Most of you have probably read the Circle Maker. It is kind of the “it” book this summer, and for good reason. I have only just started it, but already can tell that it lines up well with my desires of asking God for big things, for inviting Him to be active in our lives, and to reflect the glory back to Him when He meets our needs, our wants, our unknown and yet unasked for dreams.
So, last night, as I began the book, I felt in my spirit a conviction to share some Glory. It was a small answer, and I didn’t know how to address it without a seemingly too brief facebook status, and so I didn’t share it all. But, this is a summer of miracles, and we are asking God for some giant breakthroughs. And how rude is it for me not to thank Him for His small gifts, and yet keep pursing the moving of mountains? So, without further ado…
A few nights ago, my husband and I had a lovely argument. One of those fun ones, in the middle of the night. What made it even more grand was it came at the end of a week where I had been averaging about 2-3 hours of sleep a night, and even that was in small doses. I was one tired pregnant lady, and was not excited that we were having an argument that would indubitably keep me up stressing on top of my other sleep woes. Luckily, the conversation was productive. We cleared the air and for the the most part felt settled as we got ready to sleep. Kirk prayed for us, wrapping up the hurt feelings, the fears, the stresses and asking the Lord to carry them for us. Lastly, Kirk prayed for rest for me, for supernatural sleep. And while it shouldn’t surprise me, I woke up 7 hours later in a bit of shock. Could I really have slept all that time? How was that possible? And I just thanked and thanked the Lord, trying to think of how to give Him glory properly, and eventually just resolving to treasure it myself. Until last night, when my spirit felt called to give Him praise.
There are countless verses on praising the Lord, and on remembering His goodness. One favorite is:
“Through Him then, let us continually offer up a sacrifice of praise to God, that is, the fruit of lips that give thanks to His name.” Hebrews 13:15
Thank you, Lord, for a full night of sleep!! Thank you for hearing the heart of my husband, who was sad for me in my distress, even in his own hurt feelings. Thank you for seeing our needs and meeting them. We await in expectation of the prayers we have offered up. We are anxious to see the ways that You will continue to meet our needs, to let them build our faith and that of others as You do impossible things. You are great and awesome, Your ways are high above our ways! Give us hearts of perseverance, of patience, of thankfulness, of trust. You are awesome, we rejoice in You, Your love endures forever. Amen!!