God's been doing amazing things for people I love as I approached him about the worries of their hearts. I approached him wholeheartedly and as selfless as I can be, without sprinkling my own desires during these brief intercessions. I began doing this in January through the first Prayer Project where you would write down a prayer daily for someone who was on your heart. It was challenging but I managed by splitting the month in half with two special individuals that have recently impacted my life.

I was going through a difficult period with a heart full of anger and resentment at the time, so I chose to deal with the pain by praying for them. I came across this Prayer Challenge 2 days prior to New Years 2014 and I knew that's how I wanted to deal with how I felt. I know what you're thinking, "that's a weird mindset," but this experience lifted weights off my heart and encouraged me to be at peace than in pieces from my situation. 

I found in myself forgiveness and understanding through each prayer I wrote, a transcending love I've never experienced. It wasn't easy but it was an amazing month. Here I am again today. I know God works wonders, I've reached out and watched how quickly He turned things around. In the midst of it all, I've often wondered who prayed for me and my troubles, if anyone cared enough to do the same. These thoughts settled down quickly as I was comforted by this passage: "Who then is the one who condemns? No one. Christ Jesus who died—more than that, who was raised to life—is at the right hand of God and is also interceding for us." Romans 8:34 (NIV)

I rarely talk about faith but I know I needed to as I woke up this morning with a yearning to share how much I've been blessed with as well as my loved ones. I hope you find this peace as well within your battles and that you always look back with gratefulness.

Be patient. Don’t lose faith. Prayers come unexpectedly. Trust in God’s timing. It’s perfect.
— Trent Shelton
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