Thursday, October 23, 2008

Thankful Thursday: Prayers That Avail Much

"The effective, fervent prayer of a righteous man avails much." --James 5:16b
My Word-Filled Wednesday was written in response to a situation I was told about Tuesday evening that immediately caused me to jump on the emotion roller coaster (btw, I do NOT ride roller coasters voluntarily, real or emotional!). In early morning I went back and added a request for prayer...then I had to go into town to pick up my grandson. As I was heading there, my heart started to settle. By the time I got to our daughters' house, I had a strategy for addressing the situation. When I got home, I was calm and peaceful about everything. And...when I logged on to my blog I saw that my blogosphere friends were praying for me.
"...always laboring fervently for you in prayers, that you may stand perfect and complete in all the will of God." --Colossians 4:12
I was also blessed to see that God had prepared the WFW posts to affirm my trust in him. At least 2 others that I went to had used God as a strong tower for their pictures/verses. (Lisa @ Pockets of Time & Christy @ Critty Joy) Isn't it a wonderful God we serve that can take believers from all over and give them a spiritual like-mindedness?
"Trust in the LORD with all your heart, and lean not on your own understanding." --Proverbs 3:5
I have time today to finish going through the WFW posts and to read today's TT posts as the Dynamo and I are both laying around drinking juice and inhaling medicated air from the vaporizer. He has a cold...and I'm not sure if I caught mine from him (he gives wonderful, sloppy kisses right on the mouth--even if he has to hold your head between his two little hands--no turning a cheek to him) or because I kept visiting Laurie Ann's blog while she was sick. ;->
"I thank my God always concerning you for the grace of God which was given to you by Christ Jesus." --1 Corinthians 1:4
My Thankful Thursday list includes, but is not limited to:
  1. An awsome God who always hears prayers and never lets me down.
  2. Friends who pray. I can't express how much I appreciate you.
  3. Wisdom and comfort straight from the Word of God.
  4. Sloppy toddler kisses.
  5. A husband who serves his sick wife in the best ways he can think: bringing me drinks and supper; starting a fire in the wood stove; and, giving the best hand massages!!
  6. My son who isn't afraid to jump in and throw a pot of chili together for supper, asking only for only a few instructions (another up and coming fly-by-the-seat of his pants cook).
  7. My daughters who trust me to jump in where needed, to give advice when asked, to be a mom who is there for them, and who will show up with chocolate and hugs when I need them.
  8. My mother who sat with a busy toddler in the waiting room for an hour and a half while I had a test done, choosing to do that rather than watch him at her house in case I didn't feel like driving myself home.
"But he who trusts in the LORD, mercy shall surround him." --Psalm 32:10b
Thank you...friends who prayed. The comfort came as promised. Please keep this unspoken situation on your prayer list. It may take some time to resolve. I am confident of this: however the resolution comes, God is faithful and, as He has proven in the past, He protects my loved ones. I can trust Him.
"Trust in the LORD, and do good; dwell in the land, and feed on His faithfulness." --Psalm 37:3


Crystal said...

Beautiful post. Thanks for sharing.
BTW- I love your blog!

Happy TT!

Tracy said...

What a wonderful list of Thankful's! I really love your blog and am happy to now "Follow You". Our prayers, and friends, are vital in life. Thank you for sharing this. Blessings!

Denise said...

Such sweet blessings, thanks for sharing my friend.

MJ said...

I love your list of things to be Thankful For. It is truly amazing all the Blessings we have in our lives.

Esthermay Bentley-Goossen said...

... the "up and coming fly-by-the-seat of his pants cook" is not an accident. ANY Man who can cook by any means is a man with a GOOD MOTHER!

Your Thankful Thursday is a lesson in grace and gratitude. HIS Grace. OUR Gratitude.

...So releived to hear things look less chaotic in family. We do serve the Creator of the universe. He watches over His own.

Happy Thursday!
P.S. What is the best way to roast sunflower seeds for eating by human beings as we have no goats at the present time?

Melissa, Multi-Tasking Mama said...

Your mom must be a gem- spending time with a toddler in a waiting room on purpose ;-) You are in my prayers!

Denise said...

I am praying for you! Grateful to know that He is in control! What a great TT post...from sloppy kisses to warm stoves to yummy chili to a ever faithful God! Blessings to you!

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Front Porch Legacy said...

Such a beautiful Thankful Thursday post. I'm so glad that He knows our every need and hears our cry.

Tonya said...

Wow.. that's an AWESOME list! I sure missed posting with you ladies this week. (We've been to the mountains) I hope I can jump back in next week.

Oh, the scripture you shared (Proverbs 3:5) It's become very special to me. It's the VERY FIRST "words" I "heard" from the LORD just moments after learning that they'd found a tumor in Brent's back. I was in TOTAL PANIC - SOBBING UNCONTROLLABLY - and COMPLETELY LOSING IT! Then, a calm broke over my spirit as this very scripture was spoken in my soul. (I KNOW it was GOD.. I was NOT praying at the moment, I'm sad to say I wasn't "seeking God".. I was in UTTER PANIC!) There was NO DOUBT that GOD wanted me to KNOW where to put my trust.

Thanks for blessing my heart today!


PS.. "GOOD LUCK" in winning Brent's birthday package! =-)

Karla @ Ramblin' Roads said...

That's really neat! Blogging is a blessing, isn't it?

Alexis - Chickie Momma said...

That gives me shivers whenever I read about someone VISIBLY calming down while at the same time people are very fervently praying over them. See, I did it again! I love that!