Folk Lifestyle wants to know what thing(s) I’m looking forward to in the near future. Actually … they wanted to know this LAST week and I’m just now getting around to answering.
One of the harder lessons that I have learned over the past few years has been to not presume upon the future. God is in control. We are not. Each day is a gift to be lived to the fullest because we have no assurance of tomorrow. That isn’t a panicky thought for me. It used to be. I am a control addict and I like to have a disciplined plan for pretty much everything. I didn’t have plans for the pacemaker, stroke, cancer, bankruptcy, drug addiction, arrest, jail, etc. that have touched my family recently. (I also didn’t schedule all of the joy moments!) God provided what I needed in each moment and I have learned to trust Him in the even harder things!
So what am I looking forward to? Hmmmm … how about I share with you the things that I am praying for …
That He would turn our marriage into a beautiful testimony of love and commitment!
That my family would be fully restored.
That He would heal Dirk’s heart and cause him to understand that we love him no matter what and he is always welcome here. And that God would give me unconditional love for this man-child who has known how to push my buttons from the time he was a toddler!
That God would remove Erica’s addictions, heal her brokenness, restore her life and allow her more access to her children!
That the mix-up with Josiah’s transcripts would be resolved so he can finish school and move on to Seminary and then wherever God might lead.
That in God’s perfect timing He would bring a loving life partner into Josiah’s world! (It breaks my mama-heart to think of him alone on the mission field. And I would really like to build a relationship with his wife before they “disappear” into the Middle East.)
That my 6 grandchildren, all of whom live in broken homes, would be reassured that they are loved! That they would be protected from the choices and lifestyles of their parents. That they would know peace and security.
That each of my children and grandchildren would, in God’s perfect timing, come to a saving knowledge of the Lord so that even if our family is broken on earth … we can be whole in Heaven!
That God would provide resolution to our debts and restoration to our finances! That He would lead us into a place of financial peace and wisdom!
That He would give me the strength and discipline that it is going to require to find restoration of health and physical fitness!
That we would, in spite of our health, find, obtain, and keep decent and affordable health insurance. That our necessary medications would be paid for. That I would be able to get off most of my meds as my health improves. That I would have wisdom with regard to medical decisions regarding knee replacement, back surgery, excess skin removal, etc. as the time arises to make those decisions.
That my husband would kiss me without prompting … and not only at bedtime! That he would walk up behind me in the kitchen, like he used to, and reach around to give me a squeeze. That he would reach across the bed and touch me … for more than a kiss goodnight. And that I would NEVER again take those things for granted!
That we would live lives that honor God and point people to Jesus!
What are YOU praying for?