Wednesday, August 01, 2007

The "Little" Prayers



I LOVE when I offer up the "little" requests to God and when He answers them, it is such a BIG blessing. These are such faith builders.


I was browsing books online about 2 weeks ago and spied a few that I would have loved to order. Among them were "Stepping Heavenward" and the Elsie Dinsmore series...specifically the first one since my girls are so young. I also was looking for a missionary story book for the girls as I believe they should be missionary minded. The books just were not in our budget at that moment so I offered up a simple prayer letting the Lord know that "it would be nice" to have those books...it was not a formal prayer..more of a conversation really. A week later, some blessing literally "poured out"...onto a table in one of our fellowship halls at church :) Our Pastor was clearing out some of his Library and was just asking donations towards the Japanese Building Fund (for a service room for them) for the books. A friend found a Missionary story style book for me which is PERFECT "Missionary Stories For Little Folks" by Margaret T. AppleGarth copyright 1917 lol it is precious and nearly falling apart...and that was just 1 among the MANY that we donated for and a stack that Pastor just gave us! I can't TELL you what a blessing it was on countless levels...to have books that our Pastor has read and recommends... such a neat work of God. The 2 books that I mentioned above were not among the books on the table nor were they in the stack that Pastor gave us...God intended something even better as the "icing" on the cake. A dear friend of mine (who happens to be older than my mom-but a dear friend none-the-less) who has been taking a Personal Evangelism Course through Faith Bible Institute with me (yes, a little plug there ;P ) bought me both the Stepping Heavenward book and Elsie's Endless Wait as gifts! She knew nothing of my prayer! She was Brianna's Sparks leader for AWANA's this past year, and she wanted Brianna to have the book for all her hard work memorizing scripture during club...she admired Brianna and wrote a touching message for her in the front of the book. Oh, the gifts were like manna! They truly were heaven sent! The Lord has put many precious books into my hands as gifts that He would have me read via good friends...I am so thankful.


God blesses us in such unexpected and unexplainable ways...it is so humbling. I take so very very much for granted and don't *treasure* the countless blessings He has given me. Sometimes, my attitude plain *stinks* -yet He continually pleasures to be long suffering with me, chastening, forgiving, restoring and blessing me. I rejoice about this blessing today and glow with love for Him-then when even the slightest trial comes that rejoicing-the undeserved blessing is so quickly trampled underneath my fretting feet. He hears my "little" prayers and it pleases Him to bless them in such beautiful BIG ways...How much MORE He is there and very present when a trial comes that I might even more be able to rejoice and give Him the Glory! I know I say it alot, but for lack of a more eloquent praise of Him-my Banner, my Comforter, my Friend, my Savior...God, You are SO GOOD to me.


(Pray for me as I *know* there will be attacks on this shamefully wishy washy grateful spirit I am enjoying- may I stay just as strong in Him during the trial) Please forgive my lack of proofing and editing many posts as my time is demanded in *many* different directions ;) sorry you are on the shorted side in reading some poorly put together posts! Thanks for understanding!!

9 comments:

Free In Christ said...

What a blessing. I am so happy for you. I hope you are feeling better today. I also pray that you can get some rest. Good luck with that one.

Mishel said...

I *love* when the Lord does things like this! What a blessing! Stepping Heavenward is my #1 favorite book--enjoy!

Pam said...

Thanks for the "subtle" love thrown my way, Heather! What a blessing to have your prayers answered and then some "icing" as you called it. It always comes at just the right time, doesn't it? Enjoy your books!

Heather said...

Thank you Melissa :)Yes, not sure about the "rest", but I sure feel better!
Mrs Mishel..I'm addicted to the book already! Made myself carsick earlier...lol convinced Brian to drive around a bit while the kids ate a treat so I could read more..lol!
((Pam)) I sure miss you terribly my friend. Yes, God's timing is impeccable (did I spell that right)?

liz said...

What a heartwarming story. :) ((Hugs)) to you my friend

Heather said...

((hug)) Liz love you girl

Ashleigh said...

Wish I'd have known about the books.... I have a brand new copy of Stepping Heavenward just waiting for a home (my #1 fav too :)) that I could have sent. And along those lines, I also have the ENTIRE 28 book set of Elsie (the original set, tho), and know of a GREAT missionary book for little people. :grin: Helpful NOW, aren't I? :wink: love you oodles! Enjoy your books!

Heather said...

awww thanks Ash..you are a precious one-love you

Deeapaulitan said...

We have read and treasure all the Elsie books. They are truely inspiriing!