i have some precious friends of mine who are currently going through the fire. very scary times and full of uncertainty. one is going through a plethora of tests for multiple health issues of her own. one’s child is having some frightening symptoms and he too is being tested and awaiting diagnosis. the husband of one of my dearest friends has been unemployed for almost a year now.
they feel vulnerable. afraid. overwhelmed. emotional.
many times in these situations i don’t know what to say. i don’t have the answers. i don’t know the why’s. i wish i had some profound eloquent word for them, but i don’t. most of the time i feel that all i have is a listening ear and a heart that promises to pray for them.
all i have….a listening ear & a heart that promises to pray.
many years ago i learned how vital both of those things are.
when gregg was sick and during the time i was alone i felt so vulnerable. so afraid. overwhelmed. and emotional. i remember hearing a friend say “i’ll be praying for you”….yet so many times i’d look in their eyes and almost want to plead with them, hold their hands and say back…”will you? will you promise me you’ll pray for me?”. it was as if they said “i’ll bring ya’ll dinner wednesday evening”. while i could prepare dinner wednesday, while i could have extras in the fridge incase they forgot, i was counting on the “dinner wednesday evening”. prayer is like that. we can certainly pray for ourselves. yet there is something powerful, something so safe and secure knowing another is praying for you. knowing someone else is there.
i learned then that if i told someone i’d be praying for them, they had my word.
sometimes the “i’ll be praying for you” can almost be a cliche. or a greeting. we mean well. we really do. yet we walk away & get back to our little world and forget the situation of the person we were going to pray for. i’ve done it. i have. but now after being on the vulnerable tender flip side, needing, depending on others, i don’t take lightly the promise of praying. sometimes it really is all i have to give.
one of the most powerful ways to pray for someone is to pray scripture.
psalm 91 is a beautiful scrpture~~
91.11 For he will command his angels concerning you to guard you in all your ways.
91. 1&2 He who dwells in the shelter of the Most High will abide in the shadow of the Almighty. I will sayto the Lord, “My refuge and my fortress,my God, in whom I trust.”
my dear friend courtney is a creative genius with a background in marketing. she is a transparent, tender hearted mama with a heart to encourage everyone she comes in contact with ( you should follow her on twitter, and facebook– constant encouragement). but her heart for the souls of her children is what inspires me the most. ( i also shared about courtney here)
courtney has created the perfect tools for you to help teach this powerful resource to your children. her desire is to empower moms and change little lives through innovation in the home. this week she celebrates her one year anniversary of launching her business & she’d like to give away a package of scripture cards to one of my readers!
please leave a comment ( or you can post on facebook or tweet as i have handy dandy little linky things for your convenience) & a winner will be selected for a package of Lil Light O’ Mine scripture cards….you will LOVE them!!
& congratulations courtney!!! i love how you’ve shared with me from the start the desire to encourage moms….& allow me to give you all i have….a listening ear & a praying heart for you!!