I am so thankful I believe in the power of prayer. I have really been going to God's Word lately to get exact bible verses to pray for our various situations. I have been working hard to not try and control situations in our household too, sometimes that proves very difficult. I tend to pray and then think okay this is how it needs to be done. Lately, I have had a different approach. I pray, I listen, I pray, I wait, I pray more, I ask others to pray, I am still waiting and then an answer seems to come. I admit that sometimes the answers are very small like today, but for me it is HUGE!
Today a huge blessing occurred. The two boys had to go to service with us. The message was something that they needed to hear as deeply as Paul. It brought to mind my study lately of Colossians 3. I prayed before church, that everyone would have an open mind. That they would feel welcomed and loved. The message today was on reading your bible, being active in Christ, service... all the things I have been focusing on for my family, trying to encourage them to participate in. When we left church Jakob started the conversation. He said he liked it. He said it was better then where we had been attending. Can I get an Amen?
I wanted to cry, I felt this huge relief. He was excited that there is a bible study for his age. So far he had not been able to ever participate in one before. I will make sure we find out what night is it is on so he can go. Zekaryah liked the music a lot, they sang one of his favorite songs. I was again pleased. Then the true change of heart was when Paul said, you know I was thinking, we said we would give things until the end of the summer but really I think in order to know if the church will suit us, we need to get involved. I want to know people, be able to talk before and maybe after the service. He wanted to know people's names. He was very excited about this next weekend's men's trip. He was being open hearted. He then said, I would like to give it sixth months. Commit to the church for sixth months, maybe help set up once in a while, serve at SOS when they do etc. He then said the next answer to a question I had- we are tithing now to this new church because it is now our home. PRAISE GOD! I am so thrilled.
I will be honest. I wanted to push, shove, scream, pull hair, to get my way. See I knew where we were supposed to be, at least for this journey in our lives. I had to step back, trust God and let Him do the work. I can guarantee you after my disappointment over last week that HE sure worked a whole lot quicker than I could have. Prayer really was the way to tackle this situation. I am thankful I heard God this time, that I waited, was submissive to my husband, mindful of my children.
Colossians and Ephesians both have something similar verse wise, it goes like this
12 Therefore, as God’s chosen people, holy and dearly loved, clothe yourselves with compassion, kindness, humility, gentleness and patience. 13 Bear with each other and forgive one another if any of you has a grievance against someone. Forgive as the Lord forgave you. 14 And over all these virtues put on love, which binds them all together in perfect unity. Colossians 3:12-14
I admit I had to be compassionate and patient. I had to also have some forgiveness too. I had been a little resentful a year ago about the fact that my husband was not READY to be the head of our household. It was hard to always be the strong one, be the one that sought God, be the one to pray, be the one to be a Christ-like example. What I was forgetting is it was my job to plant the seed. My husband said he sees how Happy I am. he said he wants some of that. I am going to enjoy this next sixth months. Please pray for us as we truly start this journey. I know that we are going to face more obstacles potentially then we ever have before. I know the devil is going to try and discourage us and we have to push even harder. I welcome the challenge because I know at the end of the day we have a Mighty God.