Stop Venting. Start Praying.

Welcome back In Fine Fettle readers!

Believe it or not I think about each one of you often… about who you are, where you are at physically or even spiritually in life. I even wonder most days what led you here.

Whatever the explanation I am just happy that you are here and my hope is that you gain something from reading this today. It’s not always the most tidiest task trying to figure out which topic to cover next but I try to stay true to what they say…

A good writer always writes from the heart and about topics that hit close to home.

I am sure a lot of you already read my post “Why, God” but if you haven’t I linked it here to fill the rest of you in on why/how I came to Christ.

I refer back to that post a lot because it was rock bottom that became the solid foundation I continue building my life upon. It became the best thing that ever happened to me because I finally made the decision to STOP VENTING and STRART PRAYING.

I have always had a heart to travel and recently God opened the door to take a week trip to London, England with my mother and a good friend I meant at college. During the trip when people asked, all I could say was that London was very different, interesting. If I am honest looking back I couldn’t enjoy fully the extent of London until I came back home.

In London the houses that these people live in, raise families in are unlike anything I have seen. They looked small and run down mostly. Backyards are practically unheard of here too. It was hard for me to understand that these houses weren’t like this because the people were not wealthy either (their Mercedes, Audi A3, BMW or Jaguar would say otherwise). It was just simply how these people live. (I also wanted to state that I found out rent in London for one of these little apartments I saw everywhere and thought not so highly of is over 1,000 pounds… per MONTH.)

Traveling always makes me see life in an entirely new perspective; therefore, after London I have been doing a lot of reminiscing on my own life.

As I continue to get older I see how much things continue to change. Relationships change, people change, situations change… and you change too.

I’ll be the first to admit that change isn’t always easy. Heck, it’s probably safe to say change is never easy but one thing I do know to be true is that change is ALWAYS worth it in the end.

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 weakness, so Christ’s power may rest on me. That is why for Christ’s sake, I delight in weakness, insults, in hardships, persecutions, in difficulties. For when I am WEAK, then I am STRONG.”

2 Corinthians 12:9-10

As I look back at my life I am reminded of the one thing that has remained the same, that has never changed. The person I cry out to as my Heavenly Father, Abba, Daddy.

The 2 best things I ever did for myself, what has continued to bless my life even to this day, and the two things I highly encourage YOU to do are to…

  1. Start a War Room.
  2. Start a Prayer Journal.

After going through some dark times in my life I found to believe we as humans naturally tend to put too much confidence in flesh, in our own power and strength, personality and wisdom. We rely too much on things that are not God!

God has a way of bringing us to our knees… of putting us in situations that we are incapable of delivering ourselves from to draw us back to Him.

During these low, dark times in your life think about it… would you rather try to find sympathy in the eyes of man or find strength in the power of God!? If you want strength prayer will give you that.

God created prayer for YOU because He knew how much you’d need it.

A war room is exactly what it sounds like… a place where you go to do your FIGHTING! An intimate, private place where only I go to discuss the project management of well… my life. A place of vulnerability, free of distractions.

I use to think about prayer when I was younger almost as a silly task that I didn’t really understand. Why pray when God already knows my heart? When God’s already planned out my future?

Although these things are true it all comes back to God giving us free will, a choice to act or not to act, to seek or not to seek.

Prayer was made so that we could have a direct line of communication with God, to build a relationship with Him. The more we communicate with Him the more we will start to become like Him, think like Him, act like Him. Prayer is an act of obedience.

Have you ever been hanging around one of your friends so much that you actually start to talk like them? Start to say the same lines they repeatedly say and act like them? I know that I do… even God knows it to be true and is why He tells us in 1 Corinthians 15:33, “Do not be misled: “Bad company corrupts good character.”

Well, it goes the same way when we start praying… when we start communicating with God we start to BECOME more like God. Our hearts start to become in alignment… we start to act more like him, talk like him.

When you pray your faith is strengthened as you see how precisely God can and will respond to your specific prayers. Run to God in joyful expectation of receiving all you need and sometimes much more. At the same time be willing to surrender to getting something unexpected though, sometimes something painful.

Struggle –> Perseverance –> Character –> HOPE

And we know that in all things God works for the good of those who love him, who have been called according to his purpose.

Romans 8:28

In life I have learned that it’s okay for things to not be “ok” but keep the hope that one day it WILL all be okay.

During these times of weakness I am able to go into my prayer journal or my war room and be reminded of how FAITHFUL my God has been to me. I am again reminded God is good all the time and all the time God is good.

Thank you for the read. Much love…

xoxo

Claire Idelle ღ

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