Robert Belanger (1 Nov 2010)
"To Kamie"

Dear Kamie,
 
You are very welcome and I thank you for the kind words. It was truly my great privilege to be given the opportunity to supply that prayer for you, as I know that God places a great value on you, and all of His trusting, and untrusting, children. Thank you for making your needs known, Kamie. I am learning every day to truly appreciate opportunities to serve our Lord.
 
It is interesting that you wrote that the prayer brought tears to your eyes. As you may already suspect, the prayer was written with the help of the Holy Spirit and I also shed tears as it was written -- tears of inner joy knowing we have a truly compassionate and merciful God who loves us and is interested in our well-being. Kamie, He wants to help with every detail that concerns us--nothing is too small, as He said He cares even for the sparrow. I asked that my prayer would cause you too, as well as other readers, to shed a few tears as you sensed God's presence, mercy and empathy in the words that He led me to write. I know He will help solve your every problem, Kamie, but you must trust Him implicitly to do so! I mean really, really trust, knowing that you do not know the solution and need His help. He will hear your prayer and come to your rescue as He promised never to forsake us.
 
Today I am moved to share with you a few Bible (KJV) verses that have helped me a lot in the past: Proverbs 3:5-6 and Isaiah 26:3. These verses place emphasis on OUR role, or side, of trusting and GOD'S side of providing peace and direction in our lives (for more on these two distinct roles see God's side and Man's side in the link to Hannah Whitall Smith's book The Christian's Secret of a Happy Life ( http://library.timelesstruths.org/texts/The_Christians_Secret_of_a_Happy_Life/. ) Reading just this one chapter in Hannah's book can bring great blessings into your life. To reap even greater inner joy and happiness consider arising early each day to listen to hymns, or just to meditate in the silence listening for His voice--but be warned to have tissues at the ready because the presence of the Lord in the silence can bring many joyful tears, it seems that divine thoughts are almost too much for our weak human frames to bear!
 
To achieve a happy life, Kamie, living in accord with God's desires for us, Scripture tells us clearly that we should share our troubles and cares with our Creator--He knows how we are made and knows exactly what we need at any moment of our lives. We do not need to find solutions to problems, just trust Him to do His part. Remember, that is exactly what you did when you took the new job, trusting that the leading of the Holy Spirit would in the end lead to the best solution.
 
I am not perfect, but I have trusted God mightily in the past, but only, it pains me to admit, when there were no other options that I could think of on my own. I was taught to think that God helps those who help themselves. There is some truth in that saying, but it is not always the right course, and in most cases is not conducive to developing our faith and trust in God.  I now know that it is His desire that we start and end with Him, not with our often pathetic options, and am now firmly resolved to trust first and last in God to meet my needs.
 
 Your request for prayers and my response by writing the prayer reinforced my resolve. Thanks again for making your needs known, it was a pleasure to be able to provide a little help to you (from the Holy Spirit).
 
May our truly merciful and loving God bless and keep you always in His protective care, Kamie.
 
In Christ our Saviour and Lord,
 
Robert
 
Proverbs 3:5-6 "Trust in the Lord with all your heart; and lean not unto your own understanding. In all thy ways acknowledge him and he shall direct your paths."
 
Isaiah 26:3 "Thou wilt keep him in perfect peace, whose mind is stayed on thee, because he trusteth in thee, Trust ye in the Lord for ever: for in the Lord is everlasting strength."