Emily Belle Freeman
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THIS IS MY JOY

AND MY GREAT REJOICING

The Confidence that we Have in Him

Sometimes we are reminded of the great within the simple. The exceptional within the ordinary.

The holy within the common.

It has been my opportunity to experience that reminder over and over this week.

The first reminder came at a conference I had the privilege of attending earlier this week.  Almost as an aside the teacher made a comment that has stuck with me every day since.  He was speaking of prayer, and he said, "Isn't it interesting that prayer is the most common sacred ritual we perform daily, and yet, if we choose, it can be the most holy part of our day?"

The most common.  The most holy.

I have thought about it all week.

On Saturday morning I said a simple prayer about an ordinary situation.  I requested help in my endeavors.  Heaven's help.

On Saturday evening I stood in line on an unexpected last minute errand.  It was ten minutes before the store was to close, and on a whim I ran over to pick up something I needed.  An older man stepped in line behind me, wearing a pair of old levi's, a worn t-shirt, and a baseball cap.  He struck up a simple conversation and we chatted for several minutes.

And then...

just as I was about to walk out of the store after a simple errand, on an ordinary evening, which included a casual conversation with a stranger ...the most amazing thing happened.  The man I had just met asked if he could offer assistance with my situation and offered to send me an email containing the all of the information I would need to help with my endeavors.

It would have taken me hundreds of hours to replicate what he sent over by email the next day.

All of the sudden my Saturday morning prayer, which was so simple, became holy.

I knew, in that instant, that the Lord was aware of me...of my endeavor...of my need for help.

It is the sum of those simple moments gathered together that becomes the foundation of my testimony of prayer.  It is what gives me confidence to approach the Lord again to ask for help in my behalf, in behalf of my family, in behalf of my friends.

"And this is the confidence that we have in him, that, if we ask any thing according to his will, he hearth us: and if we know that he hear us, whatsoever we ask, we know that we have the petitions that we desired of him."

(1 John 5:14-15)

This morning I woke up with a lot on my mind.  There is so much I need help with.  Situations beyond my capacity to resolve.

So I will call on Heaven's Help.

I know He will hear me, because He has heard me before.

And I will be patient to wait for His answers...because I have learned to trust His timing.

My asking may be simple, and ordinary, and common...but I trust His power to do great things, in exceptional ways.

And I pray my eyes will be open to see the holy.

"Let us therefore come boldly unto the throne of grace, that we may obtain mercy, and find grace to help in time of need."

(Hebrews 4:16)

Emily Freeman