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  • Dec 12
    MOPS Oakhurst

Sierra Pines Church

12 Ways to Turn Your Pain into Praise

Sapphires from Psalms

Better Than Jewels

Get Real, Feel, Deal, Kneel, PEEL, Heal In my past few posts, I’ve been reviewing the steps to Praying Through: How to Pray During Tough Times:
 (If you didn’t get my Bling From the King On-line Encouragement that included this teaching for the month of September, sign my guestbook. I send out a new encouraging email each month.) Today we look at what it means to let God Peel away the layers of pain that plague you as you listen for him to speak to your heart. As you pray, spend as much time listening for the answers as you do asking the questions. Give him permission to get rid of the fear and doubt as you surrender to him. David knew what that looked like: Psalm 86:7, “In the day of my trouble I will call upon you, for you will answer me.”

A beautiful young mother, Claire, shared with me how her parents were divorced when she was 8. Her mother remarried and she was sent to live with her dad. Mom had more kids and Claire tried again and again to connect with her mother. But she always felt like she was on the outside looking in when it came to her own mother’s love. Just after high school her mother said to her, “I just can’t love you because you are your father’s daughter.” After getting real with her feelings, dealing with her pain in the pages of Scripture, and kneeling at the Lord’s feet she heard Christ say, “I can’t help but love you, because you are my father’s daughter.” And the layers of hurt were peeled away as she took time to hear the Lord’s gentle whisper. George Mueller wrote, “The most important time I spend with God is the fifteen minutes I use to listen to His voice and receive his direction for my life.”
How has God provided comfort for you as you listened when you prayed? Was it a feeling? Did he speak to you? How did it change you? Maybe you have a story I need to include in my next devotional book of stories????


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