Friday, April 27, 2012

A to Z Blogging Challenge "Thx, Lord, for Answered Prayers"

“Thx, Lord, for Answered Prayers”
by Shelly Burke, Editor, Nebraska Family Times; To inspire, encourage, and motivate you on your Christian walk.”

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Jenny the beagle, used by God
to help make Morgan's college
A few days ago I blogged about my ever-growing prayer list in the post, “"Lifting Up in Prayer"

Today I looked at the list again and realized that many of my prayers had been answered over the last few weeks. Some are prayers that will continue indefinitely—those for healing for people with cancer, prayers for continued safety for my family and loved ones, prayers for God to lead me in my work.

I will never stop praying these ongoing prayers…but I need to remember that some are answered every single day…and even when I don’t know the final outcome of other prayers, they are being answered on a day-to-day basis; one young man continues to recover from cancer-related surgery, a lady continues her treatment for cancer, friends feel God’s comfort after the death of a loved one.

I have had several specific prayers answered in very obvious ways in the last few weeks. These answers were unmistakable, and although the answers might not have been what I expected, they were answered in a way better than I could have imagined. I am so thankful for the reminder that God listens and He always answers our prayers.

One prayer was answered just yesterday. Morgan, our daughter, will graduate in a few weeks and was having a very hard time deciding on a college. She’s not sure exactly what she wants to major in and after visiting five or six colleges, had her choice narrowed down to two very different colleges—different in size, distance from home, and majors offered.

She’d been accepted to both colleges, and scholarships and financial aid offered were very similar. The choice was a difficult one—and only she could make it. I have been praying for God to give her a very clear sign as to which college to go, and when she talked to my sister a few days ago, Becky suggested she pray for the same thing.

Morgan and Jenny
Yesterday when she was getting ready for school I heard her laughing in her room. She came out with a piece of paper and said, “I got my sign!” She explained to me that her dog, Jenny, had rolled over on her floor to have her tummy rubbed and Morgan noticed a piece of paper under her.  Morgan unfolded it, and inside found…a check for more than the amount she needed for the housing deposit that, at one of the colleges was due! To make the message even clearer, the check was from a cattle show that was sponsored by Colorado State University, one of her choices for college! (Morgan isn’t the neatest person in the world, but she is always very careful with checks she receives—so clearly God put it there on the floor under Jenny!)

Could the message be more obvious? Morgan is relieved and so happy with her decision—and I am so thankful that He answered our prayers in such an unmistakable way.

Thank You, Lord, for answered prayers.

“…Whatever you ask for in prayer, believe that you have received it and it will be yours.” Mark 11:23-24

“Truly, truly I say to you, whatever you ask of the Father in My {Jesus’} name, He will give it to you. Ask and you will receive, that your job may be full.”
John 16:23b-24

I’m also blogging at Home is Where the Mom Is.
Today’s post is titled “X Marks the Spot”.