All souls are stirred by different things. We are all created with different talents, abilities, opportunities and preferences. Some fight for what they want, some educate themselves to get it, some take unique opportities while everything is shut down to learn and grow and some just manage to whine that entire time, some love exercise while some avoid it at all costs, some naively believe everything they hear and see and some do their own research.
All that being said, different thing stir different people’s souls. The thing is, we humans do not know what that will be for people in our church congregations or even in our relationships. God knows, though, and He knows if a person is willing to have their soul stirred or awakened and if so will provide the stirring. He knows what their unique experience holds, key points, disappointments, achievements, relationships, career stories, etc. God knows what can stir a soul and when a person is ready for it. We cannot know these details.
So, when a person is struggling and you see it, the very best thing you can do to help them is to pray to God for Him to soften their hearts and stir their souls when they are ready. And I have seen Him work so very often. It is beautiful!! So don’t give up because it may be years until that person finally humbles their hearts and your prayers need to be accessing the God who made them. Keep praying!❤
I had mentioned in a previous blog that my consulting work for a day before Christmas fell through on their end. And is being rescheduled for “after Christmas sometime when schedules are less hectic.” I had been counting on that money for Christmas presents and without it would be scraping by. So I prayed. I want to give gifts to my family on Christmas. It makes me happy to help them celebrate the greatest gift of all, the birth into human form of our God in the Savior Jesus Christ. It is nice to be able to present gifts during this collective celebration.
I wanted to update you on God’s answer to my prayer. God gave me one consult at a different office and then gave me a gig I just did the other night. Then He surprised me greatly by my husband saying yesterday, we are ahead on the bills because of my prudence and God’s provision and he would be able to contribute to gifts this year. And my son also, on top of it all, told me quite maturely that he was 14 now and was perfectly happy to wait for any gift until after my “after Christmas” consults, the real celebration being the Christmas birthday party (we do every year with cake for Jesus) and family time.
So wow! God generally does not answer prayer as we expect, but infinitely better. Oh how I love Him!! Praise God!! 😄❤
Today, the $500 I was expecting from work was cancelled. I was going to use that money for Christmas presents. Now, not so much.
I have to admit that this saddened me for a hot minute. I really wanted a memorable Christmas for everyone, just loving on everyone and enjoying the celebration of Christ’s earth birth together, more for missions to boot. All those plans up in smoke.
Then, the Holy Spirit whispered in my soul during devotions. So quietly. So I obeyed and prayed about it and asked God to provide either money for presents or an equally enjoyable Christmas. “Ask and it will be given you.” I do not ask for myself but to bless my family. I am eager to see how God provides and will let you all know. God is so good!😄❤
I will be praying and fasting tomorrow (Wednesday) as I have done for over a year now. You are most welcome to pray with me for the day and fast with me if you are medically or physically able to.
For a change, I will be praying the Lord’s prayer:
Matthew 6:9. “This, then, is how you should pray: “‘Our Father in heaven, hallowed be your name, 10. your kingdom come, your will be done, on earth as it is in heaven. 11. Give us today our daily bread. 12. And forgive us our debts, as we also have forgiven our debtors. 13. And lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from the evil one. ‘” ❤
I will also be praying for our country, our youth, friends and family who are unsaved, the sick, orphans and widows and church reform and revitalization. If you have a specific prayer request, feel free to put it in the comments and I will pray over it all day.
Please pray with me for “the prayer of the righteous avails much.” And we need much right now. God bless us all! ❤