Today I spoke with my mom on the phone, she told me about her visit with my brother Randy. I just sat and listened as she begun to tell me that my brother has decided to give his life to Christ. In spirit I was giving God thanks, because I know my brother better than anyone and for him to even talk about God is only something God could do. I can’t imagine how hard it is to be in prison, but God made me think of Paul. How he was a prisoner and how he endured because of God. So there is no doubt in my heart that my brother wont overcome, if he allows God to guide him. Because its Christ alone who gives us strength to overcome things that we know we can’t.
My mom continued on saying how she even prayed for my dad who just recently had surgery. And how she doesn’t wish bad on him anymore. When a year ago my mom was wishing the worst because it reflected how broken my parents relationship left her. And although I have talked to my mom millions of times, today was the first I heard deliverance. I told my mom how I see God working in her life. And how he is with her. I know it brought my mom joy to hear that my brother has chosen to start his walk, and I know it brings her even more joy to be free of the resentment and anger of her broken bond with my dad. For many years the enemy has used every one of my family members, including myself, to stay clear of God’s path. But nothing compares to being able to recognize God’s work and hands in our lives.
One things God has revealed to me, is he doesn’t leave one prayer or concern unanswered, when it is brought to him. he has also showed me that we must never doubt that he will or can do something about it. We just need to be able to recognize when he does answer you. Prayers aren’t always answered the way you would think, but they are always answered the way they are needed to. In this 30 minute conversation with my mom, God showed me so many things. 1). He hears us when we pray to him. 2). I can trust him with things that weigh heavy on my heart. 3). That he is working around the clock for us individually and as a whole. But can we see it? And lastly 4). God is a god who is faithful to his promises. He strengthens my faith daily.
God can do anything, and He uses us all for his glory and honor. Which he is so clearly worthy of. God also showed me that We all work together to reflect his glory. So what I’m getting to is this,”Do not be anxious about anything, but in everything, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God.” Philippians 4:6. And 2nd recognize when he answers you. Thank him for acknowledging you, even if it’s not what you wanted. Because only he knows why he answered it the way he did. But just remember “Pray without ceasing. In everything give thanks; for this is the of God in Christ Jesus concerning you.” 1 Thess 5:17-18