Every night we have family prayer time before Bella goes to bed.
Yes, I try to show her as much as we can about praying without ceasing...but at night, we have a specific prayer routine that we do.
We thank God for Bella & Brennan, and for being faithful to us by providing and meeting our needs, and then we present our requests before God.
We've been doing this for a while, and we even pray for the same things every night. So much so that she can finish our sentences for us.
And it's been really neat to see God answer those prayers.
For a long time, we prayed for our friends the Buckels to get a house. Their living situation was not ideal, and Chris told us once that his little girl asked him when was Jesus going to build their house. We knew that God was doing something, but when you hear that, it just breaks your heart for them.
Well, we didn't know that God's answer to Bella's prayer for them a house would be answered by giving them one they would have to move from Thibodaux, Louisiana to Hattiesburg, Mississippi to get!
But God doesn't always answer our prayers like we think that He should.
I saw this post on twitter, and it's been stuck with me ever since:
"If you're making your life choices based on money opportunities, your not even giving God a chance to blow your mind." Gil Gatch
I have been trying to make some decisions based on my monetary needs instead of waiting for God to provide for my needs. I was trying to take away the opportunity for Him to blow my mind.
It's the whole thing of Proverbs 3:5-6 - "Trust in the Lord with ALL your heart, and don't lean in your own understanding. In all your ways acknowledge Him, and He will direct your paths." (emphasis on ALL is my own...)
I have been doing what Lee would call "scheming..." I've been trying to find a way to stay at home with my babies and still work a little to make some extra money. And I haven't felt peace about any of the options or opportunities I've come up with. So I have waited, and I'm trusting in Him...
And He's continually providing. And it's not like the way I thought He would. But I'm ok with that.
So, God is answering our needs for our provision and the provision of our friends...for blessings for family and friends and our missionaries...
And I cannot explain to you how excited I get when another one of her prayers gets answered with a "yes" right before our eyes. I know that she fully doesn't understand yet, but I know that the building blocks and foundation of her faith are being poured right now.
And I want her to have a firm, secure foundation in her faith in God.
I'm so thankful that God hears our prayers...even my little Bella's...