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My prayer was answered in such a specific way, and now all I want to do is give praises!

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I'm going anonymous simply because of the personal & financial info involved in the story...

My husband and I have always been *pretty good* about managing our money. Granted, there are decisions I can look back on now and wish we'd made differently, but we've always had a savings account in place, and aside from the rare occasion we drew from it to help cover an unexpected expense, it was always growing little by little.
By the time I got pregnant, we were married, living in a small but nice apartment, had found our church and were tithing 10% of our income, he was working his current job bringing in about $3500-$4000 each month, and I had graduated college and started my career bringing home $2000-$2500 each month. Both of our cars were paid off, as well as my student loans. We were in a very good financial position in terms of being ready for a baby.
We had been debating buying a house, and once I was pregnant, we knew our apartment would be too small for our family. We found and fell in love with our house, and were moved in by the time I was 7 months along.
Then things took a turn.
In the last year and a half, we've had to buy another vehicle (mine died), buy a new rim and four new tires for his SUV, and have had other unplanned expenses; I was unable to breastfeed as planned because of previously-undetected medical issues, had to do a major repair on our home, etc. Before buying our home, I left my job to be a SAHM until our son starts school, and we bought our home knowing that we would need to live frugally in order to make it. Looking back, we didn't leave enough room for error.
Our mortgage is $1500/mo, which includes paying about $60 extra each month toward principal. Our son, as it turns out, was very sensitive in what type of formula he could take, which meant added expense, and my husband received a "promotion" that actually has become a pay cut because he is unable to work overtime in this position (but it does afford more opportunity for advancement). I recently started a part-time job to help make up the difference, but it hasn't been enough. This week, our savings officially reached $58.
Fast forward to present. We both got paid yesterday (him $1400, me $200), and our mortgage will be due the first, which meant I would need to pay the mortgage late and use these funds to pay all of our bills (utilities, homeowner's insurance, car insurance, phone bill,credit card that we had to use recently) and provide everything else we need for the next month. I babysat yesterday for a bit and used that $20 in cash to run to the store today and grab some small items. On the way home, my low fuel light came on, and I finally gave in and started to cry. I pulled to the side of the road and just let it out.
I realized that although we'd been doing charity work and helping others, I hadn't been truly humble in that I had an attitude that WE were doing well, WE were keeping ourselves in a good situation, etc. Then I prayed. I said "God, I realize why you've brought us to this place of uncertainty and what we are to gain from it. I am so incredibly grateful for this lesson, and that we've been able to learn this lesson while still having a comfortable home. I know YOU will provide for us, and have been all along. The things we have been 'going without' are so trivial in comparison to what you've given us, and I pray you will continue to keep us able to afford the home we are in."
I drove the rest of the way home, grabbed the mail out of the box, and started weeding through it (dreading finding any bills). There was an item from the bank we have our mortgage through, and my heart absolutely sank, thinking that it was some kind of bad news...
It was a money order for $2,045.23 as a refund for overpayment into our escrow (our property taxes were overestimated, and this much is left over)! I just broke down and said a prayer of thanks. I wanted to share this story with anyone who is struggling in hopes of showing people that prayer is a powerful thing.
Keep your chin up, be humble, and give it to God. He'll take care of you!

1 Peter 5.6-7:
Therefore humble yourselves under the mighty hand of God, that He may exalt you at the proper time, casting all your anxiety on Him, because he cares for you.

Deuteronomy 31.6:
Be strong and bold, have no fear or dread of them, for it is the Lord your God who goes with you. He will not fail you or forsake you.

Please know that you are not going to shake my faith. I am open to respectful discussion, but bashing will just go unanswered.
Posted by Anonymous on Nov. 28, 2012 at 4:18 PM
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kidlover2
by on Dec. 1, 2012 at 10:48 AM
American Christians and their beliefs related to prayer and answererd prayer is a thousand times different than anyone in history. Paul used to glorify God that he was stoned, beaten and imprisoned. We ask God to take away the pain. Christians occasionally will ask for "personal" favors but only if it ultimately glorifies God not just themselves. Jesus prayed a similar prayer in the garden. The OP made personal choices. Some of them not so smart. Is God capable and willing to show forgiveness and then blessings? Of course! But then I'm reminded of the verse in the OT where even the ungodly receive blessings which has nothing to do with their prayers. This post is between the OP and God. If she is confident that God is the one who answererd her prayer then good. I really dislike these posts though because answererd prayer is so much more complicated and un-American than one would think. If she prayed as Corrie Ten Boom prayed.... then I would 100% believe her, no questions asked.

Quoting harehelper:

Here is the wonderful thing about being a follower of Jesus though. Yeah, Job's children died. But death can only separate us temporarily, we will see our loved ones again once our time to leave this world comes. He got his children back.

The story of Job is of course a rough one, and it is very hard even for a lot of mature believers to handle. Personally I see it as a valuable life lesson. So long as we live on this earth, we are going to go through things that are going painful, frustrating, and that mabye even don't make a lick of sense in our point of view.

I would like to ask for clarification on the last part of your post. What are you trying to say when you speak of the millinois of Christian martyrs, and what do you mean by a "magical Jesus that answers everyone's whims"?

Quoting kidlover2:

I actually brought up Job because most religious people won't touch that story with a ten foot pole. God allowed Job to go through all that essentially on a bet with Satan. Job lost all of his children... that's fantastic Job got all of his stuff back in excess.... you really think that made up for the loss of his children? More children never takes away the pain from the loss of a deceased child. I am a Christian myself. I am asking the OP to think deeply. Yes God can work miracles. Sometimes nature takes a large part.... I'm not questioning her faith in God or her belief that God answered her prayer. Peter was crucified upside down. Millions of Christians have been tortured and fed to wild animals since Jesus's time..... this magical Jesus that answers everyone's whims are neither logical nor biblical. Make sure your prayers are God focused and not me focused.






Quoting harehelper:

Job suffered greatly, but he stayed faithful to God through it all. And God healed him, and he wound up wealthier and better off than before his trial. When you are going through hard times, the only thing to do is to keep on praying and telling God about it. It is hard to see, but there really is a light at the end of your tunnel, and God WILL answer your prayers.

Quoting kidlover2:

That's great. But what do you have to say to the people who have been faithful and praying to God for years and are still struggling. What would you say to someone who is having a "Job" experience?



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harehelper
by Platinum Member on Dec. 1, 2012 at 9:06 PM

I am not sure who you mean by "we"? I don't understand how you can speak for what other people besides yourself do in any circumstance. None of us can presume that we know what is in anyone else's thoughts or hearts. Answered prayer is not complicated at all, it is quite simple. It also has nothing whatsoever to do with country or race, only faith in Jesus. Could you explain to me why you think that prayers being answered is un-American?

Quoting kidlover2:

American Christians and their beliefs related to prayer and answererd prayer is a thousand times different than anyone in history. Paul used to glorify God that he was stoned, beaten and imprisoned. We ask God to take away the pain. Christians occasionally will ask for "personal" favors but only if it ultimately glorifies God not just themselves. Jesus prayed a similar prayer in the garden. The OP made personal choices. Some of them not so smart. Is God capable and willing to show forgiveness and then blessings? Of course! But then I'm reminded of the verse in the OT where even the ungodly receive blessings which has nothing to do with their prayers. This post is between the OP and God. If she is confident that God is the one who answererd her prayer then good. I really dislike these posts though because answererd prayer is so much more complicated and un-American than one would think. If she prayed as Corrie Ten Boom prayed.... then I would 100% believe her, no questions asked.

Quoting harehelper:

Here is the wonderful thing about being a follower of Jesus though. Yeah, Job's children died. But death can only separate us temporarily, we will see our loved ones again once our time to leave this world comes. He got his children back.

The story of Job is of course a rough one, and it is very hard even for a lot of mature believers to handle. Personally I see it as a valuable life lesson. So long as we live on this earth, we are going to go through things that are going painful, frustrating, and that mabye even don't make a lick of sense in our point of view.

I would like to ask for clarification on the last part of your post. What are you trying to say when you speak of the millinois of Christian martyrs, and what do you mean by a "magical Jesus that answers everyone's whims"?

Quoting kidlover2:

I actually brought up Job because most religious people won't touch that story with a ten foot pole. God allowed Job to go through all that essentially on a bet with Satan. Job lost all of his children... that's fantastic Job got all of his stuff back in excess.... you really think that made up for the loss of his children? More children never takes away the pain from the loss of a deceased child. I am a Christian myself. I am asking the OP to think deeply. Yes God can work miracles. Sometimes nature takes a large part.... I'm not questioning her faith in God or her belief that God answered her prayer. Peter was crucified upside down. Millions of Christians have been tortured and fed to wild animals since Jesus's time..... this magical Jesus that answers everyone's whims are neither logical nor biblical. Make sure your prayers are God focused and not me focused.






Quoting harehelper:

Job suffered greatly, but he stayed faithful to God through it all. And God healed him, and he wound up wealthier and better off than before his trial. When you are going through hard times, the only thing to do is to keep on praying and telling God about it. It is hard to see, but there really is a light at the end of your tunnel, and God WILL answer your prayers.

Quoting kidlover2:

That's great. But what do you have to say to the people who have been faithful and praying to God for years and are still struggling. What would you say to someone who is having a "Job" experience?




momo3fgr8tteens
by Ruby Member on Dec. 1, 2012 at 9:09 PM

Thanks for sharing. I have recently had a similar experience. Glad things are going well now. 

Anonymous
by Anonymous on Dec. 2, 2012 at 2:10 PM
Corrie Ten Boon was an amazing woman, she and her family saved many Jewish lives during the Holocaust and God will reward them for their sacrifices risking their lives to save others. However God doesn't love Corrie Ten Boon more than the OP or anyone else, he is no respector of persos. I don't get the un-American part, it makes no sense.

Quoting kidlover2:

American Christians and their beliefs related to prayer and answererd prayer is a thousand times different than anyone in history. Paul used to glorify God that he was stoned, beaten and imprisoned. We ask God to take away the pain. Christians occasionally will ask for "personal" favors but only if it ultimately glorifies God not just themselves. Jesus prayed a similar prayer in the garden. The OP made personal choices. Some of them not so smart. Is God capable and willing to show forgiveness and then blessings? Of course! But then I'm reminded of the verse in the OT where even the ungodly receive blessings which has nothing to do with their prayers. This post is between the OP and God. If she is confident that God is the one who answererd her prayer then good. I really dislike these posts though because answererd prayer is so much more complicated and un-American than one would think. If she prayed as Corrie Ten Boom prayed.... then I would 100% believe her, no questions asked.



Quoting harehelper:

Here is the wonderful thing about being a follower of Jesus though. Yeah, Job's children died. But death can only separate us temporarily, we will see our loved ones again once our time to leave this world comes. He got his children back.

The story of Job is of course a rough one, and it is very hard even for a lot of mature believers to handle. Personally I see it as a valuable life lesson. So long as we live on this earth, we are going to go through things that are going painful, frustrating, and that mabye even don't make a lick of sense in our point of view.

I would like to ask for clarification on the last part of your post. What are you trying to say when you speak of the millinois of Christian martyrs, and what do you mean by a "magical Jesus that answers everyone's whims"?

Quoting kidlover2:

I actually brought up Job because most religious people won't touch that story with a ten foot pole. God allowed Job to go through all that essentially on a bet with Satan. Job lost all of his children... that's fantastic Job got all of his stuff back in excess.... you really think that made up for the loss of his children? More children never takes away the pain from the loss of a deceased child. I am a Christian myself. I am asking the OP to think deeply. Yes God can work miracles. Sometimes nature takes a large part.... I'm not questioning her faith in God or her belief that God answered her prayer. Peter was crucified upside down. Millions of Christians have been tortured and fed to wild animals since Jesus's time..... this magical Jesus that answers everyone's whims are neither logical nor biblical. Make sure your prayers are God focused and not me focused.









Quoting harehelper:

Job suffered greatly, but he stayed faithful to God through it all. And God healed him, and he wound up wealthier and better off than before his trial. When you are going through hard times, the only thing to do is to keep on praying and telling God about it. It is hard to see, but there really is a light at the end of your tunnel, and God WILL answer your prayers.

Quoting kidlover2:

That's great. But what do you have to say to the people who have been faithful and praying to God for years and are still struggling. What would you say to someone who is having a "Job" experience?



kidlover2
by on Dec. 2, 2012 at 2:16 PM
Maybe I'm just not being direct. God will and does answer personal "me" prayers. He doesn't encourage it and Jesus rarely did it and the one famous time he did, he specifically said, "only if it brings glory to God". We as modern day Christians tend to be very me focused. I mentioned Corrie Ten Boom because she prayed to stay on this earth for 10 more years in constant pain than to die and go to heaven. That to me is a sign of a mature and godly person and who I strive to be. This puff prayers are nice but what are they accomplishing for God? Or your growth? Not just your comfort

Quoting Anonymous:

Corrie Ten Boon was an amazing woman, she and her family saved many Jewish lives during the Holocaust and God will reward them for their sacrifices risking their lives to save others. However God doesn't love Corrie Ten Boon more than the OP or anyone else, he is no respector of persos. I don't get the un-American part, it makes no sense.



Quoting kidlover2:

American Christians and their beliefs related to prayer and answererd prayer is a thousand times different than anyone in history. Paul used to glorify God that he was stoned, beaten and imprisoned. We ask God to take away the pain. Christians occasionally will ask for "personal" favors but only if it ultimately glorifies God not just themselves. Jesus prayed a similar prayer in the garden. The OP made personal choices. Some of them not so smart. Is God capable and willing to show forgiveness and then blessings? Of course! But then I'm reminded of the verse in the OT where even the ungodly receive blessings which has nothing to do with their prayers. This post is between the OP and God. If she is confident that God is the one who answererd her prayer then good. I really dislike these posts though because answererd prayer is so much more complicated and un-American than one would think. If she prayed as Corrie Ten Boom prayed.... then I would 100% believe her, no questions asked.





Quoting harehelper:

Here is the wonderful thing about being a follower of Jesus though. Yeah, Job's children died. But death can only separate us temporarily, we will see our loved ones again once our time to leave this world comes. He got his children back.

The story of Job is of course a rough one, and it is very hard even for a lot of mature believers to handle. Personally I see it as a valuable life lesson. So long as we live on this earth, we are going to go through things that are going painful, frustrating, and that mabye even don't make a lick of sense in our point of view.

I would like to ask for clarification on the last part of your post. What are you trying to say when you speak of the millinois of Christian martyrs, and what do you mean by a "magical Jesus that answers everyone's whims"?

Quoting kidlover2:

I actually brought up Job because most religious people won't touch that story with a ten foot pole. God allowed Job to go through all that essentially on a bet with Satan. Job lost all of his children... that's fantastic Job got all of his stuff back in excess.... you really think that made up for the loss of his children? More children never takes away the pain from the loss of a deceased child. I am a Christian myself. I am asking the OP to think deeply. Yes God can work miracles. Sometimes nature takes a large part.... I'm not questioning her faith in God or her belief that God answered her prayer. Peter was crucified upside down. Millions of Christians have been tortured and fed to wild animals since Jesus's time..... this magical Jesus that answers everyone's whims are neither logical nor biblical. Make sure your prayers are God focused and not me focused.












Quoting harehelper:

Job suffered greatly, but he stayed faithful to God through it all. And God healed him, and he wound up wealthier and better off than before his trial. When you are going through hard times, the only thing to do is to keep on praying and telling God about it. It is hard to see, but there really is a light at the end of your tunnel, and God WILL answer your prayers.

Quoting kidlover2:

That's great. But what do you have to say to the people who have been faithful and praying to God for years and are still struggling. What would you say to someone who is having a "Job" experience?



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Anonymous
by Anonymous - Original Poster on Dec. 2, 2012 at 3:04 PM
I don't think of the money as the main blessing I received; not only am I filled with the spirit and refreshed in my faith, but learned a most valuable lesson. God showed me that I was being too proud and communicated with me by using that money order to show He was pleased with my reception of that message. I'm so grateful for the money itself, but I think of it as a vehicle through which God spoke to me, if that makes sense...?


Quoting kidlover2:

Maybe I'm just not being direct. God will and does answer personal "me" prayers. He doesn't encourage it and Jesus rarely did it and the one famous time he did, he specifically said, "only if it brings glory to God". We as modern day Christians tend to be very me focused. I mentioned Corrie Ten Boom because she prayed to stay on this earth for 10 more years in constant pain than to die and go to heaven. That to me is a sign of a mature and godly person and who I strive to be. This puff prayers are nice but what are they accomplishing for God? Or your growth? Not just your comfort



Quoting Anonymous:

Corrie Ten Boon was an amazing woman, she and her family saved many Jewish lives during the Holocaust and God will reward them for their sacrifices risking their lives to save others. However God doesn't love Corrie Ten Boon more than the OP or anyone else, he is no respector of persos. I don't get the un-American part, it makes no sense.





Quoting kidlover2:

American Christians and their beliefs related to prayer and answererd prayer is a thousand times different than anyone in history. Paul used to glorify God that he was stoned, beaten and imprisoned. We ask God to take away the pain. Christians occasionally will ask for "personal" favors but only if it ultimately glorifies God not just themselves. Jesus prayed a similar prayer in the garden. The OP made personal choices. Some of them not so smart. Is God capable and willing to show forgiveness and then blessings? Of course! But then I'm reminded of the verse in the OT where even the ungodly receive blessings which has nothing to do with their prayers. This post is between the OP and God. If she is confident that God is the one who answererd her prayer then good. I really dislike these posts though because answererd prayer is so much more complicated and un-American than one would think. If she prayed as Corrie Ten Boom prayed.... then I would 100% believe her, no questions asked.







Quoting harehelper:

Here is the wonderful thing about being a follower of Jesus though. Yeah, Job's children died. But death can only separate us temporarily, we will see our loved ones again once our time to leave this world comes. He got his children back.

The story of Job is of course a rough one, and it is very hard even for a lot of mature believers to handle. Personally I see it as a valuable life lesson. So long as we live on this earth, we are going to go through things that are going painful, frustrating, and that mabye even don't make a lick of sense in our point of view.

I would like to ask for clarification on the last part of your post. What are you trying to say when you speak of the millinois of Christian martyrs, and what do you mean by a "magical Jesus that answers everyone's whims"?

Quoting kidlover2:

I actually brought up Job because most religious people won't touch that story with a ten foot pole. God allowed Job to go through all that essentially on a bet with Satan. Job lost all of his children... that's fantastic Job got all of his stuff back in excess.... you really think that made up for the loss of his children? More children never takes away the pain from the loss of a deceased child. I am a Christian myself. I am asking the OP to think deeply. Yes God can work miracles. Sometimes nature takes a large part.... I'm not questioning her faith in God or her belief that God answered her prayer. Peter was crucified upside down. Millions of Christians have been tortured and fed to wild animals since Jesus's time..... this magical Jesus that answers everyone's whims are neither logical nor biblical. Make sure your prayers are God focused and not me focused.















Quoting harehelper:

Job suffered greatly, but he stayed faithful to God through it all. And God healed him, and he wound up wealthier and better off than before his trial. When you are going through hard times, the only thing to do is to keep on praying and telling God about it. It is hard to see, but there really is a light at the end of your tunnel, and God WILL answer your prayers.

Quoting kidlover2:

That's great. But what do you have to say to the people who have been faithful and praying to God for years and are still struggling. What would you say to someone who is having a "Job" experience?




Anonymous
by Anonymous on Dec. 2, 2012 at 3:21 PM
It all comes down to God looking at the intentions of our hearts, that's what means most to God whatever it is we're praying for. God isn't looking for perfection, but humbleness and a genuine heart.
Quoting kidlover2:

Maybe I'm just not being direct. God will and does answer personal "me" prayers. He doesn't encourage it and Jesus rarely did it and the one famous time he did, he specifically said, "only if it brings glory to God". We as modern day Christians tend to be very me focused. I mentioned Corrie Ten Boom because she prayed to stay on this earth for 10 more years in constant pain than to die and go to heaven. That to me is a sign of a mature and godly person and who I strive to be. This puff prayers are nice but what are they accomplishing for God? Or your growth? Not just your comfort

Quoting Anonymous:

Corrie Ten Boon was an amazing woman, she and her family saved many Jewish lives during the Holocaust and God will reward them for their sacrifices risking their lives to save others. However God doesn't love Corrie Ten Boon more than the OP or anyone else, he is no respector of persos. I don't get the un-American part, it makes no sense.



Quoting kidlover2:

American Christians and their beliefs related to prayer and answererd prayer is a thousand times different than anyone in history. Paul used to glorify God that he was stoned, beaten and imprisoned. We ask God to take away the pain. Christians occasionally will ask for "personal" favors but only if it ultimately glorifies God not just themselves. Jesus prayed a similar prayer in the garden. The OP made personal choices. Some of them not so smart. Is God capable and willing to show forgiveness and then blessings? Of course! But then I'm reminded of the verse in the OT where even the ungodly receive blessings which has nothing to do with their prayers. This post is between the OP and God. If she is confident that God is the one who answererd her prayer then good. I really dislike these posts though because answererd prayer is so much more complicated and un-American than one would think. If she prayed as Corrie Ten Boom prayed.... then I would 100% believe her, no questions asked.







Quoting harehelper:

Here is the wonderful thing about being a follower of Jesus though. Yeah, Job's children died. But death can only separate us temporarily, we will see our loved ones again once our time to leave this world comes. He got his children back.

The story of Job is of course a rough one, and it is very hard even for a lot of mature believers to handle. Personally I see it as a valuable life lesson. So long as we live on this earth, we are going to go through things that are going painful, frustrating, and that mabye even don't make a lick of sense in our point of view.

I would like to ask for clarification on the last part of your post. What are you trying to say when you speak of the millinois of Christian martyrs, and what do you mean by a "magical Jesus that answers everyone's whims"?

Quoting kidlover2:

I actually brought up Job because most religious people won't touch that story with a ten foot pole. God allowed Job to go through all that essentially on a bet with Satan. Job lost all of his children... that's fantastic Job got all of his stuff back in excess.... you really think that made up for the loss of his children? More children never takes away the pain from the loss of a deceased child. I am a Christian myself. I am asking the OP to think deeply. Yes God can work miracles. Sometimes nature takes a large part.... I'm not questioning her faith in God or her belief that God answered her prayer. Peter was crucified upside down. Millions of Christians have been tortured and fed to wild animals since Jesus's time..... this magical Jesus that answers everyone's whims are neither logical nor biblical. Make sure your prayers are God focused and not me focused.















Quoting harehelper:

Job suffered greatly, but he stayed faithful to God through it all. And God healed him, and he wound up wealthier and better off than before his trial. When you are going through hard times, the only thing to do is to keep on praying and telling God about it. It is hard to see, but there really is a light at the end of your tunnel, and God WILL answer your prayers.

Quoting kidlover2:

That's great. But what do you have to say to the people who have been faithful and praying to God for years and are still struggling. What would you say to someone who is having a "Job" experience?



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