Every year I look forward to the Proverbs 31 She Speaks conference for many, many reasons. But one of the things I love the most, is getting to spend time with the people I room with at the hotel! We have such a fabulous team that no matter how assignments shake out, I am always blessed by awesome roomies!
This year I got to room with the Julie Gillies, a wonderful speaker and writer who serves Proverbs 31 in many ways. She is an asset to our ministry and everyone loves her! She has such a heart for prayer and for helping women grow closer to God. So today I wanted to introduce you to her as well as share about her new book that was recently released called Prayers for a Woman’s Soul.
This is an inspiring book teaches wives, mothers, friends, sisters, and daughters how to cover themselves with prayer on a regular basis. Each devotion includes powerful spiritual insight, personalized Scripture, and a prayer to help you begin a conversation with God. So if you want to give your prayer life a spiritual boost, check it out!
Julie has agreed to give away one copy of her book today, so to enter to win, leave a comment committing to believe from this day forward that God always hears your prayers - you can even simply say “I BELIEVE!”
Now I am going to let you hear from Julie. Please read below for a word of encouragement from her, and be sure to check out her upcoming online bible study based on her book!
We called it the surgery club. Though none of us wanted it, ¾ of our family underwent surgery that year; I had major shoulder surgery, and just 12 days later my husband had emergency gallbladder surgery. Then, after six bouts of tonsillitis over the summer, our 11 year old daughter got her tonsils out.
It felt like we’d never get better. And unbelievably, more surgeries lurked on the horizon. Yet I sensed God urging me to believe that He was still in control and that He heard my prayers.
So, in spite of how I felt I kept praying—I chose to believe. Through tears, pain and not understanding, I chose to believe God heard me and was still in control.
One of the most essential components to a powerful and effective prayer life is our willingness to believe. Not some utopian, fairy-tale type of belief that mocks reality, but a rock solid, deeply personal, I know the character of Almighty God and nothing is impossible for Him—including dealing with my current reality belief.
We must believe that our prayers matter and can make a permanent and eternal difference in our lives and the lives of others, and we must believe that God not only always hears our prayers, but that He is omnipotent and able to accomplish the seemingly impossible.
Once these issues are settled in our minds and hearts, our prayers hold the capacity to literally move heaven and earth:
When we believe, we please God (See Hebrews 11:6).
When we refuse to cease praying because we believe that God has spoken and will move, our prayers will accomplish greater things than Jesus accomplished (See John 14:12).
When we believe, our prayers become rivers of living water that flow out of our innermost being. (See John 7:38).
Eventually, thank God, our surgery club closed. And though that year was ridiculously hard, God helped me believe Him anyway.
I don’t know what you’re enduring right now, but regardless of the circumstances swirling around you, believe. Believe that God is listening. Believe that He hears you. Believe that He is greater.
Today, sweet sisters, I invite you to pray bold, daring prayers, and believe.
And if taking some time to pray for yourself sounds like just what you need, I’d like to invite you to participate in the Prayers for a Woman’s Soul online study at my blog, starting September 9th. Take 8 weeks and pray for and you and topics that matter most to you! CLICK HERE for details.
For this reason I am telling you, whatever you ask for in prayer, believe (trust and be confident) that it is granted to you, and you will get it. (Mark 11:24)
I assure you, most solemnly I tell you, if anyone steadfastly believes in Me, he will himself be able to do the things that I do; and he will do even greater things than these, because I go to the Father. (John 14:12)
Julie Gillies is the author of Prayers for a Woman’s Soul (Harvest House Publishers/January 2013). Healed from a traumatic childhood and awed that God saved her seriously troubled marriage, her message helps women pray with boldness, confidence, and the certainty that God hears. Julie is the Critique Groups Director for Proverbs 31 Ministries, and serves on the editorial team of P31 Woman magazine. She’s the joyful wife of Keith, mom of two soldiers and one civilian, and grammy of four. She loves hanging out with the entire gang at home, especially on days when her house is clean. Connect with Julie, find free resources, and sign up to receive “10 Days of Extravagant Prayer”, a free opportunity to refresh and pamper your soul at: www.JulieGillies.com