I prayed for patience and God brought me a person who was needy and needed every ounce of my attention and my energy. I failed at patience.
I prayed for someone to show love towards and God sent me a person who had been hurt and abused so badly that my love was but to this person, a minimal drop in the bucket. My love wasn't strong enough
I prayed for more joy in my life and God allowed me to change my work situation in which I have more free time and less stress...of course, I now wonder about my self-importance and, at times, stress over if I'm doing enough or if I'm achieving enough.
I prayed for God to help me be kind and God blessed me with a church community to participate in, one that doesn't think exactly like I do nor does it do everything I want. Often my church displays my need to be right, instead of be kind at times.
I prayed that I would be a person who made peace with people, and God allowed me to watch the news and log onto my social media streams full of opinions, hate, bigotry, and ignorance and I quickly realized that I may not have the wisdom nor the discernment to truly produce peace in this world
I prayed that God would show me ways to be more generous and then God sent beggars my way, put me in the path of the homeless, allowed me to visit a group of orphans, I saw a well dried up in a village, and my car decided to die! My resources are too short and my greed is too real.
I prayed for gentleness and so God gave me children of my own to love and to nurture. I am tired and worn out, my days get up earlier than ever and seem to never end...how are you to be both sleep deprived and gentle, so little energy and all I have left is lashing out.
I prayed and God blessed me. Each blessing presented its own test, its own challenge to allow me the opportunity to grow in my faithfulness to Christ Jesus. Most of the time, I failed. I didn't pray for faithfulness, I was too scared and too messed up!
Therefore, I have settled on a new prayer. Holy Spirit take over my life and renew the world. Use all the resources of God at your disposal. In the powerful name of Jesus I pray, AMEN.
I want to share thoughts, insights, and scriptures that lead us in the direction of Christ.