Challenge Update

On Tuesday I told you I would write again today letting you know what happened during this 3 day challenge.  To be honest, I wasn’t sure I would have anything to say or what I was expecting from this challenge.  I just felt like I needed to do it.  As it turns out, some really cool things happened through this!

Tuesday was my first day to begin.  I thought it might be a little difficult, but it was actually much more difficult than I anticipated.  I had to catch myself before I asked for a need to be met.  It’s something I do so often, and it makes me wonder how much thought and faith I actually put into the requests because they have become such a habit.

Let’s go back just a little:  I pray every day for finanical provision and to get some speaking events scheduled.  These, of course, were things I didn’t pray about over these past few days.  So I went through Tuesday realizing how intentional I had to be during my prayer time.  It really shouldn’t be that difficult to just spend time praising God and making it about him rather than me, but wow I had such a wake up call during this.  I had become complacent in my prayer life without realizing it.

Wednesday morning I checked my email as I usually do.  To my surprise, the first email I found was one from a church wanting to schedule an event for me to speak!  I was so excited about it, and I immediately praised God.  Isn’t it funny how I prayed every day, and I got something scheduled after 24 hours of NOT praying about it?

In the middle of a conversation between my husband and I about work and finances, my phone rang.  It was my principal letting me know that I was approved to be a full time teacher this upcoming year rather than the part time I had been in the past!  Praise God, our bank account will be able to breathe!!  There were several other things that we’ve been a little stressed about that just happened to fall into place after that.  It’s amazing what happens when we really do just be still.

I had to remind myself that God already knows our needs.  We pray for them because that’s what we’re supposed to do.  However, I think we get confused when we hear pray without ceasing.  Did you know you can pray without ceasing AND pray without pleading all at the same time?  I don’t think that pray without ceasing means to continue to pray the same thing every day until it turns into begging.  Begging and pleading means there’s a whole lot of worry and not a lot of faith.  I think praying without ceasing means more that we pray and have faith that no matter how long it takes for God to answer it, he will answer in the way that is best for us.  Never give up on the prayer, and it doesn’t hurt to pray for it again later, but the need to pray for it every day is unneccessary.  God is holding on to our prayers and will send down his blessings at just the right time.  Our time isn’t always the best.  What am I talking about?  It’s hardly ever the best!  God has a percpective that’s much broader than our own.  He sees what’s ahead and knows the absolute perfect time to provide for our needs.

I hope this makes sense.  There really was so much that all came together on Wednesday and Thursday, but it would take forever to write about it all.  Those were just the first two and the biggest things.  So I am going into this school year as a full time teacher, and I’m meeting with people from a church next week to schedule an event date.  God is so good and faithful.  Always remember that when he let’s you in on his vision for you, it will come to pass 100% of the time!  It probably won’t happen right away, and it will probably start off small, but it’s because he’s preparing you for what’s ahead.  I am so excited to watch and participate in this vision he has for me.  I can’t wait to see how it unfolds.  I don’t know when it will, but I know it will, and I’m seeing the beginning of it this week.

If you did this challenge with me, I would love to hear your own story.  Did God reveal himself to you in a different way than he has before?  Let me know.

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