Monday, October 16, 2017

Prayer #39 -- For a Sister in Christ in Crisis - Putting Your Armor ON!

 Today is Day #39!  Or Prayer #39.  As it is also the Lord's Day and the first day of the week -- I am reminded of an important task or way to begin each day-- by getting ready -- putting the armor on! 

 This weekend I have the pleasure of having and enjoying my youngest sister and her three 'gingers'.  They all have different shades of red hair.  And as they awake and need food in their bodies -- Auntie Chell begins to make Mickey Mouse pancakes and the banter and chatter begins about what we will do for the day.  The beach is on the list for today but first-- breakfast,  the changing of poopy pants, and then a silly song to get teeth brushed.   By the time my nieces leave they will have Raffi's "brush your teeth" playing over and over in their own personal playlist in their heads.  


"When I wake up in the morning and its quarter to one, and I just want to go have some fun,  I brush my teeth --- chitch chitch chitch cha.....  chitch chitch chitch cha cha cha"   

 Can you hear it?   

 "When I wake up in the morning and its time to rise Up -- I  just can't wait to pray my armor on"......


The Armor of God

10 Finally, be strong in the Lord and in his mighty power. 11 Put on the full armor of God, so that you can take your stand against the devil’s schemes. 12 For our struggle is not against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the powers of this dark world and against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly realms.  

This battle truly has been fought in the heaven-lies -- and it will continue until complete victory is met -- are you willing to continue?  
You must continue to fight for your husband or family in prayer and it may not be easier after you put your armor on;  but when you realize the battle is not against flesh and blood -- perspective comes!   

13 Therefore put on the full armor of God, so that when the day of evil comes, you may be able to stand your ground, and after you have done everything, to stand. 14 Stand firm then, with the belt of truth buckled around your waist, with the breastplate of righteousness in place,  
YOU battle with God's Word -- His Truth!  Read it - love it - seek its answers. 
15 and with your feet fitted with the readiness that comes from the gospel of peace.  
 You may need to change those shoes each day or write yourself a note to make sure you don't take those shoes off -- but understand that faith will speak LOUDER than your words and allowing God to discipline the one hurting you, allowing God to orchestrate the timing is indeed what is best. 
16 In addition to all this, take up the shield of faith, with which you can extinguish all the flaming arrows of the evil one. 17 Take the helmet of salvation and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God.

18 And pray in the Spirit on all occasions with all kinds of prayers and requests. 
 If you read these blogs and have read this series, you know how praying in my prayer language  is needed something that gives me comfort and strength each day.  Many people, when speaking about the armor of God stop at verse 17 and yet verse 18 says to pray in the Spirit -- this, I believe is very key! 
With this in mind, be alert and always keep on praying for all the Lord’s people.

Pray also for me, that whenever I speak, words may be given me so that I will fearlessly make known the mystery of the gospel, 20 for which I am an ambassador in chains. Pray that I may declare it
fearlessly, as I should.

This scripture from Ephesians -- is a treasure.   Praying our Armor on each day - is so vital and needed.   As I wrap up these 40 days of prayers, I feel it is most fitting to make sure that one has their armor on.  

Lord,  as I pray this eve - I pray the one reading this knows and understands how important the armor - YOUR armor is and that it is prayed on.  Lord, I pray she would stand firm as this season continues or even begins to change -- and that she is comforted and favored in Your eyes.  IN Jesus name.  Amen.

Prayer #38 - For a Sister in Christ in Crisis -- our LIkeness ----

Psalm 139:14New International Version (NIV)

14 I praise you because I am fearfully and wonderfully made;
    your works are wonderful,
    I know that full well.

Today has been fearfully and wonderfully made  day.  My house was full of people.  Literally.  My daughter was honored with family and friends showering her with love, encouragement, and gifts.  And I had several moments where the only person my Grandkid wanted was me -- ignoring her Mommee.  (That may seem like no big deal, but this kid- Ava Lynne-  has me wrecked at times. )
 Finally -- the morning ended with prayer -- prayer over my daughter and her child.  Prayers over her  family and  the extended family that will help raise and support this child- Sawyer.   Prayers said by Sawyer's grandmothers, prayers said by those Taylor has touched, prayers said by  friends and colleagues--prayers by strong women in Christ.   Women who know their identity.  This young baby has been conceived through prayer and bathed in prayer since conception and now as she continues to grow within Taylor's belly a prayer brigade will continue.  

I don't share all that to boast or try to make anyone feel shame...I am humbled by the love and support I saw for my child and family that it has me wrecked as I think of it.   That our Lord orchestrated that for her ...for me... And when I say "wrecked" -- I am just in a very sweet place with Jesus and Father God that words don't fit and actions or thank yous are just not enough. 

GOD has that for YOU as well.  God has an army of warriors that are  will to go to battle for you -- just submit and ask.  God has an army of warriors that are going to battle for you if you have claimed that Jesus is your Lord and Savior.  And I pray - that YOU will have an opportunity to realize this - thank God for is -- or seek it -- today. 

She is fearfully and wonderfully made!    That baby is fearfully and wonderfully made. 

I am fearfully and wonderfully made. 

 YOU -- The one,  on the other side of this computer or phone that is reading this,  IS fearfully and wonderfully made.  

Warts and all -- literally.  
One of the hardest lessons I learned is that I am enough.  
Who I am in Christ dictates HOW I act to hardship. 
 It dictates HOW I react to others. 
 It dictates HOW I see others and HOW I treat others as well.  
It dictates!   

Do you read this verse and accept it as truth?    Do you know what God has commissioned over you?

Psalm 139:14New International Version (NIV)

14 I praise you because I am fearfully and wonderfully made;
    your works are wonderful,
    I know that full well.

God knows you -- fully well.  
This is a photo of my niece Ellie Jo.  She has the most adorable strawberry blond hair and she is all of 4 years old. 

My sister brought her three girls to help celebrate Taylor's special weekend  and we had a baby shower for her family here.  My family is so important to me and being 1400 miles away, I would always try to incorporate Wisconsin and my 8 siblings into Taylor and Hunter's lives as much as I can.  However, truthfully, her Florida adopted Aunts and Uncles are just as much family too!   Having Ellie and her two sisters here has brought forth many laughs and tears too -- but we ended up looking at old photos.  Ellie reminds me of my mom's childhood photos.  I don't have many but when I found this one - I wanted to get a side by side to show Ellie, she did have some likeness to her Grandma Sandy -- my mom.  She was a bit reluctant to cooperate -- that would be the stubbornness she gets honestly from her Grandpa Jim -- and the Peiricks -- but, she certainly favors her Grandma Sandy in this photo.     She just does not want her photo taken!                                                                                                      
  You will notice that once I snapped the photo her head turned.   Isn't that true of us?    When someone gives us a compliment or tells us that we remind them of someone -- we shy away...we turn our heads.  Many times we can't accept the compliment and then other times we really don't want to "look like that person". (Ellie just did not want her picture taken.)

I immediately knew -- I could use these two photos in a blog.  I remember being told "you look like your dad" and I would go-- "REALLY?"  No matter what age you are at -- most of us question  the comments or observations made about our personal appearance or even our temperament.    To this day, if my sister begins to tease me and remind me that I am the "spitting image" of one of my Paternal Aunts -- I sort of cringe!  Where is the plastic surgeon?  Can I get a face lift?  LoL 

But we are fearfully and wonderfully made. 
 Perfect in His eyes.   So we are created to appear like him.  I believe our physical bodies   - when we get to heaven -- will resemble our Lord and His angels.  And as we are created in His image -- there is no mistakes. 

   However,   Do we reflect the image of God?   Do we act with his likeness? 
         Do we reflect the knowledge of WHOM we are in Christ?  
        Do we accept that we are not perfect -- warts and all?
Do we know who makes us complete?  

Dear Lord, for the one reading this today-- May she know WHO she is in Christ and if she does not -- may she have the hunger and drive to DIG into your word and read Psalm 139 and find out.  Or may she google Joyce Meyers and find that list of WHO we are in Christ and then POST it on her mirror and begin to transform her thoughts to line up with WHAT Your Word says about her.  You Lord, created her --You Lord know HOW she thinks -- and You know the present circumstances.  As we are at the end of these 40 days of prayer-- where I believe and trust you  have this precious sister  is right in Your hands and she is stronger now today than she was 40 days ago.  I also pray and believe that You will meet her every need and thought -- and help her to transform her thoughts so that she can see YOUR LIKENESS  in her and in her actions.  IN Jesus name.  Amen.  

And PS -- we pray that the husband that is estranged right now and away from God - find a mentor - a man who is in the image and likeness of You  Lord and that he may want to be like  Christ.  IN Jesus name. 

Sunday, October 15, 2017

She is 50 !

Taking a moment on this blog to wish my sister a Happy 50th Birthday.  She is presently in Africa - riding camels and taking photos in the sand with her man -- it would be pretty lame to be 'here' and just eat a cake and blow out candles when you can have this type of 50th.....but I wanted to share a bit and publicly wish her the BEST of days today ....and may she be blessed with 50 more! 

 Her birthday was a few days ago -- I realized that when I began to "write" and post this,  as I was thinking of her most of the day,  on her birthday, that she was 12 hours AHEAD of me and it was already PAST her birthday.  Great...Super..... epic posting it now--what is a few more days?  

50 Shades of J....

1.  We call her JJ among the family -- short for Jeanette Kae Peirick Miller.  Her given nickname was "peanut" cause my mom says she looked small and sort of like a Spanish peanut in her arms.  My kids call her Aunt JJ.  Maybe Mom has a different reason -- this is what I remember. 

2.  She is my younger sister - if you don't know - I am the oldest.  Of Nine.  Yes...Nine. 
This was "all of us" - missing 2 grands in the summer of 2015.

3.  We are 20 months apart and apparently when Mom and Dad brought her home, I was so jealous of this new baby that Mom had to ship my 20 month old self off to Grandma Peirick's for three whole weeks so Mom could adjust - or maybe I could adjust.

4.  She has 5 brothers.  Ranging in age from 30+ to 48!

5.  She has  3 sisters - one being me.

6.  We were raised on a dairy farm in Wisconsin and she never did anything wrong in the barn.  I heard often from my dad at how "great" she did her job!  

7.  She was born and raised in Watertown, Wisconsin but moved to Florida after she graduated from UWW to help us at the insurance office.

8.  I don't remember us ever trying to socialize in the same circles in High School, but I was busy working and in my own life and she had hers.  We did carpool a lot and of course there was always the time in the 'barn'.

9.  As kids we spent a lot of time in the barn or outside -- even on Sunday's we would get locked out of the house -- and our favorite was playing "pizza place" where we would create mud pies  and add certain toppings.  Daryl and Aaron always made good customers.

10.  We also played "doctor" with the neighbor Jenny -- with kitchen utensils as her instruments.

11.  We could also be found playing "house"   where I was always the wife named Chris and she was the husband... and right now I can't remember the name she would pick.

12.  What is really embarrassing is that I know we also played 'babies' and I remember practicing to breast feed with my doll -- and Jeanette was near by.     Right now -- that just makes me CRINGE!  Oh My.

13.  Speaking of dolls -- she destroyed mine.  Well...I had two legs on my doll and she ripped off one of them.   It totally ruined my life.  LOL.  No it didn't -- but it certainly was something we fought or cried about.  ....we laugh this day! 

14. Of the two  or three years we attended UWW together, I think I saw her 3x and was in her dorm once.  I know she had a roommate that loves the Milwaukee Brewers as JJ was always very interested in her sports teams.

15.  She worked at the college as a senior and after she graduated and it was always fun going back to see her once we had moved to Florida.    She managed the "Down Under". 

16.  She would watch football on Sundays with my dad   -- or I think she did, I always wanted to watch Star Trek.  Perhaps that is where her love of football came from --

17.  She came to stay with me for  the 3 weeks around  Taylor's birth  -- little did I know she  was pregnant herself  I always wanted to be pregnant with a sister and here I was.  She even left my house and couldn't tell me -- as I was WAY too into myself and my life.... of which I apologized for!

18.   I was able to be WITH her when Blake was born -- totally a GOD orchestrated event.  My little "yoda" was born!

19.  When Brendan went to insurance school for 6 weeks and Taylor was 11 weeks old, we packed up and moved in with her so that Bren could concentrate.  We did not have FACETIME then but Taylor's eyes would light up each night as she spoke to her daddy. Many photos began between Blake and Taylor.

20.  Countless phone calls than began between two sisters with young children.  I went through post-par tum depression so MANY tears were shed. 

21.    She moved her in 1993 with her son - Blake and spent their very first night in Okeechobee in Raulerson Hospital -- as Blake had an upper respiratory thing. He was just 2! 

22.  She loves to clean -- well, maybe not that she loves it but her house is always spotless.

23.  She is the ultimate hostess and enjoys having family around.

24.  She has the COOL POOL for when family visits as I did not have guest room until the past few months!

25.  Her freezer is completely stocked and the meals she makes -- super.  The pies...  the casseroles ....she is a  cook!  
26.    She loves to walk and travel.

27.  She is married to Craig and has 3 children.  Blake, whom I have mentioned, is in heaven - and Cali and Jordyn  are close and  have blessed her with two grand babies  and she loves them dearly.

28.  She loves being an Auntie and dotes on many -- even 'adopting' the children of friends and loves on them!
Unsure who this pretty girl is, but she has my sister's heart.

29.    Traveling has become a hobby --and presently as I type she is 1/2 way around the world in Africa  -- hence the photo!

30.  She played softball and volleyball in high school and probably would of done another sport if she could of figured out transportation. She is VERY competitive.

31.  Speaking of being competitive...we would CONSTANTLY compare each other's legs to see who was the most tan, or the most fit.  Constantly.

32.  We shared stuff -- but as we became teens - it could be a problem.  She will tell the story that I am  NOT very proud of that I went crazy when I learned she was wearing my underware -- and ended up needed Valium admistered at the ER.

33. we had a bit of a stress-filled life as teenagers....needless to say the Guidance Counselors knew us -- and our family.   But... God is faithful! 

34.   As a kid, we had our ups and downs -- that would be putting it mildly.  LOL.   I have memories of ALWAYS having to include her in birthday parties  and friend sleep overs and she tells another story.  She tells a different version.
Our Aunt Gloria

35.  We fought a LOT.  We did.   Hair pulling -- pushing shoving fighting.  And a lot of yelling.  At times when we talk about it - I just get embarrassed -- it is what it is.  I have apologized. BUT... when a crisis happened -- we rallied around each other and KNOW -- love is there! 

36.  She says Mom always seemed to make sure I got the best present at Christmas and she got gyped.  I remember one Christmas where she counted the gifts and cried at the end of the night that I got one more and my Dad was fussing at my mom and we headed to Farm and Fleet the next day and she got another gift.  My mom pleaded that I got an extra cause of all the babysitting I did - for "free".  Dad didn't buy that.   Now -- that is what I remember ... I am sure she has a different version.

37.  However, there were good moments and times where we did get along.   Especially as we got older and had common enemies!  And she is a dear woman who LOVES the underdog and fights for what she believes is right and correct.

38.  Being untruthful would kill her -- she has the Utmost integrity and when you know her - you love her and you know what she is about.

39.  I complete admire how she can see the GOOD in many and her heart hurts when hypocrisy is present. 

40.  As a little girl, my parents had an old farmhouse.  My Grandparents and family helped to finish the attic in that old house and a sleigh bed was added  to the room for Jeanette and I.  We would go to bed and I would be dog tired and I would hear, "Chelly, I can't fall asleep".  Note -- there was a lot of whining involved and so I would just tell her to go to sleep.  She couldn't.  So I began to tell her stories using her hands as hand puppets.  In my head, I did this for weeks... in her head, it was not every night but I felt it was.   In reality, Blake enjoyed me telling the stories over and over.

41.  This story reminds me of HOW kind my sister is - she always placed the needs of me before hers and would praise me publicly  and loved me unconditionally.    In fact, I had this one romper that I loved to wear.  She realized and knew it was TOO Short for my legs and politely asked if she could buy it from me - as I was pregnant with my second kid and I was not wearing it.  She never wore it.  I found out years later -- she knew I did not look "good" in it and was just trying to make sure I never wore it again in public.  That story may seem harsh -- but it was endearing....she always looks out for me. 

42.  As I remember, she seemed to ALWAYS do things perfectly and seemed to be Dad's favorite.  IN recent years I have come to the realization that the baby was probably his favorite.  Namely, Brittan.   Why do  I state that? Our Dad has always  been such a neat freak or 'cleaner'.  About 9 years ago, I was visiting Wisconsin and having breakfast with my youngest sister and her daughter and I witnessed  an unbelievable act -- my 1 year old niece, Haidyn,  was sitting on his lap with sticky  hands from eating her pancake and he never flinched or fussed that syrup was dripping down his pants.  Then I knew it -- literally -- the 'baby' must be his favorite. Who was this man?  My dad? 

43.   She is a business major. We brought here her some 20+ years ago to help us at the Insurance office and she has been an intricate and vital piece of the puzzle to keep our agency successful.  We know we owe her a debt of gratitude!

44.  She has been married to Craig now for over 15 years... I think the 20 year anniversary is close. He was "set up" with her on a date back when I was PG with HP.  She was in the process of actually moving back to Wisconsin - but praise God it was a divine meeting and she and Blake stayed.  And Blake received a family through Craig - a brother and a sister that indeed blessed him and made him feel so loved.

45.  Speaking of Craig -- she relies on him, loves him and I admit - he is a pretty good catch.  Hey -- he took her to Africa for her 50th??  All I could do was bake a cake!!   But, I totally believe Craig's influence on her son...their son...Blake was indeed a God appointed thing.  Blake flourished  and grew in many ways -- it was awesome to watch. 

46.  She loves the Green Bay Packers and basically everything stops when a game is on -- I mean - seriously!!    I wonder if she will be able to see it from Dubai?

47.  She is in a new season of her life -- she knows what she wants to do and I pray that as she continues to seek God -- He will orchestrate her path as she begins her "2nd season".

48.....  I love her -- and treasure our time together and treasure her honesty.

49.  I believe and hope that as we continue to grow older....she may have to DYE her hair... !!!  LOL
Cue the laughing -- seriously - she is a Natural beauty and natural red head and loves to remind that she has never dyed her hair.

50.  And on that note - sweet sister -- you are VERY far away and yet, the video of the camels made me smile today -- thank you for thinking of me.   I pray this blog BLESSEd you - I figure there will be a few corrections I need to make - I KNOW you hate ANYTHING public like this -- but too  bad.

You are loved and I wanted to share with my readers -- a little of my sister -- God bless you and Happy Birthday!

Love - Chell 

Saturday, October 14, 2017

Prayer #37 - For a Sister in Christ in Crisis -- Get involved.

So, first I want to express my sincere appreciation for  you on being faithful and continuing to read this series and believe with me for a victory as we approach the 40th day. 

I wish to be transparent -- as the 40th day approaches, I am somewhat relieved as getting these posted daily hasn't been a struggle, but certainly I have struggled to try and get everything done that has needed to be done for the day and then as I wind down and think about blogging -- the enemy has used all of his usual tricks but I have also allowed time to be wasted.

With that -- God is really asking me to evaluate my 'extra' time and how I am spending it.  I have been praying and thinking and some times - arguing with God about what I need to do.  Yes, I said, argue -- or really converse back and forth but I know that when I don't respond to what He has asked or called me to do -- I am being disobedient and THAT is no good!

Therefore, I continue with this blog series and allow the laundry to sit a bit and I will continue with this series and not stress about a 'messy' house! 

One of the best ways to get outside of our problem is to get involved in something -- else.

My husband recently gave a word of testimony and stated, "worship and praise God, when you praise the Father  your faith is increased and much is accomplished, when you praise the problem -- you faith decreases. "

Very good words -- 

So, as I begin to finish this project the Lord asked me to write, He has already sought me out to join with an army of women  - A Call to Arms - and pray for the men of our lives and community -- to rise up and be the men God created them to be!

A Call to Arms - is a private Facebook group where we will commit to prayer and fasting on Thursdays for the next 5 months until the feast of Purim.  Read the book of Esther.  

So as I finish this series, the Lord has already given me a focus in another -- getting involved in being the hands and feet of Jesus is a good thing...and it helps us get our focus off our present situation or problems.

IN a dire season, the Lord brought me a group of young women that met with me on Tuesday nights and it was powerful.  It gave me focus to study and prepare and get my mind away from my present season of hurt.

So, for the ladies reading this -- I ask...where can you minister right now?  Seek and Ask God to give you someone to mentor or a ministry to support --  

Psalm 126

A song of ascents.

When the Lord restored the fortunes of[a] Zion,
    we were like those who dreamed.[b]
Our mouths were filled with laughter,
    our tongues with songs of joy.
Then it was said among the nations,
    “The Lord has done great things for them.”
The Lord has done great things for us,
    and we are filled with joy.
Restore our fortunes,[c] Lord,
    like streams in the Negev.
Those who sow with tears
    will reap with songs of joy.
Those who go out weeping,
    carrying seed to sow,

will return with songs of joy,
    carrying sheaves with them.

Lord, for the women reading this blog and for those that have been faithful to believe with me that after these 40 days of prayers are finished....there will be victory and a change in the atmosphere in their present situation.  Lord, I believe -- I believe -- I believe!!  

Lord, I pray that "if" no present change appears - that they will realize there HAS been a change in them and in their circumstance -- it is just not visible as of yet.   Yet.  Lord,  hold them today - help me to finish strong in these postings  - speak Lord speak.  IN Jesus name.  

Prayer #36 - For a Sister in Crisis in Christ. -- Glory

God is always so sweet.

I found a letter I wrote to myself on November 22, 2009.  That day was  a year beyond the death of my nephew.  That year was a 'hard' year.  I had begun to seek some counsel for myself -- as I was beginning to believe that I was crazy.  My  head had categorized that the entire problem within my home was the fact that my husband was in a mid-life crisis and so was I - it just looked different between the two of us and I  will admit - was crying myself to sleep -- probably every night for most of that year and probably all of 2010.  It sucked.  We just existed.  We had been existing for a few years already by this time....and we existed  several months more until -- the skies broke open.

However, today - in finding this prayer God reminded me - HE wins.  

Here is that note.

I crave to leave a legacy of faith to my children, not just works! I crave that they will remember me praying - always choosing what is what God would be happy with.  Lord, love is not a fight - but it is worth fighting for.  Lord, I know you are fighting for me and that should be enough but I wish he would fight for us too.  Maybe he is - but it does not seem like it.  Lord, I am not feeling patience today.  I am feeling sorrow and despair.  Lord, I am trying to serve and be patient while I wait. But.  Lord, I don't even want to run or do anything today.  I am numb.  Lord, I have to forgive him again - don't I?  For what?  But he is not being the husband and father he is to be.   Lord, as I write this - I pray he will walk in and see me and want to read it -- or can I leave this about for him to read.  But..that is me  - manipulating it again.  Lord, help with my unbelief right now. I am trying to serve and worship while I wait - like the song says - but God, I can't anymore.  Lord, I will I will try.... I will try....  It is so hard.  I feel sad and lonely today. Lonely.  Lord, may today be a blessing to my kids and my husband.  Lord, may they each awake refreshed today.  Lord, as my son plays soccer - may the opportunities for a goal come.  Lord, for his teammates, I pray they will be able to score and do their best on the team.  Lord, yesterday you reminded me or told me - I believe you did - that one day, he will be able to say "I love you", once he loves Me.  I want to see him love you.  I want him to love you.  Lord for whatever is clouding his vision to you - be gone!   Lord, I love you.  Lord I love you more than my husband.  Lord, I thank you for ___ and ____ and I NEED this to work out between them.  May their marriage hold tight.  I need this please.  I need to see some good within others...I need to see that when you asked me to pray for them and take them supper -- it was of YOUR calling and YOU used it.  I need that.  Lord for the babies... E___, A____, and for that one -- God each of them need a medical miracle.  Lord I pray for my mentor's heart and her requested miracle.  Lord, I pray for my students.  Lord, I know my name is written in the Lamb's book of life and THAT is enough.  Lord, God you are who you say your are.  You will do what YOU say you will do.  Lord, I am who YOU say I am.  I am blessed, chosen, adopted, accepted, forgiven, and redeemed.  Lord, I can do all things through Christ Jesus - I am believing God as God's word is alive and it is alive in me.  Active - Amen. 


So "today" -- Thursday - October 11th something happened.  I have not been able to blog or post anything since Thursday.  My mom is here and my sister with her 3 girls and I have been in family/entertaining heaven but I would of needed an assistant to get all that I needed to get done, much less this blog.  

However - I prayed for the women on my heart -- that have been faithful to prayer with me for these past 36 days.... and today is Saturday so it is Day #38!  

Anyway -- on Thursday, my husband gave a brief testimony to a group of about 30 women.  There is a calling - A CALL to ARMS is a group of women gathered to intercede for men in their lives and Brendan gave a word to that group in their opening meeting.   I was humbled.  To say I was floored would be wrong, as I had this incredible peace about what he was going to say and how I would react and...then what I would add and it went well.  God spoke.  Brendan spoke words of life back into me.   I believe he also spoke words of HOPE into the women that had gathered -- 

As I reread my prayer/journal entry from 2009, in the middle, it states that I prayed for my husband and wanted him to love and crave God -- 

He does.  Its awesome redemption.  
So, I will add this --
 God's time is perfect. 
Don't give up. 
Believe -- God does heal and restore.  God IS winning!  Amen. 

So for the woman reading this - on prayer #36....I just want you to know - GOD has NOT given up -- and He will restore what the locusts have taken.  Amen.  

- Michelle 

Wednesday, October 11, 2017

Prayers for a Sister in Christ in Crisis - #34 and #35 -- Sometimes there is NO time.

Plain and simple, LIFE has been filled with too many TO DO lists and events that  there has been NO time to write a blog.  Period. 

But I prayed.  

Getting my mom from the airport,  tending to some details about ......., and then........ .  BUSY, it seems there is never enough time in the day.      Time -- it is so short.

But I prayed. 
Quite honestly - this series of blog prayers was started with one precious sister in Christ, but for the past two days, a few other women are foremost on my mind.   They want more time.  Each is sitting near while a loved one sees Jesus.  One is loving on her mom and another is watching a child and believing for a miracle. 

But I prayed.

I am still praying and believing for the original inspiration  -- as she -- I believe  -- will see some very specific changes within her circumstances.  The Lord asked me to write these 40 days of prayers, to remind her, HE was STILL fighting for her. 

 However, since I have started the 40 days, there have been several other women that have messaged me and told me thank you for posting -- as the prayer spoke to them as well.    THAT is God.   God is always multi-tasking and never allows anything to be wasted.  He can multiply time! 

Although  my mind has been  set on a few other women  for two days straight --  God's mind has been SET on ALL of us even before He created us.

One precious sister in Christ is a  mother with a  young boy in pain.  He needs a miracle - a total  and complete  physical healing.  That could be in the arms of Jesus or right there with her -- but it is taking a few days.  This is one of those prayer requests where there is no explanation for his pain and she  and her husband have pleaded for a miracle for years.     I am compelled to pray and intercede as tears roll down my cheeks.   I have thought over and over about her head and heart.  I have cried about the young boy's father too -- what a trial and stress  and the only comfort I remind myself of is that  -- they love God.  They trust God -- but it is very HARD. They  probably want more time and yet, perhaps there will come a time when they see and realize the time they had -- was indeed His Best!   

Another precious sister has had a lot of time with her mother and perhaps one would think, "she is older, it is time for her to go to Jesus" and yet...she wants more time.  Don't we all -- ???   All of us at one time or another have felt that, "if I only had more time..."

I feel it is important that I  understand that  "beauty will come from ashes "  But while we wait -- in the time in between -- it is very hard".
 For this one mom --he may have taken his last breath as I try and type this - or God has seen fit for him to remain one more day -- either way, she is not the ONLY momma waiting on a child to be set free of pain.  And for many of those momma's ...there IS STILL time!

God is faithful and HE won't let you down.  I know HE won't let me down... hearing not only my request for this  momma, who is sitting in hospice,  but also God has heard my plea for my original sister in Christ as well.   God also has my dear pal as she moves her momma to hospice.  

 God is THAT big.  Time or no time... God makes time for us.   And even if I skip a day - Jesus has been interceding for both of them as well!

In this BUSY BUSY BUSY BUSY world -- take time right now to thank God for the health of your  family around you and praise God that we have modern medicine and faith to see that God heals through medicine.  However, trust God when the  trials and tribulations allowed,  seem to totally WRECK us.

  Thank God for His mercy and grace. God never intended for us to be THIS busy ...but we are and perhaps we need to look at what we need to 'stop' doing - so there is TIME for prayer or even more prayer. Maybe we need to give HIM more of our TIME. 

Tonight my heart is heavy - thinking of that one momma.  And my heart is joyful as some family is coming for the weekend.  How can one be with a heavy heart and joyful -- only by the GRACE of God.  But tonight, I  am going to believe another life is being saved through the testimony of that momma and her son -- so I will trust that God will not disappoint and that  comfort is lavished upon her momma's heart and head!

And I know God is using my other pal's situation for His Kingdom calendar and His good.  God makes the best use of our time.   

We never seem to have enough time to get what we need to do -- done. 
Wouldn't it be awesome if our mindset was that too ??   That there is never enough time in the day to converse and pray with God -- but one day, in eternity, where time will be non existent -- we will be able to sit at the feet of Jesus and one day will be as a thousand in heaven.........

Lord -- You know my heart, cleanse me OH God and renew a right spirit in me -- may I find the time to make sure the last 5 prayers get blogged out properly as You Lead and will provide the time I need if I place you first to accomplish this task.  You never quit or leave us unequipped!   And Lord for the one reading this, may she totally feel your comfort and your presence within her head and heart and may her son have a peaceful journey to be with You.   Hold those precious sisters in Christ -- even the one who just came upon this blog by accident and now the enemy wants to say, "see you are selfish -- other people have greater needs".   As I would say to that one -- God knows Your need and no matter what it is -- He has the time to help you move into a new season...He has time to see you move into victory...and God has the time to set you free --- you just need to take the TIME to seek Him.  Lord, I trust you -- this blog is written in obedience to Your request.  You know I feel totally inadequate right at this moment as the enemy says, "you are rambling"  but I will believe, that as You create a new right spirit in me and anyone that reads these prayers -- that YOU will WIN....  Lord, thank you.  In Jesus 's strong and mighty name.  Amen

Monday, October 9, 2017

Prayers for a Sister in Christ in Crisis -- #33 -- Today is day #33

Jesus began his ministry at about age 30 and went to the cross at 33.
The men in our church are doing a series called, "33". 

I think back to when I was 33 and realize ....  the Lord was beginning to prick my heart and it was probably around 38 that I truly allowed God to open my eyes. 

The Trinity is 3. 
How strong is a 3 braided chord? 

In a VERY hard time as I was seeking God and I was "single"...... I would ask God all the time to show me or tell me something.  I had several dreams and visions in that season that brought forth hope, but one day I met a stranger and shook his hand.  Later in the church service, that stranger went to my Pastor and shared a dream he had for me. 

It was where he saw me on a boat, with this big rope that had been severed.  And I stood there looking at him as the rope was in two pieces and I asked him what to do.  He calmly stated you can splice it back together or get a new rope. 

That story was so significant.  It mean a LOT to me.  He was a stranger and how on earth did he know that my marriage had been severed.  And basically -- I could splice it back together or get a new marriage.  I pondered over his dream for several weeks and knew what God wanted me to do.   

A few weeks  later, I "officially" met this guy again and his wife and  I asked him to  share the entire story/dream to me so I heard it from him.  After he shared, he asked me, "so, what are you going to do?".  I knew with complete godly confidence that I was to TRY and splice it back together.  He smiled at me and said, "I think God would be pleased."   He then replied..."you know that to splice a braided chord for a sail would take time and energy.  It had to be done just the right way, where you trimmed off a bit from each end and then spliced them together - but if you did it right, it would be stronger at that point than ever before and it would not sever at that point again. 

The trouble is -----   BOTH parties have to be willing to change and allow some stuff to be cut off so a new union can begin ......

For that sister in Christ today - still waiting, honoring her husband by staying single -- even though he has filed the divorce papers and has begun sleeping with another....

For that sister in Christ today -- still waiting,  she honored her man and tried her best for years to pray him through his addiction until finally she had to leave for her peace.....and he still won't seek the needed help to get free of sexual addiction, but she continues to pray and hope .....

For that sister in Christ that feels so alone, that she can't share or express to anyone around her that her husband left her and has not spoken to her in weeks....and she just wants some sort of understanding as to the WHY of it.....  

For the sister in Christ that realizes she will probably see her estranged husband hit rock bottom before he comes to full repentance and it hurts her to watch....

Lord, ONLY You can comfort and bind their brokenhearts....
Lord, ONLY You can bring beauty from the ashes....

Lord, ONLY You can meet the need.  AS I continue to claim life and believe that You are faithful and You will guide this woman as she continues to grow in You --   

I just pray -- HOLD them today.  May they see this present crisis as just a season where You met them, You held them, and You guided them - IN Jesus name.