One day, I was talking to the Lord and said something such as: By the way, someday I'd love to have a pretty house. I was going to move on and pray about something else but I thought I heard God whisper to me, "What about the house?"
I laughed out loud. I said, Oh I don't know Father. Five bedrooms? I was going to move on and pray about something else but I heard the Lord say to me, "What else about the house?" This time I got a little choked up and said, Oh I really don't know, hardwood floors? A cul-de-sac? A pretty front porch? A third time I heard the Lord say, "What else about the house?"
This time I really started crying and sat there for a long time and told Him all about this house. I even cut out a picture of a floor plan and taped it into my prayer journal.
The house that I live in now and have lived in for 10 years, is the very one that I told the Lord all about that day. Every single detail.
You have to understand that when I prayed that prayer, we had no income. We had no idea how long we would have no income (it was nine months). My husband is smart and had saved money for a rainy day but, the rainy day was turning into a whole year almost. It was a monsoon. We were talking about moving to my dad's vacant farmhouse in the mountains if the money all ran out.
Am I telling you this story so that if we all pray at the same time for our dream house it will fall from the sky into our backyard? If we pray really hard and say special words and do six jumping jacks will we get a trip to Paris and $3 million? If I pray again like I did that other time, will I get a lake house this time, or a beach house maybe? No, I'm telling you this story because in my brokenness, in my complete surrender of my life, in running to the Lord like a little girl in a time of crisis, trusting Him and loving Him with all my might, He chose to bless our family in this loving way.
My husband had a little something to do with it also, in having worked very hard to get a new job soon. But we both credit the Lord with providing for us and preparing a home that had all the details I had asked for.
Matthew 7:11 says, "If ye then, being evil, know how to give good gifts unto your children, how much more shall your Father which is in heaven give good things to them that ask him?"
If your heart is right, if you are in a state of utter dependence on the Lord, then you are irresistible to Him. He delights in blessing us when we are that trusting of Him. Matthew 18:4 says that whoever humbles herself "as this little child, the same is greatest in the kingdom of heaven." It might not be a pretty house or anything valuable or tangible very often, maybe once in a lifetime something miraculous like that will be prepared for us by our heavenly Father. Though He tells us He is preparing a place for believers in heaven right now. The Lord wants to exalt us in some way when we make ourselves as little children at His feet.