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Wednesday, August 22, 2012

Answered prayers…

 I pray for them. I am not praying for the world, but for those you have given me, for they are yours. 
John 17:9 (NIV)

Rounding the last corner for home this morning with the wonderdog, my cell phone springs to life with the ringtone of my beloved (Nina Simone singing “My baby just cares for me”). He calls to say that for the first time in a week or more, he’s feeling better and wanted to share it with me. I hear his smile, and catch it. My first words are “amen, prayers get answered.” After a brief exchange, we pass God’s peace, and say goodbye.  That’s our kind of love. For just a moment I think of bad things that might happen, and settle upon gratitude for Grace. I looked up, wanting to remember the sky that witnessed me receiving this blessing. I am thankful. I am grateful for intercession, and the Grace that falls upon me in the form of an answered prayer.
Active surrender is a step forward...
another step towards You, Lord.
My steps may not be quick, but
they are becoming ordered in You.
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I am practicing active surrender, just as I have committed to active peace. When I awake, I articulate my surrender. As I am moving through my day, I reaffirm that I am surrendered; dependent; trusting; open. I will make this the place where I live. I am thankful that my answered prayers send me back to the throne instead of back to the way things were. When praying in surrender, we reaffirm that we do not move, live, and have our being (Acts 17:28) by ourselves. We are arrows, in need of the Archer and His Bow.

So I will work on this active surrender, remembering this day and the encouraging confirmation it offered. It is a step forward. It is another step towards You, Lord. My steps may not be quick, but they are becoming ordered in You, Lord. Daily surrender, because that’s all there is. The simplest things may take the longest to learn, but we serve a patient God. Patience and Divine Love for me…reminders that God is good.

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