knowing FOR sure


John 14:13— And I will do whatever you ask in my name, so that the Father may be glorified in the Son. You may ask me for anything in my name, and I will do it.

FOR SURE I don’t think I could take another step in this world if I didn’t have this promise from John 14. This amazing book from the B—I — B— L— E (so do some of you hear me singing it?) Yes, that’s the book for me, I stand alone on the word of God, the B— I— B— L— E.

Christ Followers know that this book is laden with promises and because luckily I have a good memory and luckily I see quite a few in my rearview mirror, I can say this FOR SURE, if we ask in his name, he does it.

FOR SURE, some of you are saying, “Yeah right, Nancy, you’ve got to be up to your tall tales again!”

“Nope, I’m not lying. His track record is perfect in my life.”

He even knows before I ask.

You may be asking, “Why should I even have to ask, if he knows?”

“It’s because Jesus wants our Father God to be glorified with the answer, that’s why.”

Now you are maybe sayin’, “Nancy, didn’t you pray about the PANDEMIC?”

As a matter of fact, I did.  This is how God has answered my prayers in the past and even today.

HE  says, “YES, NO, or WAIT.”


And I have learned from experience, that whatever I think is right, is not always right.

One example I can think of is that I always prayed that God would find the right person for my daughter Emily, also a Christ-follower, to marry. It seems so silly to me when I think about it because I assumed she would find the love of her life, as I did when I was in college. She actually did follow in my footsteps and found a great boy who was an extremely good-looking, intelligent, and athletic guy.

They were perfect for each other, or so I thought. I’m pretty sure I loved him too. And after 4 years of being together and breaking up on and off, just like I did with Dave in college,

I thought the deal was sealed.

But God had another plan and the answer was — NO, not him but another. Seven more long years of waiting. And guess what? “God has been glorified in that wait, and her husband mystically appeared on the last raft trip held on the Snake River in the Tetons.

This was after another bad breakup, I might add.

I know, some of you are still wondering about the PANDEMIC!!! I am too. But thank you God for my first dose of the vaccine. After my second dose and another two-week WAIT, I will still have to travel through the ‘no mask’ states on my way to Colorado. So my plan is to double mask, bring food in the car and run in rest areas and really wash my hands—hard, and run back to the car. I know I might seem a tad paranoid. But I don’t think I can ever see a refrigerator truck again, without letting out a long, sad, slow sigh.

Yes, I believe in God and he and I both believe in science. And right now his answer to the PANDEMIC seems to be WAIT.

Does he ever answer YES? A resounding yes to that, and so often I can’t begin to tell of the ways. A  few weeks ago I asked him if I should resurrect my blog and begin to tell some stories again. A resounding yes came with the invitation to be a part of this very special community of writers… some who I knew from Two Writing Teachers and some who are becoming new friends. Thank you for blogging and commenting.





Joyful girl…God said, “YES”! Emily on her wedding day.




















About Nanc

lifelong teacher who is semi-retired (does this sound better?) who loves God, family and laughing... who hates social injustice... who wants to write every day... who needs to exercise every day... who blog hops... who wants to live her everyday life led by her savior, Jesus Christ!

14 responses »

  1. We don’t have the master plan, but He does and we would be wise to listen. So glad to read you are getting that second shot and soon you will be able to travel to Colorado.

  2. I’m so glad to read your words. I have to say that God answered our prayers with the delivery of two vaccines (not as quickly as we might have wanted) and continuing delivery of more. It’s not always easy when the answer is, “Wait.” But he is there in all the details, always loving us. Thanks for sharing your truth-filled tale.

  3. What a beautiful picture of your daughter! This gives me hope for my own daughter. Yes, no wait – and sometimes waiting is the hardest. But He is always good!

  4. What a heartfelt poem. May you have a safe trip ahead of you! I’m happy you have had both of your vaccines now, too.
    Your daughter looks stunning.

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