+Jeanne Takenaka @JeanneTakenaka
Our Five Minute Friday prompt this week is—MORE. This largely unedited “rough draft” form of writing stretches this perfectionist, in the best of ways. I write for five minutes on a given topic. If you’re interested in learning more about 5-Minute Fridays, check out our hostess, Kate Motaung’s site. Or, click on the link at the bottom of this post. As you read my simpler Friday posts, I hope you’ll join in the conversation!
Before we had children, I begged God for one. In His timing He gave us our first son. Then I prayed for more. I was pushing thirty-eight when our second was born, and I wanted more.
It had taken years for God to open the door to parenthood, and I wanted as much—as many children—as He would give me.
My husband, on the other hand, said two was enough. We were asked to pray if we would take triplets. We prayed, and God showed me exactly what my husband would say, and how I should answer. His answer to me?
Trust Me to give you Enough.
So I did. And we have two amazing, fabulous boys. And they are enough. Perfect for our family.
How many other times have I asked God for more? Sometimes I ask out of fear because I don’t want to not have enough of something. Some material thing, or some credit gained, or some recognition of some sort.
Most times, God’s idea of “enough” and mine are different. Shocking, I know.
I’m discovering that God wants me to trust Him to know when I have enough. Whether it’s finances, and covering the increasing costs for boys in sports, band, and other activities. Or it’s the opportunities to write, or to mentor others. Or that desire for more time.
Isn’t that something we all want more of???
Instead of asking for more, I’m learning to trust God to give me enough. I pray my desire to Him, and I let it rest in His hands. He knows how much of everything I need.
What I want more of right now is Jesus. More time in His word.
Closer communication and intimacy with Him.
I want to walk more like Him through my days.
I want more of Him to reflect through me.
I want more of His wisdom to handle the daily decisions, confrontations with teens, and situations that come up.
I want to be more like Jesus in how I speak, how I act, in how I respond to those who are closest to me and those who people my world.
Somehow, it think that may be a prayer God will give me more of.
What about you? How do you handle the quest for more versus God’s saying “you have enough?” What do you want more of when it comes to your relationship with Jesus?
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