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Kristen Strong, author of Back Roads to Belonging and Girl Meets Change, writes as a friend offering meaningful encouragement for each season of life so you can see it with hope instead of worry. She and her US Air Force veteran husband, David, have three children and live in Colorado...

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  1. Kristen,
    I can be the queen of pestering prayers. One prayer I went to God with for 25 years before it was answered. That’s a long time of continued persistence. Other prayers I’ve barely rolled off my lips and God was giving me the answer. I’ve learned that He is working in the short sprints AND the long marathons. Praise that “God only allows pain that brings the bigger gain.” I needed this encouragement this am!
    Bev xx

    • “I’ve learned that He is working in the short sprints AND the long marathons.” ~ If that isn’t a good word, I don’t know what is. Thank you for sharing such encouragement here, Bev. Not just today but every day. You’re so beloved!

    • Called to wish my daughter happy birthday 30 she was mad because i told her i loved her???????????

      • Maria,
        I am lifting you in prayer. I called my daughter (32) to ask how she was doing during the COVID-19 pandemic. She was mad and told me not to call her unless it was an emergency…I was just as dumbfounded as you are! Keep lifting them up to the Lord. They are His and this is HIS battle to win.
        Bev xx

      • Maria, I’m so sorry about that. I’m praying right now that your daughter has a kinder, gentler response next time you give her a call. Sending love to you…

  2. I’m beating a path to God on the regular these days, and I SO appreciate this reassurance that he’s not an eye-rolling, had-enough-of-me God!

  3. Thank you. I needed this at this moment. “Only allows pain that brings a bigger gain.” Well said

  4. Thank you. This devotional was God- ordained for me through you and His Holy Spirit. I am working through a Bible Study called Missing Pieces and this parable was used and it really spoke to me about coming twice a day to our Loving and Merciful God with a long- standing request and this request has become even more critical since our lock down. So every morning and night I come before God with this request and today as I was praying I wondered if this parable really applies to me and the situation and then I read this devotional and God said through your writing , “Ellen, yes I gave that parable to you so that you would bring your request to me just as the widow did with persistence and faith!” Thank you and thanks to our loving Father who speaks to us in many ways.

  5. I’m trying to overcome my perfectionistic tendencies in prayer. Beating myself up for pestering prayers is one of those areas. Thank you for this encouragement today!

  6. I love this article, and have loved many more, because they seem to hit right at the heartstrings for me. I guess we women seem to know what each other is going through and when you share it, it speaks to others and gives us HOPE.
    I have a question. Why is there no way to print these articles? Sometimes I want to print them and read them over and over. Just curious! Thank you for the article.

  7. Do you know what. It sometime Kirsten when we are on cloud 9 and so happy we never give God a second thought. But even in thoses times we should always be thanking God and saying Hello God. I am still alive. Remembering it is God who woke us up to enjoy today in his beautiful World. Even if the weather is not so good outside. How come it mostly when we hear bad news or we are ill or depressed. We go running to God in Prayer especially if saved. Saying Daddy God help. We expect God to wave like magic wand and take the problems away no matter what they are. God if he wanted could say back us his Child. Why are you wanting me now when there is something wrong. When you my Child where on cloud 9 you didn’t care for me. You thought of no one but yourself. Now your in trouble You decide you need me. But God doesn’t do that. How would we feel if our friend did that only wanted us when they felt like it. When they needed us to help them with a problem because we could trust them. When we where happy we could manage on our own. We didn’t need them. Wouldn’t be very nice. What we are doing to God is a bit like that that. God showed me that. So I had get on my knees and say sorry to God and not forget him when I am happy things are going well. As God never forgets me he is always there for me in Good happy days and Sad and In all my problems. God is the one who wakes me up every morning to enjoy another day in his Beautiful world. Give me all I need for each and every day. So the least I can do for God. Is Thank him for that. By spening time in his word the Bible and Prayer everyday. No matter what way I am feeling or what problems I have and take those problems to him God in prayer. That is my way of saying thank you to him. As God will never leave me nor forsake me. God will be with me through those problems no matter what they are. If I am having a bad day. If it is a good day I can praise God all the more and thank him all the more. Thank you for today’s reading. XXXX

  8. Kristen,

    My faith & prayer muscles have been stretched in past trials. During this virus my hubby got furloughed. He was upset & nervous. I’ve been the one to tell him to trust God & pray. We’ve listened to our church sermons on Face book & prayed together. This AM on the way to work I prayed all the way. Some prayers were repeated. I know God will answer them in His timing. Prayer is what got me through my dad’s geriatric psych issues twice. He loves us enough to wait patiently for each of us to come to Him & converse. I’m working on Dangerous Prayers by Craig Groeschel. It has gotten me to pray more boldly. Not just help me, but search, break & use me. Prayer should never be a last option but a first go to in any crisis.

    Blessings 🙂

    • Beth,
      Lifting you and your husband up in prayer, right now! You have been such a prayer warrior for me. Now it is time for me to return the blessing. Prayer – first choice, not last option…Amen!
      Bev xx

    • Beth, thanks so much for sharing that resource–I haven’t heard of the book you mentioned. And count me as one praying right now for you and your good man. Sending love, Beth. xo

  9. I love the image of a repeated prayer becoming a well-worn pathway we walk on through our circumstances. And you’ve given us the perfect prayer to begin: “I will trust in You, Lord, not in myself. I will believe You are moving in this situation even if I can’t see how. I will know that no matter the outcome, You only allow pain that brings a bigger gain.” A beautiful and powerful expression of faith and hope. Thank you, Kristen!