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"You turned my wailing into dancing; you removed my sackcloth and clothed me with joy.." - Psalm 30:11 (NIV). 

Here is a quagmire. You have this burden you take to the Lord persistently. There you pour out all your heart, as you leap out anxious cries. At what point do you stop crying and start praising God?

Once there was a barren woman called Hannah in no less than grim circumstances. We know, "Whenever Hannah went up to the house of the Lord, her rival provoked her till she wept and would not eat. Her husband Elkanah would say to her, “Hannah, why are you weeping? Why don’t you eat? Why are you downhearted? Don’t I mean more to you than ten sons?” (I Samuel 1:7-8). Then one day something happened. Eli, the priest took note of her sad situation, heard her prayer and then said, "Go in peace, and may the God of Israel grant you what you have asked of him" (vv 17).

Nodding to the priest, "She said, “May your servant find favor in your eyes.” Then she went her way and ate something, and her face was no longer downcast" (vv 18). From that point on there is no record of Hannah weeping anymore.

Hannah took the word from the Lord for granted and her outlook completely changed. One chapter of weeping had passed to one of praise. And that was a key to her eventual success. For, "in the course of time Hannah became pregnant and gave birth to a son. She named him Samuel, saying, “Because I asked the Lord for him" (vv 20).

Your situation could be no more different. You have carried this burden in you heart that has long made you restless, filled with heartaches. Day and night you weep for that cherished answer. Then one day in your deep of hearts you hear the Lord say, "Go in peace, your request has been answered!" Would you weep anymore!

The time for praise has come. Stop weeping and start praising. For the Lord has answered your prayers!

Prayer for today: Lord Father God of Abraham, maker of heaven and earth, I know my sorrows are no more, for you have heard my requests and answered me, so I now rise in praise of you, this I pray in Jesus's name.

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    “Who dares despise the day of small things, since the seven eyes of the Lord that range throughout the earth will rejoice when they see the chosen capstone in the hand of Zerubbabel” ( Zechariah 4:10).

    The public life of King David is well known. However, there is an early aspect of his life quite hidden though we can get glimpse of it. The first time we get to know David he is a stay home kid while his big brothers are on to bigger stuff, like fighting with King Saul. “Jesse’s three oldest sons had followed Saul to the war: The firstborn was Eliab; the second, Abinadab; and the third, Shammah. David was the youngest. The three oldest followed Saul, but David went back and forth from Saul to tend his father’s sheep at Bethlehem” ( I Samuel 27:13-14).

    Left home alone perhaps it was a time for David to bond with the old man Jesse. Maybe he sometimes felt idle and ignored. But there was something maturing in his life for the life ahead. For in the meantime as he would later point to King Saul once an opportunity availed itself, God was ironing out his CV. When he offered to take on Goliath and Saul hesitated, he quickly shot back: “Your servant has been keeping his father’s sheep. When a lion or a bear came and carried off a sheep from the flock, I went after it, struck it and rescued the sheep from its mouth. When it turned on me, I seized it by its hair, struck it and killed it. Your servant has killed both the lion and the bear; this uncircumcised Philistine will be like one of them, because he has defied the armies of the living God. The Lord who rescued me from the paw of the lion and the paw of the bear will rescue me from the hand of this Philistine” (vv 35-37).

    That’s the point. What had apparent been idle moments God was preparing David for the battles ahead? He would not only emerge out of the shadow as a great warrior but also a shepherd of his people ever relying on God.

    Equally so, for all of us, there are moments that might appear idle and we feel frustrated as we see the days go by. Yet, in His gentle ways, God is preparing us for great days ahead.

    Prayer today: Lord Father God, maker of heaven and earth, for those periods in life of apparent inactivity and maybe trials, help me appreciate them as the maturing me, for in due time and season all will bear fruit, this I pray in Jesus’ name!

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