Who of us has never felt tempted to ‘give up or ‘just walk out of the office’....’walk away from the relationship’ ‘give up on the difficult children!! Or maybe even give up on Life itself!! , We need some-one to talk to; that’s prayer.
Now a lot of people think that ‘Prayer’ is something we only do when there is a problem! Let me ask you a question, would you want to be friends with someone who only ever told you their troubles? I imagine many of us will try to avoid such friends. If God only ever hears our troubles and never our good news I think it may be good to assume he might try to avoid us too!!
We may not have any worries or cares to speak of, our lives may be fulfilled and exciting, however we should never keep all that energy to ourselves, by its very nature it’s bursting to be heard, it’s good to talk!! That’s prayer.
Now how many of us will share our good news in prayer, when for instance we discover we are pregnant after years of waiting, we just got a new job with a Big pay rise, the doctors report came back ‘We don’t have cancer’ Do you see what I mean? Next time something exciting happens let’s share it with God, in prayer; he wants to hear the good news too.
It is God’s desire to share the good the bad and the ugly with each one of us; black despair will scarcely clutch and hold for long if we can talk it out with a friend who understands.
A philosopher once said. This is the secret of the kind of therapy which comes to the troubled mind that finds a counsellor to whom all things can be poured out freely .And this is the key to the healing that the broken heart finds on turning to the counsellor unto whom "All hearts be open, all desires known, and from whom no secrets are hidden." An old hymn says;" Prayer is the soul's sincere desire, uttered or unexpressed." Many people who would not think of kneeling in church do not hesitate to recline in a psychiatrics’ room.
There was a scientist once who thought prayer was humbug…..especially the kind of praying that involved making a pilgrimage. Then he fell ill, came close to bankruptcy. Many of his experiments failed. But, one day, he made the pilgrimage…..mainly to get away from home. At the shrine he said to himself: If I were not an agnostic, I might experiment with this superstition. Convincing himself that he was going through the motions out of idle curiosity, he started the ritual. Half-way through, he thought, now, if this were not folly, what would I pray for? Health? Money? He continued the ritual, and then suddenly he cried, OH GOD, I beg you. Enlighten my mind so that I may invent something very great to further human knowledge!
Amazed, the scientist stood in silence. So this was his desire of desires. Knowing it at last, Galileo began experiments which led to the invention of the telescope. Prayer is indeed the soul's sincere desire…..and few of us find our miracles, because we cannot discover what we want most.
I was reading the bible one day; it was the story of a man who had been lying by a pool sick for 38 years: John: 5 verse 7...... in the story Jesus stopped and asked the man, ‘Do you want to be well?’ instead of saying “I want to be well so that I can go and work in Abdul’s Kebab Bar earn a living and have a decent life the man began to make excuses, I have no one to help me.” After so much time lying by the pool he had no idea what he wanted anymore. Sometimes we can get so bogged down with the monotony and ritual of our lives we forget who we are, our hopes and dreams died long ago.
So I prayed Lord I have been married for 38 years! That’s when I heard that still small voice deep within say, “What do you want me to do for you” I was amazed!! However just like the man in our story I began to make excuses.............Somewhere along the way I had lost the plot!
God answered that prayer that cry of my heart just like Galileo I had lost sight of my dream but God opened a door of opportunity and surrounded me with people to help me fulfil my vision and my dream.
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I read my horoscope religiously every day, its guidance kept me focussed. One day 27 years ago I had a Damascus road experience! I changed books.
Now every day I read a different popular daily guide. It was 9th January 2012 and my daily reading began ‘Pack up your house and go to a country I will show you’, Genesis 12: 1 Wow! Interesting, my husband was due to retire in the July, but we definitely were not planning on leaving the country.
That same day I had a meeting with my ‘boss’ at work, her first words to me were, “ We will be re-locating to Spain” Wow what an amazing co-incidence; or maybe a ‘God-incidence’!
Another interesting fact came to mind; I had a ten day holiday already arranged in Spain for May 22nd and further more it was only a fifteen minute drive from the new re-located office; I never imagined when I made those holiday plans that they would turn into a house hunting holiday, Wow............... Plans were obviously in motion for my move to Spain (un-known to me at the time)
Another wonderful and again amazing co-incidence; I actually found our new home in Spain on our 42nd Wedding anniversary; It was the evening of 23rd May, I was in the ‘Cheers Bar’ having supper with my sister and reading emails when, I opened a Jackie Lawson Anniversary Card from my husband, suddenly loud and clear the wedding march began, everybody stood up and cheered, how appropriate!!
My husband and I boarded a ferry on 29th July to start our new adventure in Spain!!
I have been a Christian for 27 years; before our departure I was meditating on that fact, amazingly I discovered the number 27 was an important number in the Bible: It was the day Noah and his family came out of the Ark to begin a ‘new start in life’ You can read the story of Noah and his family in the ‘Bible’ Genesis 8:
I like St Paul on his Damascus road was also an unlikely candidate for a conversion experience and total life transformation.
So here we are in Spain, and very much looking forward to a wonderful new adventure. I like to add a recipe following my blog, please a a go!! and send me your ideas or comments, enjoy.
Let’s Cook Meringues
100g caster sugar
4 large eggs
250g whipping cream
Separate the egg whites and place in clean bowl, cut lemon in half:
With an electric mixer whisk egg whites until stiff:
With the mixer on add the caster sugar slowly a dessertspoon at a time and add half a squeezed lemon:
Cover your tray with baking parchment and turn your oven on very low (about 100c):
Taking two dessertspoons pass a spoonful of meringue between each spoon until you have a quenelle shape, then place on your covered baking tray:
Cook in the centre of your oven for about 2 hours:
When meringues are cold place in an airtight container (you should have about 40, these will keep for up to 3 months)
Angie, is a retired caterer and is part of the team at Revelation TV. Broadcasting Christian TV 24 / 7
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