Wednesday, October 2, 2013

Fifty Dump Trucks of Blessing ~ Be Prepared for an Answer to Prayer {A Wise Woman Builds Her Home Series}

Why do we approach prayer as a last resort?

Why are we surprised when God answers our prayers?

We have owned our lot for nearly seven years, and we have spent a great deal of that time praying about whether or not we should build and, if so, what we should build.

Clearly, it took the Lord a while to say yes. J

Sometimes we have to wait.

But sometimes, the answer is quick and definitive.

When we started planning the building process and contacting possible subcontractors for the big jobs, we let them know that it was our goal to save as much money as possible, doing whatever we could ourselves to cut costs.

Our excavator had a ready answer: find someplace nearby to dump fifty trucks of dirt. {Yes – 50!}

But who prays about dirt? My husband.

“Be anxious for nothing, but in EVERYTHING by prayer and supplication, with thanksgiving, let your requests be made known to God….” {Philippians 4:6}

I’m a little ashamed to admit that I was a tad embarrassed when he mentioned it at a Wednesday night prayer meeting. I mean, DIRT? But our church {God bless them!} prayed that we would find someplace that wanted dirt. After the service, we went home, and I didn’t think anything more about it.

By the next afternoon, my husband knew what to do. We live less than ten miles from a campground that is owned by a group of churches within our larger denomination. It is a rather expansive campus just back of our home church, and we know the groundskeeper and his family.

“Send them a Facebook message,” my husband urged.

“Fifty dump trucks of dirt? You really think they would want that much?” Obviously, I wasn’t convinced yet that God cared about dirt. J

But I sent the message. Within the week, we had dump trucks tearing up the road between our house site and that campground, fifty trips back and forth. The groundskeeper was thrilled to get fifty dump trucks of dirt! Right before our message, he had just been on the phone calling around for someplace where he could buy dirt. Of course, we were thrilled to get rid of fifty dump trucks of dirt!

Why are we surprised when the Lord answers Yes to our prayers? Why do we have so little faith?

If we pray for the Lord to help us build our house, to build our family relationally and spiritually, we should be prepared for an answer. Amen? J

How have you seen the Lord answer prayer in your family?

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  1. PTL, Meghan I suspect you would really enjoy reading the Duggars' book wherein they discuss the process of building their home (over like yourselves a long period of time and doing as much as they could of the work themselves). They too had a lot of soil to dispose of and prayed about it and Jehovah Jireh, God provided. We are all too often thinking that God would not want to be annoyed with the minutiae of our lives and yet this is our amazing Saviour who knows the very number of hairs on out heads. Praying that God will continue to bless your building work and sweet family.

    1. We LOVE the Duggars -- television show and books! I think I remember reading that they took 3 1/2 years to finish their house? Wow. I hope we don't take that long. :) Thank you so much for your kind words and your prayers!

  2. Nothing is too hard or too simple for the LORD to do. HE is mindful of our needs big or small.

    Charlotte Moore

  3. Thank you for this story. It's a great reminder that prayer keeps us closer to God's intentions.

    1. What a wonderful way to say it, Vickie. So glad you commented today! :)

  4. What a neat answer to prayer!


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