Is it Thursday yet??

A favorite phrase of my oldest grandson as we are driving down the road is ….you guessed it, “Are we there yet”?

Not long ago, this very same grandson, who is now 6 1/2, could not talk. Oh, he could grunt, point and said a few things, that after a while we learned to interpret for a word of some sort, but he could not communicate well. Besides having mild cerebral palsy, he was diagnosed with an autistic spectrum disorder.

It was as frustrating to him as it was to us.

But our “Grandbuddy” (my awesome stepdad—which is to me–a real dad), felt compelled to fast and pray for him to begin speaking. I have blogged about this before, feel the need (for someone) to share this again.

By the end of the first week, he had begun to speak more understandably. Shortly thereafter, a complete sentence tumbled from his lips, surprising us all. With great joy and some tears, I called mother and asked her to share this with Grandbuddy. I wanted to tell him myself, but he was out at the time.

Prayer and fasting. Something that is not spoken of much these days. There have only been a couple of times in my life that I felt “truly” compelled to fast and pray over a particular matter. As things in each of our lives change daily, some for the good and some for the “not-so-good”…you may feel you are up against a wall—or that your prayers go no higher than the ceiling…ask the Lord what He would have you do….ask Him what He requires of you.

That is a scary thought. Or, at least to me. For when you are ready to lay it all out—every.single.thing—completely and wholeheartedly out for Jesus—holding nothing back—He can work. And girlfriend…you better hold on for the ride…because when you lay everything out for Him…mmmm—He shows up big time in your life.

Mark 9:29 And he said unto them, This kind can come forth by nothing, but by prayer and fasting.

There are some things in my life that need to “go out”. To be cast far from me. Things in my heart/mind/and yes, things that even spout from my mouth —yup! No, I don’t cuss and carry on….but I have complained…whined…gotten an attitude with a CAPITAL “A”. Can I get a witness? And to the ears of the Father—well, what do you think? So, yes. I have things that need to go. I know that in this reference of scripture–it is talking about demonic forces. But I think it could refer to anything in our lives that is NOT Christ-like. What about you?

Now, Thankful Thursday is the highlight of our “bloggity” week. So—IRIS….I am thankful for the FREEDOM to read my Bible (as you said)—pray out loud in restaurants—which I do…and MOST all the time—I take my sweet time in thanking HIM for EVERYTHING I need to. And I don’t get arrested for doing so. THAT is a BIG thank you LORD!!

I am thankful for family time, faithful friends who pray—continually if necessary. I am thankful for my sweet man–and our sweet years of marriage—our children and grandchildren!

I am thankful for each faithful blogger that pursues Christ and encourages others to do the same!

I am thankful for our church and it’s leaders! I am thankful for YOU. The reader. The one who comments and the one who just reads. YOU are important. A comment is not necessary. I will write what God lays on my heart regardless.

I love each of you—and PRAY a happy Fourth of July to all! Visit Iris for more thankful hearts of freedom!


20 responses to “Is it Thursday yet??

  • Pia

    i enjoyed reading your list of thankfuls. God bless!

  • Denise

    Such a nice thankful post sweetie.I love you.

  • Laurie Ann

    What an awesome post, Angie! God bless you for sharing your heart with us. Happy Thankful Thursday and 4th.

  • Susan

    Happy TT to you Angie,Oh, this was great! I’m so blessed God heard your cry for your grandson. Yes, prayer and fasting is a VERY POWERFUL tool. It really shows God how earnest we are in our petetion to Him, and OBEDIENT too!Hope you and your family have a wonderful day tomorrow♥

  • sharon

    Necessary or not, I feel compelled to leave a comment. The story of your grandson is such a testimony of what the Lord can do in our lives. Thank you so much for this piece of encouragement. I usually fast and pray, but I’ve been finding it a bit hard to do lately even though I know I really need to. God bless you!Sharon

  • Technonana

    POWERFUL, MY SWEET FRIEND!!! THANK YOU!!

  • Nise'

    Praising Him over your grandson! Thank you for the reminders of what we are free to do but so often take for granted.

  • darnelle

    Oh Sister you are so right about the prayer and fasting! The story about your grandson is amazing! God is so good! So happy that you and Aimee enjoyed ‘She Speaks’ – I knew you would!Have a wonderful day!love ya,Darnelle

  • Cheryl

    Angie,What an awesome post. I too feel the need to get some things out of my life. I want God to use me in a BIG way.Thanks for sharing this post today!Have a safe day tomorrow.Cheryl

  • Marsha

    Oh, I can so relate to your grandson story! Thank you for putting a smile on my face, my friend.Have a peace filled 4th weekend.

  • Chris

    “…you may feel you are up against a wall—or that your prayers go no higher than the ceiling…ask the Lord what He would have you do…ask Him what He requires of you.”Thank you Angie, I really needed your words today. I am asking Him. I want to know!Your thoughts and musings bless me so. I’m forced to reach to Him and look for His guidance. I’m reminded that He loves me so much with a real and powerful love.God bless you, my friend.

  • Kathy S.

    Yay God!! It is amazing the breakthroughs God has given me and others over the years fasting and praying…Halleluiah! God is good!Thankful too & for you!

  • diane cook

    What a sweet and encouraging post! Stopped by via Chris, and say hello to a fellow sister in Christ!God Bless and take care this 4th!diane =)

  • Denise

    Hey girl…….. I have been missing a couple of days…. I am going to try and read and catch up tomorrow …… Dennis and I have no where to go and I did not want to have anything here. I usually do all the entertainment but I am tired thus we will have a nice quiet day…… Hope you have a wonderful time and your TT was so touching……… I will be back this weekend…….Have a burger for me! Hugs

  • IRENE

    Yes, dear Angie! Oh I so AM with you when you write about laying it all out to Jesus, and do as He says and wants! Happy 4th of July and many blessings to your family.

  • eph2810

    I think the story of your granddaddy fasting and praying for your grandson is wonderful. And yes, Angie – there is some ‘junk’ that needs to get out of my life too – whining to the Father being one of them. And lately I have been struggling with “not being good enough”….But I know that those are the lies of the enemy…Thank you so much for sharing your grateful heart with us.Blessings to you and yours.

  • Denise

    Just wanted to say hey…. and that you were on my mind…….. I pray that you are well and that the Father God is living large in your life……… I need to get busy and get my book in order to study with you and the other gals……. Hugs girl friend….

  • Melanie

    Angie, This is such a great post and reminder that God does listen when we focus our faith and prayer on Him.Have a great week!

  • Tracy

    What an incredible gift as a result of Granbuddy’s faithfulness to fasting and prayer! What a picture of earnest faith. I agree with you! It can be a really scary thing to lay it all out there before the Lord…not knowing what He might ask you to do! But I too have some things in my life that need to “go out”. Thank you for this challenge today.Hope you and your family had a wonderful 4th!Blessings,Tracy

  • lori

    Did you share that for ME…I’ve been gone and I just came by to say hello and this…what a blessing of a post! Fasting and prayer are underestimated…and I don’t do enough of either….I have a thing or two that needs a “castin’ out” myself….Sometimes my attitude could use and adjustin’ too!! BUT YOUR ATTITUDE?? You just have one big ol’ heart!I’m joining you….rid ourselves of all that is NOT of Christ…oh that just sounds beautiful, doesn’t it!You are one fabulous lady out there! You minister in ways you likely will never know! You bless me each and everytime I stop by!!I hope you had a great Monday…Hugs to you!!gotta go scrub a tub!!:) It IS Monday!:):):)hugs girlfriend!lori

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