Monday, July 07, 2014

DON'T BE AFRAID TO PRAY SPECIFIC PRAYERS---by Guest Author Vickie McDonough



Have you ever noticed how God is in the details? Just look at a beautiful flower like a hibiscus, and imagine God forming each minute detail with His finger. Or what about a butterfly’s wing, with its lovely colors and symmetrical spots? Even a simple leaf illustrates in its veins and lines how detail-oriented God is.

I recently saw God moving in our lives in a special way. A few weeks ago, my husband and I went with our son to a college town an hour and a half from ours to help him find an apartment to live in this next year while he’s attending grad school. We had the names of several complexes that people had recommended, but each of those was already full with a waiting list. The more the day progressed, the more disappointed we became.

We stopped for a late lunch and prayed that God would lead us to a place for Sean. That afternoon, we found an apartment that was newly remodeled, with all new furniture. The complex had a pool and gym and security systems on each apartment, and even a shuttle he could ride to the campus—and the cost was less than anything we’d looked at all day.

Sean really liked it and signed a lease agreement. We drove home happy and relieved, and Sean was able to see God answered our prayers very quickly. I love it when God shows our children how He’s at work in their lives.

You are so much more important to God than a leaf or a flower. Have you seen His hand at work your life? Sometimes He’s working but we don’t even realize it. I want to encourage you to trust God with the difficult things you’re going through. He loves you so much and cares about each small detail of your life.

A common theme in my writing is that God dreams bigger dreams for us than we can dream for ourselves. So step back from the craziness in your life and pray. Get quiet and seek Him. Ask God to help, and don’t be afraid to pray very specific prayers. God cares, and you can trust Him with the smallest details of your life all the way to the massive issues. Lean on Him and find peace.

Butterfly/flower photo credit: Benson Kua from Toronto, Canada

ABOUT VICKIE McDONOUGH:

Bestselling author, Vickie McDonough, grew up wanting to marry a rancher, but instead, she married a computer geek who’s scared of horses. She now lives out her dreams in her fictional stories about ranchers, cowboys, lawmen and others living in the West during the 1800s. Vickie is the award-winning author of over 30 published books and novellas. Her books include the fun and feisty Texas Boardinghouse Brides series, and End of the Trail, from the Texas Trails series, which was the OWFI 2013 Best Fiction Novel winner. Whispers on the Prairie, Pioneer Promises book 1 was a Romantic Times Recommended Inspirational Book for July, 2013. Buckskin Bride, from the Pioneer Christmas Collection is a finalist in the 2014 Inspirational Readers’ Choice Awards.


SONG OF THE PRAIRIE  by Vickie McDonough  

Janie Dunn’s dream of being an opera singer suddenly fades when, at her dying cousin’s request, she flees Boston with her cousin’s newborn son to protect him from his abusive father. She moves to Kansas to live with her brother, but life takes another dire change when he is suddenly killed. Is a marriage of convenience the answer to her problems? Is Kansas far enough away from Boston that they are safe from the baby’s vengeful father?

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8 comments:

Donna said...

Lovely story. So glad Sean found a wonderful place to stay while he is attending school. We always say a prayer when we leave the house that we have a safe trip. I can't tell you how many times we believe we have avoided an accident because we remembered to ask God to keep us safe. Just yesterday a large, plastic gasoline container appeared suddenly on the highway, bouncing rapidly and headed straight for us. It missed the car although we could smell the gasoline that obviously hit the corner of our car. Another time a mattress flew off a pickup in front of us and headed straight for the windshield. Somehow it sailed over the car and I could see it in my rear view mirror, crashing to the pavement. I, too, am a believer in specific prayers.

Vickie McDonough said...

You have some great evidences of answered prayer and God's protection, Donna. I know there have been several times God saved me from near death. He is faithful!

Margaret Daley said...

I love how things can fall in place when you don't expect it. Good advice, Vickie.

Kimberly said...

I love how He is in the details!

Digging for Pearls said...

Great reminder, Vickie. Thanks for this posting.

Vickie McDonough said...

Margaret, Kimberly, and Jodie,

Thanks for stoping by and reading my post! It's such a blessing to know that God is truly in the details.

Anonymous said...

Vickie, you are so right about taking time to pray. Pray without ceasing (I Thessalonians 5:17) to mean keeping a running dialogue with God most of the day. But multitasking isn't what this means. It takes intent to make time for prayer and it's ALWAYS worth the effort. Thanks for the reminder. Jan

Janice said...

I love posts like these where God gets all the glory for the great BIG and little things He has done. If His integrity was not in all the details then there would be nothing BIG or little to hold together. Beyond the basic material blessings He gives us love. How wonderful & marvelous as the hymn goes.