Cleaning- *gasp*

The phone call took a moment it was confirmation of my daughter’s 9:30 and my 10:30 dental appointments. I had set-up the dental visits months earlier knowing it’s importance and loving the feeling of clean teeth.

(My three year old daughter and my sister a dental assistant at Grandgenett dentistry, in Ames, IA.  they were so gentle and she actually had fun!)

Now, the dread set in, the scraping and the potential to find a painful and expensive cavity. Okay, actually two cavities last year.

The same is true of our spiritual life we know we need to submit to the cleaning only Christ can accomplish in our lives. (Christianese would call it sanctification) But knowing it, like setting the appointment is different than taking that confirmation call and committing to the cleaning.

Right when we get to the place we see some potential dirt to remove that *gasp* may require some scraping of our hearts. We bulk, we become busy, we justify our dirt or worse yet sweep it under a rug.

Friends I am right now standing on the edge of a cleaning. The sudden wave of fear actually strengths my resolve to submit to the necessary cleaning. I know I serve an awesome God, whose faithfulness goes far beyond my own. Psalm 119:90 Your faithfulness continues from generation to generation; You have established the earth, and it stands [securely].(AMP)

Because of this Truth I continue to walk toward Him knowing He is who He says He is.

Please pray with me:

Lord Jesus, I now see the place in my heart I am attempting to hide from You. I feel so vulnerable and scared even though I know Your gentleness. I know I will grow closer to You and ultimately will gain a larger space in my heart that rests in Your glory and Your might and not my own. I submit my heart to You and ask You to cleanse me of my lack of trust and faith. Forgive me for my lack of faith and strengthen my walk with You. Thank You, Jesus. Amen.

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Psalm 91:4 

He will cover you and completely protect you with His pinions,
And under His wings you will find refuge;
His faithfulness is a shield and a wall. (AMP)

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Does Prayer Work?!!!

Does Prayer Work?!!

WARNING!!! WARNING!!! WARNING!!! WARNING!!! WARNING!!! WARNING!!! WARNING!!! WARNING!

People always tell you that prayer works with a wonderful gleam in their eyes. Do you ever wonder why the gleam? My husband and I found out the hard way. Let me reveal this sordid story, one thought at a time.

Recently the Lord had been revealing to me that I was not good at the act of trusting. Okay, truth told I stink at it and avoid it at all cost. Someone else might call that controlling and self-centered, they would be correct. Wanting to improve my Christian walk and seeing God’s point in the whole idea that you can’t really advance the Kingdom of God if you can’t even talk to other Christians, I began to work.

John and I prayed in agreement together every night. That right there should start some of you seasoned Christians to start giggling with anticipation of what would be delivered to us at our very request. We prayed, Lord Jesus give us divine revelation as to where we do not trust. Bam! the flood gates started opening.

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Working on yourself, to clear out your own garbage to increase in the Lord is messy, painful work. We were in a pile of it. Misunderstood conversations at church, loved co-workers leaving, financial strain, witnessing juvenile conduct of grown women at my children’s events, my husband’s job insecurity. Literally in all aspects of my life I began to encounter shaky, unstable relationships that left me wanting to hide. After two straight weeks of the insanity I finally stopped in mid prayer with the sudden realization that prayer works.

God is faithful to complete the good works He has started in you. Are you faithful to work out your part of it? I would have to give myself an A on some of my stretching relationship issues but at best a D for others. I don’t have to worry though, because God is faithful and I can rest assured that He will provide me with more stretching, painful, ugly and dirty issues to deal with.

Sanctification isn’t pretty.   There can be no doubt- Prayer works!!!!!!!

WARNING!!! WARNING!!! WARNING!!! WARNING!!! WARNING!!! WARNING!!! WARNING!!! WARNING! 

Before you pray, remember you were warned! prayer works.

Lord Jesus,  I surrender myself entirely to you.  You say that you are faithful to finish the good work that you have started in me.  I know there is a lot of work to do.  I commit myself to Your cleaning process.  Help me Lord Jesus to have the strength to complete the work you have laid out for me.  I trust and love you, Jesus.  Thank you, Amen.

If anyone has any stories of answered prayers feel free to comment below. I would love to hear from you.