I have been really overwhelmed with prayer requests yet again. This time it seems like the situations are closer and closer to home. Last night I was so overwhelmed with all these different situations that when Eliana woke me up for her middle of the night feeding I could not go back to sleep. An hour later when Elina woke up a 2nd time I was still awake. (I think the pizza I had for dinner was not agreeing with her.) I could only sleep after I had a long long talk with God about all these different situations. Life, pregnancy, death, illness, job searches, finances, children, family . . . all topics for discussion with God. There is something cleansing and renewing about getting it all out of my system, and admitting that situations are not under my control. Time and time again I have seen how God, who I believe is in charge of everything, is at work in all the situations around me. I think that joy, prayer, and being thankful are all directly related to each other.
1 Thessalonians 5:16-18 says “Be joyful always; pray continually; give thanks in all circumstances, for this is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus.”