1 Thessalonian 5:17 tells us to Pray without Ceasing. (KJV) so in my home I'm a praying warrior; I pray over my family, friends and enemies. I pray for our country, good health, to be a better person than I am today. I cloth my mind, body and soul with prayer that I fall asleep doing so which keeps my pain away most nights and brings me much peace.
You see wonderful things happen when we bow our head, bend our knees to the floor, or raise our heads, we are connected with God in the most beautiful way, he hears our cries for mercy and when we thank him.
God has heard my prayers in so many areas of my life, mind you not when I had hoped for, like back in 2012 when I fell and prayed for healing and for all of pain to go away. I had moments when I was pain free, but I did not experience complete healing from my injury, through much trial and error one doctor after another since 2012, I have finally received much needed treatment that addressed the pain I have been in and is taking care of dealing with scar tissue and helping me to keep my pain and symptoms under control to a condition that I will have to live with. You might say well, God really didn't answer your prayer if you still have to live with your condition, but here's the thing God did not promise to take away the thorn that might be on our side, much like Paul and the thorn of his flesh in 2 Corinthians 12:7-9 which reads as follows:
"To keep me from becoming conceited because of these surpassingly great revelations, there was given me a thorn in my flesh, a messenger of Satan, to torment me. Three times I pleaded with the Lord to take it away from me. But he said to me, "My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness." Therefore I will boast all the more gladly about my weaknesses, so that Christ's power may rest on me.—NIV
We don't really know exactly what he was dealing with in this passage, but it is obvious from the scriptures that he wanted it gone, like yesterday gone. But God told him that his grace was sufficient to cope and deal with it.
Gods grace was sufficient for me during these many years as I have coped with my condition and he has now equipped me with a way to continue to cope with it now that I have a new treatment plan. So although my condition might not ever go away, God has certainly answered my prayers that if for whatever reason my health condition could not be completely removed from my body than to extend to me a way of coping with it.
God has also answered another prayer with regards to my art and a much needed space outside my home. He has opened a way for me to be able to work in a new studio space at the Hood Street Gallery that is carrying and showing my art work. I'm a resident artist at the gallery and I'm beyond grateful for this opportunity that God has presented to me.
I will be sharing the studio space with my daughter and we both will be collaborating together in several projects. This is an answer to both of our individual prayers and dreams. We both love and honor the one and true God and are firm believers that our talents are stewarded to us so that we can inspire and encourage others and hopefully bring them a step closer to him and to get to know him.
It is our hope that what we create will always honor him and bring to him the glory that belongs only to him. I hope you can take some time to pray everyday, pray without expectations, instead praise God first, be mindful of your prayers to him, share your gratitudes and yes pray for those things you need and hope for, pray for guidance, knowledge, wisdom and understanding along with discernment in every aspect of your life. Know that your prayers may not be answered in the way you hoped for but in the way God knows they need to be answered in your situation. His grace is sufficient.
Wishing you love and light always.