Hey y’all!!! I hope you had a fabulous week!! It’s finally FRIDAY!!!!! Thank goodness!!!! Only a few short days left of school and summer will finally be here!! I am way more than ready!!! The Lord has just truly blessed me in these last few weeks, and it is so amazing to see! Me and my best friend are rooming together at college next year! But, the college we are attending has 3 people to a room. So for many, many, many, months now we have worried about having some random person paired with us that we would hate. We worried ourselves sick! Well, we both decided to stop worrying about it and we both just prayed that God would calm us down and send us a girl who was just like us! So, fast forward to a few weeks later! One of our friends from school asked us if we had found a third roommate, and of course our answer was no. She knew this girl who was coming to Colin and needed a roommate! Long story short…..we met her the other day and WE LOVE HER!!!! Rooms, if youre reading this, you were an answer to prayer and there is no doubt in my mind that God sent you to us!!! We are going to have so much fun!!! So, there is one example of how prayer really DOES work……in GOD’S TIMING!!!
Another story of prayer: Me and my best friend decided we wanted to participate in FBLA club at our school. FBLA is Future Business Leaders of America. This was our very first year (you can start in the 9th grade). The event we participated in was called “Business Presentation.” We had to create a power point on a certain topic and present it to a panel of judges(which if you know me, I am quiet). We kind of waited until the last minute, but we got it all done and we practiced what we would say and we were good. The day of the competition, we went in the waiting room until it was our turn, and we practiced, stressed, tried to calm each other down, practiced more, and stressed and worried. Before it was almost our turn, we prayed together! We went into the room, all our equipment worked, we didn’t mess up, we finished in 6 minutes and 56 seconds (at 7 minutes they cut you off), and we had super sweet judges. We felt awesome!!! Fast forward 2 days: the Awards Ceremony. Okay, so they call out our event and they call out the schools who got top 6. So the top 6 go stand on the stage and they call out what place you got. They started with 6th place, 5th place, 4th place, 3rd place, and then 2nd place……SIMPSON ACADEMY!!!! We got second place our first year EVER in FBLA!!!! We were so thrilled, but we took no credit! That little prayer we took the time to pray right before we went in, God put that prayer into power no doubt! And we give HIM all the glory!!!
Wednesday night I had the opportunity to speak to my youth group! It was such an honor to get to talk, but of course, I was kind of nervous. I spent the 2 days before preparing what I was going to say. I ended up deciding to give my testimony (my pastor said something about testimony and so did another preacher, so I felt that was God), and talk about never giving up, no matter what (that is another blog topic that I will do next:)!!) Anyways, I was a little nervous because I did not want to get up there a freeze up or forget what I was supposed to say, or ramble, because I really wanted my youth to get what I was trying to share with them. So I prayed a few days before and I prayed all day Wednesday and right before I got up to speak, and I mean I probably talked a little fast (but I had to go help with my children’s class), but all my nerves were taken away and I said exactly what was on my heart with confidence! It was amazing, and it was ALL God! I give Him all the glory!!!
I know that was probably a lot to take in, and if you read all that, thank you so much! It means so much! But here’s my point in this blog, Prayer works! Prayer is absolutely beautiful, and it is SO POWERFUL! How amazing is it to sit and think that just through saying Jesus, or whatever you say, you have the attention of the creator of the universe! WOW!!! I cannot even wrap my brain around that! Sometimes, I feel like I am talking to myself and like God just does not hear me. But looking back at all that has happened, I sit here and think how SILLY of me to even think that my powerful, almighty, living, loving God doesnt listen to me. How silly of me! You see, I pray, God listens, and he responds in his timing! And I am so thankful that God has answered my prayers! And because it happened in his timing, it all worked out just perfect! So, don’t give up! Even if you feel like God is not there, He is! Sometimes he’s just quiet, so you will seek after Him! Pray!!! And he will answer in his timing! PRAYER IS POWERFUL!!!!!!!!! BE A PRAYER WARRIOR!! Have a blessed, fun weekend!