153- Praying Loud and Long!
July 8, 1985
Pastor Dave gave a great message yesterday on Preparing for Entering into our Promised Land:
~keep defining your purpose,
~keep it fresh,
~keep facing it in faith.
Today my purpose was to get Mark and Daniel their much overdue shots.
Everyone slept till 8 except Steve. He woke up early and had a 30 minute crying spell! I wavered–should I still try to go?
NO–I will not waver! My purpose was so firm, I was determined.
EVERYTHING WORKED OUT BEAUTIFULLY. We found out once we got there that Steve needed a shot and a polio booster, too. Didn’t tell him. He was first and didn’t even flinch!
Steve and Mark stayed with Dan at the property. Did wonderfully!
Tim and Daniel went with me to SaknSave—did wonderfully!
Miraculous—everyone’s attitude was great!
What Steve’s mysterious fussing pushed me to was long and desperate prayer. Plus I prayed aloud all the way to the Health Dept and then all the way to the store.
Last night we met Dan at the property. We were late, rushed. I prayed loud, long, desperately. It went SO WELL. I even took 9 of the kids on a hike (that’s NOT me!) and organized them for frisbee and catch. JOYFULLY!
Later: I had read an article discussing following God with your whole heart. Which included:
Jeremiah 29:13 And you will seek Me and find Me when you search for Me with all your heart.
So I prayed with my whole heart.
Also I’ve been thinking about: If you want to be great in God’s kingdom, learn to be the servant of all.
I prayed accordingly and got my opportunity tonight night with all 4 boys fussing at one point! Dan was at church at the elders’ meeting. He and I got to bed at 11:30, then Dan was up 1:30 and then at 3:00 with boys. I took over till 4:30. We all slept till 6:30 then I walked ½ hour.
Rather than getting mad, rather than trying to sneak away if they seemed settled, only to have to get up again, I prayed for Jesus’ servant heart. I became content, kind, ministered, prayed. I woke up relatively rested and in a good mood! Miracle.