Friday, May 3, 2013

Faithful Friday - "Don't Give Up"


Do you ever just get discouraged and sometimes wonder when your prayers are going to be answered?  I know I do.  Waiting is never easy!

I was just thinking the last time we were teaching in children's church (we teach every 3rd Sunday during both early and late services) that one particular little boy just isn't giving up on his prayer.  Every single time he asks for prayer that his daddy will quit smoking.  And I tell him....you don't give up and I can't wait until the day you tell me and the class that your daddy has quit smoking!  That's a huge thing to this little 7 year old boy!

And that got me to thinking about an example of this in my own life.

This is my mom and dad.  If you've been visiting my blog for awhile, you've probably seen pictures of them before.  They are wonderful examples to me.....in life....in marriage....you name it!



Well there was a time growing up when my dad wasn't a Christian and had no use for attending church at all.  My mother, brother, and I prayed for him all the time and we never failed to ask him when we were leaving for church if he would go with us.  He always declined and he avoided the preacher like the plague.  There were many times the preacher was going to stop by and see him and my mom would "warn" him ahead of time and he would leave the house until after the preacher left! 

Fast forward many years later when I was a young teenager.........Well one particular evening, he had done this very thing....left the house and gone riding around waiting on the preacher to leave.  Well he drove by the house and decided he wasn't going to be run off from his OWN house by a preacher.  So he stopped and came in.  To his surprise, the preacher wasn't pushy and even had another man with him in jeans and a cowboy hat.....very casual and down to earth and they both talked to him about hunting and fishing.  And the other man proceeded to tell my daddy the kind of man he used to be and what God had done for him.  And that was simply it.  Nothing threatening here, but the seed was planted.

Now fast forward a few weeks from that visit.......All this time, daddy had been doing some thinking of his own, pondering things, and while he was working alone out on a service call, he accepted the Lord as his Savior.

So my point is this, we (my mom, my brother, other friends and family members and I) spent years praying for my daddy to accept Jesus as his Savior.  We never gave up! 

Don't give up on those prayers or those people you've been praying for!  God is faithful to those prayers!



But as for you, be strong and do not give up, for your work will be rewarded.” 
2 Chronicles 15:7 (NIV)


Let us not become weary in doing good, for at the proper time we will reap a harvest if we do not give up. 
Galatians 6:9 (NIV)


“Ask, and it will be given to you; seek, and you will find; knock, and it will be opened to you. For everyone who asks receives, and he who seeks finds, and to him who knocks it will be opened.  Matthew 7:7-8 (NASB)


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 Blessings,
♥ Tammy ♥

12 comments:

arkie said...

Wonderful post this day! I cannot count the times we have heard similar testimonies! One, in particular, was a lady in East Texas who had prayed for her son's salvation for 19 years. She had almost given up. She admitted she had stopped praying everyday for this. She had shared this request at her church. There were many who prayed for her son. They didn't give up. The prayer was answered and he did accept Christ as his Savior! She overjoyed but so disappointed that she had almost given up! God's timing is always perfect!

I love what you told the little boy praying for his dad. Children have such tender hearts!

Paula Fraker said...

Wow, Tammy... this post was for ME. I so needed this today~ it is hard for me sometimes to keep the faith that HE will answer, but I have to remember it will be in HIS time and always "right on time".
Thanks for sharing your Daddy's wonderful story with us, it really blessed me this morning just reading how God worked in his life.

Laura Lane said...

I thank you for sharing your testimony and encouragement. I have those in my life that I pray for.

Beth said...

A beautiful uplifting post today. Thank you Tammy!

JoAnn @ SweetPepperRose said...

This is a very sweet and inspiring post Tammy. Never to old or young to pray ;-)

Joy ~ Doodlebug ~ said...

Mama,

I love that! That little boy is so sweet and I think it's great that he never gives up asking for prayer for his daddy. Sure is a good thing that Pop got that stubborn streak and refused to be "run off" by a preacher. ;)

Love you! 8!

Love,
Joy :)

Raggedy Creations said...

Lovely story.

God is ALWAYS faithful even when His answer is no.

Hope you have a wonderful weekend Tammy.

Felicia

Sandra said...

Great post Tammy. I'm going through some stuff right now and at times I feel like I'm praying with no answers but I'm like you, I don't give up and just keep the prayers going.

Have to reminder that our timing is NOT God's timing.

Hugs,
Sandra

Susannah said...

Thank you, Tammy. I am glad Dad changed his mind. I loved this post.

Susannah

Trace4J said...

Wonderful post.
I too prayed for 12 years for my hubby to go to church.
Now he sings beside me.
So very thankful.
God is good.
Have a wonderful weekend sweet Friend.
Woolie Joy Hugs & Prayers :)

Jill said...

Oh Tammy! This is so beautiful and so true and I can't thank you enough for sharing it! Please let us know when the little boys daddy stops smoking.

Your parents are adorable!

Michelle said...

Great post Tammy. The Lord truly answers our prayers .