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Previous Challenge Entry (Level 1 – Beginner)
Topic: Patience (08/21/08)

TITLE: In His Time
By Aylin Smith
08/27/08


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*Scripture taken from the New King James Version*

The rain pelted down from the ominous dark clouds that blanketed the vast canvassed skies of the great Smoky Mountains in Tennessee. Marileigh Wentworth hurried from the parking lot into the sanctuary of their quant little Baptist Church called New Hope. It was the Church she had been attending since her teen years and had always put God first in her life, even at such a young age. Now, Marileigh was entering into a third year of marriage with the love of her life Ryan Wentworth, who like Marileigh chose to put God in the center of his life. For the past year, the Wentworths had been trying to conceive with no avail. The doctors had run tests on both Marileigh and Ryan which came back both were healthy as could be.

Marileigh had prayed and prayed that God would give them a baby now and each month she felt let down and disappointed, it was as if God wasn’t hearing her prayers. Then last week in Sunday school, the lesson happened to be on letting God take control of all that is in life, she knew without a doubt that her prayers had been for the wrong thing.

Coming to the alter, Marileigh knelt down on her knees and prayed with a humbled heart before the God she loved and knew was the ultimate provider and would give her what she and her husband needed.

Dear Lord,
I come to you right now praising you for all that you have given me and my family, my husband, my house, my car, my job. Lord everything you have done for me, it has been what we needed and it was given in Your time not mine, nor my husbands, Lord I see that now. Lord, I lay this petition of prayer for a baby at your feet. Lord, I know You hear my prayer, and like the bible says: in Psalms 27:14. (NKJV)
Wait on the Lord, be of good courage, and He shall strengthen thine heart: wait, I say on the Lord. Sweet Lord, we want a child so badly, but we know that You are in control of every aspect of our lives and so now I place this precious prayer and worry of not conceiving in Your hands. With all these things I pray in Your precious name... Amen.

Marileigh rose from the alter. At that moment, as tears flowed freely down her pale cheeks, she could feel the warmth of the bright sunshine coming in from the windows, enveloping her, like God was wrapping His love around her, giving her comfort in knowing that He did indeed hear her prayer.

Leaving the sanctuary, she joined her husband Ryan who took one look at her tear streaked face and frowned. “Sweetheart, are you alright?” He asked as he embraced her gently.

Marileigh smiled up at him and replied, “I prayed this morning that God would take control of us wanting a family Ryan. I feel so much better now. If it happens, it does, if not, then we know He has other plans for us.”

Drawing love from God and her husband, Marileigh knew that she was able to cope with what lay ahead, that by giving all she had to God, in His time, He would bless them greatly.

Together, hand in hand, the Wentworths headed into Sunday school, ready to fellowship with their brothers and sisters in Christ, and to Praise God for all their blessings He had already given them.

Two Years Later

Marileigh and Ryan Wentworth welcomed their first born baby into the world. A beautiful baby girl named Faith Renee Wentworth. They thanked God every day for giving them what their hearts desired the most, and for revealing to Marileigh that all things we ask of God will happen, in His time, not ours. Sometimes the wait is worth it all.


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LauraLee Shaw08/29/08
Beautiful, hope-filled story demonstrating patience.