Prayer + What? = Peace

If we were sitting across the table from each other,
you could probably tell me what's stealing your peace right now
without having to think too hard.
You may be grieving a longtime loss
that never settles far from your conscious thoughts.
You may be crying yourself to sleep at night over a situation
with a son or daughter who is beyond your ability to control - a failing marriage,
a grandchild undergoing diagnostic tests, 
perhaps open rebellion against your parenting decisions.
Maybe you're facing some health issues of your own,
or your income just isn't meeting your monthly bills,
or your church is in turmoil over some hot-button issue.

You can {and should} pray about these matters, of course.
But praying is not all you can do.
"Do not be anxious about anything," the apostle Paul wrote,
in a much-loved passage of Scripture,
"but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving
let your requests be made known to God"
{Philippians 4:6}.
Then what?
"The peace of God, which surpasses all understanding,
will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus" {verse 7}.

When prayer teams up with gratitude, when you open your eyes wide enough 
to look for God's mercies in the midst of your pain,
He meets you with His indescribable peace.
It's a promise:
prayer + thanksgiving = peace.

Prayer is vital, yes.
But to really experience His peace in the midst of problems,
you must come to Him with gratitude.
Costly gratitude.
The kind that trusts He is working for your good even in unpleasant circumstances.
The kind that garrisons your troubled heart and mind
with His unexplainable peace.
{ Devotion from The Quiet Place by Nancy Leigh DeMoss }

Sweet friends,
my family and I are headed to another state to see my Grandpa Don.
As of right now his kidneys are not doing well
and Friday night he was put on dialysis.
Also, as of Friday night my Grandpa has not woken up.
He is not on any pain medication because the medical staff wants him to wake up on his own.
Because his kidneys are not functioning properly 
his system is not flushing out the anesthetic that was put in him for the surgery 
so he is in a semi-coma.
Hopefully the dialysis will do the job and clean him out
and Lord-willing he will wake up soon.
Also, the neurologist confirmed that he had a stroke 
and it happened in the front part of the brain.
We will not know the extent of damage until he wakes up.
Thank you for the continued prayers!
My family and I have been so blessed by you
and we can feel your love and prayers.

I could be gone for up to a week so I will talk with all of you when I get back.
Much love to you!

Roses of Inspiration will be up on Tuesday
for all of you to enjoy.
I look forward to visiting you when I get home.

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Two of the items in my photos today were from dear blogging friends. . .
The "Peace" box was handpainted by the lovely Celeste.
And the stunning lace heart was created by the wonderful Linda.
Both of these women have delightful Etsy shops.
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Anonymous said...

Dear Stephanie and Family, I will be praying for Grandpa Don and for all of you. May God bless and comfort you. Love, Mildred

Bobbie Lynn said...

So sorry to hear that Grandpa Don is not doing well. I will keep him and your family in prayer. Be safe and hope the roads and weather will be good for your travel.
God bless,
Bobbie Lynn

Wanda said...

My dear Stephanie...What a very true and important message...without gratitude, there is no peace and prayer falls short.

I am praising the Lord this morning as I know we have a big God...who can reach down and touch your Grandpa Don.

Praying for traveling mercy, and maybe Grandpa will be awake when you get there.

Hugs and love
And peace that passes all understanding.


Sylvia said...

My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family, dear Stephanie, as you travel to be with your Grandpa. I pray God's comfort and blessings on all.
Hugs and much Love,

DELETED said...

Lovely and encouraging post Stephany, praying for your grandfather, have being thinking about you and your family, its going to be ok...warm loves from us..soraya and huub

FlowerLady Lorraine said...

This was a beautifully inspiring post dear Stephanie. You are encouraging others through rough times for your family.

Your Grandpa Don and whole family are in my prayers. You are all in God's tender loving care.

Love and hugs ~ FlowerLady

Jocelyn said...

May you and your family be granted peace as you travel to be with your grandfather. Praying for his recovery.

Castles Crowns and Cottages said...

I know that you are truly thankful for the family you have and your gratitude will be truly expressed to your dear grandfather. May he receive the love and joy as you go to see him, and my prayers are that he have full recovery for many years to spend with YOU. Dearest Stephanie, you are a blessing. Anita

CherylQuilts said...

Oh, dearest Stephanie, as I read this earlier this morning, I immediately thought of you and your dear mom as I knew you too would be reading along...what a precious devotional and so timely (as always). What a blessing God is to us in so many ways like giving us the right encouragement at the right time (as though we would expect anything less). Know you are being prayed for and that we love you dearly. Praying with hope and thanksgiving for what God is going to do. Praying for safe travels and for your time with your grandpa and the entire family. May it be a blessed time to be together...as his side to encourage and love on him. Tender hugs!

Sara - Villa Emilia (My Woodland Garden) said...

Big hugs to you and your family!

kitty@ Kitty's Kozy Kitchen said...

Oh my dear girl, safe travels to you and your sweet family as you got to be with your dear grandpa Don. My prayers are with you.
Thank you for this touching post, as I'm writing with tears in my eyes. Oh, how I needed these words today. Yes, I do pray for a situation in my life, but thank you so very much for the reminder to do it with thanksgiving. I struggle with that, but I must be mindful.
My love and prayers are with you, and your dear family, Stephanie.

Miss Val's Creations said...

I will be thinking of you and your family. Sending my hugs.

Vicky Hunt said...

Oh Stephanie, I am so sorry to hear that your grandpa is in a semi-coma. I will continue to pray for healing for him. I will be praying for safe travels for you and your family as well. May you keep feeling the love and prayers we are all sending your way.

Hugs and Prayers,

Nina said...

Dearest Stephanie,
Safe travels to you & your family... Your mom, you & your family has been in my prayers ... Such a peaceful post - Trusting in His promises and resting in His peace, knowing the Lord is in control,
Hugs & Blessings,

Joyful said...

Thoughts and prayers are with you and your family Stephanie. I know what this is like and prayers are what helped me through. God bless and give all of you peace and safety. x

Judy Goddard said...

Prayers are going up, Stephanie. Rest in the arms of the one who loves you best. All are safe, no matter what!

Anonymous said...

Dearest Stephanie, I am so sorry to hear about your Grandpa. Please know that I will be praying for him!! I will also be praying for you and your family as you are traveling to go visit him. :) I truly hope everything is okay with him!! I know that going through something like that is not easy, but God is walking before you all in everything.

Sending you a hug, sweet friend! And lots of love to you and your family during this time <3

Home Meadows said...

I'm sorry to hear your grandfather isn't doing well. I will lift up a prayer for him and your family as you travel to see him. Take care, Heather

Jackie said...

Continually praying for your Grandpa. Sending you and your family much love....

Celestina Marie said...

Dearest Stephanie, I will be praying for you and your family making the trip to see your grandpa Don. I am sorry he is not doing well. My prayers continue in the days ahead and God's peace be with you all.
Love and Blessings, CM

Hannah @ Shining Stars said...

Praying for you and your family Stephanie … may our heavenly Father fill you with His peace and wrap His loving arms around all of you.

magnoliasntea said...

Thank you for this encouraging post, Stephanie. Continued prayers for your Grandpa Don. May the Lord bless your visit with him. I'll keep you and your family in my prayers for safe travels, also.

Vee said...

A beautiful post and so timely. We are going through similar things with my dad so I understand the concerns. The temptation is to pull my apron over my head and wail...not too productive. The way you describe is so much better! Glad that you are going to be with your family. God richly bless your time together and prayers are ongoing for your grandfather.

Anne's Attic - Design said...

Dear Stephanie I am so glad that you are able to go visit your grandfather. Be safe. A few years back I suffered a lot of loss in my life. A gran daughter passed and my marriage ended along with 3 of my children. I was ill and severally depressed it has taken me years of prayer and trying hard to live God's commandments. Until I really discovered the use for our Saviors atonement did I find peace. Now I am whole again. Some things we just can't do by ourselves that's when the atonement takes over . I am so greatfull for it every day. Hugs, Jo

Kim said...

This is a beautiful and heartfelt devotional, Stephanie! So often in life which is filled with twists and turns, all we can do is cling to Jesus and rest in the fact that He is always faithful. May He hold you all in the hollow of His hand and uplift you all in this terribly difficult time. Sending you heartfelt prayers and hugs. xx

Margie said...

Sending you positive vibes. I'll be thinking and praying for your Grandpa Don and your family.

Debby Ray said...

Oh Stephanie, this post spoke right to my heart. It is so true that the burdens we carry get so very heavy and it can just overwhelm and overtake us...I have been there many times. I was reminded by a passage not too long ago in the book Jesus Calling that in the midst of waiting on God's timing, we must remember to thank Him for what He has done already! Beautiful devotional by Nancy Lee. I have been checking the blogs all weekend for an update on Grandpa Don...my prayers go with you as you travel and may the Lord give peace as you face these uncertain times. Hugs to you and your mom!

Unknown said...

I am not religious but this gave me peace. I need to start reminding myself of your words when I lose the little peace I have or get overwhelmed on the harder days.

sending healing vibes for grandpa Don

Julie's Lifestyle said...

Oh Stephanie, I am still saying prayers for you and everyone. So sorry about the situation.
Julie xo

My Garden Diaries said...

Stephanie...this was the most beautifully written post I have ever read about faith and prayer. It really touched my heart. I will be praying for your grandpa and all of you during this time. Be well my friend and we will talk soon....thinking of you...Nicole xoxo

Lady Linda said...

You have been in my prayers and my heart dear Stephanie. A lovely post indeed. Lots of hugs for you and all your family.

Kelly-Anne said...

Oh, dearest Stephanie... Your beautiful post brought tears to my eyes this morning...I really needed to read it - thank you so much for sharing what is on your heart. Prayer and thanksgiving equal peace...it is so true! My heart has been greatly encouraged!
I hope that your journey was smooth and that you arrived safely...I am praying for your Grandpa and that Jesus would continue to strengthen, uphold and give you the grace to embrace whatever happens... Blessings to you in Christ!

Sola Scriptura said...

Stephanie, I will be thinking of you this week as you travel and spend time with your grandfather. Hugs to you!

mamasmercantile said...

Still praying for you and your family, stay safe on your travels.

hobbyloes said...

Dear Stephanie, so sorry to hear that your grandfather is not being well, but I hope soon, I will be praying for your grandfather, you and your family.

Anne Payne said...

Stephanie, I am so sorry to hear this. My prayers for safe travel and for your granddaddy's health to improve. Give your mom a hug for me!

Cranberry Morning said...

I am continuing to pray for your entire family Stephanie as you wait upon the Lord. Words of wisdom in that devotional. Gratitude to God opens our eyes to his many mercies and blessings. God be with you as you travel. Greet your mother for us, who is also in our prayers.

Linda said...

Keeping you and your family in prayer sweet friend....praying for traveling mercy.

Asia King (aka Joanna K) said...

Beautiful post Stephanie! Thinking of you and your family..xx

Tuula @ Thrifty Rebel Vintage said...

You and your family will continue to be in my thoughts and prayers Stephanie. Safe travels.

Deborah Montgomery said...

Dear Stephanie, I will continue to pray for your dear family during this time, and especially for your grandfather. Thank you for encouraging so many of us. Gratitude is indeed a vital component to our prayers, but so hard to sometimes remember when we're struggling. Blessings to you, and safe travels. xo Deborah

Anonymous said...

Oh Stephanie, I am so sorry that your grandfather is not doing well. May his coma-sleep be filled with visions of heaven. Continuing to pray for his recovery and for you all too.

Bethany Carson said...

Amen! Good message Stephanie! I'll be praying for your grandpa.

Gentle Joy said...

Stephanie... I am sorry for what you are going through and I will be praying for you and your travels and for your Grandpa Don. This is a great post on peace... and what steals it. May God give you great peace as you walk through this time.

Barbara Neubeck said...

.. Hello Stephanie...
This is a wonderful post and extra special because even in your family's time of need you still think about sharing with us here.. and helping us cope with life....
God bless you and your family and especially Grandpa Don...
Thank you Lovely Lady...
hugs.... Barb xxx

Butterfly 8)(8 Bungalow said...

I'm so sorry. I will say a prayer for him and your family. xoox Su

Marilyn @ MountainTopSpice said...

Such a beautiful post Stephanie, and I couldn't agree more, about the "formula" that really does work. Have put it to the test many, many times, and the Lord never fails to provide that peace, even in the midst of difficulty. I am continuing to pray for your Grandpa, and your family! Love and hugs :)

Linda Walker said...

Dear Stephanie,
You and your family have been in my constant thoughts and prayers. Somehow I missed this post entirely and just found it now. It is so lovely, so timely as others have mentioned that they relate to your words about the importance of prayer and gratitude in their own life circumstances. Wishing you and your family comfort and peace at this difficult time.

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