Happy Friday ~The Power of Prayer

The Power of Prayer

Happy Friday! How did your week go? Hopefully it was a wonderful and blessed week. I suppose depending on your view of what a wonderful and blessed week should look like, some might be thinking, Are you for real? Try having one of my days…. to which I would probably say, No thank you. However, take a step back and review.

Take my week. Monday started out with a bang. Things came up that put me behind schedule. Tuesday was catch up day, and by Wednesday things were shall I say “Can I go home and start over?” kind of day. A letter that I had sent to someone to proof for me and send back would not come back properly. It was the craziest thing. For whatever reason, her computer wouldn’t let her save it in the same format so, she had to send it back to me differently and I would only receive the first of four pages. But to look at it in her email where she had sent it to me all four pages were there. After multiple attempts, she finally ended up having to copy and paste it in order to send it to me. Throughout the week on the way to and from work, there were the usual crazy drivers out there and some downright dangerous ones. You know the ones that cut you off so close that you’re hitting the brakes hard to keep from running into them? Then yesterday, my husband received news that his nephew’s son, had to have emergency brain surgery. Just a little tike too. All that and I can still say, my week was a blessed and wonderful week. Why?

For each “negative” that you may encounter in life there is an opportunity to pray. There are times when I don’t want to pray. Instead I rather grumble and complain about a situation that I saw as a negative (probably did and repented afterwards). Did I stop to consider the reasons behind what may have been happening at the time? Probably not. But I’m learning. I’m learning to pray (and for the most part I do) for the person or situation right then instead of getting grumpy and having to repent later. The hardest thing for me is when I’m heading to and from work. When traffic is crazy and people cut you off nearly causing an accident by squeezing in where there is no room.

Prayer has the power to change things. It can change your outlook and how you see others. How you view the world ~ when you look through the eyes of Jesus you will see others the way He does, with forgiveness, compassion, and understanding. We may not understand what a person is going through but we can have forgiveness and compassion for them. And that my friend can turn that day into a wonderful day by seeing those negatives as positives. About my husband’s nephew’s son, we had sent out an urgent prayer request through our church, and today we learned his tumor is benign and treatable. He isn’t out of the woods yet because they still need to do a biopsy to confirm. Praise God! If you don’t mind please continue to keep him and his family in prayer. Thanks!

Maybe your week had more trials than mine but as you step back and take a look through the eyes of Jesus, maybe you can see where those trials were blessings instead. As you head into the weekend be blessed, refresh, and gear up for another joy filled week! God bless!

Happy Friday ~ The Ring

With love, Mom

Happy Friday everyone! Hope you all had a wonderful week. It has been an interesting week. I want to share something that happened to me this week. Once upon a time….(Kidding! So not writing a children’s book!😄)

Years ago, my mother received the opened heart shaped ring above. Not long after my son was born, during one of our visits home to see her, she asked if I like the ring. I said yes and she gave it to me. She said “You’re a mom now, I want you to have it.” I asked if she was sure and she said yes, so I accepted it and wore it for a few years. This week I decided to wear my “mom’s jewelry” things that she had given to me throughout the years. I put on my earrings, put on my “mom” ring, and off to work I went. The ring didn’t fit on my ring finger, but it did fit on my pinky finger albeit a tad loosely. I thought I’ll be careful and it should be alright.

Walking to the mailbox at church to send off some mail, walking through the church building, sitting at my desk working. I did all theses things and managed to keep my ring on. As I sat at my desk working, I didn’t give it a thought. It was later on when I went to wash my hands that I noticed it missing. I thought, NO, not my ring from my mother! I’ve had this ring for over 23 years! I retraced my steps, I went to the mailbox, walked through the building, checked my laptop bag, checked my purse, but all to no avail. It was gone. I had lost the ring. The whole time I was praying asking the Lord to help me find the ring. I backtrack again all the while praying and talking to the Lord. I’m telling Him that it wasn’t the ring itself, but it was the sentiment, it had come from my mom. I tell Him that I know I shouldn’t be worried about material things but…it was a gift from my mom. I ask if it were possible, could I find it. Then I’m saying “I know its stupid to worry about it, it’s just a ring, but my mom gave it to me, if it is possible can I please find it. Please show me.” So I retrace my steps once more, still no ring, so I start going through my laptop bag taking stuff out one at time. No ring. I go through my purse taking everything out, and there at the bottom tucked in a corner, lay my ring.

I started crying, thanking, and praising the Lord. And I sat in awe of the magnitude of finding my ring. It wasn’t the fact that I found it. But what it meant to find it. Of how much I am loved and because He cares so much, He showed me where to find it. I thought about what that meant to me to lose a ring that had sentimental value, to find it, and in that moment, I thought about how far Jesus goes to find His lost sheep. He doesn’t quit. He doesn’t say I give up. He keeps searching until He finds them.

What man of you, having a hundred sheep, if he loses one of them, does not leave the ninety-nine in the wilderness, and go after the one which is lost until he finds it?

Luke 15:4

Jesus says in Matthew…

For the Son of Man has come to save that which was lost.

Matthew 18:11

Have you had a similar experience where you asked the Lord to help you locate something and He has? How did it make you feel? I’d love to hear about your experience.

God bless and have a wonderful weekend.