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no longer praying for what's been Promised

July 8, 2007

a lot of you know my situation.

money is tight

work is a bloody trainwreck

and my car is a hypochondriac with Münchhausen’s Syndrome

it blew yet another tire today (i think that’s six or seven now in 2 years) and is blinking at me that it needs more oil

[like i have an extra 2 bucks to go buy something as frivolous as a quart of oil to keep my engine from grinding to a halt!]

these are the things that trouble my days

these are the things that plague my prayers (along with suggestions for appropriate solutions to these problems – like winning that lottery that i never play)

but on the way home tonight, it occurred to me that i am asking for what has already been promised

it would be like one of my kids falling on his/her knees and clutching at my legs begging me to provide dinner tonight, or pleading with me to get them clothes so they don’t have to go to school naked.

done and done.

whether they ask or not.

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i have better things to pray for

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and as of tonight i am done with praying for those things which have already been promised to me

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7 Comments leave one →
  1. July 9, 2007 13:23

    I kind of want to say something helpful, or kind, or clever that will make you feel better – but the truth is I don’t know what to say – and you’re not likely to “feel better” anytime soon – because what’s happening in your family’s life right now is not going to be cured with words. Perhaps I can just offer up “sorry” from my heart and tell you that this stranger really cares.

  2. July 9, 2007 16:58

    actually, coming to the realization that i’ve been foolishly wasting both time and prayer is a good thing.

    when you focus on something so long to no results and suddenly realize there is a better way it kinda lightens the load.

    i didn’t mean this post to be a negative one.

    rather i intended to show that all the petty things i’ve been worrying about god has already taken care of . . . and that i should be focusing my attention on the things that really matter

  3. July 11, 2007 21:43

    I see your point. You know the intro for The Simpsons? Where Maggie the baby is driving all crazy and at first you think she’s driving and is going to crash. But then you realize that Marge is driving. I think of that when I think of me trying too hard to control my destiny when I should really let God take over. I’m like Maggie, I’m spinning the wheel left and right all I am good for and really, I’m not the one driving. Or if I am, I need to let God drive.

    So, now you are sitting back and letting God drive, eh? Good call.

  4. July 12, 2007 07:18

    I was going to say something smart ass but I’ll refrain.

    I hope thinks pick up, Brah – keep your chin up.

    While you may sit back and let God drive, don’t get too lax and miss all the clues she is providing you.

  5. July 12, 2007 08:56

    @dfp
    you do realize by your analogy that it’s actually god driving all crazy then . . . :mrgreen:

    @stiletto
    too bad. everybody loves a smart ass 😉
    and yes, i am paying very close attention to every word she lets drift my way

    do you think she has tall blue hair as DFP suggests?

  6. July 12, 2007 11:40

    Her hair is any way you see it and she likes that, Brah.

  7. July 19, 2007 20:01

    Tires going flat every other week- I’ve been there. Had the same tire go twice in the same month. Darn construction sites.

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