Have you ever prayed for something with fear of how the Lord would go about it to accomplish it? Kind of like one eye open and one eye shut, with a big squeeze of the eyes, to toes curling, to tight fists. But, resting in the fact that God is God and He knows the big picture and He is ultimately the one in charge and nothing will change that?
But as one walks this out I know that our precious Lord comforts and loves even though it is beyond understanding. So, I have to go on the fact that I do trust Him. I know that He will go to any link to accomplish His will to be done. Sometimes it hurts in the process.
It’s kind of like beginning a run. You know you need to do it, you want to do it, but at times it’s painful before you hit the finish line. Once you do, it’s all worth it. You have to go thru pain sometimes to get the results.
Today I have to remember:

Joy of the Lord is my strength
He leads me
He guides me
He protects me
Holy Spirit intercedes for me
He knows what is best
He is there
He gives me power
He gives me discernment
He won’t tire or get weary of me
He leads the mother sheep with her young
He sees my tears
He speaks to me
He knows my heart
These are a few things I am thinking of today.
I’m linking up with my Jen and friends today.

January 18, 2011 - 3:28 pm

Jenay - So true and beautiful and painful! His ways are not our ways, but He does work all things together for good…..Love you sis!

January 18, 2011 - 7:04 pm

Lady Rose - Marlece,

These were beautiful thoughts. Thank you for sharing your heart today.

-Lady Rose

January 18, 2011 - 8:58 pm

Amy Sullivan - “Kind of like one eye open and one eye shut, with a big squeeze of the eyes, to toes curling, to tight fists.”

Um, are you watching me pray? Great, great description, and something I need to work on!

January 18, 2011 - 9:10 pm

Jen - This really has spoken to my heart at a time when I just really needed. Thank you for your words — they have encouraged and uplifted.

January 18, 2011 - 10:23 pm

maria - Yes, I have prayed these prayers…but now, lately, I have just began to accept the answers.

Thank you for sharing…and for visiting.


January 19, 2011 - 1:58 am

Big Fat Mama - Marlece,
I read this scripture (actually got it from another blog Journaling 4 Him)

Isaiah 46:1 – The images that are carried about are burdensome.

My Bibles study notes say this about this scripture –
Those who depended on the Babylonian gods Bel and Nebo loaded their idols onto oxcarts to be carried to captivity. Instead of being saved by their gods, they had to save their gods! God reminded his people that he had carried them since their conception, and he promised to continue to carry them through to old age.

Only God can provide meaning, purpose, identity, and fulfillment. We truly begin to experience his loving act of carrying us when we let go of our “things.” But we are afraid – afraid that God will do a worse job of directing our lives than we can. Until we are willing to relinquish our tightly held will to control, we will continue to allow our fears to keep us from fully experiencing his care and deliverance.

This was SUCH a blessing for me to read in my Bible. I plan on sharing more tomorrow on my blog.

Have a great night!

January 19, 2011 - 2:15 am

Casey Martinez - amen sister! No one knows us like Jesus and I take great comfort in that because He knows exactly where I am at and He loves me the same. I remember when God confirmed that He wanted me to have children…my husband and I had an amazing God confirmation on this. I thought in being obedient and getting preggo that God would give us a break and make things “easy” since we were being obedient…quite the contrary it was one of the toughest seasons of our lives together and continues to be in some ways but, we are learning so much. So yes, quite painful as far as comfort levels go but, quite enlightening spiritually! I pray for extra peace and strength for you as you walk through God’s journey for you in this season!

January 19, 2011 - 2:43 am

Tabetha - Yes, I have been afraid of my prayers before.
Sometimes I’d think to myself “okay God, i didn’t mean it quite like that….please don’t do that! please dont do anything too crazy!” lol
Great post 🙂

January 19, 2011 - 4:52 am

Leanne - Oh, you know I heard every word of this today – straight into my heart. And today He is my peace, my comfort. Love you…

January 19, 2011 - 4:12 pm

Nancy - Hi Marlece–so nice to meet you! Thanks for stopping by my place yesterday. Yes, I know those prayers well, the ones that reveal the unbelief in my heart; the ones that betray my suspicion that I don’t really trust that God is working all things for my good. Don’t really connect with the running part, though–just the word “run” makes my knees hurt! Good for you, though, girl. Keep up the good work! Blessings.

January 20, 2011 - 4:37 am

Nabila Grace - Yes my dear! I do know and understand! :o)

January 21, 2011 - 3:12 pm

Natalie at Mommy on Fire - Absolutely beautiful and real, Marlece. Thank you for sharing this transparent prayer I feel I could echo completely.

January 24, 2011 - 4:41 am

Lori - Oh Marlece,
What a sweet and honest writing. Thank you for sharing your heart and vulnerability. I have also prayed with fear, wondering if I really meant what I was saying…I love you, friend!

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