Wednesday, February 2, 2011

Gracious God

I've been praying for my daughter a lot more lately because she needs the Holy Ghost. Tonight, in God's gracious lovingkindness, He showed me a glimpse of her heart.

On the way home from church, she brought up Solomon and we discussed him. Then she said to me:

"You know mom. If God ever asked me what I wanted more than anything else like He did Solomon, I really wouldn't want anything in this world. You know what I would want?" she asked me. "I would want Him to take away the pride that seems to keep me from praying and worshipping in front of other people."

How is that for an honourable desire? She knows that she is hindered by the thought of anybody either staring at her while she is praying or worshipping, or by the thought of somebody helping her pray. We have had many conversations about this and she has finally come to the understanding of the root of the problem.

I was so thrilled with her response, I told her that God heard her request. Right in the car. Then later when we were having our little chat at bedtime - I was rubbing her back and she was lying on her stomach - I told her that WHEN she got the Holy Ghost, I was going to pray that she become an altar worker. That she has a desire to pray with kids AND adults at the altar because, quite simply, she has the heart for that. In her silence, I heard her smile.

"You are smiling right now aren't you?" I asked.

"How did you know?" she asked with a GREAT BIG SMILE.

"Because you can ALWAYS hear smiles when you listen close enough," I said.

And we both smiled.


Katrina Holmes (Tina) said...

Maybe this will be the week in the meetings with Bro. Marks!

Darla said...

I am really praying it to be so, Sis. Tina......

Jenn Penny said...

I can't think of the term I want to use, but I guess close enough is its amazing how aware she is of herself and everything that involves it. Thats not what I wanted to say but I'm sure you get my drift :) Yay Hannah!

Darla said...

You know Jenn, you have always been super sweet about my kids. As a mom, I can't tell you how much I appreciate that. Thank you for your kind words.

! V r e n said...

Absolutely precious, Darla.