Monday, October 26, 2015

Monday Monday

“Monday, Monday” by the Mama’s and the Papa’s. 

"...Every other day, every other day

Every other day of the week is fine, yeah
But whenever Monday comes, but whenever Monday comes
A you can find me cryin' all of the time

Monday, Monday, can't trust that day
Monday, Monday, it just turns out that way
Oh Monday, Monday, won't go away
Monday, Monday, it's here to stay
Oh Monday, Monday
Oh Monday, Monday..."

I am singing that song TODAY!

Monday started at 1:00 this morning when I got woke up out of a deep sleep, and well…it went from there. One thing after another.

I’ve had tears…I’ve said "the words.” Yep, it’s a Monday.

Not just for me, but my husband and sister are having a Monday too.

One negative thing after another.

How can Sunday be so sweet…and then Monday happens?

And then I think about my sister in law’s aunt whose last day was today.

It makes me appreciate even the Monday’s that wear a person down.

And then I read about the woman whose cancer didn’t respond to treatment and her husband throws away the calendar because they only have a short time together with their child.

Oh, sweet Lord. With tears I cling to the fact that I have this Monday, as hard as it is.
With all of the frustration. With all of the hurts. Doubts. Fears.

I appreciate that I can…

Thank you Lord for this day.

Time is short.  Today is just one of those days a person has to push through and stand.

At night, when I lay down my head in utter exhaustion on my pillow, despite my failings throughout this day, I am grateful for this day.

This day that the Lord has given me.

This time I have with those I love.

This moment to sit behind a computer and do my job.

Meditate on These Things ] Finally, brethren, whatever things are true, whatever things are noble, whatever things are just, whatever things are pure, whatever things are lovely, whatever things are of good report, if there is any virtue and if there is anything praiseworthy—meditate on these things.

Tuesday, October 6, 2015

Shame Gets You No Where

Moving.

Packing...packing...packing.

Sick child.

Exhausted Mom.

Video game break with sick child.

Screams of panic fill the room.

Screams of frustration fill my mind.

Spilled smoothie all over couch.

Heavy sigh.

Words of frustration push against my closed lips.

Words of apology rush from her lips.

A post from Facebook goes through my mind.

A child's sad face...it takes a minute to clean up a spilled mess...it takes a lifetime to heal from angry words.

I keep my mouth shut and get busy taking the covers off the couch cushions with the hopes it didn't seep through the foam.

I throw the covers and towels into the already overflowing laundry pile and push against overwhelming feelings that make me feel...very tired.

Back over at the couch. I scrub the back side of it. When her words hit me like a piercing knife through my heart.

"I am so ashamed of myself. I..."

I stand. "Shame will get you absolutely no where. Learn from what happened, because wisdom will get you everywhere."

I go back to cleaning, and thank God for having me hold my tongue. For giving me those words.

She works beside me.

No more words of condemnation are spoken.

No angry words fell from my lips.

They weren't necessary.

She had enough of her own.

What was necessary was encouragement in the midst of a storm.

For many years I struggled with shame. It made me hide. It made me build walls around myself. It got me no...where.

When I received forgiveness and believed it. And learned from my mistakes. I started going some...where in my life.

Shame will bind you.

Wisdom frees you.

Proverbs 2:10
For wisdom will enter your heart, and knowledge will fill you with joy.

Proverbs 2:12
Wisdom will save you from evil people, from those whose words are twisted.

Proverbs 3:7
Don't be impressed with your own wisdom. Instead, fear the Lord and turn away from evil.

Proverbs 3:13
Joyful is the person who finds wisdom, the one who gains understanding.

Proverbs 3:19
Wisdom is a tree of life to those who embrace her; happy are those who hold her tightly.

Proverbs 4:5 - 6
Get wisdom; develop good judgement. Don't forget my words or turn away from them. Don't turn your back on wisdom, for she will protect you. Lover her, and she will guard you.

Proverbs 4:11
I will teach you wisdom's ways and lead you in straight paths.

Get Wisdom. It's far better than shame.


Monday, August 17, 2015

WATCH FOR GOD



"We won't have to buy you a back-pack this year. Last years is still in good shape." I said to my daughter when we were talking about getting school supplies.

"But I want a new one. I get a new one every year." She answered.

"Most people don't get a new one every year and yours is still really nice."

A few nights later we were coming home from the club when my daughter asked if we could go to Target.

"What do you want at Target?"

"I found some gift cards that Wanda gave me and I want to buy something."

It was kind of late, I would have had to shower and change before we went so, I said we could go in the morning. However, we didn't make it to the store until the following evening.

Sarrah went to the customer service desk when we arrived at the store to see what amount of money was left on the gift cards. It wasn't quite the amount she had been hoping it would be.

"It's not to bad. What is it you want to buy?" I asked.

"A back pack."

"But you already have one."

"I know but I have some picked out. I don't think I have enough money, but you'll help me right?" She asked.

I nodded. Of course I would help her. And it blessed me to know that she knew I'd help her. She went and looked at the back-packs she had picked out and finally chose the one she wanted. I helped her with the amount she was short and we left with prize in hand.

"Trust in the Lord with all of your heart and lean not on your own understanding. In all of your ways acknowledge Him and He will make your path straight." Proverbs 3:

Right now, we are making life changes, and have to do a lot of waiting. At times it is hard and frustrating to finish a step toward our goal only to have to wait until we can do the next step.

What peace would fill all of our days if we trusted God with everything as easily as my daughter trusted me to help her cover the cost of the backpack.

That trust comes from a day to day relationship of interaction between the two of us.
That trust can be built with God in a daily relationship of interacting.

This summer at VBX (Vacation Bible Camp) at our church, the volunteers and kids wore bracelets that had the words, "Watch For God."

Sometimes God shows up when I am not watching for Him, and it surprises me.

Really? God is always there, never leaves, no matter what I am doing, so I don't know why I get surprised.

One of my favorite things I love to hear about is how God works behind the scenes while prayers are being lifted up about a certain issue. It can sometimes feel like absolutely nothing is happening or will happen to make a prayer finally be answered and then boom, stories of how God is working behind the scenes come to life.

Recently we had a big overwhelming issue to deal with. We asked our friends to pray. We had no idea what to do. A friend walked up and God had given him the solution for us. We stood absolutely amazed that God had spoke into his ear in regard to our hearts cry.

Also, we had a big fiasco with vehicles over the last year. And at the same time a very good friend of mine, (a Sister Blue Thread) was without a vehicle. We finally came to a point where we needed to sell a vehicle. I prayed it would sell quickly, but I also wished I could just give the vehicle to my friend, but we needed the money to get our original car back from the mechanics.

Then I received a text from her asking if we were selling our car and for how much? I told her. I then talked to my husband about it. He prayed.

The next day while I was getting the car ready to take pictures to put on Craig's list,  my husband, came outside to tell me, the amount of money he would take for the car, from my friend. It was quite a cut for us, but he prayed and that was the amount he came up with.

He text her and asked how much money she had in order to buy a car. She text back the exact amount my husband had told me prior to his text to her.

We sent a picture of the vehicle to her. She bought the car.

The story doesn't stop here.

The car was really dirty when we got it. I shampooed that car a few times, I scrubbed it, and washed it.  We also had the mechanic fix a few things on it.

So while she was praying for a car. A vehicle was being worked on for her.

And it was exactly the car she had wanted. Even the color!

God does hear our prayers. He is in the prayer answering business. Sometimes when those prayers don't seem to be answered...He is doing work in others lives to make those prayers answered.

This is the God who speaks and the world was created. He can answer the prayers by just saying a word. And sometimes. He does.

Other times He allows us to be a part of the excitement of answering another persons prayers. We get to be a part of the team.

I learned a long time ago to say yes, when someone feels like they are to do something for me. Why? I learned that to say no, is to stop the work that God is doing in another persons life by allowing them to be a part of the answered prayer.

And it feels so good to be a part of someone's answered prayer. And it feels so good to be the recipient of answered prayers. And bask in how much God cares.

In the book of Esther, which is in the Old Testament, and a short, very interesting read. Better than all of the fiction stories. The Jewish people's lives were threatened. Queen Esther was Jewish. Although, the king did not know this right away. Her Uncle prompted her to do something to help the people of the land. She asked everyone to pray and fast for her. She then put her life on the line and went unheeded to the King.

If the King didn't call you before him and you went before him, he either pointed the scepter toward you to say yes, or basically...off with their heads, that even pertained to the Queen.

She put her life at risk to help her people. God had already put her in the position to be able to go to the King. Still she had to find favor with him or it was her life at stake.

The King accepted her. Then Esther was able to let the King know about what was happening. Through the course of the story, the Jewish people were protected, and given power to fight their enemies. The king's army helped the Jewish people and there was great victory.

Throughout the entire story you can see how God used people behind the scenes to answer the prayers of His people.

The hardest part about waiting for a prayer to be answered is when it takes YEARS or when the answer is NO.

NO is an awful answer to hear.

And waiting for YEARS for a prayer to be answered is horrible during the WAITING.

When I was a new believer, I had an opportunity to pray for someone who had a brain tumor. The surgery did not have good odds at all. Basically, the percentages had him coming out of surgery a vegetable, or not making it at all. Still, he went in to surgery.

An amazing thing happened. When the surgeons went in to remove the brain tumor. It was GONE!!!!

No brain tumor at all.

He had all the test beforehand. It had been there and then it was gone.

Wow! Did I want to pray for people after that? You bet I did.

I had faith to pray, so I prayed and prayed whenever I could. Then a few friends of mine got sick. One made it through the horrors of cancer. The other, after three rounds, died. It was horrible.

Within the next few years, I prayed for her husband, he died. My friend's dad, he died. A little boy, he died. I can't remember all of the people I prayed for.
Were there other answered prayers. Yes. But I didn't understand why these people had to die.

I prayed for the company my husband worked for and he got laid off. I prayed for my neighbors who couldn't find a job. They lost their home and went and lived in a trailer. Then my husband's friend died. My husband couldn't find a stable job. My friends dad died.

Suddenly, I didn't pray as confidently as I did before. My prayers changed.
And changed. And changed. And that was actually...really - good.

I studied the Word and got to know about the person I was praying too.

In the New Testament when they prayed for Peters release from prison, angels came in during the night, and walked him out of the prison.

Yet, James was killed by a sword, Stephen was stoned by the mob, and a lot of Christians were arrested and killed.

I wondered about this. Why were prayers answered so differently? Sometimes, God says...that awful word, NO. BUT not because He is mean or doesn't love us. Not at all.
His Word says, that all things turn out for good for those who love God and are called according to His purpose.

ALL things. Even the NO will turn out for good.

Even though I don't see that now. It's a matter of believing. A matter of faith. Is His Word true?

He loves us beyond a love we will ever comprehend. Do I believe it?

Is He Lord? Is He All Knowing? Sees All? Is He the King?

His no, is always covered with goodness and even in the pain, He is there. Sometimes, in life we will experience pain. We all have times to live, times to die, times to prosper, times to not prosper, times to love, times to hate. That's how it is down here. The Bible even says that in Ecclesiastes.

Sometimes, God takes care of the matter by walking with us through all of the pain and misery. Those are the times we see Him work. We feel His touch. We get to know Him as we hold onto Him. And then we have a new confidence in HIM and who HE is when we face battles.

And then there comes a day when we look back at the road that was so painful, and instead of dust and gravel, we see a beautiful garden that has been fertilized by our tears and God's love. And we are more able to help others that go through the same things.

My prayers today. Yes, I give Him all of my needs and wants. And I pray for goodness for others, but I've also learned to...WATCH FOR GOD. He may have a different plan than I do and I'm learning to trust His plan is the best plan.



Thursday, July 16, 2015

Dealing With Change

My daughter is a member of The American Heritage Girl troop. At one meeting, their assignment was to write a skit as a group and then perform it at the end of the meeting.

When I watched the skit unfold I stood amazed at how well the young girls had articulated a persons struggle with change.

The play begins with a young girl sitting on a park bench. She really loved that park bench and wanted to sit on the bench again some other day. However, the girl was moving and wouldn't be back in the area for another year.

The girl returned a year later. With eagerness, she went over to the spot where her park bench had been and sat down. Instead of landing on the bench, she landed on the ground. Confused, she stood up, the bench was gone.

"What happened to my park bench?" She asked a nearby person.

"What park bench? There's no park bench." The person walked on.

Again the girl went to sit down on her beloved park bench and fell to the ground.

Again, she asked a person passing by what happened to her park bench and was met with the same reply.

This happened a few more times until one of the people passing by looked around and saw the park bench had been moved. She pointed it out to the young girl.

The girl nodded her head and went to where her park bench now stood and promptly sat down on it. She then enjoyed her time.


Change...

It can be good. A change like a new home, new car, better job...

And sometimes it can be so hard, like having to go to a new home, a new car, a different job...

I've been dealing with the changes in the tools I use to write books, articles, and blogs. Setting up, and figuring out the new tools, takes up time that I only want to use for writing. So, although not bad, it can be frustrating to take the time needed to set up new tools instead of taking that time to write.

Health changes can be very difficult. I remember when I dealt with some health issues, I would struggle to do things the way I had before. Finally, coming to a point of figuring out how to do things I liked to do in a different way and finding other things to replace the things I couldn't do anymore.

One thing I haven't let go of is running. I try and try to be able to be a runner again. I make some groundwork and then something happens and I am back at the starting line. I have replaced it with walking and riding a bike, but I don't think there is an exercise that can make you feel as physically good as a runner's high does. It is so invigorating.

I used to run two to five miles as often as possible during the week. I am not a morning person, but if I had a busy day, there were times that I would throw on some shorts, a t-shirt, lace up my running shoes, and take off for a run first thing in the morning. I especially loved to do that on a Saturday morning. It would give me energy for the rest of the day.

Now, I feel excited if I run a few minutes straight intermittently on my walks. Big change.

The year 2015 has been a year with a lot of changes in my family and extended family. Not all bad, just very different.

One of the things we've dealt with is MIDDLE SCHOOL! That's a story in itself. My daughter had to deal with making new friends, at a new school. She doesn't have any classes with her old friends, and although she can see her bff at lunch, she had to start over with friendships in her classes. Also, she adjusted to a long-term friendship ending this last year.

Ben's parents moved back to the area before his Dad passed away. That was a change.

There have been health issues. Also, some changes in the extended family where all of us have needed to get together and help out.

Car changes, financial changes...seems like a plethora of things.

We've also had relationship changes. A change like that can be difficult.

In the Bible, Jesus chose twelve main disciples to walk with him during his three-year ministry. There was quite a big extended following too.

Every day they followed Jesus. They participated in watching Him do one miracle after another, show love and acceptance to the unlovable, and listened to His teaching about God's way.

They had a face to face relationship with Him. They clearly saw and heard what to do to follow Him.

Then things changed in a drastic way.

Jesus died on the cross. He came back to life and rejoined His disciples for 40 days, but then it came a time again for them to say good-bye to their Lord.

Acts1:1 - 14 NIV

Jesus Taken Up Into Heaven

"1 In my former book, Theophilus, I wrote about all that Jesus began to do and to teachuntil the day he was taken up to heaven, after giving instructions through the Holy Spirit to the apostles he had chosen. After his suffering, he presented himself to them and gave many convincing proofs that he was alive. He appeared to them over a period of forty days and spoke about the kingdom of God. On one occasion, while he was eating with them, he gave them this command: “Do not leave Jerusalem, but wait for the gift my Father promised, which you have heard me speak about. For John baptized with[a] water, but in a few days you will be baptized with[b] the Holy Spirit.”
Then they gathered around him and asked him, “Lord, are you at this time going to restore the kingdom to Israel?”
He said to them: “It is not for you to know the times or dates the Father has set by his own authority. But you will receive power when the Holy Spirit comes on you; and you will be my witnesses in Jerusalem, and in all Judea and Samaria, and to the ends of the earth.”
After he said this, he was taken up before their very eyes, and a cloud hid him from their sight.
10 They were looking intently up into the sky as he was going, when suddenly two men dressed in white stood beside them. 11 “Men of Galilee,” they said, “why do you stand here looking into the sky? This same Jesus, who has been taken from you into heaven, will come back in the same way you have seen him go into heaven.”
12 Then the apostles returned to Jerusalem from the hill called the Mount of Olives, a Sabbath day’s walk[c] from the city. 13 When they arrived, they went upstairs to the room where they were staying. Those present were Peter, John, James and Andrew; Philip and Thomas, Bartholomew and Matthew; James son of Alphaeus and Simon the Zealot, and Judas son of James. 14 They all joined together constantly in prayer, along with the women and Mary the mother of Jesus, and with his brothers."

I don't know if they understood when they watched Jesus go up tp heaven, whether it was only a temporary goodbye, or not.

Jesus had told them He had to leave so that the counselor could come and be with them. That they would be doing even greater things than He did. He instructed them to go and wait in a room for the counselor.

They did just that.

And what happened was amazing. Instead of having an external relationship with Jesus, they started to have an internal relationship with Him.

Instead of being led externally, they were lead internally.

All through the Bible God had led His people externally. By fire, prophets, leaders, and then finally God's Son, Jesus.

The story goes as follows;

Acts 2: 1-21

"2 When the day of Pentecost came, they were all together in one place. Suddenly a sound like the blowing of a violent wind came from heaven and filled the whole house where they were sitting. They saw what seemed to be tongues of fire that separated and came to rest on each of them. All of them were filled with the Holy Spirit and began to speak in other tongues[a] as the Spirit enabled them.
Now there were staying in Jerusalem God-fearing Jews from every nation under heaven.When they heard this sound, a crowd came together in bewilderment, because each one heard their own language being spoken. Utterly amazed, they asked: “Aren’t all these who are speaking Galileans? Then how is it that each of us hears them in our native language? Parthians, Medes and Elamites; residents of Mesopotamia, Judea and Cappadocia, Pontus and Asia,[b] 10 Phrygia and Pamphylia, Egypt and the parts of Libya near Cyrene; visitors from Rome 11 (both Jews and converts to Judaism); Cretans and Arabs—we hear them declaring the wonders of God in our own tongues!” 12 Amazed and perplexed, they asked one another, “What does this mean?”
13 Some, however, made fun of them and said, “They have had too much wine.”

Peter Addresses the Crowd

14 Then Peter stood up with the Eleven, raised his voice and addressed the crowd: “Fellow Jews and all of you who live in Jerusalem, let me explain this to you; listen carefully to what I say. 15 These people are not drunk, as you suppose. It’s only nine in the morning!16 No, this is what was spoken by the prophet Joel:
17 “‘In the last days, God says,
    I will pour out my Spirit on all people.
Your sons and daughters will prophesy,
    your young men will see visions,
    your old men will dream dreams.
18 Even on my servants, both men and women,
    I will pour out my Spirit in those days,
    and they will prophesy.
19 I will show wonders in the heavens above
    and signs on the earth below,
    blood and fire and billows of smoke.
20 The sun will be turned to darkness
    and the moon to blood
    before the coming of the great and glorious day of the Lord.
21 And everyone who calls
    on the name of the Lord will be saved.’[c]"
When the Holy Spirit came they were empowered in a mighty way. Peter who had denied Jesus in front of a small crowd was able to stand before a huge crowd to tell them all about Jesus. 3,000 people came to believe in Jesus that day. Every day people were added to the church. Despite the horrible persecution that was happening to the church, these men would go and tell the world about Jesus.

I wonder, when it came time to say goodbye to Jesus that day he entered heaven on a cloud, how their hearts felt? Did they think things like...Did we lose Him again? What are we going to do now?

Did they sit in the room Jesus told them to wait in and grieve? Or did they wait in anticipation? Or did they not understand?

One thing for sure, it was a huge relational change for them.

Now they had His power because of the Holy spirit in them to live life differently. The Holy Spirit would counsel them and change them from the inside out.

They didn't have to rely on their own power to do things God's way.
Now the fruits of the Holy Spirit would be made known in their lives.

Galations 5:22-26

"22 But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, forbearance, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, 23 gentleness and self-control. Against such things there is no law. 24 Those who belong to Christ Jesus have crucified the flesh with its passions and desires. 25 Since we live by the Spirit, let us keep in step with the Spirit. 26 Let us not become conceited,provoking and envying each other."

One of the wonderful changes that will happen in a relationship with Jesus as Lord is that a person changes on the inside.

It's easier to forgive.

It's easier to be kind, to love, be compassionate...all of these things come from the Holy Spirit that lives within us when a person becomes a believer.

It seems to me when there is something that is being worked on in my life, I come up against it over and over again. Each time, although I think, not again!...I respond a little quicker than the time before in the way the Bible says is God's way.

Forgiveness is a hard one for me, but not as hard as it used to be. I've learned the freedom that comes from forgiving people as soon as possible. Plus, it helps to have a good idea of how much I've been forgiven myself.

Also, trust is really hard for me, but through the years, I've been able to learn to trust in God and His ways, His provision, healing, salvation, etc., more and more.

Part of learning about who God is and His ways comes from spending time with Him, in His Word, in prayer, and with other believers. It is a way to grow and change.

I don't know what changes you are having in your life, but I would love to read about the changes God is doing in your life in the comment section below.


Monday, May 25, 2015

I Remember You...And I Thank You!

I love my freedom! I love being able to choose whatever career I want. To be able to go to the store, choose friends, go from State to State without papers. I love that I can go to church to worship, and nobody can try to force me to do it their way. I love to be able to vote for whoever I want, even though the person I vote for doesn't always win.

I love it! And I value it.

I know the freedom we experience in America doesn't come for FREE. There is a huge price that is paid by many people. Many have given their lives, lost their lives, and had to live their lives with the horrors of the atrocities that they have seen protecting this country and many other countries.

I am very grateful. I thank God for the military our country has to protect us.

My family suffered two losses, first my Uncle Ronnie, who died the year before I was born. He didn't die while in combat, but while serving his country in the military.

And then my Uncle Bobby, my dad's youngest brother, was shot in Viet Nam and died a few days later when I was almost six years old.

 
Picture by Mary Reinhardt Sand

I was too young to realize the pain my Grandparents suffered, but now as an adult, I have been told of how hard it was for them. Also, being a parent myself, I can completely imagine their pain.

It was also very hard on all of my family members, my parents, aunts, uncles, brothers, sister and my cousins. We all have our story of that time. Its not the best memory.

He was only nineteen. We didn't get the opportunity to know him in his adult years. We didn't get to discover who he would have married or his children. We didn't get the opportunity to see his smile one more time or to say goodbye.

He went with other marines to fight for freedom and to protect those who were being harmed.

Many families today suffer the same loss as my family did many years ago. No matter how many years go by, we don't forget, we don't stop wishing he would have come home and walked, instead of being carried, off the plane. I'm sure other families feel that way too about their lost ones.

Freedom has a tremendous price tag.

There are many families today who are experiencing the loss of loved ones just so we can safely and freely live our lives in freedom and to protect those in other countries who need help.

My prayers are for all of the military and their families, that you would be blessed, feel God's comfort and love. And even though I don't think anyone in the military could ever get paid enough for what they do, I hope that everyone who has or is in the military, would be compensated in some wonderful way.

I can only humbly say....Thank you very much! And God bless you!


http://www.vvmf.org/Wall-of-Faces/50714/ROBERT-E-SWANSON


Friday, May 22, 2015

Help In The Chaotic Storm

I let out a sigh of relief. Finally, a few moments of peace, to take a breath during a chaotic time in our lives.

I'm sitting at my desk with the window open enjoying the sounds of the birds singing intermittently between the sounds of the cars driving by, and the yard guy’s leaf blower from the senior living place across the street.

I love the sounds of the morning and I’m taking it all in as I pour out my heart on my blog.

Where to start is the big question, since the year 2015 has been quite a year for my family, and extended family. I am seriously considering making money off of 2015 and doing a reality show. 

This year has been like a waiter trying to balance too many plates on a tray as he walks to the kitchen through a crowded, loud restaurant. 

To name a few things we are balancing on our wobbly tray; more than wanted visits to the hospital, unnecessary car issues, relationship adjustments, relationship issues, and quite a few changes to our lives.


All of the things on the list are incredible stories in themselves.

This last week started very promisingly…we had just come off from a weekend of celebrating our anniversary, my daughter’s birthday, and Mother’s day. Monday started with an incredible few hours of talking and walking with one of my sister in laws, I passed my fit-bit goal, did my writing goal, and everything else fell into place also that day.

Tuesday…different story…chaos from the GET GO! On top of that, a relationship issue occurred, had to rush to a doctor appointment, and then we discovered the astronomical amount of money it would take to fix our car, because the engine blew, when an NEW piece malfunctioned after maintenance was done to our vehicle. 

Wednesday, no school, woke up with plans to do all the preparations for my daughter's slumber party that was planned for Friday, instead…my daughter was very sick. And while I took my long awaited shower in the afternoon, my daughter came into the bathroom, frantic, “Turn off the shower. Turn off the shower!” Ugh! I ask why?..and her answer?...because it is pouring into the bathroom below.

I turned off the shower and pulled back the curtain to see water pour out of the toilet onto the floor, into the hallway, and on it's way down the stairs. I stepped out of the shower, into the big puddle of water, in order to turn the water off to the toilet.

After I turned the water off I screamed for towels. We used practically every towel in the house upstairs and downstairs.

A plumber came. A carpet guy came. And in between the flood and their arrival, I finished my shower, got some of the towels in the wash, and moved a bunch of the stuff in the stairwell into our bedrooms. Clutter everywhere!

Meanwhile, I was not the sweet caring mother that my daughter needed to be tending her while she was sick on the couch. I had to apologize later. It's a humble thing to be a parent, the bad side of me comes out to an audience that I am to be an example too. Uh, do as I say?...

Anyway, my daughter spiked a fever, her cough got worse, I then received a text from my sister that she can’t stop dry heaving and had gone home from work. She is the owner of a business of her own and she normally stays at work no matter how she feels.


Over the next few days, my daughters fever is persistent, and so is my sister’s dry heaves. Then a text from my sister…she is going to ER!

Fortunately, the fever breaks and we are able to go to the hospital with the family to see her.
In the midst of everything, is the decisions we need to make about our car, I received some hurting words, and I am just plain…hurt and tired of it all.

I pick up my phone and humbly ask for prayer.

In return I received confirmation of prayers being made for us, encouraging words and devotionals, and a safe place to vent my frustrations and cares through phone calls and text. Knowing my prayer warriors would help take my load to my heavenly Father, gave me a sense of relief.


Sometimes the load is too heavy to carry. Sometimes the road is way too long without an end in sight. It is a wonderful feeling knowing someone is bringing your situation to God in prayer.

Asking for prayer doesn’t mean we are weak, lack faith, or anything negative.

A few Sundays ago our Pastor said (very paraphrased) when we ask another for prayer, we see that person has faith and also see God’s work in their life, and we ask them to use that faith and pray for us, with the hope of God’s work in our life.


Throughout the New Testament, there are many accounts of people praying for each other. And one of my personal favorites;

Ephesians 3:14-21New Living Translation (NLT)

Paul’s Prayer for Spiritual Growth

14 When I think of all this, I fall to my knees and pray to the Father,[a] 15 the Creator of everything in heaven and on earth.[b] 16 I pray that from his glorious, unlimited resources he will empower you with inner strength through his Spirit.17 Then Christ will make his home in your hearts as you trust in him. Your roots will grow down into God’s love and keep you strong. 18 And may you have the power to understand, as all God’s people should, how wide, how long, how high, and how deep his love is. 19 May you experience the love of Christ though it is too great to understand fully. Then you will be made complete with all the fullness of life and power that comes from God.
20 Now all glory to God, who is able, through his mighty power at work within us, to accomplish infinitely more than we might ask or think. 21 Glory to him in the church and in Christ Jesus through all generations forever and ever! Amen.

During all of this, I also went for walks with my husband to just talk, and then I took a walk on my own and listened to music, I prayed about the things going on, and I prayed for the needs of those who were praying for me and others that came to my mind.

After my prayer walk I felt much better and able to deal with things when I returned home. I take comfort that my daughter is doing better now and my sister came home from the hospital after a four day stay. She will have to deal with some things physically, but she is home.

I felt refreshed and ready to go. And then as my friend said, I went from the mountaintop and slid right back down into the valley.

Again, one thing after another...my friends were there to pray and encourage. And then I receive a text that said, God is your front man! Let God plow the path.

What an eye opener! Choas happens, but God STILL has a plan for our lives. 

One of my favorites stories in the Bible is when Peter got out of the boat on a stormy night at sea, his eyes were on Jesus and he walked on water. When his eyes were on the storm, he sank. When he cried out to Jesus, he was there. Then JESUS walked him back to the boat through the storm. Walked with Him through the storm.

I always try to imagine what Peter had to say to his friends when he got back in that boat. What an exciting experience he must have had to be able to walk on the top of water and not sink. 

His friends must have had a million questions. 

I can only imagine when Peter got in that boat, he had learned and experienced the most valuable lesson ever for the life he was about to live as a follower of Jesus; That is when his eyes are on Jesus...he can walk on water...when they are on the storm...he can't.

And I can only imagine his confidence grew in His Lord, knowing that when he failed, God was right there to grab him, the minute he cried out. 

He again experienced God's faithfulness when he failed, the night Jesus was put to death, Jesus included Peter and also talked with him after He rose from the dead, and let him know it was okay.

We still have a long list of things to deal with, but I know God is with us, and the knowledge of the faithful prayers of our loved ones for our situation brings us comfort and strength.

2 Corinthians 1:3-5 New Living Translation (NLT)

God Offers Comfort to All

All praise to God, the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ. God is our merciful Father and the source of all comfort. He comforts us in all our troubles so that we can comfort others. When they are troubled, we will be able to give them the same comfort God has given us. For the more we suffer for Christ, the more God will shower us with his comfort through Christ.

I would love to hear your comments on times you’ve reached out for prayer or the things you need someone to pray about.

Oh, and here is a wonderful fact from the Bible…many years ago…Jesus prayed for you and me.


  • John 17:20-21 (NLT)
20 “I am praying not only for these disciples but also for all who will ever believe in me through their message. 21 I pray that they will all be one, just as you and I are one—as you are in me, Father, and I am in you. And may they be in us so that the world will believe you sent me.