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Sunday, November 19, 2017

Sample Prayers and God's Answers

The Asperger's traits addressed in this post include:
*Finding celebrations and parties stressful
*Difficulty communicating

A few weeks ago to a revival service at my mom's church. The sermon blessed my heart from two aspects. One was having faith to pray for needs to be met. The other aspect was responding to the Holy Spirit when you may be the one to answer the prayers of someone else.

I'm thankful for a variety of answered prayers recently. One evening, I took my daughter to a Fall Festival hosted by a local church. I prayed for safety in driving (as my dad taught me to do every time I leave home), and I prayed for my daughter to not get upset during the games. I thought that particular prayer was needed, because she had gone to an activity a few weeks ago that involved a lot of different games and kids milling around, and she got upset and nervous and hesitant to participate. (She is only four and a half, so it's understandable.) The previous activity was held inside a small children's library, so it was quite crowded. I didn't feel all that comfortable in the crowd myself! 

So imagine my relief when we got to the Fall Festival, and the games were spread out across the lawn with plenty of space! We also got there a little early and she was able to try some easy games before the crowd arrived, since the church folks were already manning the booths. She stayed happy and active throughout our time there, and it blessed my heart to see her smile.

So remember I prayed for safety in driving? Well, we recently acquired a new-to-us car, and my husband told me it did not have automatic lights. So that evening, as we were leaving Fall Festival, I turned on the lights. Then a parking attendant for the event, one of the church folks, waved his baton for me to stop. He came around to my window and said, "Your headlights aren't on - only your parking lights." So I hadn't realized which symbol meant what on the knob for lights, and assumed my headlights were on, since my dash was lit up. We experienced God's protection, for sure, because I had not driven the car after dark until that night.

Ready for one more? Recently I decided it was time to switch my son's carseat to forward-facing, since he was outgrowing the rear-facing position. I tried several times to pull the lever that would loosen the strap, but it wouldn't budge. I decided to pray aloud about the problem. After struggling a little more, it occurred to me to lower the seat back, and then the latch was able to be unhooked, finally. 

It's great to know God is walking alongside of me, listening and guiding and protecting, each step of the way.

How this topic relates to Christian living:

Psalm 18:2-3

The Lord is my rock, and my fortress, and my deliverer; my God, my strength, in whom I will trust; my buckler, and the horn of my salvation, and my high tower. I will call upon the Lord, who is worthy to be praised: so shall I be saved from mine enemies.