Wednesday, May 7

Did I pray too Hard? - A Dose of Encouragement

If you read any of my blog posts last year you may have noticed that I have mentioned a few times that

 I am Petite

I am 5 foot and half an inch tall.

I was usually the smallest or second smallest in my class at school and the youngest or second youngest as well.

I was the younger of two girls in our family with my sister being 10 years older than me and no brothers.

If you have read the Dose of Encouragement entitled "What a Face!"  you will know a bit about how I started going out with my husband  (if not click on the pic. below).

But I don't think I mentioned in that story that Fred is 6 foot tall so you can imagine the difference in our heights but if not, just have a look at the family pictures on my about me page.

All of my life I have never been allowed to forget that I am small.

My grandmother was a widow from long before I was born so she lived with us and right up to her death (a year after Fred and I were married) she referred to me as 

"the wee one" 

and this has been something my sister likes to remember.

My sister also loved to tease me about how I would need a step ladder to be able to reach up to kiss Fred, when we were going together.

After 5 years of marriage I got pregnant and we were very happy.  

I did have one concern and that was 

"what if the baby took after me and was small?"

So I prayed that my child would not be small like me, especially if this was a boy but also if the child was a girl, I just didn't want this child to feel as I had often felt (see "I Am Petite")

When Jonathan was born he was only 6 lb 6 oz but he was a long thin baby so I thought that this might be an indication that he would not be small.  However I continued to pray and sometimes mentioned to Fred that I was praying about this.

2 years later and we had another boy, Daniel who was heavier and about the same in length and I had already started praying about his height also.  

Then 3 years after that we had a girl and Linda was the heaviest of the three but not just as long as the boys had been.

You can probably guess that I had started praying about her height too before she was born.

As they got older we did as most parents do with their kids; we measured their heights on a wall chart.  We laughed often as we would see Jonathan sprouting up taller and then suddenly Daniel would catch up and they would be the same height for a while and then Jonathan would be taller again, and then the process would happen repeatedly.

When the boys were teenagers it was obvious that they were not going to be short so I was thankful that God had answered my prayers about them.  Then it was not long before Linda was taller than me and that made we very happy.

When Jonathan stopped growing he was just a little shorter than his father but by that time Daniel was taller than Jonathan and was gradually inching above Fred.  Even in his early twenties Daniel was still growing and when he finally stopped he was some inches taller than his dad.  Linda is also some inches taller than me so just a nice height and not too tall for a girl.

So if you look at the picture on the about me page you will know that Daniel is the one at the back of the group (that picture was taken at his wedding last year) and you can see what a difference there is between him and me, not just 12 inches but more like 15 inches.

What can I say other than  

Yes I also prayed for the health of my children and their education and understanding and everything else about them and still do, but I also believe that God knows what each of us feel and think at all times and He does give us 

the desires of our hearts

Now I know I am not taking a verse out of context here and not just being trite about this verse. 

This was a desire of my heart, something that meant a lot to me and God saw this, but He also knew that it was not out of greed that I made this request, it was not even really for my benefit instead it was for my children.

The verse comes from this passage

3Trust in the LORD, and do good; 
     so shall you dwell in the land, and verily you shall be fed.
4Delight yourself also in the LORD; 
     and he shall give you the desires of your heart.
5Commit your way unto the LORD; 
     trust also in him; and he shall bring it to pass.

and must be taken along with the verses around it and if I was being selfish or greedy then I would not be living as the rest of this dictates.

There are three words in that passage and we must obedient

I definitely committed this desire to the Lord and He brought it to pass.

I am so thankful that God cares about the desires of our hearts.

The only thing is sometimes I joke with Fred saying that 

"Maybe I prayed too hard because Daniel is so tall now".

Have you taken the desires of your heart to God or have you just hidden them in your heart?


  1. Thank you for the encouragement.

  2. Thanks so much for leaving me a comment over at Maidservantsofchrist. I was really encouraged by your post. I've been thinking too about how God delights in blessing his children just like we do! Wonderful

    1. Hi Helene, it is wonderful just how much God cares about us. Thanks for dropping by.

  3. I can definitely relate to this post since I am exactly the same height as you! I've also prayed for my kids to grow to at least average height and preferably taller - especially my boys. They're still in their prime growing years, so we'll see where they stop. I'm glad your prayer was answered for your kids! :)

    1. Hi there Lisa, someone the same height as me oh what a delight to know someone else who understands it. Thanks for the encouragement.

  4. Yes, prayer does work! Our grandson is taller than both his mom and dad, and takes after my husband's height. My father-in law was short so my hubby took after his mother's dad's height. God knows how tall we need to be and I understand about being the shortest one in class. That was always me too. Thank you for sharing your wonderful post with us here at “Tell Me a Story.”

    1. Hi again Hazel for your encouragement & understanding.

  5. God does care about the desires of our hearts. Thanks for a inspiring post!

  6. What a sweet post about the power of prayer. I have to say I vacillate between letting God figure it out (Your will be done) and bringing Him the desires of my heart in prayer. I write them down sometimes and leave a space to write when they are fulfilled. This is something I learned from Anne Graham Lotz.

    1. Oh Laura never cease to come to Him about everything but as you say at the same time be ready to accept whatever His will is.

  7. I love this so much!!!
    God really dies care about the little things. :)

  8. I am hoping that my children are tall. It is my one real wish for them. Perhaps I need to pray more on this matter. I just always thought it trite. Thanks for the inspiration, and the hope.

    1. Hi Sarah lovely to meet you.
      God knows what we really desire but He also wants us to actually share it with Him because it isn't trite no matter how small we may think it is it's important to Him because it's important to us.

  9. I enjoyed reading this and found it to be so encouraging to pray. Thanks.

  10. What a sweet post! I also am glad that God cares about the desires of our hearts. I'm visiting from the blog link up. Blessings!

  11. Wonderful encouragement! PS - I'm a shorty, too (5'1.75")

  12. Wonderful encouragement on prayer! Thanks for sharing at Fridays Unfolded!


  13. I love the thought of praying too hard :-) This is also one of my favorite scriptures. Thanks for putting it back in the front of my mind.

    1. Hi Sharita, it is good to be reminded sometimes.

  14. thanks for sharing, for being transparent and most important for loving Jesus like you do.

    1. hi Teresa, thank you for reading and stopping to encourage me.

  15. Thank you so much for sharing this with us over at Inspire Me Monday. I am so glad you join us and share your heart so sweetly.

  16. Love this idea to pray for the desires of our hearts. I've actually prayed for God to show me the desires of my heart - and it opened the door for Him to show me the desires I'd long ago packed away. I think it's a great prayer - thanks for sharing!

    1. Hi Kathryn nice to meet you, just went over there and added you to my circles. I am so pleased you have prayed like this, the real desires of our heart are important to us and to Him. God Bless.

  17. Hi,

    Visiting from Spiritual Sundays! I don't believe you prayed too hard. God was gracious and answered your prayers. He does give us the desires of our hearts. Amen!


    1. Thank you for dropping in Judy and it is lovely to meet you. Yes a wholehearted Amen indeed.

  18. I love that this post points to the truth we can bring anything to God in prayer. If it concerns us, it concerns Him. He cares about the very things on our hearts, big and small. Grateful to have stopped here today from Titus 2 Tues.

  19. Delightful post for I and beautiful family ~ wonderful and happy blog ~ thanks, ^_^

    artmusedog and carol (A Creative Harbor)

    ps. I like petite ~ am petite myself ^_^

  20. Beautiful children, no matter their height. But I can understand your concern. {:-D

  21. Ah.

    What a lovely blog post!

    My son is 6' 8" and his wife is 5' 1" so your visual of the ladder made me smile!

    I think being short would be swell. I have two short sisters and a now deceased younger sister that was taller like me. At 5' 8" (and the tallest in the family) I often got all the tomboy jobs.

    I think I was lucky to get to do them now, but when I was younger I always thought it would be better being short.

    You are such a thoughtful writer, Sandra.

    I always enjoy visiting you here.

    Thank you for linking.