Count Up the Cost

Earlier today, I sat down to reflect on my weekend. Immediately, I began to think about where each of our three children are in their lives. All of them have goals that they are working towards. Our oldest son is taking classes and has been training our youngest along with a few of his friends in football. Our daughter graduates from high school in June and will begin college in the fall. Our youngest son is adjusting to being a teenager and preparing to transition into high school in the Fall. As I was thinking about how each of them are doing, I began to thank God for what He was doing in their lives.

Then, I began to pray for them. The first thing I asked was that He open doors for them and immediately the Holy Spirit asked me,”What good is the door if I’m not on the other side of it?” That brought everything to a halt. My mind started to ponder that question and my prayer adjusted. I began to pray and ask God to not only open the doors but walk with them through them. Why? If the door is in His will and a result of His leading, the door can’t help but be blessed. Where He leads, His blessings follow. Let me rephrase that He provides where He leads. Our milk and honey is where the Father leads. Our manifested, exceedingly, abundantly above all we can ask or think is there. His peace and joy are there. There is wholeness there as well.

How many times have we asked for open doors and not asked for the one who opens doors no man can shut? I remember when I left my job in 2018. I knew it was time but I wanted to make sure that it was a God thing. I knew that it was going to take faith and a great deal of obedience. I also knew that I had to ready to accept what came with a closed door. What did I do? I shut in. I prayed until God spoke. Then, I moved. I have been blessed every since.

God reminded me today that not only do we need to pray but we need to be specific with our prayers. We pray for open doors. Why? What good is the door is it going to bring us grief and drive us away from God? What does it profit us or our children to gain the world if our souls are lost? Nothing. I want Him and only what He desires for my life as well as theirs. If He is what we are seeking, then the open doors will come? What are you asking God for and why? What do you want it for? Is I worth it? Count up the cost. Are you willing to lose your comfort to gain it? Is it motivated by God or your own desires? Count up the cost.

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Published by niacaraw

I am an educator, a wife of 23 years, and mother of three beautiful children. I have taught the word of God to all ages and love to share it in creative ways. I've always had a passion for written expression. Over the years, I have documented my personal thoughts and prayers. Poems, devotionals, worship songs, and more have come from my life experiences. Now, I am ready to share them with the hope that lives and hearts will be changed as well as greatly blessed. I am flawed but striving for perfection in Christ. Although I have fallen short of the glory of God, I am forgiven. I am loved with an everlasting love. I am FREE!

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