Answered Prayers

  prayer1As I am sitting here, drinking a tea, and taking in the noise and chaos of my surroundings, I think about all the different things I have to deal with, and take care of in my household. It is a lot but I am extremely blessed. You guys know that I have three boys and everyday there is something different that we encounter. Whether someone is acting up in school, spending time in timeout, or bouncing of the walls, I can’t help but to look back and think about how I prayed for boys. I remember praying before the ultrasound appointment that I had for the twins. I had asked God to please let them be boys. God knew my heart, he knew that I did not want a little girl who would have acted like I did as a little girl lol. In that appointment, God answered my prayers. The same thing happened when I was pregnant with my youngest. I prayed that God would give us another boy. I already had everything I needed from the twins. God did just that, he answered my prayers.

My husband is always making fun of me because he says that everything that I have prayed for, God has given to me. I have been truly blessed. Every job that I prayed for, God has given it to me. Whether it was praying for a place to live, cars, increase, a good school for our children, God truly showed up and showed out by answering my prayers. In realizing this, it immediately humbles me and reminds me not to complain about anything. Now, were these prayers answered immediately? NO! There were periods of time where it seemed like I waited forever. Did I get exactly what I asked for all the time? Nope! I ended up getting better than I imagined! What we envision for our lives doesn’t even come close to what God has in mind for us. I prayed for a certain job and was so down when I didn’t get it, even though I was more than qualified for it. God ended up giving me a position that was even better!

On the flip side, we must always remember that when we pray for something, we must also make sure that we are truly ready for what we prayed for. I prayed for boys, but did I really realize what that would entail? No! LOL. Did I really understand that there would be little to no quiet time? I do now. These scriptures mean so much to me, and if you are in the midst of waiting, I hope that you find comfort in them:

Mark 11:24 NIV:  Therefore I tell you, whatever you ask for in prayer, believe that you have received it, and it will be yours.

John 15:7 NIV: If you remain in me and my words remain in you, ask whatever you wish, and it will be done for you.

Matthew 7:7 NIV: Ask and it will be given to you; seek and you will find; knock and the door will be opened to you.

If you are still waiting for God to answer your prayers, consider this; he is getting ready to give you something better, or he is preparing you to receive what you have been praying for. We are not always in the position to be thankful and good stewards over what we are asking for, so God will wait until we are in the right position. Let’s be real, would we really appreciate the answered prayers and blessings if we didn’t have to wait and struggle a bit?

How good has God been to you? We would love to hear your testimonies!!

 

United Front-Facing Attacks Together

You know the saying, “behind every good man is a wonderful woman?” Well, the same is true the other way around – behind every good woman is a wonderful man. Since marriage is a lifelong commitment, so much can be said when you and your spouse can face conflict together.5032c9f6a0377e49271427bb47217a21

One thing about the past 10 years, is that my husband and I have created such a strong bond, to where we won’t let anyone or anything mess with the other. It’s obvious that the enemy will do whatever he can, to destroy a marriage that was built in God. His job is to find any crack or leak in the foundation in order to have his way. He will try to use anything or anybody to do just that. There are times where my husband will check me spiritually and I will do the same for him. We must keep each other on guard so that we can join together to fight against outside attacks. Therefore, it is so important to be a united front together, to put a stop to the enemy’s schemes. Do you have your spouse’s back?

I don’t mean do you have their back if someone is talking about them. I literally mean do you have their back when they go through spiritual attacks? The Holy Spirit brought to my mind a picture of a husband and wife standing back to back with their swords drawn, ready to fight. You know, sort of like those action movies where the guy and the girl stand back to back to get ready to take on the things that are coming their way.

We as women are powerful. Women in many ways bear the brunt of the family – children’s concerns, husband’s problems, and to top it all, battling our own fears. With all the responsibilities that we have, it is also our responsibility to be one half of that united front for our husbands. With the help of God, women can break cycles of bondage and weakness in the family, make the home a spiritual refuge and ‘fight’ for the health of their marriages and homes. Consider this scripture in your daily walk:

armor-of-god“For our struggle is not against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the powers of this dark world and against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly realms” (Ephesians 6:12 NIV).

 

 

Different attacks that my husband and I faced and still do at times were/are:

  1. arguments
  2. attacks on the jobs
  3. health
  4. behavioral problems in school from one or all three children
  5. temporary division from outside family

There could be things that are not listed that you and your spouse have to unite to fight against. One thing we must remember:

We must pray for our husbands to be protected in everything they do. From physical protection to spiritual protection, we must do our part to keep them lifted on their side of the united front.

*please read and study to show thyself approved*

Next week’s topic: Friendships 

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