Tuesday, January 25, 2011

The Big Press...Petitioning God with Thankfulness (II Chronicles)

What is a Memorial Box? A Memorial Box is a way to remember what God has done for us. It's so easy to forget. Think about the Israelites.

You place a item on a shelf or set of shelves (your Memorial Box) dedicated to remembering these stories...to remembering what God has done. When the times get hard, you have a visual reminder that God is there, loving you, holding you, very active in your life.



Today is Memorial Box Monday on Tuesday...lol. That's kind of like our life lately....not totally in order, but cool.

I don't remember the last time I read II Chronicles twenty.

Today, in my Bible study, there it was. The story of how Judah was about to be attacked. King Jehoshaphat reaction was not fear at the impending army, but with thankfulness, petitioning, and fasting, he took his prayers to God.

"Then Jehoshaphat stood up in the assembly of Judah and Jerusalem at the temple of the LORD in the front of the new courtyard and said:

'LORD, the God of our ancestors, are you not the God who is in heaven? You rule over all the kingdoms of the nations. Power and might are in your hand, and no one can withstand you. Our God, did you not drive out the inhabitants of this land before your people Israel and give it forever to the descendants of Abraham your friend? They have lived in it and have built in it a sanctuary for your Name, saying, ‘If calamity comes upon us, whether the sword of judgment, or plague or famine, we will stand in your presence before this temple that bears your Name and will cry out to you in our distress, and you will hear us and save us.’"
II Chronicles 20:5-9
God
answered so directly and made his paths straight. Bringing victory in a situation that was overwhelming. The following verse really hits me.

"Do not be afraid or discouraged because of this vast army. For the battle is not yours, but God’s."
II Chronicles 20:15b
It was an amazing parallel to my life today. I've been petitioning...wondering if God would answer, because I know that sometimes His answer is "wait" or "I have something better in mind."

Today, in a very direct act of clarity and intensity, God answered with a feeling of being "pressed" like never before. It brought me to my knees (very literally) and took my breath away. It was almost painful. It's beyond words to describe.

I love that God gave me this Bible study today. He reminded me that when we pray with thankfulness and petitioning, He will answer. It is not always what we may want initially want sometimes, but if we want His will the above all else, then HIS answer is exactly what we want.

I can't wait to share more with you. It may be a little bit, so please be patient. God has revealed and answer to a petition, but there is still more ahead. Now if I can just get this "scared" thing to go away :). If I can just get rid of the list of things running through my mind that "could" happen. If I can just silence the voice that is filled with doubt. God is bigger than all that. HE is Mighty and Powerful and this is HIS path that HE has chosen for us. Following HIM cannot go wrong.

Hugs and thanks for the prayers today. I feel honored to feel the Holy Spirit's "pressing" through our most POWERFUL GOD.

Today, in my Memorial Box, I will remember God answered and this battle is His. That's all I need...God's voice.

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Prayer Requests (Personal Family Requests Below)

*Rolando and Julia (Guatemala-It has been over five years.), AND Junior and Diamoh (Liberia) to be able to finally come home to their families and that these countries open to legitimate adoptions.
*Renae-For the continued transition of their sweet family. Their daughter joined their family this year! They are also embarking on another blessed journey to their next child (Ethiopia). Please pray God's hand on them and His protection (as satan is already attacking).
*Daniel (Liberia) and Jeremiah (Taiwan)- for their continued health issues. God's blessings and Hand on them and their families.
*Our friend's (unnamed, God knows) foster son, his family, and all who will make or influence decisions on his behalf that God's will be done in every aspect of his life.
*Eliz and her family-Blessings of speed of process and safety for her five fragile sons with Down Syndrome as they wait to bring them home.
*Please pray for our friends (the Stokes family) and their adoption from China as they reach the last stages to bring home their newest blessing.
*Please continue to pray for Abby, Tatum, and Elke (little blessings with leukemia). Though remission may be there, please pray for their continued health.
*Please pray for my spiritual sister Michelle's dad who is in a battle with cancer.
*Please pray for a special friend Amber's mom who is also battling cancer.
*Please pray for baby Judah (a newborn little blessing from Ethiopia) who has hydrocephalus and is currently in the U.S. for treatment.
*A sweet friend (God knows) who are on the verge of starting another adoption. Please pray for discernment and blessing for this wonderful family.

Our Family Prayer Requests:

*We pray for God's Hand on us as we follow His path to our future child. We pray that financially things will fall into place to be able to adopt so that we will not have to wait on any funds (at least initially). We pray for health as we plan for the future. We pray for our future children, our current blessings, and our family...that they may be loved and prepared for another amazing blessing. Especially we pray that whatever happens, it is to God's glory and is HIS will.

*We also ask that you join us in prayer for wisdom and guidance (that we can bring God the most glory) in my husband's career. We're limited in what we can share, but feel pressed on to pray about both these prayer requests and God knows exactly what we're asking.

*Last, we ask that you pray protection against satan's barbs/attacks which we've been seeing quite a few of recently. Thank you

3 comments:

  1. Hmmmmm, sounds interesting...can't wait to see what the Lord is showing you!!!!:) Thanks again for praying for me, by the way;)! And yes, I'm in Ohio(Lima)!

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  2. I've been praying for you, my friend! Not online much today, but saw your request and I'm praying!

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  3. Thank you for posting a Memorial Box Monday post. And I wanted to tell you "she" called. She asked me all kinds of questions about special needs and large families. It was a positive phone call. Email me if you want any more details. If we ever meet, you owe me a cup of coffee. Haha. j/k

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