Welcome! I'm Melissa Gross, a dynamic and interactive teacher and speaker called to lead and encourage Christian women in their walk with the Lord through classes, workshops and retreats incorporating Bible study, devotionals, illustrated Bible journaling, paper crafting and mixed media projects that merge faith and art bringing God’s Word to life so you can find renewed excitement to dive into the Word, use your creative gifts, and apply the Truth as you draw closer to the Lord and serve Him in your everyday life. This site is where I share my everyday adventures, Bible Journaling pages, scrapbook layouts, handmade cards, and other crafty projects, as well as information on my upcoming workshops and events. I also post photos, ramble about books I'm reading, stuff I'm organizing, and other FUN bits & pieces of my wonderful life.
Saturday, April 3, 2010
The Psalms and The Power of Simple Prayer
I often feel that my prayers fall short in many areas, especially the poetic sense. More often my prayers reflect this one that I saw in a cartoon several years ago. A little girl is kneeling by the bed and prays: Oh God of second chances and new beginnings, here I am . . . again.
I also completed Joyce Meyer's book The Power of Simple Prayer: How to Talk with God about Everything. This is an excellent book on prayer. I most like the fact that she begins by emphasizing that prayer is personal and there is no one set way to pray. She then goes on to discuss the many different types of prayer, keys to powerful prayer, and hindrances to prayer.
I love this quote from the book: "Personally, I would be more concerned if the devil never came against me. This is because if he is not bothering me, then I am probably not bothering him!" Lately I think I must really be bothering the devil because he is bothering me. I recently had a day where I was struggling emotionally and called my dear friend Becky to ask her opinion and advice. Becky listened and then prayed with me, and I am thrilled to report that God answered our prayers in even bigger and better ways than we asked.
However inadequate I feel my prayers are, just in the past two weeks, I have had tremendous answers to several specific prayer requests - one that I have been praying for many months, one that has burdened my heart in the last several weeks, and one that was answered the very same day the need arose. Just a simple reminder that God Is Good!!!
Let the words of my mouth and the meditation of my heart be aceptable in Your sight, O Lord, my strength and my Redeemer. Psalm 19:14