Hi WR2W, I pray everyone has been well and I want you to know that I am praying for you and your families. This month has truly been “April Showers” (trying times) for my family. According to the old adage, “April Showers” means a very rainy period, a heavy downpour that gives way to “May Flowers” (an abundance of blessings). We have faced a downpour of trials and tribulations, but thanks be to God for carrying us through them all and for that I say to God be the Glory for all He has done. It has been one thing after another, like a bad chain reaction that is falling out of control. Most days, all I could do is cry out to God and cast all of my cares upon Him (1 Peter 5:7) and “by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let [my] requests be made known unto [Him] (Philippians 4:6 KJV). It has gotten so heavy at times all I could do was lay in His presence and trust God in such a way that whatever happened, I know without a shadow of a doubt that all was well and God allowed it for our good even though 99.5% of the time I did not understand why.
In order to have a peace that surpasses all of our understanding, we must trust God and not rely on our own strength. As hard as it may be to accept what God allows, it is essential that we surrender our all (thoughts, matters of heart, and premeditated actions) to Him and let God order our steps in a way which pleases Him. I know life can be hard and we may face some difficult times when we just do not understand what God is doing and why He chooses to allow some things to happen, but this is where “prayer is the key and faith unlocks the door”. Having a faithful prayer life invokes God’s presence and causes situations to shift and peace to abide. So, I encourage each of us to “pray without ceasing” and “in every thing (“April Showers” and “May Flowers”) give thanks: for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus concerning [us]” (1 Thessalonians 5:17-18 KJV). I love each of you, be blessed, be encouraged, and be true!
Let Us Pray…. Father God in the name of Jesus, we come to you with humble hearts of submission asking that You will forgive us of our sins. We ask Dear Father that you purify our hearts, renew our minds, and give us clean hands to be fit to enter Your presence. We thank You for all that You have done and will continue to do in our lives, and we ask that You teach us how to stay before Your throne of grace and always pray without ceasing. We ask Dear Master that You incline Your ear to hear from Your servants and that You make room for us at Your feet where we can come before You with hearts of worship. God, in the name of Jesus, we ask that You heal our hearts during and after “April Showers” and You teach us how to receive “May Flowers”. Father, in the name of Jesus, forever lead and guide us in the way that pleases You and offer You glory. In Jesus matchless and mighty name, we pray, Amen!
After the Rain❤️