On Friday night, after a DC Restaurant Week dinner, my friend and I passed a bar where a young father was standing outside, holding a brand new fresh little baby. My friend and I gasped at the cuteness and I said a quick little mental prayer: “Wow, Jesus, it would bring me a lot of joy to hold a baby soon.”


Less than 24 hours later, I was sitting on my friend’s couch cradling her friend’s baby. I had not known that I would be receiving my answered prayer so quickly! But there I was, with teeny little fingers wrapped in an iron grip around my hair, and my heart pretty much bursting with joy.


This has been a bit of a pattern over the past few months – it seems like Jesus has been incredibly attentive to my teeny tiny prayers. Holding a baby is not a matter of life or death, merely a little delight that my heart was longing for. Other answered prayers have included the metro doors staying open just a bit longer so I can catch a train, freshly restocked shelves at Trader Joe’s, a speedy project placement at my new job, and a pool invite on a sweltering day.


These answered prayers do a few things: first, they remind me of the attentiveness of Jesus. They remind me of the importance of naming and praying for my intentions. They show me His abundant and intimate providence. But they also drive me a little crazy. Yes Lord, thank You for reminding me You love me and see me, but what if instead of these little things, You focus Your heavenly attention and energy on my BIG prayers and get us rolling on those?


As much as I would like to understand and get “read in” on God’s complete plan, and as much as I suggest He prioritize things in a different order (*cough cough mine*), the reality is that He knows what is best for me – and right now, what’s best for me are the daily little reminders of His nearness to me. The more I see these little prayers answered, the more I’m convicted that He is moving in my life and that He has me exactly where He wants and needs me.


So my challenge for of all of us is this – what if this week, we practice offering up little prayers? The more we commune with God, the more we’re inviting Him to love on us. And as He answers these little prayers, we grow in trust that He is always, always working – even when we can’t perceive it.


Praying for you all this week, please pray for me!!

In Christ,

Jane

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Podcast Episode 85: Peace with Emily Peters | Fruit of the Spirit Series

  • I am over the moon to bring you my dear friend Emily Peters today! Emily and I attended college together, and she’s now raising two super cute children and living life with her husband Ryan in Santa Barbara! We talked all about peace – cultivating it, living it, and protecting it in our crazy world. She shares so much wisdom and I know this is an episode I will return to often! Enjoy! Tune in here on Apple Podcasts and Spotify!

My Sisters the Saints by Colleen Carroll Campbell

  • I devoured this book in two days, and I cannot recommend it more to any woman who is striving to balance their desires for their personal and professional dreams! Colleen has had illustrious career opportunities (such as working as a presidential speechwriter) and talks so openly and beautifully about the choices and sacrifices that come with desiring our Vocations and using our gifts and talents well. You can buy it here!

Harry Potter holds up

  • This past week, I finished my summer rewatch of the Harry Potter movies (6, 7, and 8) and they truly do hold up. I found myself getting teary at the courage of these friends who love one another so well and fight relentlessly for what is right, even in the face of incredible evil.

Prayer Requests

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  • For friends (and everyone) praying for a baby
  • For courage to be bold in faith in our friendships

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