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Dawn Camp shares God’s gift of essential oils in her newest releases My Essential Oil Companion and It All Began in a Garden. She is a photographer, essential oil slinger, Mom to eight and Mimi to five. Dawn enjoys movie nights with her husband and steaming cups of Earl Grey.

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  1. Dawn,
    It’s so hard to pray when we don’t see something happening. I’ve prayed for some things for years and much like you, my prayers started out with praying about the “object ” of my prayers. We pray about the job, the marriage, the prodigal child, the illness, but like you discovered, it’s when our prayers shift to praying about the Lord – His goodness, His sovereignty, His faithfulness, His lovingkindness, that’s when we find what we’re looking for (peace, patience, understanding, perseverance, etc.). I’ve also learned that just because I don’t see something happening, doesn’t mean God’s not at work. I think you hit the nail on the head about what our prayers need to be about – less about me/us….more about Him. Dawn, I do know that God will honor your faithfulness and trust. Praying that He would bring about resolution for you according to His good and perfect will.
    Blessings,
    Bev xx

    • Thank you for this beautifully written blog! My husband and I are in same situation and it’s good to hear about the reminders of how to pray. I identified with your story 100%! Praise God for His unconditional love! My husband has 2 weeks under his belt on his new job and we have grown and learned more patience and trust and truly know our God to have His hand on us giving us our daily bread as we still have an uphill climb, but we have patience & peace. Thank you for blessing us with these truths and reminders of His prefect timing! May you also be blessed!

      Terri Davis
      Rockford,IL

      • Terri, I hear you! My husband finished his fourth week on the new job on Friday. We’re learning new routines but it’s certainly good to have a job!

  2. It is funny how crises changes how we pray. It is true we are reactive during trying times and dig deeper into the needs of what we think will end the crises. My family has been through unemployment, and it isn’t for the weak of heart. Even when you know it will be ok…it isn’t helpful when you are in the throws of it. I would give it to God 100x a day, or more! I am grateful He is loving and forgiving. It is going t be ok. It always will be.

  3. I’m currently in a period of unemployment, having been looking since January. It is a difficult season to walk in, as someone who is highly educated – two masters and pursuing a Ph.D. and has years of well experience. I’m constantly asking what I’m doing wrong. I wish I could say I’m waiting faithfully, but the last few months have been fraught with worry and wondering if God will even provide that right job. My prayer life is nonexistent because I don’t know what to pray anymore and frankly, my faith is shaky. Please keep me in prayers for God’s will to be done.

    • Oh Joyce, I hear you and will pray. My son who graduated college is searching for a good job and it seems like good opportunities turn into dead ends as we pray for favor and guidance. I wonder what is wrong. I’m so tired of the struggle and the worrying.

    • Joyce, I am praying for you during this difficult time. Standing and believing God to bring the perfect job for you. Keep looking to him. He will never leave us or forsake us.

    • Joyce, I pray you are able to reconnect through prayer this week and that you clearly see God’s hand in your life, and that your faith is restored.

  4. I love Romans 8:26 and am stopped in my tracks by your interpretation of it: the Holy Spirit filling in the gaps. What a gift that is. And I also find that when I’m in crisis, I pray prescriptively, because the God of the universe definitely needs my advice on how to resolve my situation. Thanks for re-directing me to a focus on the identity and nature of God.

  5. Dear Joyce,
    I, too have been unemployed since last November, and please hear this; you are not doing anything wrong!! I would encourage you to spend time in the Psalms. Chapters 140-150 are all about praise, pray them back to God. Peruse the earlier chapters and meditate on those that speak to most, they can become the words you pray. One of my favorite passsges right now is Habakkuk 3:17-19, I pray it several times a day. Do a word study on faith and courage. Stay in the Word. I’m reading a book right now called “Wait and See” it’s about what God is doing in the “pauses” of our lives. God loves you deeply Joyce, and He is at work.

      • Thank you Lisa for the scripture and how you use it to praise our Father. I started using this today after reading this beautiful blog that my husband & I 100% identify with. He is starting week 3 at his new job today. He hates the 70 mile commute to work & 70 home, the cost of tolls & fuel on a very old car. Not our first jobless period of time. He is thankful for his new job but struggling. It’s been a terrible strain on our marriage this time of waiting and my husband feeling like a failure, which he isn’t. God had a Very good reason to take him out of his 30 year career and place him in a new vocation that works well with his aviation skills. I have fibromyalgia and other emotional problems from the fibro and am unable to work. God meets me faithfully every morning & every night wraps arms of comfort around me. He keeps His promises, he’s provided through 2 hard years of up & down. I trust Him & love Him and love spending time with Him daily! Thank you for passing on your knowledge to help others. We have a long road ahead yet but I know God is here and His will is being done and He never leaves us! Praise His holy name and his grace, mercy, love, forgiveness, sovereignty!
        Terri

  6. My husband was out of work for two years and we were getting really low in spirit and in our savings. We prayed continually for a job with benefits. Now he has a job with benefits however it is a night position which means he is working while I am sleeping. So we don’t really see much of each other than at meals. Which has been difficult for our marriage. Now I pray that our marriage will stay strong during this period of time for us.

    • Theresa, I see much less of my husband now too, as his commute has increased (and he had a long commute with his last job, too). I pray you have refreshing time together as a couple this week.

  7. I pray that Your will be done into our lives Lord. Our family is going thru very hard hard times .please pray for us.

    • Gem,
      Lifting you and your family in prayer. Things will be alright. Keep standing and looking to him. He has not left you.

    • Gem,

      Praying for you and your family. May you feel God’s peace & comfort in your heart and soul. Just whisper His name & He will hear you. Know that He has plans for you-plans to prosper you & not harm you. Plans for to give you a hope & future. He is always near.

      (((((hugs)))))

  8. As with your last post on your husband’s unemployment, I greatly appreciate your spiritual wisdom. I am still on my job hunt that began a year ago but really amped up when I became unemployed in November. I have faith that God has a plan, but I am scared. The bills are sill due. I’m praying he reveals his will soon.

  9. Dawn,

    So glad you hubby finally got a good job. I’ve been praying for you and your family. When I get stressed and find it hard to pray-I just whisper/cry out His name. I know He hears & understands. Thanks for the wisdom. Praying for everyone here. May they draw near to God during their trials. I pray they feel God’s peace & comfort in their hearts & souls!

    Blessings 🙂

  10. The Lord had me meditating on these verses just this week as well.

    Isn’t it funny how we divert to “is there something wrong with me? or Am I doing something wrong?” when we come up against a crisis? Instead of trusting that He has our best in mind. Jeremiah 29:11?

    Praying for you and yours Dawn.

  11. Thank you so much for this gentle reminder that is is important on how we pray and not just in times of trouble. Seeking Gods will in His timing is hard! I always need to be redirected, thank you for that today.

    Have a great day,
    Debra

  12. Lord, I know you love us.
    Lord, I know we can trust you.
    Lord, I know you are good and merciful.
    —————–
    Yes! when we confess with out heart and lips all that God is…. we can be still and wait for Him <3
    blessings to you dear ones.
    He goes before you and behind you and holds you