CAUTION: BE CAREFUL WHAT YOU PRAY FOR

“Be careful what you pray for – you just might get it!” Years ago, as a new believer I didn’t understand that word of caution. Today, as a seasoned saint…and a mother, it makes perfect sense to me. In the margin of my Bible is this prayer for my daughters I recorded in 1987, when they were 7- and 9- years old: “Lord, Give me the grace to hope for more than success for Aimee and Molly. I pray that they would live lives set apart for you.” I prayed that after reading the account of Samuel’s mother Hannah as she dedicated him to the Lord: “I prayed for this child, and the LORD has granted me what I asked of him. So now I give him to the LORD. For his whole life he will be given over to the LORD” (1 Samuel 1:27, 28 NIV). I am still praying for the grace it takes to let my children follow God as they feel Him lead. Nearly 7 years ago Aimee and Andy left their jobs (social worker, elementary teacher) in Grand Rapids, MI and moved to Toledo, OH without a job in hand. Aimee worked at a store in the mall; Andy did substitute teaching during the school year, and worked at Lowe’s during summer months. A year and a half later, they were both on staff at Cedar Creek Church in Perrysburg, OH. They did not set out to be in ministry, but it was obvious that God had a plan all along…Who knew? Since graduating from Cornerstone University in 1992, Molly’s path has taken her across the country and back again. She has been on staff with Youth For Christ in Miami, FL, worked at a youth camp in California, and recruited college students to lead summer mission trips for YouthWorks in Minneapolis, MN. For the past 4 summers she was Area Director for YouthWorks in New York City, Michigan, New Hampshire/Maine/upstate New York, and Mississippi/Louisiana/Alabama. She recently returned from a 40-day mission trip called “Kingdom Dreams Tour.” In between these times of formal ministry, she volunteered to mentor young women in Youth for Christ while earning a paycheck washing windows for a maintenance company, making sandwiches at Panera, and selling tickets at a movie theater. Molly recently earned a Master of Science in Entertainment from Full Sail University. In a recent blog post she spells out her passion: “My main passion apart from loving the Lord full-time is to see the entertainment industry/ Hollywood rocked with the realization of the love of Jesus. God has put a burning within my heart to, first of all, PRAY for Hollywood, and second of all, work IN Hollywood (or the entertainment industry in general). My dream is to create media that is thought provoking, pure in heart, and does a great job pointing to Jesus in a way that those who don’t follow Him can relate. Another dream is to be a part of relational ministry in Hollywood offering support to those caught in the trappings of the industry.” Read more of her vision @http://kingdomdreamstour.com/2012/05/08/health-hollywood-and-jesus/ Molly is currently enroute to Toledo, OH to spend the summer with Aimee and her family. She is trusting God to provide a job for the summer; then she’ll head to Kansas City, MO for additional media and ministry training through the International House of Prayer’s (IHOP) media school. Molly is fearless in her faith and focused on her commitment to follow Jesus wherever He leads. Both Aimee and Molly claimed Jeremiah 29:11 at the time of their high school graduations: “For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the LORD, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.” I believe God’s plans for them are good. I prayed for more than success for my daughters. I prayed they would live lives set apart for the Lord. God answered that prayer – and I am blessed!  As I pray for God’s leading in Aimee and Molly’s lives, I continue to pray for grace to release them and trust them to God’s care. I have learned that it is not always easy to get what you pray for… P.S. “I have no greater joy than to hear that my children are walking in truth” (3 John, v.5)....