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Pray Without Ceasing

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Well, I’m sitting right around 34 weeks pregnant- I’m tired, my back hurts, and I’m ready to have a baby already!  I often share these sentiments with Joel, so he is WELL aware of my current “state.”  Don’t know how you could miss it though looking at me.  But I’m praising God for this blessing in lieu of all the aches and pains and sleepless nights- I can’t wait to love this baby boy!

Ella will have a new playmate soon

As the big day is near-approaching, many have asked how I’m doing with everything- in lieu of our past test results and ultrasounds and odds, etc.  I must say that I’m at GREAT peace with everything.  I am resolved to the fact that Joel and I are stewards of the children the Lord chooses to give us.  They are blessings to us- no matter how the Lord made them- and we are under His charge for caring for them, loving and teaching them the best we can.  My prayer has been that the Lord would make Seth “perfect and complete, lacking nothing,” (James 1:4) so that glory will be given to GOD, not so that our lives or his life would be easier. 4 months ago, I never would have thought that I could arrive at such a peaceful state with the big question of, “Is the baby okay?” looming in the distance.  But who am I to question the Lord’s power?  After all- it is the “peace that passes all understanding” (Phillipians 4:7).

At times, though, I’ve struggled with feeling like I’m all prayed out.  “Lord, I feel like I’ve said all I can say- I’ve prayed all I know for Seth.  You know my heart, you know my desires for our son and our future.  I don’t know what else there is to say.”  And then, He gave me an answer.  I felt the charge from His Word to pray without ceasing (1 Thessalonians 5:17).  Often times in our walks as Christians, we find ourselves on mountain tops and in valleys….then, at other times, when things are going well, we seem to put God on the back burner and choose to access Him only in times of trouble.  I am challenged to know that even in valleys or times when things are going smoothly, I am to continue to pray and seek the Lord without ceasing.

Praise God for the blessings of Ella and Seth in my life!

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2 Responses to “Pray Without Ceasing”

  1. Poppa March 27, 2008 at 4:18 am #

    Em, this is such a wonderful truth. Our Lord is the only true source of peace. It is the “when I am weak, then I am strong” fellowship. My flesh fights so hard against the pain that brings me to total surrender that brings me to the place of praying without ceasing, in complete trust. But when that destination is reached I find this to be the place I have longed to be all the time. I wish it was my more natural dwelling place but thank the wonderful Lord it is a place that is always accessble in the “good” times and the “bad” times. Thank you for allowing the Lord to bless me with your blessing. I am so looking forward to meeting Seth! Thank you, Em, for enduring the pain that brings us this blessed gift. Love you.

  2. Mecca Johnson April 12, 2008 at 8:38 am #

    It is 9:30am in Atlanta on Saturday, April 12th. It is raining and the Lord gave me a verse in Hosea 6 this week, “As surely as the dawn breaks, so sure is His arrival. He comes as rain comes, as spring rain refreshing the ground.” I thought about His mercies being new every morning. I haven’t been on the Joel and “M” site in a while and was so blessed this morning to read your thoughts about praying without ceasing. I was also overwhelmed with the reality that when we know the Lord He speaks one language to us all, and the Holy Spirit takes it and uses it in the manner most needed in our lives. EM, as I read your thoughts, I remembered so clearly a time when the Lord reminded me that the outcome of a thing is always in His mind and he can make it whatever He wants it to be. It is the process of getting to the outcome that He is concerned with because He uses the process to mold, shape, and build His character in my life. You are a living testimony of that, and you have so blessed my life this morning. We love you and your sweet family very much. Mecca

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