It Doesn’t Hurt to Ask

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It Doesn’t Hurt to Ask

I thought I’d hidden

the desire of my heart

and buried it deep

 within the dark

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But God helped me see

  asking’s not in vain

as He brought sweet comfort

to ease my pain

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I then learned a lesson

about prayer at last

that I can fully trust God

and it doesn’t hurt to ask.

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Wendy ❀ 2015

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Have you ever longed for something–something you didn’t believe you had any real power to make happen?  I’m thinking of the kind of wish you dared not give voice to.  Would it be like a wish on a star that simply dissipates if confessed aloud?

It was like this for me about a special desire I’d had for years.  I guess I’d never got over the disappointment of purchasing a losing ticket; that ticket worked my hopes up to a lather.  It was my first and last play at the lottery; however, I soon adopted a biblical world view and lost any interest in gambling.

But I had taken my fear of risk to extreme.

Wasn’t it safer not to hope, not to ask, and not to dream?  If I just pretended the desire wasn’t there, I could go on with life and avoid any pain or grief–so I thought. It turned out that a buried desire can still live and breathe and wield its influence over the bearer.

One day, I got out the shovel and dug it up.  I gave myself permission to hope again.  I was sitting in the rocking chair in my upstairs bedroom of a heritage home back in Victoria, and on my lap was a journal I had just entered a quote into.

It is easy for us to be defeated at the outset because we have been taught that everything in the universe is already set, and so things cannot be changed.  We may gloomily feel this way, but the Bible does not teach that.  The Bible pray-ers prayed as if their prayers could and would make an objective difference.  The apostle Paul gladly announced that we are ‘colaborers with God’ (1 Cor. 3:9); that is, we are working with God to determine the outcome of events.

-Richard J. Foster

When I dug up that old desire, it became fresh and vibrant again, and I was finally receptive to my hope growing as expansive as God enabled it.  I humbly let Him know that I was going to knock on His door for as long as it took or until He graciously let me know I should cease.

Believing that I did have some input into my future dreams set my faith aloft.

To pray is to change is another quote of Foster’s.  It’s exactly what happened to me.  Once my beseeching began, many changes happened in my life that I now see were all part of the answer to the prayer.  So the “Whatever will be, will be” mantra that had been playing over and over in my heart was replaced by a belief that I would be heard, and possibly even answered in the affirmative. It was knowing that I would be listened to that seemed to empower my entreaties the most. If the answer was to be negative, then I would rely on His comfort.

Sounded like a win-win to me.

Twenty-two months later, after twelve years of infertility, I was lying down on a bed in the ultrasound room of my local hospital watching my unborn child waving his arm as if to say, “Hi Mom! He said yes.”

A longing fulfilled is sweet to the soul…

Proverbs 13:19

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He settles the barren woman in her home

as a happy mother of children.

Praise the LORD.

Psalm 113:9

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Prayerful Blessings ~ Wendy ❀

PS – I shared this post on my other blog in 2012.

But I wrote the poem recently.

I’ve got a new desire of my heart I’m now praying about.

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Are you asking God for the desire of your heart?

It can’t hurt.

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A Spirit of Unity

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May the God

who gives endurance and encouragement

give you a spirit of unity among yourselves

as you follow Christ Jesus,

Roman 15:5

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A team functions fully when the members are of one mind.

This is especially true in marriages and church fellowships.

The best way to be unified is for each person to be following the Leader

and keeping his/her eyes focused on the Leader at all times.

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The Lord grants us endurance

to walk by faith each day

and fills our hearts with love

for each other along the way.

Wendy/2015

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I love my husband, family and church best by loving God with all my heart, mind, and soul first.

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Blessings as you follow Christ first and foremost ~ Wendy

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Can you think of another verse or quote that promotes unity in a family or other group setting?

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Be at Rest

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Be at Rest

Because our God is good

my soul can be at rest

for God is in control

and works all things for best

Wendy/ 2015

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Each day I pick out a Bible verse from my morning reading and write it down in my journal. Then I pen out my thoughts and prayers. Most quiet times I’m also able to write a short poem in response to what I’ve read. Later I find one of my own pictures from my files to share with the verse and poem. My Facebook page features these on most days between Mon-Fri.

If you enjoyed today’s post, I’d love it invite you to follow my Facebook page.

You can view my Facebook feed below at the bottom of this blog page or click on the link below that opens a new page.

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Take a peek and see if it’s for you or not.

My main blog is at http://www.wendylmacdonald.com

At Rest Blessings ~ Wendy

New Blog Announcement and Invitation

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Trust in the Lord’s power

to provide a way

for we’re at our strongest

when we kneel down to pray

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Wendy/2015

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My main blog has moved to http://www.wendylmacdonald.com

It’s a big scary step for me,

but my blog was running out of space,

and I know there’s so much more I’d like to do.

The new blog looks much like my old one,

and I’ve moved all my old posts over to it.

I’d love it if you came and checked it out.

Leave a comment so I know you were there and can visit you back.

Blessings ~ Wendy

˙·٠•●♥ Do I Love My Neighbor? ♥●•٠·˙

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Do I Love My Neighbor?

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Do I love my neighbor

the one who can’t give back

or only greet my special friends

and not the ones who lack?

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Do I love the outcast

the one who sits alone

or do I cast a stone-faced glance

that cuts right to the bone?

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Do I love the sinner

who acknowledges her need of grace

or do I deny my own deeds of shame

and promptly turn away?

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Do I love Jesus

the One who saves repentant lambs?

Then I must also love

all the sons and daughters of man.

Wendy ❀ 2015

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But I tell you:

Love your enemies and pray for those who persecute you,

that you may be sons of your Father in heaven.

He causes his sun to rise on the evil and the good,

and sends rain on the righteous and the unrighteous.

If you love those who love you,

what reward will you get?

And if you greet only your brothers,

what are you doing more than others?

Do not even the pagans do that?

Be perfect, therefore, as your heavenly Father is perfect.

 Matthew 5:44-48   

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I recently heard of a young lady

who refused to hang out with friends

unless they were dolled-up with makeup (like she was).

Wow.

Just wow.

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But then I remembered the time I shunned someone

because she wasn’t dolled-up with soap and a shower.

And I didn’t like the farm odors

emanating from her clothing.

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And I was so wrong to do that.

Thankfully, I got with God’s program shortly after,

and I warmly welcomed her

the next time we ran into each other.

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She’s a beautiful mother of a large family.

When you live on a dairy farm,

you’re bound to occasionally carry a fragrance

like that of a barn or a  manger.

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If it was good enough for the King,

then it’s more than good enough for me.

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I didn’t deserve a second chance.

But our God is the God of second chances,

while we’re still on this pasture.

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Do you love your neighbor?

I’m asking God to fill me with His Love

so that it overflows

with the good deeds of His choosing.

I want to be dolled-up with God’s unconditional love.

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Blessings of Love ~ Wendy ❀

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Wrapped with Love ❤

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On Christmas Day

God sent us

a gift swaddled with Love

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Wrapped with Love

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What’s this new present under the tree?

It wasn’t there on Christmas Eve

And what’s inside doesn’t matter to me

It’s about the love of our family

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So many prayers have been said

each night as I laid upon my bed

and each need of grace now in my head

inspires my words now written instead

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Only a parent could understand

the love for a child now a man

and how this bond continues its plan

until time’s final grain of sand

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Wendy ❀ 2014

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Your gift reminds me

of the One God gave

wrapped with love on Christmas Day.

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Our treasured gifts have been the time we’ve spent with our teenagers.

We were so proud of them as they sat in front of us at The Hobbit movie.

They were more considerate and quiet than a myriad of adults

whose mobile devices were interrupting the show

with flashes, ring-a-lings, and other silliness.

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We were so proud of our teenagers when they were willing to go for a walk

with us on Christmas Eve to view

our neighborhood lights that are the talk of the town.

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 We were touched when all of them sat and watched

It’s a Wonderful Life

with us,

instead of chatting with their online friends.

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They reminded us of what God cares about.

A personal relationship.

~ Love ~

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Blessings of Christmas Love ~ Wendy ❀

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But the greatest of these is love.

1 Corinthians 13:13

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