The subject of prayer has continued to be on my mind today, for which I am very thankful.
Let me be transparent for a minute and say that I have had a good amount of ups and downs emotionally the last week or so. Specifically last week I was just struggling with a few areas of life and I let my discouragement get the best of me. To put it lightly - I was a MESS!! I was focusing completely on myself and let myself wallow in my discouragement.
Pastor's message on prayer this past Sunday really helped me stop and realize where my focus should be. What a difference this focus makes!
This morning, by God's grace, I was able to get up early enough to spend some great quality time in prayer. It was a sweet time of fellowship that I am so thankful for. Later today I heard some news that I didn't really want to hear. It is a big deal to me, but not the end of the world by any means. If I would have received this news last week I would have been even more of a mess than I already was. But, thankfully, my reactions were totally different this week than last week. I know that the majority of the reason was because of the time that I spent with the Lord this morning. I had such a trust and peace for whatever the Lord brings our way, even if it wasn't my plan or what I thought should happen.
Now, I am not writing this to blow my own horn or for the applause of anyone for spending time in prayer one morning. I am writing this to encourage you to spend time praying to the Creator of the universe! What a difference it makes in the way you handle things. What a difference it makes in the way that you think throughout the day! How thankful I am that we can "come boldly unto the throne of grace, that we may obtain mercy, and find grace to help in time of need" (Hebrews 4:16).