Monday, February 20, 2012

I Prayed

. . . that God would hear my prayers, and give me a pure heart,
. . . that I would understand others better,
. . . that my girlfriend would get pregnant after trying for 7 years,
. . . that my brother-in-law would get a job,
. . . that my daughter would be safe, healthy, and love God more than anything,
. . . that my parents would be around a l lot longer,
. . . that God would heal my disease, and take away my pain,
. . . that I could have a peace that surpassed my human understanding of life events
. . . that I would gain new perspectives,
. . . that my friend be healed from her aliments 
. . . that my brother's health sustained from his heart transplant,
. . . that I would have more children,
. . . for children with special needs, famine around the world, mercy and perfect justice
. . . for my marriage, my sisters marriage, and friends marriages
. . . that Nells would live long
. . . for my mental health
. . . that I would be a writer,
. . . that I could be of use
. . . that I would have ambition and motivation,
. . . that I would have joy
. . . that I would be tender, and gentle
. . . that I could trust and have more faith,
. . . that I could comfort those in need,
. . . that I could be lowly and humble, and my capacity to love would enlarge
. . . that I would become selfless 
. . . that I would not judge,
. . . that I would not boast,
. . . that I would not cling to this world,
. . . that I would bury vanity,
. . . that I would find God's beauty in all things
these are prayers from the past and from the present. some have come and gone, others stick close to my heart. i am a praying woman; this is probably a sliver of what I pray for. I write out my prayers and if you ever feel you are in need, email me, it will be confidential. God has showed up not necessarily through prayer the way I envisioned, but He has answered. Sometimes He hasn't. Yet. That's ok. I wait.  Because patience is another thing I pray for. {But do not forget this one thing, dear friends: With the Lord a day is like a thousand years, and a thousand years are like a day.} 2 Peter 3:8
I got this shot of this little guy this week, I so love it.

I'm getting more and more comfortable that I can be good, 
I don't have to 
great. I find a lot of comfort in this.

"Pray continuously." 1 Thessalonians 5:17


Erin said...

this post just proves to me EVEN absolutely beautiful you are inside and out! :) JUST BEAUTIFUL!

Lauren said...

Agree with Erin. This is beautiful. and that photo! Made me think of 'His eye is on the sparrow' song from Sister Act 2 - one of my favs... x

Purposely at Home said...

amazing post! i am very thankful for the power of prayer...


Day-Dreamin' Optimist said...

Darling, you are making our Father smile on you! What a beautiful woman you are, to have your eyes on Him, constantly seeking, constantly keeping yourself in check.
It means a great deal to know what other ladies in Christ pray, and it is in encouraging :)

jessica said...

It's so ironic that we just talked about that verse in church yesterday! (2 Peter 3:8) And I love everything you said! Prayer is such a powerful thing! A lady of our church has been a member for 40 years, her husband refused to come and had not accepted salvation, people have continued to pray for him all these years and this week he had a heart-attack and then accept Christ into his heart and plans to come to church as soon as he is better! Prayer is so amazing. I love that you write them down, I do that a lot too and I like looking back through them and remembering what I prayed for and then seeing how God answered it.

Natalie said...

I journal my prayers too! Such a great way to look back and see God's faithfulness in them =)

Daisy said...

Beautiful post! I just wrote a post on prayer today also. Amazing!

Julie Marie said...

i really love this post. its awesome that you keep a journal of what you have prayed... what an inspiring idea.. =)

theolivetree said...

what a blessing you are to people! The power of pray is truly amazing ;)

Mr. Taylor and his Lady said...

this is such a beautiful post! we should never give up praying. everything will come in due time. lovely!
xo TJ

Sue Masterjohn said...

I like this one Gina! Many things we can all relate to! Thank you for sharing.

Emily @ Dashboard Diary said...

absolutely love this, so darn sweet! greaaaaat post :)

stephanie said...

you are amazing friend. such a sweet post. love that little birdie too!

The French Bird said...

Gina, this is amazing... I admire you as a woman of prayer and your faith encourages mine. Keep speaking up, keep sharing what's in your heart, you have a beautiful heart, friend!


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Kelly said...

i love you! great post and what a cute picture.

Cherry said...

I have to agree with Erin. You are beautiful inside and outside Gina! There's no sign of selfishness in this post...

memory said...

Prayer is a beautiful thing. My quiet time with Him in prayer each morning is looked forward to very much by me each day. Love that little bird picture you are such a talented photographer, Mrs. Gina! Much love to you. xoxo


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Anna said...

Absolutely loved this bird photo - and the one on your header is also stunning! I think my way of praying is mostly through meditation. Meditation makes me live with so many things that I find hear in life. I think that's my way of reach through to God.

Joyeful said...

I love this post sooooo much!!