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Pray Continually.

1 Thessalonians 5:17

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Okay. As much as I HATE to use the bathroom on airplanes, on this particular flight it just simply couldn’t be helped. The water bottle that I’d drank on the way to the airport, combined with the several essential cups of morning coffee mandated the mid-flight excursion. So at about 30,000 feet up – somewhere over rural Alabama – I unbuckled and walked the narrow, balance-beam aisle to the rear of the aircraft.

After tapping a chatty, aisle-strewn gentleman to squeeze by, I entered the shoebox lavatory. Upon closing the folding door my eyes adjusted to the incandescent lighting, and I began to prepare for my nature call. Then it happened.

A tiny “Pop!”

And the button on the top of my jeans flew off.

Oh no!

I gasped… as a panicked tizzy of self-talk began.

This can’t happen now! I need these jeans to hold me in. My abs have all but forgotten how to take care of that function themselves! If I can’t get this button back on, it is going to look like I have a hernia the size of California under my blousy shirt! I’m going to die of embarrassment if my pants fall down on my way back to my seat! This is a serious FASHION EMERGENCY!

So, what does a good Christian girl do when in a “situation” such as this?

She prays.

Oh Lord of all things fashionable and cute. God of zippers, accessories, shoes and buttons … hear my prayer! Please meet me in this fashion emergency. When I’m done with my business here, please – please – please allow the top of this button, that was on my rockin’ cool jeans, to click right back on to the base of the button. (Pause.) I trust You. I know that You are able! Amen.

Flush.

My heart raced and blood rushed through my veins in eager anticipation of a potential fashion miracle as I rose to my feet. I believed. I hoped. I prayed. The embellished silver button-top danced on my fingertips as I hesitated and hovered over the base.

Snap!

Oh Lord, Jesus! I just heard it snap! It snapped!! Thank you! Thank you! Thank you!

And the seconds that followed were a blurred happy dance in a 24-inch by 24-inch cubicle. He heard me!! God cares about fashion!! He cares about buttons!! Thank you, Jesus!

As I exited the lavatory, the clouds parted … and I beheld angels singing a glorious song of praise to our amazing, fashion-loving God. The End. (Smiles.)

All right, all right. I admit that this account of my mid-flight fashion dilemma may be a smidgeon drama-heavy. Even so, we all face “situations” day in and day out – at home, at the office, in relationships, in health, and in conversations – where we have an opportunity to call on God.

In this case for me it was a small thing. In the grand scale of life, it was an unimportant thing … but I still talked to God about it. God welcomes us to approach Him with everything. Big and small.

“Let us then approach God’s throne of grace with confidence, so that we may receive mercy and find grace to help us in our time of need” (Hebrews 4:16, NIV).

Nothing is to small for you to take to God in prayer.

“Rejoice always, pray continually, give thanks in all circumstances; for this is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus” (1 Thessalonians 5:16-18).

God loves you and desires that you be in constant dialog with Him. Constantly dependent on His strength. Constantly requesting His wisdom, joy, peace, and intervention.

Brother Lawrence, a seventeenth century monk and author of “The Practice of the Presence of God,” wrote: “There is not in the world a kind of life more sweet and delightful, than that of a continual conversation with God. Those only can comprehend it who practice and experience it.”

Friend, don’t limit your prayers to just heavy-hearted line items. Do life with Him! Yes – we need to approach God with reverence, with an acute awareness that He is God. He is holy, just and righteous. Always. But the beauty of a grace-life is that we can approach God at any time for any reason. Even with our frivolous fashion emergencies.

We can trust that God listens and cares.

“Is anyone among you in trouble? Let them pray. Is anyone happy? Let them sing songs of praise. Is anyone among you sick? Let them call the elders of the church to pray over them and anoint them with oil in the name of the Lord. And the prayer offered in faith will make the sick person well; the Lord will raise them up. If they have sinned, they will be forgiven. Therefore confess your sins to each other and pray for each other so that you may be healed. The prayer of a righteous person is powerful and effective” (James 5:13-16).

Let’s Pray

Dear God, Thank you for grace! Thank you for inviting me to come to you any time for any reason. Please make prayer my initial heart-response to the circumstances and challenges, as well as to the beauty-moments and joys that I experience today and every day.
In Jesus’ Name,
Amen

Now It’s Your Turn

Do you really believe that God cares about the details of your life? Tell me where you are with this.

Read and speak aloud these verses from Psalm 103: “Praise the LORD, my soul; all my inmost being, praise his holy name. Praise the LORD, my soul, and forget not all his benefits—who forgives all your sins and heals all your diseases, who redeems your life from the pit and crowns you with love and compassion, who satisfies your desires with good things so that your youth is renewed like the eagle’s. … For as high as the heavens are above the earth, so great is his love for those who fear him; as far as the east is from the west, so far has he removed our transgressions from us.” (Psalm 103:1-5, 11-12)

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5 Responses to “What’s a Girl To Do?”

  1. Hi Gwen,

    Thank you for your devotion today! Yesterday in the truck I was just recounting a story with our son how Jesus answered a personal prayer …..and that I don’t ask those kind of prayers often but I do every so now and then and He cares and answers my prayers…..He is soo good to me! (This story is another one that He answered for our family)
    One Christmas Day when our children were smaller we had got up early, my husband and I ….the turkey was in the oven etc. our kids were up and had opened their gifts…..and we had breakfast After breakfast we all decided to go for a walk around the block in the snow….it had snowed quite a bit for the Pacific North West where we live and so we brought a sled as our son was small. So somehow my spouse and son were playing in the back yard while waiting for us girls to get ready….and our keys for the house had fallen out of his pocket…. so before we went for a walk I locked up and brought my keys…..and my husband said….ok I will take the keys so they do not get lost….so he put them in his pocket. So around the block we went ……it was a beautiful, sunny snow crisp day….fresh air….as we approached out house the aroma of the turkey in the oven wafted toward us….my husband reached for our keys….NO KEYS!!! We had family coming….locked doors and a turkey in the oven! So we prayed! After a few minutes my husband and the kids went in the back and they started searching through the snow for the keys…..and after a short while they found them….Praise to God!! Then later we prayed that we would find our other keys that we had lost on route…..and Praise God again….months later, someone in our neighbour hood had put our keys in the mailbox as we have a vets tag on our keys and the Lord above answered our prayers. The vets had mailed our keys back to us!! He is such a good Good Good Father God!! He hears our prayers many many times He has answered our prayers…..and my personal once a while fashion prayers too! It is so good to encourage each other remembering His goodness and faithfullness to us!! Thank you Jesus! Thank you Gwen

  2. Karen says:

    Soo important to change a negative mind into an answered prayer. Keep in mind HE ALWAYS ANSWERS IN THE BEST WAY HE KNOWS FOR US.

  3. Karen says:

    yes! And to remain thankful and appreciate what we sometimes take for granted like healthy kids, husband, husband’s job, ect…. As I read your story It brought me joy to remember that time with my family when we were still together playing with the snow. Unfortunately, I am now a single mom with 3 kids! But I still praise God he has saved me and my children and hopefully will save my ex-husband soon. just wanted to share to stay thankful at all times…

  4. April says:

    Absolutley God cares about the details of our lives, especially when we believe we know what God wants or expects for and from us and then we are shown by God that we are miss-guided or miss-informed. Didn’t Job think he knew God wanted him to sacrifice his son for him, but inturn God wanted to see how faith filled he was and blessed him with more than he could ever hope or dream. Let’s all remember to pray that God’s wisdom be given to us so that we may live the life he intends and an open mind and heart to receive and give. Thank you!

  5. Veronica says:

    Several months ago, on my way home from the dentist, I was pulled over for speeding. UGH! I was in misery, in a hurry to get home so I could take some Excedrin and lay down. As soon as I saw him, I knew I was caught. I pulled over and waited for him. He came and did his thing. He walked away to write the ticket and my eyes closed, my head bowed and I prayed. Several minutes later, the officer came back and told me that it was my lucky day, his car printer was not working and I was not receiving a ticket. Talk about a blessing!!! I praised God the whole way home. I deserved that ticket. I truly did and fully admitted that I did. However, God answered and let me have a warning instead. What a blessing in the middle of a mistake. He truly hears us and helps us.
    Veronica

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