On the fourth of July my husband and I were flying back from our ten year anniversary trip to Santa Barbara. Our 5 year old Gus and 2 year old Beau were staying with their Nana & Papa so they spent the holiday poolside in Tulsa. My sister and brother in law and their two girls were there too. We were bummed we had to miss out on the grilling competition and home made banana pudding, but we were happy to know our kids were having such a great time.
The next day while we were getting all packed up and ready to head back to Texas, Trudi, my mother in law, aka Nana, told me about something special that happened during the 4th festivities the day before. She said they decided to take communion as a family… by the pool, in swimming suits. You realize you don’t have to be in church to take communion right? Just making sure. After everyone ate a piece of cracker that represented the broken body of Jesus and the price he paid for our healing, and drank some grape juice that represented the blood that Jesus shed at the cross for us, she felt led to have the granddaughters pray for her knee.
For about a month her knee had been causing her pain and discomfort and on that morning she woke up to find that a large lump had formed on the side of it. She told Ryan 13, Olivia 10, and my little 2 year old Beau that she would like them to pray for it, so they did.
They all came over and laid hands on her and asked God to heal her. She said Beau prayed with her little eyes closed up tight, “Jesus, heal Nana’s ouchie.” After they were finished she knew that their prayers of faith had been heard and were already going to work. Every day after that the swelling went down until it was all the way gone, along with the pain!
I read this quote today and I immediately thought of the prayers those young girls prayed that day,
“Our prayers may be awkward. Our attempts may be feeble. But since the power of prayer is in the One who hears it and not in the one who says it, our prayers do make a difference.” – Max Lucado
Now, Ryan & Olivia know how to pray! They’ve been doing it since they were Beau’s age, so I’m sure they had some pretty powerful prayers, but Beau’s little 4 word request, although not eloquent and not long, was powerful too! Not because she prayed perfectly, but because of the one who heard her.
God heard all three of their voices that day, their voices full of faith, and it didn’t matter if they prayed a perfect prayer or not, all that mattered was that they believed He would make Nana’s knee better and He did.
Don’t try to be someone you are not when you talk to God. He’s not waiting for you to impress Him with your knowledge of scripture, the length in which you can pray, or your vocablulary. He just wants you to talk to Him. You can’t mess it up.
It’s not the way you verbalize your prayers that makes a difference, it’s the One who hears them that makes the difference and all it takes for Him to hear your prayers is praying for things that are in line with His will. Ouchies being healed is definitely part of His will, so Beau asked and He did!
1 John 5:14 (NIV) This is the confidence we have in approaching God: that if we ask anything according to his will, he hears us.
- The power of prayer is in the One who hears it!
- If we ask anything according to his will, he hears us!
- His will includes anything that we need pertaining to life and godliness.
- He heard the granddaughters that day at the pool and Nana’s leg is healed!
- Gatherings at the Blount’s always have Jesus at the center and it’s not because they plan it out that way it’s just because He is at the center of their lives.
- Beau knows that Jesus heals ouchies.
- You don’t have to be in church to take communion and remember the cross.
- Another awesome rainy day. My lawn is happy, happy, happy.
- July 15th, high of 77!
- My niece Courtney is celebrating her sweet 16 today!!
- Back to our summer routine this Monday morning.
- Had a good school time with Gussy.
- Had a good Bible time with Beau. She loves stories about the babies in the Bible, so she loved learning about Isaac.
- I am getting better about telling people no.
- Tomato soup and grilled cheese for lunch. Me and Beau’s favorite.
- The kids got to play and ride their bikes outside in the sprinkling rain.
- Got to catch up with my mom this morning.
- Board game kind of an afternoon. Disney Scene It & Curious George.
- Chocolate dipped bananas.
- Yummy brocoli chicken stir fry and egg rolls for dinner.
- My kids LOVE chinese food.
- Almost bought a new rocking chair at PBK last week, but decided to wait, went back to look at it tonight and it was $220 cheaper. I still haven’t made my mind up, but the sweet lady working tonight said she would hold it for me for 3 days.
- Gus talked a solid 15 minutes on the way to the mall about how excited he is about baby Sunny. Approx 150 more days!
- Remembered to buy our tickets to the dollar show tonight so I won’t have to wait in a long line tomorrow morning.
- My friend Jackie had her sweet little girl Jada today! Pretty and perfect little newborn baby.
- KBM received it’s first pledge toward the next kid’s album, “All Thing Through.”
- Josh cleared out a bunch of shirts from his closet that he doesn’t wear anymore and now it is much easier to find empty hangers when putting away laundry.