Earlier this summer, Emilie our daughter wanted to have a Bible Study at our home. She would lead and I would hostess. Which means, I cook way to much food and feed people.
I love feeding people. The study we were going to do was by Stormie O’Martian called “The Power of the Praying Wife.” I have done this book so many times and it has changed my life every single time. There is something about sitting and praying for someone each day that is just life changing.(I am doing the book, Praying for your Adult Children now.)
I am going to back up a bit. When Ron changed jobs a year ago, it was to do custom programming using a language called Ignition. About 5 years ago, he took classes and had learned and studied this, but businesses were just not all that happy to change to something new.
The place he changed jobs to, was going to be using it and he jumped on board. Then he was told, nope, nada, no way ever! The team was already formed and Ron was not going to be on it. He was disappointed of course, but he really has such a nice attitude about things, he just goes on being the best person he can be.
There were so many things leading up to this. Our Bible study started. I started praying for him every morning. It seems like over night it happened, but they did a bunch of reorganization and next thing you know, he is working in town, on that dream team doing Ignition. I feel still in shock that God would do this for us. I must tell you though,
We are the only people in the world that he gets this huge job promotion and a pay cut too. It makes me laugh, I don’t know why, other than it keeps me from exalting myself.
I think what all of this teaches me is this quote from C.S. Lewis.
“It would seem that Our Lord finds our desires not too strong, but too weak. We are half-hearted creatures, fooling about with drink and sex and ambition when infinite joy is offered us, like an ignorant child who wants to go on making mud pies in a slum because he cannot imagine what is meant by the offer of a holiday at the sea. We are far too easily pleased.” C.S. Lewis, The Weight of Glory.
One of the things that is different from when I was younger, which is one of the reasons, I love being 60 is that I have all of this past history with the God. He has delivered me from every trial, He has never left me one single second at any time. He continues to bless me in spite of me, because He is Good. I may not understand the whys or reasons, but He continues to be faithful in every single situation. Even when I am not. Hardly ever if you want to know the truth of things.
I have an old book by Catherine Marshall on my bookshelf. Its called Adventures in Prayer. I think if anything, I am learning to let go just a tiny bit more than I did in my 50s.
I still try more often than not to tell God his business. But there are sometimes when I do obey.
Thank you for stopping by,
I appreciate it.
The Lord is my shepherd,
I shall not want.
He makes me lie down in green pastures.
He leads me beside quiet waters,
he restores my soul.
He guides me in the paths of
For his name sake.
—Psalm 23: 1-3