Chasing Something

Wednesday, July 25, 2012

"When you pray boldly, you’re not being selfish. You’re not being greedy. You’re releasing your faith, and that gets God's attention." -Joel Osteen

Recently I asked my hilarious and spunky friend Jenny to pray for something pretty comical and really trivial. We both laughed, and I told her I was absolutely serious.  From that, spun a rather serious conversation about God's will and whether or not we can direct prayers on what "we want" rather than what "plan" for us might be. The verdict? Pray directly. Pray for what you want, God protects us from our nonbeneficial desires, so either way, be honest.

I remember a specific Christmas Eve, long before the days of hereditary pancreatitis, long before hospital stays, long before learning some of life's most valuable lessons. I sat in a pew, at our church, praying so hard for a certain event to happen. I didn't understand it at the time, but God was protecting me from myself. He was saving me from a decision that more than likely would have ruined my life for some time. In that moment, it was all I wanted, but I was protected. Thank God, literally!

I had no idea what the grander plan was, or how it would unfold. If I could have looked ahead, looked up at the giant dust storm that was heading my way, I would have shuddered and crumbled. Again, thank God we can't predict our future! I still have no idea what the grander plan is, I only have a small clip. I do know one thing though, I want to make my life count. How to do that is still uncharted.


  1. Whitney, thanks again for your text to Courtney the morning of her surgery and for your prayers and outreach for and to those in need.
    I know part of God's plan was to place you in our lives right when we needed it most. We are certainly thankful for that!

    Tony D'Avino

  2. Tony THANK YOU! I know God connected us and I am so glad that my text helped Courtney the morning of her surgery. I talked to her one of her last few days in the hospital and she said she was online shopping at Urban Outfitters! I was so happy to hear that, because if she is anything like me, shopping is a sign that you are starting to feel like your old self again:-) Can't wait for updates on Courtney's new life and thank you for letting me know that my blog helped you. It is great to hear!


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