Saturday, January 26, 2013

The Balance of Prayer

 (Frost on the old gate at the ranch)

 "Think about the overall make up of your prayers. Are they out of balance in favor of asking and seeking? Are they top-heavy with complaints about your current condition or circumstances? Or-even in those times when you feel a desperate need for God's action and intervention-do your prayers include expressions of gratitude?

These are important questions to ask of ourselves, not to discourage honesty or deny reality, but to help train our hearts to see all that concerns us within the context of God's goodness and blessing. We must not forget His benefits while dealing with our problems. Even before His answer is in sight, thank Him-for being there, for listening, for working all things according to His Will."-Nancy Leigh DeMoss from the book Choosing Gratitude.

(Christmas at the fire station with Dad)

"First of all, then, I urge you that supplications, prayers, intercessions, and thanksgivings be made for all people"-1 Timothy 2:1

(Sweet Lily with her play dough shake, burger and fries)

God, give me a grateful heart. I know this is the key to contentment. I want to have the joy and peace that accompanies contentment. You are the joy-maker! Keep showing me the good things, the blessings, and the mighty work that You are doing in my life and the lives around me.



4 comments:

Cheesemakin' Mamma said...

So true! I'm learning this, too.

Grandma Becky said...

Thanks for this post. Right now we are praying for our daughter whose job is ending soon. Praying that God opens the door for a better paying job within her career field she's studying. It's all in His timing and we are feeling good about it, just waiting on the outcome, patiently. Enjoyed the photos! Hugs and have a great week!

aimee said...

Stacie~
Thank you! This is definitely something I need to work on.
Blessings to you & yours,
Aimee

Cheesemakin' Mamma said...

Oh, and Lily's playdough shake, burger and fries are adorable! Did she make those herself?

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