I have a lot on my heart tonight. So many thoughts spinning in my head. I stood in the kitchen and talked at length with my daughter about the book she has been reading and I felt like I was having a surreal moment. She was telling me how the book is teaching her about thankfulness and how it is directly linked to grace and joy. She pointed out passages in scripture that reinforce how being thankful directly affects our salvation and our outlook on life.
Thankfulness changes everything.
But as I listened to her share with me the valuable truths she was learning, all I could think was “thank you, Lord, for answering my prayers.” It is a beautiful thing to see your young adult daughter begin to really step out on her own in faith. To walk upon the waters of her own experiences and see that God does not disappoint.
You see, she hasn’t always made an easy path for herself. She has to learn things the hard way. Kind of like her momma. But, when she finally learns a lesson, it sticks. Her walk with the Lord has been one of questions and skepticism. Not because she doesn’t believe, but because she doesn’t just believe what she’s told, she has to figure it out for herself. It takes her time to think it through and it has to pass it through the filter of reason before she can embrace and believe with her heart.
That’s why when she was standing in the kitchen in front of me, hair spilling over her shoulders intently looking through her study book lying on the counter in front of her, I wanted to cry. Cry with joy, cry with relief, just cry. It has been a journey to watch her take baby steps and stumble and fall. But, praise the Lord, she keeps getting back up and trying again. I know it is because of prayer, my precious momma’s prayers, her father’s prayers and a host of others who have prayed for her over the years. She’s growing, learning and finding something deeper with Jesus all on her own.
That is my joy today.
Ironically, the one who is teaching me new passages about thankfulness tonight, is the one I am so thankful for. Who are you praying for? Do you have someone in your life in which you would like to see some growth? Someone you’ve prayed so hard for and need to see something happen? Don’t give up praying. God is working. He will answer.
As I am writing this I can hear my dad praying over my daughter, lifting up a word of thanks and hope for opportunities that lie ahead. There’s not a sweeter sound to this momma’s ears.
I am so thankful.
Prayer: Father, we pray so hard and so long for the people we love. We need to see change and improvement so that discouragement doesn’t consume our hearts. Give us the courage we need to keep praying and not to give up. Thank you for the prayers you’ve already answered, it fills our hearts with joy to see you at work. We love you and we need you every moment of every day. In Jesus name, Amen.
Scripture: “But giving thanks is a sacrifice that truly honors me. If you keep to my path, I will reveal to you the salvation of God.” Psalm 50:23 NLT
“I will praise the LORD at all times. I will constantly speak his praises.” Psalm 34:1b NLT