Tuesday, August 25, 2009

Looking & Listening for HIS Will

I don't really know how to start this, so I'll just start at the beginning. I apologize in advance if I get lengthy.

In May of this year, David and I moved into our home. We've been married six years and this was "our" first home. We have rented up until this point. We had prayed for most of our marriage for the Lord to make a way for us to be able to buy our own home. Well, after six years, it was finally time. We have a precious older brick home out in the country on 5.8 acres. It's beautiful. The house was built in the '70s but has been very well maintained. It's just what we had prayed for. Enough room for our growing family and plenty of yard for the boys to play and have animals. (Although all we have right now is two dogs, Wrangler & Daisey)

Our property, other than the location of the house, is completely cleared. Therefore, we have a little less than 5.8 acres that must be kept up so that it doesn't look "thrown away" We want a clean yard. So, we have been praying for the Lord to work things out for us to purchase a small tractor with a bush hog. Well, thanks to the handy-dandy Internet, we found a used tractor with attachments, including a bush hog. We went and checked it out. Actually, David made two trips to drive and test it. There were a couple of issues that brought a little concern. One thing was some pins between the two front tires were wore out and needed replacing, and also, the bush hog wasn't working. David thought he might could fix the bush hog, but if not, maybe the seller would knock some off the price because of these issues and we could just buy a new bush hog. We started praying that if it was the Lord's will that the guy would accept exactly what we offered.

Well, we went to the bank to take out a loan, because we don't have thousands just sitting around waiting to be spent. Everything at the bank worked out and we were able to get a loan for the entire amount that the seller was asking. David and I took time off work yesterday to go down and hopefully bring the tractor home. I can honestly say I was not prepared for what happened when we got to the location of the tractor.

I remained quiet, because I am not a wheeler and dealer. Well David isn't either, but he is better at this sort of thing that I am. David started talking with the man about the issues we were concerned about and offered him what we had decided to give for the tractor. The man looked at us like we were crazy. Now, my husband is very knowledgeable about farming and all that goes with it, so he knew what he was talking about when it came to this tractor and what it is worth. David made his offer which was very good considering we were still going to have to work on the front end much less the fact the bush hog issue.

The man practically threw us off his property. He told us that he was highly offended that we would even offer such a price and that we would be wise to get right back in our truck and go back home. David told him we had cash and were prepared to pay him what we had offered. He basically yelled at us for "offending" him and told us to go get back in our truck and drive north. So, that's what we did.

I was in shock. Like I said before, I was not prepared for what happened. I've never been thrown off someones property before. It's not at all what I expected it would be. LOL! Well, on the way home we were talking about it...obviously...what else do you talk about?!?!?! I told David that I was so glad that God showed us even through that, that it wasn't His will for us to have that tractor.

You know He could have showed us differently if He wanted to. He could have done it at the bank. We could have easily been denied the loan. How embarrassing would that be! But He chose otherwise. He chose for us to been thrown off a very rude man's property. HA!

Thank you Lord for showing yourself to me. Thank you for the humor I have found in this. I'm so glad you are in charge and I am not.

Have you ever had a situation that God showed you His will in a unique way? Tell me about it!

Sunday, August 23, 2009

On the Brink

Have you ever been on the brink? Of anything? You can just close your eyes and feel it about to happen. I'm there. I can just feel the soft breeze of a spiritual breakthrough. If I could just reach out and grasp it. Too bad it is just far enough that my fingers won't even graze it. But it's inching. Closer and closer.

Oh Lord I'm so hungry for you. I long for your anointing. Fill me Jesus. I'm pressing in Lord. I'm pressing into the thrown room. I know you'll meet me there. I know that it is your time God, not mine. I'm ready, I willing, I'm wanting.

Sunday, August 16, 2009


I am so excited to share with you all that I have the opportunity of a lifetime. Well it feels that to me right now. Come October 1-3, I will be in Tennessee at the annual Anointed Praise Conference!!! WooHoo!!! I can't wait! I'll get to go attend a bunch of classes and workshops and go to services all focusing on Worship!!! HELLOOOO!! Can you feel the excitement! Oh man!!! I'm so looking forward to this conference. I am praying and believing that the Lord is going to help me learn and grow through this conference! Please keep me in your prayers that this weekend will be a blessing to my ministry!

Also keep my wonderful husband, David in your prayers. He will stay at home with the boys. He will need your prayers!!!

Wednesday, August 5, 2009

Praising Through The Storm

Consider it joy when you face trials because testing of your faith develops perseverance.
James 1:2-3

My God, I will praise you in the storm. In the good times I will praise you. In the bad times, I will praise you. Through the storm, and through the fire, I will praise you and you alone. As long as there is breath in my lungs, I will praise you. No matter what comes my way, I will lift my voice to you. I will lift my hands and I will worship you Almighty God for you are worthy of all the praise and all the honor and all the glory. EVERMORE I will love and serve you. EVERMORE I will bow before you and I will bless your name FOREVERMORE.

Oh God, I have been so weak. I have let my spiritual life become almost non existent. I have let myself fall into temptation. I knew better. I'm so ashamed and so unworthy. I don't deserve your forgiveness. But God... you are always there. You sent your son to die on an old rugged cross so that when I do fail you, by your grace and mercy I am forgiven. Thank you Lord, from the bottom of my heart. Thank you for reaching your hand down to me when I have fallen. Thank you for picking me up, dusting me off and setting me in the right way. You are the one and only constant in my life. You are always there. You are there no matter what. Even when I think I can do it all by myself, you never leave. Thank you for loving me in spite of my sin. In spite of hurting you and turning my back on you. You are always faithful to depend on.

Thank you Father for loving your creation so much. Thank you for not giving up on me. Thank you for placing desires in my heart. Help me Lord to fulfill your plan for my life. I can't do it without you. I don't want to do it without you. I need you Jesus. You are my water, my bread, my air, my sanity, my comfort, my love, my patience, my family and my heart. Show me your glory Father. Don't let me miss the glory.

Help me Lord to lead others to you. Help me find the lost sheep and bring them back to your fold. Let me be a light for you. Shine in me Jesus. Draw me closer to you God. Show me your wonders. Let your precious Holy Spirit be ever so present in my life. Let me work for you. I am here Lord to give you all. Take my life Lord and let me be a living prayer my God to thee. It's all about you Lord. You are my audience of One.

Help me Lord to be the mother you would have me to be. Help me teach my children to love you and work for you. Help me to be the wife my husband deserves. Help us to grow closer to you as one. Let our home be a safe haven. Use us as a family for your glory.

They cried unto the Lord in their trouble, and He relieved them from distress.
Let them give thanks to the Lord for His unfailing love and His wonderful deeds for men.
Psalm 107: 6,8

Tuesday, August 4, 2009

So So Sorry!!!

Please forgive me for not posting sooner. Life is so busy in the Pettis household! I hope to post more very soon. For now, I'd like to share a little...

I had the awesome pleasure to meet and love on Sister Lisa Shaw this past weekend. Lisa came and stayed at Mother's house and I was able to go over and visit. For those of you who have not met her, you are missing out. I encourage you to visit her blog. She is an awesome woman of God and an inspiration to me. Sister Lisa...I love you and I'm praying for you and your ministry. I can't wait to see you at the Blogger's Retreat!

Speaking of the Blogger's Retreat, I'm praying and believing for the Lord to do great and mighty things!!! I can't wait and hope to see you there!!!

Again, please check back soon, I'll be posting this week.