My niece and son #1 in front, my son #2 and his dad in the middle and my nephew in the back.
This picture was because of an answer to a little boy's prayer.
Back when the boys were this age and we lived in Oklahoma, my husband was about to be layed off and so we were in the savings mode big time not knowing if another job would come quickly or not. I found myself saying no to the boys a lot at this time. My son #2 wanted to go to the amusement park in town and once again I felt I had to say no as it was expensive to get in the doors. It was a pleasure thing I felt we could not afford.
My little boy prayed for tickets.
The next day a neighbor, a single lady who worked full time and kept to herself, knocked on our front door.
When I answered, she said to me,
"My work gave me these eight tickets to the amusement park and I don't want them. I noticed you had kids and wondered if you would like them." Son #2 was standing there and broke out in a happy dance! I thanked her profusely and politely and after closing the door, I busted out in a happy dance too.
There were four in my family. Not only did God provide us with tickets but we were able to invite my sister and her family of four also. The cousins loved it!
Despite the terrified looks above, they really did love it.
And this was a wonderful day spent with family that I will never forget.
It wasn't long after this, that my family moved 750 miles because God had blessed us once again with a new job for my husband.
And pray in the Spirit on all occasions with all kinds of prayers and requests.
My boy and I have prayed for trees, pocket knives, lawnmowers and tickets to amusement parks and they have all been answered. I've had people say to me, "I never thought I should bother God with such small details."
My answer to that is "WHY?"
He knows the desires of our hearts. He knows our concerns. He wants to have a relationship with us and that means to be a part of all of us. He wants us to come to him as a child would his Father. And that is what I do. And that is what my younger son did so many times after he became a Christian at a young age. He would ask for the broken mower to start and it would roar to life. He would pray for a lost pocket knife and we would find it under the swing. He prayed for tickets and they showed up at our door.
And I thanked God each time for answering a small boy's prayers, strengthening a young faith that has now, years later, grown strong.
He and I both realize the answers are not always, Yes. They are sometimes No and sometimes Wait.
And we live on no matter what because we trust our Father to give what is best
Do you ever think of not bothering God with a request? I say quit that thought. Ask Him! If it is His desire, He will grant it. If it is not, there was a good reason for it.
I treasure the memory of happy dancing with my younger son all those years ago.
And I treasure the thought of happy dancing with another son whenever God says it is time.
And I can wait, because I trust my Father.
Do you ask no matter how small or insignificant or how trite it might seem? Or even how big!
Ask! Whether it's a lost pocket knife or a lost son.
And remember, it's not about having enough faith, it's about stepping out in the faith you do have.
He just wants us to step out.
And when you do, step out with your dancing shoes on and get ready to boogie.
Because whatever His answer, it will be the best one!