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Prepare in prayer

By Kandi Farris

Prepared? Prepared for what? I am prepared for a lot of things. I gather stuff.

I am prepared to paint. In baskets are oil, acrylic, crackle and watercolor paints of all colors. In another storage bin are canvasses, watercolor paper and sketchpads in preparation of the great painting binge I'd planned.

I am prepared to do carpentry work. I've gathered pallets, furniture to redo, and lots of pins on Pinterest. Cooper even surprised me with sanders and power tools to begin the woodworking binge I'd planned.

I am prepared to exercise. Cooper, my sweet enabler, also set me up with an exercise ball, jump rope, balancing doohickey, weights and bands. All prepared for my own personal exercise circuit training. Oh, yes, and for two years I paid my monthly fee in preparation to enter the doors of a fitness gym.

I am prepared to cook all the recipes clipped and saved in the last month. I'll make a run to the store and pick up "everything" necessary for a week's worth of meals, and boom! Our schedules or something goes awry. The pantry is full y'all, really full.

Here's the truth of the matter. The paint dries out, the vegetables and fruits sometimes have to be trashed, the wood gets dry rot, the tools need oiling, the exercise equipment is dusty, and I quit paying the fees. But I am prepared.

You must think this ol' gal belongs in the nut house along with all the nuts she's got frozen for some project. Truth of the matter is, in preparation, I forgot to carve out time for the "doing."

Change is in the air. To do that, I've got to move in the direction of desired change. Today, I exercised with friends, checked on my paint, moved some tools and thawed out some meat. Tomorrow, I'm through planning and preparing -- I will be "doing."

That'll preach. It is absolutely good to be prepared. It's the walking in the preparation that's important. What good are all the stocked-up supplies if you never use them? You have to choose -- even if it's just a little thing -- to begin. You can't just sit there thinking about the "doing."

Same thing with our spiritual lives. I love being prepared in prayer. An old saying: "Pray as if everything depends on God. Work as if everything depended on you."

I love being prepared in His Word, but if I don't live out the goodness of that Word and if it doesn't become real in me then there is no evidence of His light.

Finally, I need to remember with all my prepping, it's still God.

"The horse is prepared for the day of battle; But deliverance is of the Lord." Proverbs 21:31

Kandi Farris, a freelance correspondent, also is a speaker on matters of faith and values.