Monday, June 22, 2020

{ Restore My Joy }

I've been praying the same prayer for over 3 years with seemingly no answer and no change to the situation. Has this ever happened to you? How did you cope with the unanswered prayer? Although, is any prayer actually wasted with no answer even if we can't physically see the change? Is God testing our patience in the waiting? Are we witnessing to others in how we handle the situation? Is He working a change in our own heart?

As I read a couple of devotions this morning I knew God was speaking to me about a struggle that seems to haunt me. 

"There's so much joy in life, mingled with great sorrow. The one thing that never changes is that Jesus is with us through it all."
~~ Gwen Ford Faulkenberry,
Mornings With Jesus ~~

Then I was led to my favorite of the Psalms, #139. If you ever get ahold of my Bible, you'll see that particular chapter is underlined and highlighted and written beside because of how it touches my heart!

"We are uniquely created and known by the God who put the stars in the sky and formed the seas and the winds.... (and) because He created us with that much care, then He certainly holds all the pieces of our lives in His hands."
~~ Melanie Shankle, 
Everyday Holy ~~

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  1. It is so hard when we don't feel we are getting an answer. But it sounds to me like you are doing the right thing. Reading His Word and keeping on praying. Praying for you my friend.

  2. It is often hard to cope with unanswered prayers, just keeping it real...then I have to remember that God has his reasons, period. Keeping you in prayer sweet friend.

  3. Oh, my Deb, it is sometimes so hard to wait on God's answers to our prayers. Sometimes, perhaps, we just aren't seeing His answers. BUT... He always hears and He always holds us in the palm of His hand. Feel His love, dear friend. And mine!! xoxox

  4. I prayed for my mother for over forty years. Just two days before she passed away, the Lord allowed me to lead her to Christ. I just remind myself that God hears and responds in His time and according to His will. There is comfort in leaving every thing in the Hands of Him who died for us. Grace and peace....Shirley

  5. Yes, I do understand that feeling like our prayers aren't really being heard or answered. But I have learned over life that God always has a good reason why He doesn't answer things the way I want Him to. In His time He works all things out for the best, and also gives us peace in the process. It is just hard to remember that when we are in the midst of waiting. This was a beautiful post today. Thank you.

  6. He answers every prayer. Sometimes the answer is no. If it's no, it is for our good. Sometimes we don't listen or we don't do what He has said. Don't worry about the future, He says, but then I worry. Why? Maybe lack of trust. But He says again not to worry. My disobedience is what hurts, not His answer. I don't even have a reason to worry, just fear. Fear is never of God. Never. He doesn't teach with fear. He doesn't lead with fear. He doesn't even speak fear. Fear is a force of evil.


Kind words are like honey—
sweet to the soul and healthy for the body.
Proverbs 16:24