Prayer Just Might Smell Like Diapers

This post is going up later today than I anticipated. You see, I bought a couple books on Saturday, one of them is “The Circlemaker” by Mark Batterson and instead of writing last night, I started reading it. I’d heard so much about this book that it seemed that God was practically screaming at me to get it (yes, I really believe He does that when we’re hard of hearing.). Upon obedience, I immediately knew why. I’m only in the third chapter, but my oh my. If you haven’t heard of it or read it, I can’t even wait til chapter 4 to tell you that you really should. This book might just become my new favorite book I’ve read this year. The jury is out yet. ;)

And just to give you a bit of encouragement on prayer today, and perhaps a little incentive to read the ebook, :), I’m including an excerpt from the book that so many readers have mentioned to me. It’s the kind of prayer story that makes you realize God cares about every little thing in our lives… even diapers.

….God is the One who held the authority over Hannah’s mind and body.

Who is in control of that situation that is sending you over the edge?   Who knows every hair on your head and every fiber of your being? (Matt. 10:30)   When we allow any physical or mental issues to bring us to the point of complete and utter depression, fear or worry, then we essentially are saying, “I’m trying to control this, but I can’t.”

We may not be able to visualize a solution to our problem.

But the God of the Universe is bigger than any problem, visible or intangible.

Three years ago, around February 2009, I was pregnant with our sweet Tarah and my belly was growing each day. With that growth, and the glorious winter weather we have here in Ohio (Oh, yes. So many overcast, ugly gray days you just can’t keep up.), the worry over finances began to loom over me. Oh, but it wasn’t just a financial thing.

The Devil kept bringing up diapers. What?! Well, with having 7 children, my husband and I have transitioned multiple times over in regards to caring for their needs. But there was a period of years that we had three children in diapers at the same time.   Fun.    My mind just kept thinking about that period of time and how expensive it was to keep up. Really, I worked myself into a frenzy over diapers, sometimes a couple times a day.

Then I became convicted. I Peter 5:7 was waving at me and started shouting my name.

“Casting all your care (anxiety or worry) on Him, for He cares for you.”

So I began to pray each and every single time the thought of diapers and their expense rose to the surface of my mind. ”Lord, I know Your Word says You are my Provider. Please take this worry over diapers and give me victory in Your Promises.” I continued this prayer for a few months. Sometimes just one time in a day; often it was multiple times throughout the day.

One morning, the week before I was due to deliver Sweet T, I was standing in the kitchen, washing dishes, when my husband came in from work. He worked nightshift in the emergency room at the time and so the time was a little later than he typically comes home, but I thought he got hung up saving someone’s life.   Literally.    However, he went into the living room and then back out to his car. Then into the living room and back out to his car again. I made the circle around from the kitchen, just in time to see him coming through the garage door a third time, arms full of baby bags. On the couch were stacks of diapers.    And wipes.    And some other gifts.    21 packages of diapers in all, all different sizes. ”Honey, my co-workers gave us a diaper shower last night.”

I’ve never heard of a man receiving a baby shower from his co-workers.

Isn’t it amazing how God works? I hadn’t prayed for diapers specifically; all I requested was that God would give me the strength not to worry over something so trivial. Even though it seemed like a big deal.

The story gets better. That same day about 1 pm, the doorbell rang. I went to answer the door and saw the UPS man, who had cases of something stacked on his dolly. As he arrived on the porch, I realized the cases were…you guessed it! Diapers! My sister, Sharon, had felt impressed by the Lord to send diapers to me and so she went online to Sam’s Club and had them sent directly to my house.

We didn’t buy diapers for Tarah until she was 15 months old.

Why am I telling you this? Because God answers prayer in His own way.

Even when the request is something as silly as: “Lord, please take away my worry over diapers.”

“Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not unto your own understanding. In all your ways, acknowledge Him and He shall bring it to pass.”  Prov. 3:5&6

Prayer just might smell like….diapers.  Thankfully, unused.

Sensational Scent of Prayer Book Giveaway

Today I am honored to announce another ebook giveaway!! This one is hosted by Darlene Schacht, my highly-talented blog friend, who is giving away  4 copies of my NEW ebook, “The Sensational Scent of Prayer.”

Darlene is an award winning and New York Times best-selling author through the book she co-authored with actress Candace Cameron Bure titled, Reshaping it All: Motivation for Physical and Spiritual Fitness. She is also the author of the best-selling Book, The Good Wife’s Guide: Embracing Your Role as a Help Meet. You can find her blogging at Time-Warp Wife where she empowers wives to joyfully serve.   She is also the mother of four children, help meet to her husband Michael, and “mom” to pug, Bailey.

I am so honored to have Darlene provide a book review and giveaway and without further ado, CLICK HERE to go see her for your opportunity to win a free ebook!

The Sensational Scent of Prayer Ebook- Available NOW

Thank you all for your continual encouragement.  I am gratefully humbled in the response to the ebook releasing today!  Yesterday we had an awesome time at Karen Ehman‘s introducing the book and giving away  10 copies due to a wonderful sponsor!

The Sensational Scent of Prayer” is now available on Amazon at the introductory price of $2.99!!

Click HERE or on the book to the left to buy your copy!  NOTE: If you do not have a Kindle, you can STILL read the book.  Download the FREE Kindle software on your computer, Ipad, or Ipod. Then click on the link above to buy your copy.

 

What does prayer smell like?

One year of Bible study.

One summer of Bible teaching.

One ebook: “The Sensational Scent of Prayer.”

Each step brought the familiar sights and sounds closer. The annual trek to the tabernacle was one dreaded by Hannah. The trip only meant more of the teasing and taunting; when would it ever end?

As the smell of the constant, burning incense of tabernacle lamps became stronger and stronger, Hannah’s broken spirit poured out words of desperation. Anguish flooded her body, disabling her voice.

The tabernacle’s perfumes waft higher into the air and Hannah’s prayers trailed just behind them, soaring to the heavens, rousing the attention of her heavenly Father…

The One Who loves:

The Sensational Scent of Prayer.

Ebook RELEASING TODAY!!!

Foreword by Karen EhmanProverbs 31 Ministries National Director of Speakers, author of A Life That Says Welcome, The Complete Guide to Getting and Staying Organized and the soon-to-be released LET. IT. GO. How to Stop Running the Show & Start Walking In Faith, wife of 26 years, mom of three and still-learning pray-er :-)