I was cleaning my night stand out today and came across a book and my legal pad with my chicken scratch handwriting on it.
Britton’s First Grade teacher recommended this book earlier this year. Now I’m no book critic, but let me tell you- it is great.
Praying God’s Will for Your Life by Stormie O’Martian.
Being the nerd that I am, I took notes (since I checked it out from the library) so that I could later reference.
I had forgotten about this book.
It was a bit of a-ha moment. A momentary reminder of how wonderful God is.
Shortly after Kenley was healthy again, I really wanted a third baby. Big Daddy, however, did not. For a couple of years I prayed and prayed that God would change Big Daddy’s mind.
Until one night, I was at dinner with a friend- who had recently had a third baby. I asked her how she “convinced” her husband to have a third. I told her I had been praying so hard for Big Daddy to come around to my way of thinking.
My white picket fence plan for my family.
She looked at me and said, “maybe instead of praying for him to change, you should pray for God to take YOUR will away.
Hmm, totally different way of thinking- and praying for that matter.
So for the next 12 months, I prayed a new prayer- of not WANTING another child anymore, and to pray for God’s will instead of mine.
Fast forward to this fall when Britton’s teacher mentioned this book. I was familiar with the author’s book, ‘Power of a Praying Wife’- but this book hit home.
Here are just a few of Stormie’s “tips”.
- Once you pray about something, put it in God’s hands. The answer will always come, although it may not be the way you expect or according to your timing.
- Whenever we let go of what we long for, God will bring it back to us in another dimension
- If we want God to hear OUR prayers, we need to listen and respond to HIS voice (Zech 7:13).
Incidently, once I let go of MY prayer- God answered it.
Big Daddy had a change in HIS heart and decided he too wanted anoither baby. I’ll end the story there as that is where my lesson was.
Answering prayers— I mean, really- How amazing is that!