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My First Lesson in : Shut Up When You Pray!

This may not be much to some, but to me, it was tremendous! I try not to watch the news...I try to stay away from it, yet I don't want to be one that has her head buried in the sand either, so I just have to peek in and see what's going on in the world. Some times are worse than others for me, but this morning I must have been particularly weak-spirited and as I was consuming the latest, I was overcome with such a heavy heart and a fear that I just couldn't shake. All I could do was sit on my bed in silence and close my eyes and pray to God for some relief. Being a newbie to daily prayer, I find that when I pray...I always try to fill my prayers up with words and I never give God a chance to get a word in edgewise. Well, this morning, I found that I was really out of words...I was so overwhelmed that I really didn't know what to say. So I just sat there and asked God for relief. After about 5 minutes, I felt a warming and a lightening of my heart and I truly felt God's spirit moving in me. The tears began to flow and all I could say was "Thank You God" over and over and over. God is truly with me and I thought that I knew that before, but he reaffirmed my faith when I needed His love. I am so grateful for His love and understanding. And I am ever grateful for this wonderful site and all of the kind souls of this community! God Bless You All!!

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Comment by Lisa on May 31, 2009 at 10:03pm
Val, You' re welcome. You need reminders to not take God for granted.... you sound down right human. We all need reminders. Dave, so there is hope that either that one will change or I will be so changed that it won't be problem. Cool!
Comment by Val on May 27, 2009 at 10:48am
Oh my goodness...I so needed all of this this morning. As usual...I'm running a day late and a dollar short and though I've tried to correct that, the clock seems to be ticking faster and I find myself trying to play catch up with the day. You are all such a true blessing to me and Jerry, Lisa, Beret, Cindy, Dave, Juanita....thank you...thank you and God Bless you all for the comfort and peace I find in your comments. You help to ground me and make me realize what is important in this life. I love you all for that and thank you from the bottom of my heart! God has given me such gifts and I am ashamed to say that I sometimes take them for granted....I sometimes take HIM for granted. But I really don't mean to. I just need a little nudge every now and then to straighten out my gait and reorganize my priorities. I find such peace and contentment and joy when I put God first. This is a wonderful blog! It's so cool to meet such awesome people and learn such beautiful lessons from every one of you! Thank you for your love and kindness and thank you for keeping me on track!!! God Bless!!!
Comment by Dave Knauss on May 27, 2009 at 9:10am
Dear Lisa,
Isn't that the way God usually works--He first changes in us the things we've been praying about in others? Then He changes the other person which is what we'd been praying for all along--or does He really and it just seems He did as a result of changing us? What you described as happening to you has recently been happening to me too.
Blessings, Dave
Comment by Lisa on May 27, 2009 at 9:00am
Wow! Thank you so much both Val and Dave. I assumed when Happy sent the email that this was just the blog I had already read. Didn't realize there was so much happening here. I just got totally blessed and you both teach me. I have been struggling with being busy lately. Courtesy of a vacation and working in tourism I have missed 3 weeks with my home church. Visiting other places isn't the same. Listened to a 2 week old CD of our service last night. A message Cd somehow turned into a worship CD. A prophetic song on there regarding the Lord's acceptance nailed me. Maybe a good thing I wasn't there worshiping on the stage...I wouldn't have been very functional. Spent time this Am just basking in the feeling of peace that comes with the Lords acceptance and letting Him heal some old wounds. ....I finally shut up after 2 weeks and let Lord talk to me. Funny thing He just ministered to me the very things I thought I had been praying for someone else.
Comment by Jerry Hartman on May 26, 2009 at 10:45am
Val, it is wonderful to review some older blogs like this one. Your lessons learned help all of us to stay focused on God and on our prayer life. listening prayer is a fairly new concept for me, too. Although I often get time to let God speak to me when I am hunting or fishing. Maybe that is my major listening time.

Val, you have such a hunger for the things of the Lord that I know you will develop a deep relationship with Jesus and a deep knowledge from His Word. Through daily reading and searching the scriptures you will develop that knowledge quickly. I wish I had learned what you learned about prayer at your age.

God Bless You as You Grow
Comment by Dave Knauss on May 26, 2009 at 9:13am
Dear Cindy,
What a great picture to remind us continually that Jesus is only a prayer or a redirected thought away!
Thanks so much.
Blessings, Dave
Comment by Dave Knauss on May 26, 2009 at 9:09am
Yes, I agree with Juanita. Thank you, Val, for being obedient to the Holy Spirit and being transparent and honest. Your testimony continues to encourage and strengthen even seasoned Christians when we get down. Thanks, thanks, thanks. Please continue being transparent and honest in such a graceful way as you have.
PS: Check out the new thread I've started. The Holy Spirit gave me a tremendous download last week, and I'm posting it a thought at a time under "Your Church and Your Beliefs."
Blessings, Dave
Comment by Val on May 23, 2009 at 5:43pm
What an inspiration you all are!! Thank you so much....EVERYONE!
Comment by Val on May 23, 2009 at 4:04pm
You've got it backwards...it's this community that has been a huge blessing in my life! It is because of you and Dave that I have grown in my love for the Lord. I have learned so much and I am so blessed to be a part of this and to have you all a part of my life. Thank YOU!!!
Comment by Juanita on May 23, 2009 at 3:12pm
Thank you, Val, for being such a blessing to this community by sharing how God is working in your life!

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