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Who were YOU praying for?

This question hit me right between the eyes yesterday.

Let me start with GROCERY SHOPPING. I detest it, but yesterday, as my youngest and I were planning on going together, we came up with this plan to BUST OUT IN DANCE to “Gangham Style” in the middle of shopping. He was actually very excited about doing this and I am up for ANYTHING that will make grocery shopping less funky. So, it transpired. We zoomed through the shopping, giggling and dancing. It was FUN. I had fun grocery shopping. That is a sentence I thought I’d NEVER EVER write. Ever.

Then it was time to check out. (dun dun duuuuuunnnn…) The man behind the register had a permanent frown on his face. He was sour. I only assumed he hated his job. Perhaps he is not a morning person and it was before 10 a.m. I continued to guess why he didn’t own a smile. Then I started to pray. I started to pray that he smiled or showed some semblance of happiness. Nothing. I prayed and prayed. He said about five words to us. No words of happiness, only words of necessity like speaking the total to me. When I left Walmart, filled the car with all of our goods and began to drive over to our next stop, I said something to my son about wishing everyone loved their work. I mentioned that our checker was visibly unhappy. My child says, “He might of just been having a bad day.” That somehow helped me smile about the encounter, but it also made me realize that my child has a heart for others.

I admit, I didn’t think a lot about Mr. Grocery Cashier Man after that until this morning when his face popped into my head while praying. I talked to God about him and was just going through the list of reasons again–why he might not have been happy. I also thought about how I prayed for him while I was standing there un-admiring his scowl. God said: WHO WERE YOU PRAYING FOR? Were you praying for that man or for you? Were you selfishly asking to see a smile on a man’s face who apparently couldn’t give it or were you seriously praying for that man. Was I praying for WHATEVER reason, circumstance, struggle, battle he was going through? OR was I just so wanting to see a smile, I was asking or perhaps even demanding God do it right then– without any sincerity, compassion or caring? Looking back, meditating on that question and knowing why God asked it of me, I KNOW, I was praying for me! I had such a great experience shopping (for a change)that I didn’t want some sour-faced cashier to break my stride. HOW SELFISH! Prayer is such a powerful thing, but I was using it all wrong!

I still have no idea why cashier man was sad or maybe if he even was? I just know that no matter what is going on with him, I should have been praying for him. I should always sincerely and wholeheartedly pray for others. I don’t want to be selfish in my prayers. I want my prayers to point to others hurts, needs and even wants. If it is in God’s will, I know He will grant it. I thank Him for that! I thank Him for the power of prayer!!! AND I sure hope I can ALWAYS use that power the way I’m supposed to.

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Great is Thy Faithfulness!

Great is Thy faithfulness, oh God my Father;
There is no shadow of turning with Thee;
Thou changest not, Thy compassions, they fail not;
As Thou hast been, Thou forever wilt be.

Great is Thy faithfulness! Great is Thy faithfulness!
Morning by morning new mercies I see.
All I have needed Thy hand hath provided;
Great is Thy faithfulness, Lord, unto me!

So, this week has been one of those weeks.  It’s been trying.  It’s been hard.  It’s been feverish, dizzy, nauseous and painful.  It all started last Friday with my oldest having fever from then until Monday when we took her to the doc.  Ended up, she had tonsillitis/strep.  She passed it on to dear ole mom.  By the end of Tuesday, the fever had me feeling like I was walking in slow mo.  I took a little trip to our local physician right when the last bell rang at school.  It was strep.  It was painful.  I felt like a knife was in my throat.  I haven’t had this kind of sickness for a very long time, but through this week, God calmed me and I know He helped me keep on keepin’ on.  My fever went away quickly, but the dizziness and just weakness from the crazy stuff kept me down.  It came in waves.  One minute I would feel kind of like “OH YEAHHH…” then I would be like “Whoa Bessie” and I’d have to grab on to something so as not to have an embarrassing fall.  

Ok, enough of all that sickness talk.  BACK TO GOD–He is so good!  It’s Friday and after a week of the crazy throat mess, I knew I was to sing this Sunday at church.  I’ve been praying and I was not worried at all.  God gave me the song this evening after I sat down and started going over a couple of new ones I’d downloaded last weekend.  I tried the first one, but really thought that it would be the second one.  I started on the second one and couldn’t get it right.   So, I said it out loud: Lord, tell me what to sing.  He always has THE ONE.  And as always HE put it in front of my face.  It is a song I’ve sung once before, but it had been a while back.  So, I sang it and automatically knew THAT’S THE ONE!  The message alone should have told me that.  This week I’ve been through so many things that seemed to kind of beat me down, but GOD IS CONSTANT…He sustains me…He supports me, helps me, shows compassion for me, loves me.  I love that the more I sing praises to HIM, the MORE He ALLOWS ME to sing!   

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