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I can’t tell you how many times I’ve seen it. That prayer that says, “If it be His will.”


Please pray for me. I need thus and such.


To which I get the response, “I will pray thus and such for you, that if it is I accordance with God’s will, He will answer you…”


“For all the good intention of, “If it be Thy will, Lord,” I cringe at that. His Word tells us His will.”



Of course we are to pray in accordance with Father’s will. To ask what we will, and it will done unto us. Does this mean we waltz into the throne room of heaven and lay our demands at His feet?


Goodness, no! God is not a genie in a bottle, and our wish is not His command.


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


It does mean to know His will for us, and ask accordingly. And He does desire for us good things, not just necessary things, but things that bring us joy in life.


Saw this post on Facebook the other day.

Wait! Father God cares about an old couch? What?


Yes. Yes He surely does. When we are grounded in Him, when we make Him the priority in our lives, when He is our passion and treasure, and the desires of our heart line up with His will and His Word, then it is His good pleasure to make a way for us to have them. Whether it’s an antique couch, or healing from disease, it is absolutely His will, and the desire of His heart.


How do I know this? His Word tells us so.


Delight yourself also in the Lord, and He will give you the desires of your heart.  Psalm 37:4


Notice the second half of that verse: He will give you the desires of your heart. Several years ago, Father showed me something about this verse—when we delight in Him, when we seek His face and His Truth, when His Word is living and breathing in our hearts, then the desires of our heart are the very desires He placed in us to begin with.


Matthew 6:33 says it this way:


But seek first the kingdom of God and His righteousness, and all these things shall be added to you.


It’s contrary to our human nature—of course it is. It’s our spiritual nature, the part of us He referred to when He said, “Let us make man in our own image.” Genesis 1:26


Then God said, “Let Us make man in Our image, according to Our likeness; let them have dominion over the fish of the sea, over the birds of the air, and over the cattle, over all the earth and over every creeping thing that creeps on the earth.”


With that comes authority and responsibility. But that’s another post for another time.


So what about the times our prayers go unanswered?


Wrong question.

Our prayers are never unanswered. But we might not like the answer we get when we pray.


Now behold, one came and said to Him, “Good Teacher, what good thing shall I do that I may have eternal life?”

Jesus said to him, “If you want to be perfect, go, sell what you have and give to the poor, and you will have treasure in heaven; and come, follow Me.”

But when the young man heard that saying, he went away sorrowful, for he had great possessions.  Matthew 19: 16, 21-22


Jesus answered the man; he just didn’t like what Jesus said. As to giving all our earthly wealth away, that’s also another topic for another time, but for now, suffice to say, Father can and will—and does—bless us in our obedience.


To wit, Solomon.


God appeared to Solomon, and said to him, “Ask! What shall I give you?”

And Solomon said to God: “You have shown great mercy to David my father, and have made me king in his place… Now give me wisdom and knowledge…”  II Chronicles 1:7-9


He could have asked God for riches, or favor, or a beautiful wife—any number of things. But Solomon asked for wisdom—He sought the Father’s heart.


Then God said to Solomon: “Because this was in your heart, and you have not asked riches or wealth or honor or the life of your enemies, nor have you asked long life—but have asked wisdom and knowledge for yourself, that you may judge My people over whom I have made you king— wisdom and knowledge are granted to you; and I will give you riches and wealth and honor, such as none of the kings have had who were before you, nor shall any after you have the like.”  verses 11 & 12


Seek Ye First, Extreme Edition. Or perhaps, First Edition.


So back to making requests before God. Back to tacking “If it be Thy will” at the end. Sounds so humble, so noble. (It’s not, it’s a cop out.)


We’re not called to be humble and noble. Neither do we approach the throne in arrogance, but knowing and standing on His Word, His promise to us, we can approach the Throne of God boldly and in confidence:


Let us therefore come boldly to the throne of grace, that we may obtain mercy and find grace to help in time of need.  Hebrews 4:16


And it all circles back to relationship with Him. CINO’s (Christians in Name Only) no more have the privilege of private audience with Him than I have with Queen Elizabeth.


The thing about His Word, though, is that it is living and breathing, and when we read it, meditate on it, it connects us to Him. He inhabits our hearts in the most intimate relationship there is.


And from that relationship comes confidence. Confidence in Who He is, in His Word, and His promises to us. And prayers that have power to change the world.




#Blogwords, Front Porch Fellowship, #FPF, Sunday Devotion, If It Be Thy Will and Expectations, Mark 11:24, Psalm 37:4, Matthew 6:33, Genesis 1:26, Matthew 19:16, 21-22, II Chronicles 1:7-9, 11-12, Hebrews 4:16, Ephesians 18:23


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I WANT IT! AND I WANT IT NOW!” Sounds like a small child, throwing a tantrum, doesn’t it?


But in this age of instant everything, don’t we as adults still do the same thing? We bring our petitions to God, blink, then ask, “Where is it?”


That’s not how faith works. God is not a genie in a golden lamp, and our prayers are not wishes cast upon his whim or mood.


Prayer is communication with Him, both speaking and listening. And in this noisy world it can be hard to hear His still small voice.


Then He said, “Go out, and stand on the mountain before the Lord.” And behold the Lord passed by and a great and strong wind tore into the mountains and broke the rocks in pieces before the Lord, but the Lord was not in the wind; and after the wind an earthquake, but the Lord was not in the earthquake; and after the earthquake a fire, but the Lord was not in the fire; and after the fire a still small voice.  I Kings 19:10-12


But what about those prayers that are heart deep, soul-born? Prayers that are birthed from communion with Holy Spirit?


Delight yourself also in the Lord, and He shall give you the desires of your heart.  Psalm 37:4


Several years ago Father God showed me that verse is talking about desires He has placed in our hearts in the first place, and when we truly delight in Him, our desires are His desire. Of course, then, it is His delight and will to give them to us.


Why, then, if we are in line with Father’s will, do we have to wait. So long. For some of those dreams and desires?


I wish I could answer that, I truly do. Lessons to learn, human stubbornness and interference, timing.


I see memes about God’s timing all.the.time. And it doesn’t make the waiting any easier. Not one little bit. What I do know is to lean on Him in the waiting. It doesn’t make time go faster, but it does make the wait more bearable.


For He Himself has said, “I will never leave you nor forsake you.” So we may boldly say:

“The Lord is my helper. I will not fear. What can man do to me?” Hebrews 13:5-6


Even in that no man’s land of Waiting.


The problem is, the bit that makes the “heart sick,” is when we take our eyes from Father God. When we focus on the problem, or the dream, and not on Him.


But seek first the kingdom of God and His righteousness, and all these things shall be added to you.  Matthew 6:33


This is a basic “first and then” equation. But in our urgent, hurry everything lives, we try to rush to the “then” part, and it doesn’t work. What it does do, is create the “heart sick.” Anxiety, worry, angst, pressure to make a thing happen—a thing that’s not in our power to make happen. We take on what was never ours to bear, and are crushed beneath the weight of it.


And yet, He is always there, waiting for us to turn to Him, to release what was never ours to perform back into His hand.


I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me.  Philippians 4:13


… is not a command to “do all the things.” Rather, it is a promise of Him enabling us to do “all things” He asks of us.


The more I spend time in Scripture, the more I meditate on His Word, the more I seek His face—the more I realize it is all about relationship with Him. That is where true peace is found. No matter the circumstance. And no matter the wait. He holds us in the palm of His hand—how, then, can our heart be sick?


Our hope is in Him. What He has promised, He will do.


… being confident of this very thing, that He who has begun a good work in you will complete it until the day of Jesus Christ…  Philippians 1:6


He is our hope, and our all.




And we know that all things work together for good to those who love God, to those who are the called according to His purpose. Romans 8:28



#Blogwords, Front Porch Fellowship, #FPF, Sunday Devotion, Hope Deferred, I Kings 19:10-11, Psalm 37:4, Hebrews 13:5-6, Philippians 4:13, Philippians 1:6, Romans 8:28,

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Anticipation. Expectation. Hope. Eagerness. Keenness. Excitement. Faith.


As we approach the New Year, I am filled with a great sense of anticipation and excitement. An almost tangible sense of what’s to come, of promises fulfilled. And the journey that got me here is faith.


Now faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen. Hebrews 11:1


Faith is a journey that begins at salvation. It’s a step into the unknown, into the spirit realm. It’s taking the hand of God the Father, and taking Him at his Word. It’s walking in righteousness and peace and Truth.


14 Stand therefore, having girded your waist with truth, having put on the breastplate of righteousness, 15 and having shod your feet with the preparation of the gospel of peace; 16 above all, taking the shield of faith with which you will be able to quench all the fiery darts of the wicked one. 17 And take the helmet of salvation, and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God; 18 praying always with all prayer and supplication in the Spirit, being watchful to this end with all perseverance and supplication for all the saints. Ephesians 6:14-18


Faith is learning who He is so we can know who we are.


For I know the thoughts that I think toward you, says the Lord, thoughts of peace and not of evil, to give you a future and a hope. Jeremiah 29:11


Faith is walking in confidence that what He says is true. Faith is trusting God for who He is.


There is the gift of faith.


For I say, through the grace given to me, to everyone who is among you, not to think of himself more highly than he ought to think, but to think soberly, as God has dealt to each one a measure of faith. Romans 12:3


And the act of faith.


14 What does it profit, my brethren, if someone says he has faith but does not have works? 26 For as the body without the spirit is dead, so faith without works is dead also. James 2:14 & 26


Faith isn’t a one-time event. It’s a living thing that grows—or withers and dies.


So then faith comes by hearing, and hearing by the word of God. Romans 10:17


Faith is an anchor. It doesn’t keep us from the storms, the disasters, catastrophes of this world, even our own foolishness. Faith takes us through them.


1Therefore, having been justified by faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ, through whom also we have access by faith into this grace in which we stand, and rejoice in hope of the glory of God. And not only that, but we also glory in tribulations, knowing that tribulation produces perseverance; and perseverance, character; and character, hope. Now hope does not disappoint, because the love of God has been poured out in our hearts by the Holy Spirit who was given to us. Romans 5:1-5


And with faith, we bring hope to hopeless situations, hopeless people. We bring light to darkness and healing to crushed hearts and spirits.


Hope burns with anticipation and excitement. And in the final days of 2017, anticipation and excitement are bubbling over in my heart.


Delight yourself also in the Lord, and He shall give you the desires of your heart. Psalm 37:4


#Blogwords, Front Porch Fellowship, #FPF, Sunday Devotion, Anticipation, Excitement, Expectation, Hope, Eagerness, Keenness, Faith, Hebrews 11:1, Ephesians 6:14-18, Jeremiah 29:11, Romans 12:3, James 2:14 & 26, Romans 10:17, Romans 5:1-5, Psalm 37:4


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“You’re nothing but a failure.”


The impact of those words was an awakening. A turning point. The words had never been spoken, not explicitly anyway, but I lived with that perception most of my life.


Holy Spirit, in the gentle manner that only He can do, has brought me through agony to know I am NOT a failure. He has shown me I’m a shining star.


So why do I still fight to be worthy? Why do I still yearn for promises He has already fulfilled? This is where I get really vulnerable—I want to be married. I want a husband, I don’t like being alone—I want to be loved and cherished. There’s so many things I need, and yes, want. And yet I “make the best” without, I get by “until…” My stove only half works and it’s been that way for over a year! Who.does.that??? Who lives like that?? I need a car. I need a new bed. I need… the list is long and it’s not extravagant. I want to travel, and that’s not unreasonable. I want to not be tired all the time. And that’s not unreasonable. And part of me feels like I have to “work harder” to deserve it.




So what is a girl to do?


Be still, and know that I am God; I will be exalted among the nations, I will be exalted in the earth! Psalm 46:10


So, rest then. No fighting. No striving. No begging or trying to convince God to do me some little favor.


God doesn’t do favors. He blesses. He gives from His own very nature, from the love that is his very essence.


Every good gift and every perfect gift is from above, and comes down from the Father of lights, with whom there is no variation or shadow of turning. James 1:17


I don’t have to fight or strive to win or earn the good will of God. Lack is not His will. Loneliness is not His will. Failure is not His will.


He gave us the greatest gift of all in His Son. That doesn’t mean He’s done giving. That doesn’t mean that asking for the desire of our heart is ingratitude for the gift of salvation.


Delight yourself also in the Lord, and He shall give you the desires of your heart. Psalm 37:4


We walk in communion with Him, we walk in relationship with Him. We seek to please Him and honor Him. He gave the greatest gift when we didn’t even know Him…


But God demonstrates His own love toward us, in that while we were still sinners, Christ died for us. Romans 5:8


… how much more will He pour upon us when we’re in fellowship with Him?


So why am I still fighting? Because this truth that I’ve just shared still hasn’t trickled all the way in my head. Because in the waiting, my mind veers off and listens to lies. Lies that tell me I have to “do better,” “try harder,” and push myself til i.just.can’t.


But lies are lies, and Truth is Truth. And the way to silence the lies of the enemy is with the Truth. And sometimes fellowship and the heart of those who love us.




I’m done fighting. I’m resting. And I’m letting go and leaving it in Father’s hands.




#Blogwords, Front Porch Fellowship, #FPF, Sunday Devotion, Why Am I Still Fighting? Psalm 46:10, James 1:17, Psalm 37:4, Romans 5:8

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Short n sweet today on account of I’M EXHAUSTED.  The adage “follow your dreams” sometimes is mistaken for a wave of a magic wand the released fairy dust into the air, and voilá, there’s your dream come true.


No, your dreams are there because God put them there.




He also puts in us the ability to achieve those dreams. The gifts, talents, and abilities. The mistake is in thinking it’s easy. And for too many, when we realize the hard work it takes, we tend to try shortcuts and that never works. Not in the long run.


But to truly achieve our dreams, and God’s purpose for our lives, we have to do the work.   The thing of it is, when we are truly fulfilling Father’s purpose and will for our lives, doing the work to follow our dreams, it doesn’t [always] feel like work.


For me, as an author, writing is like play to me. Even the research. I’ve even come to, well, not dread the marketing anymore! (Not if I can just hit that sweet market spot… ) But it’s still work. And it’s still exhausting.


And my launch yesterday was fanTAStic! Phenomenal!  Super! But it was a lot of work to make it happen. And this author is plum wore out! (But I didn’t want to leave you with crickets today! wink wink)




So it’s short n sweet. Go follow your dreams. And roll up your sleeves and  put in that old fashioned elbow grease— or  knuckle grease if you’re on the computer!  Ha.ha.ha.





What is your dream? What seems too good to be true? Too easy? What does your Yellow Brick Road look like?








Front Porch Fellowship, #FPF, Sunday Devotion, Follow Your Dreams, Psalm 37:4, Elbow Grease, Yellow Brick Road



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