We are beginning March of 2011 and I already feel as if 2011 has made a great impact on my life.

I have experienced a couple of accomplishments and yet I’m torn because my family is battling with the illness of a loved one.

Prayed Answered by Dana Pittman

I share this with you after having an interesting conversation with my husband. I sat at my desk dazed. My brain felt like mush and I had a stack of “To-Dos”. My heart was heavy and I felt like my mind was fighting a lost cause.

How do you tell you heart to stop breaking?

I’m slowly losing someone I love dearly yet my life is moving at a rapid speed. Business is increasing. Classes are moving. Ministry opportunities are presenting themselves.

My husband read the dilemma on my face. I was all cried out and what was left was a shell. Hard on the outside. Hollow on the inside.

He said, “Dana, you must have prayed for this.”

What!!!

I’m sure I had my best Scooby-Doo face. What! I thought. Prayed for this.

He is crazy… Gotta be…

He read my expression clearly, as good husbands do. He laughed. He calmly shared something that I will now share with you.

God is Faithful

God will put no more on you that you can bear. God’s word says:

No temptation has seized you except what is common to man. And God is faithful; he will not let you be tempted beyond what you can bear. But when you are tempted, he will also provide a way out so that you can stand up under it. 1 Corinthians 10:13

Heartache. Despair. Stress. Loneliness. Grief. All this and more are embodied in this passage to me.

The verse speaks of temptation. Consider,what tempts you when these feeling arise? Do you eat, run-away, become neglectful?

Do you become a complainer? Do you fail to see all that God has done in your life?

Are you mirroring my Scooby-Doo face? 🙂

My husband closed with a nice bow. “You must have prayed for this…and God says you’re ready. So, in this test are you going to pass or fail?”

My response was, and is, I will pass this test. Because greater is Him that is within me than in any circumstance or trial.

I believe the same is true of you. His power and presence is available to all of us.

How is drama, confusion, and such
an answer to your prayers, Dana?

I’m so glad you asked.

I asked God to make me usable. To use my life. My business. My activities. My family. I want to write whatever to whomever to shine a small light of hope.   A light that shows my source. And God has given me the opportunity. I can’t allow changes, which I cannot control, to derail the awesome things God is doing.

Consider this:

Who shall separate us from the love of Christ? Shall trouble or hardship or persecution or famine or nakedness or danger or sword? As it is written: “For your sake we face death all day long; we are considered as sheep to be slaughtered.” No, in all these things we are more than conquerors through him who loved us. For I am convinced that neither death nor life, neither angels nor demons, neither the present nor the future, nor any powers, neither height nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God that is in Christ Jesus our Lord. (Romans 8:35-39)

 

Question: Are your prayers being answered? Will you chose to be a conqueror or allow unfavorable circumstances to derail what God is trying so hard to manifest in your life?

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  1. Tracy Revalee 8 years ago

    Hi, Dana, I see your “I’m a She Speaks Graduate” badge. Congratulations. Im writing to let you know that I’m a Precepts leader training graduate. Hmmm, I wonder if there’s a badge for that…

    I’m praying for guidance as to my next move. I used Precept- style lesson prep and discussion in my ladies class this morning with great success. Even though we’re using another publisher’s curriculum, the class had studied the Biblical text 1Sam. 3:15 (Solomon’s decision in regard to the baby). After those two days of training, it was great to lead a lively discussion. And I was confident about the application, that they took home the message, to a far greater degree than before the training. So I’ll surely continue to hang the lessons for the rest of the summer on that framework. I’ll be guiding us toward a Precepts course, but I’m not sure this ( elderly) group wants to devote an hour a day to study. We’ll see.

    I’m drifting off. I drove 5 hours each way to get to my training and I’ve had a busy day. Hope yours was the same and richly blessed.

    Yours sister in Christ, Tracy

    PS. Major bonus from that long drive: my three grandchildren who live in Evansville. I posted a picture of my beautiful Rose on Facebook. Take a peek and be dazzled!

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      Dana Pittman 8 years ago

      You know…I don’t think they have a button. They should. How did you enjoy the training? I’m planning to attend another session in November. I absolutely love Precept studies and training. Keep me posted on your studies. 🙂

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