RSS

Tag Archives: prayer

This is from one of our blog contest winners, run by Mark Showalter!

Bearing Witness; My Uncut Hair by: Nancy Watrud

https://i0.wp.com/www.gospelgifs.com/art_pages_19/images/trans3s.gifI was praying. Tears were streaming down my face as I let my long hair down and draped it over my hands.  I studied it carefully, noticing the deep browns and the glistening auburn where the sun was shining on it. I pulled the length of it through my hand, then I held it out and studied the varying shades from the ends upward. It had been almost thirty-five years since it had been cut, thirty-five years of an unwavering conviction that the Word of God desired women to not cut their hair.* This standard had been strongly upheld within my organization for generations, but now this rich heritage; this unexplainable blessing was fading in relevance in the churches and rarely preached or taught over the pulpits.  It was becoming simply a tradition passed from generation to generation. The trouble is, convictions cannot be “caught” or “passed along”, convictions are a matter of an individual’s beliefs as they grow in faith and are convicted by the Word of God.  Families may plant the seed of these beliefs in their children, but they are not convictions until the individual owns them.  True godly convictions are the moral rudder of an individual and are rooted deeply in the Word of God.  How do I explain to someone the power that is in a woman’s uncut hair that has been consecrated to God?** How do we explain the power in a handkerchief that has been prayed over and anointed with oil?*** or how do we explain the power of Peter’s shadow to heal?**** Some things must be spiritually discerned. *****

It may be, those of us who were not raised in this way are more hungry for it because many of us have experienced the coldness and emptiness of a life without the peace and power of the Holy Ghost. Once we experienced it, we desperately want it in our homes and in our lives. Those that have lived in their own hell already, gladly count the cost of dedicating their life to God and do not hold any price too dear. I had already lived in such a hell and knew that this life of consecration to God was a good life. It was the way I wanted to raise my children and I wanted it for my children’s children. I remember the moment I consecrated my life to God.  I was standing in my kitchen at the foot of the stairs and was praying.  I said to Jesus, “There’s a lot in my life that needs to change and most of it’s going to take a while, but there are some things that can be changed this very night.”  I was ruthless. I packed up all of my slacks(ref i), leaving me with very few clothes. I knew I had to get them out of the house and I did. I packed up all of my jewelery except a few sentimental pieces that loved ones had given to me; the rest went into the trash along with my makeup(ref ii).  You see, I was not just hungry for God, I was desperate for God. I never wished for any of it back. These were the easy changes, but important none the less. No one had twisted my arm or held me over the fire of hell to do this. I knew it wasn’t going to buy my way to heaven. Jesus had done that for me on the cross. They simply showed me the scriptural basis for it in the Bible and that was all I needed. Because I was desperate for God and desperately wanting to consecrate my life to him.

I wondered, as I looked at the ends of my hair, if I was looking at hair that had laid on the altar in that old church where I first repented. I also thought of the many years my tears had fallen on my hair as I prayed in my home for my lost loved ones. Memories flowed before me as my hair slid through my hands and it occurred to me that my hair was a witness of my years of striving to live for God. I thought of the different times in my life that I had struggled with personal failures but had hung onto the grace and mercy of Jesus. Inch by inch my hair bore witness to times of  heartache and times of joy, times of power with God and times of great weakness.

 Then I stood and held my hair up to God.  It would once more bear witness.  I prayed, “Jesus, I will not remove the old landmark, let my hair be a witness today and may it testify to man and to the angels that I will continue to live for you every day for the rest of my life.  Let my hair declare it!”

Proverbs 22:28 “Remove not the ancient landmark, which thy fathers have set.”

*I Corinthians 11:15; **I Corinthians 11:10; ***Acts 19:11-12; ****Acts 5:15; *****I Corinthians 2:14-15; ref i Deuteronomy 22:5; ref ii I Timothy 2:9-10

 

 
Leave a comment

Posted by on December 1, 2012 in Uncategorized

 

Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , ,

3 Thieves Keeping You From Doing God’s Call on Your Life–And What to Do About Them

Did you know that God has great plans for YOU? He has work for you to do that is fulfilling, exhilarating, and challenging. Do you know what your calling is? You probably do, but there are three thieves that will work against you fulfilling your calling. Here they are–and here’s what to do about them:

1. Distractions. It is so easy to get distracted with all that is going on around you. There are e-mails, phone calls, text messages, children, housework, jobs, church work, and the list goes on and on. Some of these are responsibilities that need to be prioritized. Some, not so much.

The solution to distractions is two-fold. First, pray. Ask the Lord to direct your day. Proverbs 3:5-6 says, “Trust in the LORD with all thine heart; and lean not unto thine own understanding. In all thy ways acknowledge him, and he shall direct thy paths,” (KJV). The second solution piggy-backs off the first and is simply this: prioritize. That doesn’t mean you take over and figure out how to run your day. What it means is submit to the Lord your day and ask Him what and how you should prioritize all that is in it. As you work together with Him, you will see that you have plenty of time for all that He has for you to do. It will be a joy to you.

2. Intimidation/Fear. Sometimes, you just don’t feel qualified. Why on earth did God call me to this anyway? I can’t do this. Such and so would be a much better choice. And it goes on.

The solution to this is submission. God does not care so much about your ability. After all, if you can do it all yourself, you don’t really need Him, do you? Who gets the glory then? That doesn’t excuse you from working hard to learn new skills or practice to get better. However, the bottom line is the fact that God is more interested in someone who is WILLING than in someone who is able. He can handle your short-comings. He created you. Just as God helped Moses’ speech issues, He can help you with whatever you struggle with. Just obey Him. Someone once said, ‘God doesn’t call the qualified. He qualifies the called.’ I would add to that, ‘He qualifies those who submit to Him and seek to do His will regardless.

3. You just don’t have the ‘want to’. Sometimes, you simply don’t feel like doing what God has called you to do. For instance, one of the things God has called me to do is play piano in church. There are days I just don’t want to practice. Sometimes, I even feel like running away from the call. After all, other people play much better than me. Who am I? I can’t do this.

The solution to this problem is a combination of the other two. Submit and Pray. It doesn’t matter how you feel. If you are called to play the piano or write or teach Sunday School, you need to submit to God’s call on your life and obey Him. Trust Him to work out the details. Pray about each step He wants you to take. He will show you. He will lead you.If you get stuck, pray. Ask others for prayer and godly counsel. Jesus will help you if you simply ‘trust and obey’.

Jesus loves you and has a purpose  for your life that is tailor-made just for you. As you grow in your faith, you will be amazed at all He does in your life. You will be amazed at the insights you gain. As you work to submit your life to Him and walk with Him, you will have a life filled with adventure and joy.

 
Leave a comment

Posted by on April 13, 2012 in encouraging posts

 

Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , ,

Book Review: What Kids Pray by: Nancy Watrud

What Kids Pray by: Nancy Watrud

This is a lovely book that goes beyond “Now I lay me down to sleep…” As a veteran Sunday School Teacher, Nancy has heard it all. In this book she talks about all of the cute things that children pray as well as some of the more distressing things that children face today. She gives ideas for helping children to pray out loud and in front of others. She also has suggestions on how to deal with everything from shyness to over-active imaginations.

I think this would be a nice addition to anyone’s home library, especially those who work with children. Nancy gives ideas for teaching in general, not just Sunday School. It’s a very short book, but very sweet.

Available in paperback and as an e-book (kindle, etc). 

Also available on Amazon.com.

***FTC Disclosure:  This book was provided by the author in exchange for an honest review, no other compensation was given, all opinions are my own***

 
Leave a comment

Posted by on April 11, 2011 in Book Reviews

 

Tags: , , , , , , , ,