October 14, 2013
Photo: Natasha
One of the reasons we pray is to thank God (we also pray to praise Him, petition Him, intercede for others, and ask His forgiveness)

Lastweek I wrote about a specific prayer God has answered in my life and how I am trying to honour His gift.

This week, in the spirit of Thanksgiving and in the face of all the bad news we hear every day, I invite you to share your own stories with us. Do you have an example of answered prayer? What are you thankful for?

Sometimes we need each other for strength or encouragement. Sometimes we need each other to share our sorrows, because mourning is lessened and burdens made lighter when we share them. Today, let's share our testimonies of joy so we can all give praise together, because sharing good news makes it even better.

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8 comments:

  1. Please sign your name to your post, I like to know who has written it. thanks, Julie

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    1. Good call Julie. We're checking into why our names went away. Thanks for bringing it up!

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  2. I grew up with a "mildly broken" family. Because of that, there has been an absence of good men in my life. What made me especially aware of this was when both my father and brother moved to Florida within the same year. Ever since then, I have been asking God for brothers. This was about a year and a half ago.

    After I started asking for brothers, God began to show me, through same wonderful men who are part of the blogging community, that I needed to see what makes a really good man. From my upbringing, I had adopted some inaccurate images of masculinity. I wouldn't have been able to identify a good man if I tried. So, He worked on me.

    I didn't have any guy-friends right away, but I was blessed with a really holy girlfriend who is on her way to becoming a Third Order Regular Franciscan. Through her and the local Catholic community, I met some really awesome men. For some reason, I felt as if I needed to keep praying for brothers.

    Three weeks ago a friend invited me to study at a seminary/college where she works. If I was not aware before, I am definitely aware now that God has blessed me with more than a couple of brothers in Christ. I was invited to start attending the Holy Hour at the seminary, and I was maybe one of two women out of an entire Church full of holy men. I wasn't sure how any of this connected until I realized that I had been asking for brothers. I am in awe of how God's blessings are so unique to each person; always what we need, in ways we could never comprehend. I would have never guessed that He would have led me to a seminary.

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    1. Emily, you've been given brothers indeed! I love that God is not only generous, but He has a sense of humour, too.
      I really like what you write in the last paragraph: I am in awe of how God's blessings are so unique to each person; always what we need, in ways we could never comprehend. - very true, and beautifully said.
      There is a hidden blessing in your story, that you recognized your view of men to be healed, and that you prayed to be given good men in your life.
      Thank you so much for sharing your thanksgiving with us.

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  3. What a beautiful reminder. While we are experiencing a lot of sorrow and heartbreak right now, God has still blessed us. #1 - I'm grateful for my husband. We just celebratted our 5 year anniversary, we've been through a lot, and we still love each other and have a lot of fun together. #2 - I'm thankful for my current job. I've went through many jobs that I've hated, and this job I LOVE. Been there 2 years, and feeling very blessed. - Mary Beth

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    1. Congratulations on five years of love and learning, Mary Beth.
      Having a job you like - or even better, love - is such a wonderful thing, isn't it? I'm grateful everyday for what I have right now. God is abundantly good. Even when we can't see the how of it, He is always good to us. I pray that someday all the desires of your heart will bear fruit. "The vision still has its time, presses on to fulfillment, and will not disappoint; if it delays, wait for it, it will surely come, it will not be late." Habakkuk 2:2

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  4. Good call Tess - I am grateful that I can look out my window and see rocks and trees and water. I'm grateful that it hasn't snowed yet, and for the oranges, yellows and brilliant reds that colour every landscape. I'm humbled and thankful for a patient and loving husband, a family that's always ready to jump when I need them and an army of dear friends (such as yourself) who've got my back. God is good.

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  5. All the time, Sarah.

    Rocks and trees, bless the Lord
    Reds and yellows, bless the Lord
    Friends and husbands, bless the Lord
    All you women, bless the Lord
    Praise and exalt Him above all forever!

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