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3/8/15

The Grace In The No

I love when God says yes to my prayers.  Mostly because it means I get what I want. . .

But when I spend so many moments, days, weeks, months petitioning the gates of heaven for something heavy on my heart, something I feel I need, something that would bless our life, something that would heal relationships. . . and then slowly realize He might be saying no.  Gosh, that's a hard pill to swallow if I'm honest with myself.  I don't like to see the manifestation no's in my life.

The last month or so, I've been praying and asking God very specifically for something in my life.  It wasn't anything greatly spiritual or earth shattering.  Just something on my heart that I desired and was excited about.  Last Sunday, I realized with a sinking heart that the answer was no.  And while it's wasn't a huge shock to me, I was surprised with how crushed I was.  I had really been hoping for a different outcome.

So after a good long cry in my bedroom and slowly realigning my heart with Truth, I felt like God was whispering to my heart that sometimes in He is showing His grace to me in the no.

^^ my favorite yes's from God, though!! ^^

If my prayers were always answered in the way that I asked, I would never have need of trusting God.

If my hopes and dreams were always fulfilled, I would never have need to check my motives or the attitude of my heart.

If my own plans for my life always came together, I would never have the chance to see the beautiful bigger picture that God was creating.


And while I will probably never fully rejoice when I realize I am facing another no to my prayers, I hope that little by little, one prayer at a time, I can practice gratitude for the sovereign hand of a gracious, all knowing Father that has my greater good in mind.  This, my friends, makes it all worth it.

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23 comments:

  1. Sometimes God saying no turns out to be the best thing! I had a time this past year where I was praying for a job as a personal trainer...He said no to that but threw me for a loop when He tossed a job as a teacher's assistant at a Montessori school. I absolutely love my work and am so glad He said no to what I asked for! :)

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  2. Wow, thank you for this reminder, Nicole!!

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  3. i LOVE these kinds of stories. of course hind sight is always 20/20, right?! these pictures of His grace are such great faith builders for the future. thanks for sharing, dear!! xo

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  4. yay! so glad it was a blessing to you. XO

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  5. amen. preach!!

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  6. What beautiful and truth-filled words!

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  7. Love this encouragement to trust God more! Beautiful post.

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  8. Nicole this totally spoke to my heart! I find myself so often not seein the grace in the no because I'm not getting what I want but every time I have seen the grace in the no. I was so much more blessed! Thanks for sharing! Loved this!

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  9. Yes! I am with you! This past week God and I have been locked in a head to head battle, and realizing I lost was a bit sinking. I pouted, whined a bit, threw myself a pity party about how life's not fair, and then quickly realized I already had won. He's already won the battle for me, it's finished. I shall rejoice;)

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  10. Those "NOs" are tough, but the bring the mountain tops. Without them, we'd lose the joy of the "YESes." :) You have such a beautiful heart, friend.

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  11. Love this....it's hard to remember when you are in the thick of realizing you didn't get the answer you wanted but in the long run it often leads to something better.

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  12. Thank you so much for this. Such a great reminder!

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  13. thanks sweet girl. you are always so encouraging. XO

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  14. thanks elizabeth. you are too kind. XO

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  15. so glad i'm not alone!! it's a slow process of my heart changing and seeing God's grace in all these areas of my life. XO

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  16. LOVE! thanks for sharing a bit of your story. i am always so much happier when i let God and choose to be grateful and see His hand in my circumstances. XO

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  17. thanks dear. love what you shared here. XO

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  18. i know!! so so true. i see this in so many aspects of my life. XO

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  19. of course. thanks for taking time to share some encouraging words. Xo

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  20. I love this!! So true..wonderful post. thank you for sharing your heart.

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  21. thanks for your encouragement. you are always so sweet. can't wait to hang out sometime when you get home. XO

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  22. Thank you for sharing this. I love your honesty and this is incredibly encouraging to my heart!

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  23. awww yay! so glad you felt encouraged. that always makes my day and encourages my heart. it's so wonderful to be able to know we aren't alone in the journey of life, right?! xo

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