He has shown Himself to be faithful to our family in many ways recently. Up until a little while ago, I failed to notice when He answered prayers. I don't mean the "big" prayer requests, of course I noticed those, but I'm talking about the little things that we pray for. I was listening to Revive our Hearts the other day and the host mentioned that every time we fail to acknowledge God's hand at work or when we don't give Him the credit, we are robbing Him of His glory. I have done that so many times and I want to stop. With the help of the Holy Spirit, I want to give Him glory for every thing- be it great or small- that He does in and around me.
With that said, I wanted to share a few answers to prayer that we have seen in the past couple of days.
The first one we only prayed for once. We were looking for Ethan's swimming trunks and they were no where to be found. Mom said, "We need to pray that God would provide a swimsuit for Ethan before camp, so he can go swimming!" Not much more was said about it. Two days later, an unexpected package arrived in the mail from Aunt Brenda (my grandmother's sister who lives in California). It was addressed to Ethan and we had no clue what it could be. He opened it up and there was a brand new pair of swimming trunks along with a rashgaurd to match! God is soo good to us- He gave us more than we asked for! (there's a picture of Ethan in them above)
The second answer to prayer is something we had only been praying for for a week or so. We were supposed to go all the way up to Cutler today to help my uncle scrape and repaint his camp. It's a long drive and with gas prices, it was looking a bit challenging. We also had things to finish up around here and Kayla had something she really wanted to go to. So, we took it to the Father. We prayed that our plans would be cancelled. And on Wednesday night, my uncle called and said that he was going to do the roof instead and wouldn't need us this weekend. Another answer to prayer. Praise God!
The last one that I will share is a big one. My future brother-in-law has been studying for a long time now to finish up with his pilot's licence test (that's probably not grammatically correct, oh well!). We've been praying that God would give him wisdom and knowledge and that He would recall all of the things that he learned. There was a lot dependent upon this test. So on Friday morning, he went up in the air for his test and came back down a licenced pilot! I don't know much of the details, but we were all very excited when Kayla got the news! Glory be to God! She's also anticipating going on a flight with him sometime soon! How cool is that?!?
So I will end with and encouragement: pray all the time and for everything. No matter what God's answer is, we can trust that He is good and He is faithful and He will only give us what is best for us and for His glory!
Soli Deo Gloria!


Carolj said...

Great post! Wonderful reminder. PTL for answered prayer!

Thanks for stopping by my blog. : ) Uh, and your comment was of the blushing variety!! You're too kind!

Laura said...

Ethan is getting so big!