Prayers and Dreams
Romans 8:6 those who walk in the Spirit seek spirit, those who walk in flesh…..
Psalms 139:13-16 For You formed my inward parts; You covered me in my mother’s womb. I will praise You, for I am fearfully and wonderfully made, Marvelous are Your works, and that my soul knows very well. My frame was not hidden from You, when I was made in secret, and skillfully wrought in the lowest parts of the earth. Your eyes saw my substance, being yet unformed. And in Your book they all were written, the days fashioned for me, when as yet there were none of them.
Isaiah 64:8 But now, O Lord, You are our Father; we are the clay, and You a=our potter; and all we are the work of Your hand.
Ephesians 2:10 For we are His workmanships, created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared beforehand that we should walk in them.
God knew you long before your parents even became a couple. And He had a plan for you. And He loved you even then. Kind of an amazing thought, isn’t it? We have no real conception of knowing something before we came into an age when we could have a memory. Oh we looked for touch, food, change of diapers, but it was all wrapped up in the selfish package of ‘ME, all about ME!’ It is a growth to learn how to be less selfish and self-centered. Afterall, all critters are created with some sense of self-preservation and wanting to maintain life.
And yet, God knew us. We were not just another bunch of clay on an assembly line, and with a careless toss of His hand a blob of clay went down and that was us. We were individually fashioned and made with specific DNA traits, strengths, gifts, and placed in specific families. Some were good and loving and wonderful; others had less than ideal situations. But always God is there and has a plan for YOU. We each have separate trials and hardships and they are to make us to be better, have us reach first and foremost to Him, become stronger followers of Him. Then as we grow, we can help teach others. It’s His love and desire to give us better and more and then hopefully we realize the better and more we get from life is Him.
Yes, you have to reach out and ask for His help. You have to want to learn about, and of, Him, and seek to know Him more deeply. Sometimes, folks fear they will have to give up too much. I did too at one time, but the benefits, the love, and the mercy and healing are so worth it to me. I don’t want to walk this world alone. I depend on knowing He walks with me, loves me and cares about me, my decisions and my future. Did I have to give up anything? No, not really. I chose to quit smoking—yes. a sin against this temple I have to walk around in while in this earth; and I try to eat better, move more, and treat myself kinder than I did when I was younger, but I don’t feel I’ve given something up, lost something, sacrificed. There is a comfort in walking this path.
That certainly does not mean life is without problems or trials. I try to sigh and say, “OK, I know You’ve got this, but You know what I was hoping to do…” My job is to pray and trust and hand it to Him. I am not in control. I can do all that He leads and guides me to, but the control, the end answer does not come from me. Unexpected bills, illnesses, accidents, maybe a troubled marriage, or issues with a child, or any number of things are problems that we face. We each have our burdens and troubles in this life. But as they come up now, I am more willing to say a prayer, hand it over–at least mentally into the God bag–and trust that the answers are going to come and I am going to be strong enough to get through the issue.
We have prayers and dreams, and yes, frequently answers have taken longer than I would like, but they have come. And not always with the outcome I would like, but still a positive and satisfying answer.
I still have dreams that have not been answered, and that’s okay. He has plans for me to follow Him and as yet, I do not know the specific path, or perhaps I’m on it. But, no matter what else comes, my dreams and prayers are handed to Him. My life feels easier trusting that He has my best interests in mind. So I am grateful for the prayers and dreams and that God has them all for me and ‘mybellaviews.’