Exceedingly Abundantly More in Prayer


I love surprises.

If I suspect someone is trying to surprise me, I close my eyes and plug my ears while signing so that I don’t see or hear what they are up to. I don’t eavesdrop or snoop to find out what I am getting for Christmas either. In fact, I am pretty bummed when I stumble upon what’s coming my way (engagement party, baby shower, etc.).  Thankfully, my husband is getting better at keeping secrets.

Not only do I love being surprised by friends and family, but I also love being surprised by God.

The Bible says that God can and will do exceedingly, abundantly more than we could think or ask. (Eph. 3:20)

I can list my needs and be specific when I pray, but ultimately God knows everything I need.  Not only that, He might have something in mind for my family or me that, in my limited thinking, I would not ask for.

When I first began to pray about writing, I  never imagined that I would help create an online community called Circles of Faith, a place where Christian women can exchange their stories and grow in faith. I knew I wanted to write, but I didn't know where to start. At that time I didn't know anyone who wrote, so I prayed for a mentor. I was discouraged by the thought of "going it alone," putting pen to paper with minimal experience. I wondered, Who would want to read what I have to say?" This, while taking care of three little ones, all under the age of five.

Through persistence in prayer, and a few divine connections, our community of writers, was birthed. I am so excited to be a part of this ministry, especially because it was not my idea, it was God's. There is no way I would have come up with this on my own.

When you pray, present your requests to God but also ask Him to have His way. Be willing to relinquish control and let Him surprise you.

A Prayer...

Dear Lord, Only You know the plans you have for me. I know that they are plans to prosper me and not to harm me but I don’t know the details. I don’t want my limited imagination to prevent You from working in my life. I bring my plans before You and ask you to surprise me….

For You and Your Chil

Plan an outing for you and your child. This could be a trip to the ice cream shop, a visit with their favorite friends, a movie, or a picnic at a local park. When it is time to go, get in the car but don't tell them where you are going. If they are anything like my kids, they will want to know what's going on, but keep it a secret. Feel free to go around the blocks a few times, even make a wrong turn or two to keep them guessing. Hopefully, they will be surprised once you've arrived at your special place. Once there, share with them that while they didn't know where they were going, you did, you had it all under control. And just like Mom and Dad like to surprise them, God likes to surprise us.

This post is Day 13 of the series 31 Days of Teaching my Kids About Prayer.