Ask, Unless You Never Want to Know

Rubbing the sleep from his eyes, my son asked, “Mom, did you draw this card?”

“No,” I replied, setting down the syrup next to his stack of fourteen pancakes.

Examining the card, Andrew asked, “So you stamped and colored this card.”

“Yes.”

“How did you know I’d want a blue truck,” asked the birthday boy.

Smiling, I said, “Because I’m your mom and I know what your favorite color is.”

The stack of fourteen silver dollar pancakes (one cake per year of birth) disappear and the birthday boy exhales, “Mom and Dad, thank you for the best birthday ever. Thank you for letting me invite a few friends to the trampoline park and spending a night. Mom I can’t believe you bought all the junk food I wrote on the list!”

Chuckling, I answered, “Well, you asked.”

Hours later, the sight of Andrew’s birthday card on the kitchen table reminded me of our earlier conversation. Our son was surprised that we would know exactly how to make his fourteenth birthday a blast. God reminded me that even more than I know my son, my Heavenly Father knows me. He knows the details of my heart’s needs and desires.

“Your [heavenly] Father knows what you need before you ask.” (Matthew 6:8)

“Your Father in heaven gives good gifts to those who ask him.” (Matthew 7:11)

A few days before his birthday celebration, Andrew left a grocery list of food items for his sleepover. He was hopeful, but not demanding. To his surprise, we purchased everything on the list.

Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God.” (Philippians 4:6)

I ponder; I am simply guilty of not asking. God’s desire is to give good gifts to his children. I am guilty of praying about the big areas of my life, but leave the smaller issues for myself as if I don’t want to exasperate God. That line of thinking is wrong. Paul, the author of Philippians, encourages us to ask with thanks by prayer and petition.

Taking out a new sheet of paper, I dated the top and listed all my requests.  As God answers each or changes the situation, I will write the date alongside each request.

Moral of Andrew’s fourteenth birthday, just ask.

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Consider:

  • What do you desire that you haven’t bothered asking God for?
  • Consider creating your own list of prayer and petition before God.

~April Dawn White

*Images courtesy of Author & Pixabay. Stamp, “Loads of Love courtesy of Stampin Up.

*Scripture is NIV from BibleGateway.com unless otherwise noted.

© 2017 April Dawn White, All rights reserved

Would You Like Garlic Bread? Learning to Serve While Waiting on God

butler waiter server Pixabay“For who is greater, the one who is at the table or the one who serves? Is it not the one who is at the table? But I am among you as one who serves.” (Luke 22:27,NIV)

Recently I shared about having Faith While Waiting for Answers. A friend reminded me that in restaurant industry waiters are also called servers. She commented that we should be seeking ways to serve while we wait.

This notion of serving while waiting presented itself to me in a unique way this week. Our church youth group participated in a progressive dinner. When I learned the theme for the evening was Italian, I dropped off our son and left. I love pasta and bread, but unfortunately, this food combination will trigger an attack of Hypokalemic Periodic Paralysis.pasta Italian Pixabay

Driving home a gnawing feeling rose in the pit of my stomach. What Lord? I prayed. Is this really how you’ve been taught, if you can’t get benefit from an activity than you leave? Go to the preacher’s house. These words downloaded into my brain. I did not hear them audibly but the Holy Spirit was speaking directly to me. I answered back, Okay I’ll go to the preacher’s house (the third stop on the progressive dinner), but Lord if it is okay with you, I’m going to grab a bite to eat at home first.

Beating the youth group bus, I knocked on the front window and waved at the pastor’s wife Sandy, standing in the kitchen. Wiping her hands on a kitchen towel she said, “What are you doing here?” I explained the situation and she grinned. pasta Italian 2 PixabayLess than an hour earlier, she prayed, “Lord, how am I going to serve forty people spaghetti and bread by myself?”

We worked swiftly in the kitchen stirring noodles and sauce and sharing life. It did not matter that I could not eat the meal I was serving or that I lacked the strength to participate in the entire progressive dinner. What mattered was that I responded when I felt the Lord’s prompting.

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God will test our obedience in small areas before he will give us grander opportunities. In Amy Carroll’s book, Breaking Up with Perfect, she describes “God’s love language is obedience.” This is a lesson I often remind my middle school children, but this week, it was a lesson God taught me himself.

“If you are faithful in little things, you will be faithful in large ones. But if you are dishonest in little things, you won’t be honest with greater responsibilities.” (Luke 16:10, NLT)

What unexpected blessing has God given you, while responding in obedience, when called to serve in your season of waiting?

~April Dawn White

*Scripture is NIV or NLT from Bible Gateway. *Images courtesy of Pixabay. © 2016 April Dawn White, All rights reserved

Eat Cake: Remembering & Celebrating Answered Prayers

Celebrate “I will remember the deeds of the Lord; yes, I will remember your miracles of long ago.” (Psalm 77:11)

Cheerful sunflowers in decorated Mason jars serve as the centerpiece for today’s anniversary dinner.  A chocolate cake with homemade peanut butter frosting begs my attention.  I scrape the side of the baking dish, and savor the flavor.

Four years ago, I prayed a big audacious impossible prayer. Four year ago today, God answered that prayer.  Today is my day to celebrate this monumental occasion with my God, a special day just between him and me.

I am anxiously awaiting my family to return home from school and soccer practice so we can dive into dinner and this cake!

 “This is the day which the Lord hath made; we will rejoice and be glad in it.” (Psalm 118:24, KJV)Celebrate Eat Cake

As Christ followers, we celebrate the obvious holidays such as Christmas and Easter. Do we remember to celebrate the personal days of answered prayers? August 23rd is my own personal day of celebration. Today is a day to celebrate! Today is a day to eat cake!

How do you celebrate the anniversaries of answered prayers? Do you have a special date that you celebrate? If so please share.

~April Dawn White

* All Scripture is NIV from Bible Gateway unless otherwise noted. *Images courtesy of author.

© 2016 April Dawn White, All rights reserved

 

Do as You Promised

Did King David have a red chair? This off-the-wall thought invades my mind as I ponder God’s Word.

Each morning I drag my little red chair across from God’s throne. Knees touching with the Almighty, I sit and wait for God to breathe a living word into my day.

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Throne of King Charles III of Spain (1716-1788).

Today, I read the historical account of Nathan a prophet who reported to King David the words of his revelation of David’s future.  First Chronicles 17:16-27 is David’s prayer in response to such a significant blessing:

Then King David went in and sat before the Lord, and he said: “Who am I, Lord God, and what is my family, that you have brought me this far? Lord, let the promise you have made concerning your servant and his house be established forever. Do as you promised, so that it will be established and that your name will be great forever.” (1 Chronicles 17:16, 23-24)

Do as you promised.

Comprised of four words and five syllables, “Do as you promised,” packs a power punch prayer.

Rising from my red chair, I pad into the kitchen, deciding this requires more coffee. I pour another cup of liquid mercy pondering the words “Do as you promised.”

Tugging the handle of the junk drawer, I give it a forceful yank. Why does this drawer always stick? Shuffling through box tops and pencils needing sharpening I find a marker and a sticky pad. I write, “Do as you promised” and stick it to the kitchen cabinet.Do as you Promised Verse

Whether washing my hands, reaching for a glass, or pouring coffee, this four-word prayer reminds me, God’s Word is full of promises to His children.

The Bible contains over 8,000 promises. I am clinging to this promise penned by passionate Peter:

“And the God of all grace, who called you to his eternal glory in Christ, after you have suffered a little while, will himself restore you and make you strong, firm and steadfast.” (1 Peter 5:10, NIV)

 After I have suffered a little while, Christ Himself will restore me. Lord do as you promised.

“Not one of all the Lord’s good promises to Israel failed; every one was fulfilled.” (Joshua 21:45)

God fulfilled every promise made, every-single-one. It is well with my soul, because God will answer the prayer, “Do as you promised.”

~April Dawn White

Images courtesy of Pixabay and author.

But God

But God” packs a two-word power punch.Hiking Pixabay

“But God” can serve as a two-word prayer, while not grammatically correct, it is spiritually correct. In the midst of adversity and unknown circumstances, I use this two-word sentence as my two-word power prayer and whisper, “But God.”

I do not know what God has up His holy sleeve, but God can turn a mess into a message. Below is a compilation of “But God” verses to encourage you today.

Apply  “But God…” to your circumstances and watch God change the trajectory of your faith.

But God Verses

But God demonstrates his own love for us in this: While we were still sinners, Christ died for us.”(Romans 5:8, NIV)

But God had mercy on him, and not on him only but also on me, to spare me sorrow upon sorrow.”(Philippians 2:27, NIV)

children- hope pixabayBut God knows your hearts.” (Luke 16:15, NIV)

But God has helped me to this very day.” (Acts 26:22, NIV)

But God promised…”(Acts 7:5, NIV)

But God made the earth by his power; he founded the world by his wisdom and stretched out the heavens by his understanding.”(Jeremiah 10:12, NIV)

But God will never forget the needy; the hope of the afflicted will never perish.” (Psalm 9:18, NIV)

“My flesh and my heart may fail, but God is the strength of my heart and my portion forever.” (Psalm 73:26, NIV)

But God is my King from long ago; he brings salvation on the earth.” (Psalm 74:12, NIV)

But God has surely listened and has heard my prayer.” (Psalm 66:19, NIV)

But God, who comforts the downcast, comforted us.” (2 Corinthians 7:6, NIV)woman-Pixabay1

“I do not know, but God knows.” (2 Corinthians 12:3, NIV)

But God remembered Noah and all the wild animals and the livestock that were with him in the ark, and he sent a wind over the earth, and the waters receded.” (Genesis 8:1,NIV)

“You intended to harm me, but God intended it for good to accomplish what is now being done, the saving of many lives.” (Genesis 50:20, NIV)

Faith is the evidence of things unseen, But God sees it all and “it is well with my soul.”

~April Dawn White

A New Path

Trail hiking foggy path Pixabay“I will lead the blind by a way they did not know; I will guide them on paths they have not known. I will turn darkness to light in front of them and rough places into level ground. This is what I will do for them, and I will not forsake them.”  (Isaiah 42:16, HCSB)

February 10, 2016 my beloved drove me to the hospital for an outpatient procedure. We sat in silence for most of the hour long trip. I was anxious yet prayerful. 

“Lord my eyes are on You. Please direct my steps and this test today- a skin biopsy. Lord, You created me and You know what’s wrong with me.

Please give me counsel.

            Guide me and the thoughts and knowledge of my doctor.

                       Lord, don’t keep me on a physically fruitless path.

                                  Lord I need instruction.

Your Word says:

“I will instruct you and teach you in the way you should go.” (Psalm 32:8).

Lord, what’s wrong with me? Amen.”

Prior to theDrive Road sign Winging Path PIxabay procedure, Chris and I discussed with my doctor, the adverse effects that certain foods and exercise have on my body. Taking this all in, my doctor then instructed me to put on the stylish surgical gown to prepare for the procedure. When he reentered the room, he said,

“Mrs. White, I’ve been doing some research on what you just discussed with me. I don’t think you need this skin biopsy. Instead we are going to take a different direction.”

A different direction.

change sign Pixabay“Thank you Lord.” I prayed.

My doctor explained in great detail why. I appreciated the details, but on this day the details did not matter.

I had prayed for God’s instruction. I prayed for God to give wisdom to my neurologist. I prayed for God to put me on the right path.

My God answered!

“The Lord’s unfailing love surrounds the one who trusts in Him.” (Psalm 32:10)

God knows what is wrong with me. He will guide me on paths unknown. He will go ahead of me. He will turn my darkness into light. He will guide the wisdom of my doctor. Because I trust in His unfailing love that surrounds me, “It is well with my soul.”

~April Dawn White
Images courtesy of Pixabay.

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