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Please Pray

I’ve mentioned Henley and her family on this blog before, and I want to thank those of you who have been praying for her.

The most recent update is that Henley is septic and is currently at Riley.  She’d been recovering pretty well from her latest treatment, and this development is obviously unexpected and scary.

If you’re willing, please take a moment and pray for Henley and her family.

Here is the link to her CaringBridge page: Henley

Here are the links to my other posts about Henley: Henley 1, Henley 2, Henley 3, Henley 4, Henley 5

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(becoming) a good steward: the superwoman complex

Everything comes from you, and we have given you only what comes from your hand.  –1 Chronicles 29:14b

 I said to the Lord, “You are my Lord; apart from you I have no good thing.”  –Psalm 16:2

As promised, we’re using the same two verses from last week to continue our discussion this week.  One point of these verses, as we discussed, is to start acknowledging to a new degree that all of our gifts come from God —  and that loving God means using what He’s given us (tangible and intangible) for His glory, not our own. 

But these verses are also making a point about our limitations.  There will always be people you can’t help and needs you can’t meet.  If you spent every second of your time for the rest of your life working non-stop for others, you’d barely make a dent in even the local needs around you. 

Our response to this fact, however, shouldn’t be despair, shouldn’t be to throw up our hands and do nothing since we can’t do it all.  Instead, this fact should bring us to our knees.  We can’t handle all the problems around us, but God never intended us to. 

Oftentimes when we feel overwhelmed it’s either because we’ve taken on more than God wanted us to or because we’ve taken on the wrong things.  The number and scope of the needs around us shouldn’t paralyze us, but it also shouldn’t turn us into misguided Marthas

Instead, we should seek God’s guidance: Where is it, God, that you want to use me?  Maybe you’re not supposed to contribute a coat to this coat drive or give any food to the food pantry this week.  Maybe God is more interested in having you spend more time with your neighbors.  And maybe that’s because He wants you to find out what their materials needs are and help meet them – or maybe it’s because He knows that their real need is having someone to talk to.

I don’t know the specifics about what God wants from you.  But He does.  And I do know that He doesn’t want us making these decisions – in either direction – based on what we feel up to.

The needs around us are overwhelming and our instinct to help is good (and thus from God).  But God promises us His strength to do His will, not our will.  We shouldn’t be surprised when we make our own decisions and then don’t have His strength to meet our commitments.  (Or when we use all our strength to meet these commitments, and then, having used all our patience on others, snap at our kids and our husbands.)

This isn’t to say that what God asks us to do is never overwhelming; I think that, at first, most of what God asks us to do is overwhelming.  If it’s His will, though, He will equip us.  (But that’s a topic for next week!)

For today, ask God what it is He wants you to do with your time, talents, resources (all those things you listed last week).  You might be surprised by the needs He knows about that you never would have thought of!

Read the next post –> (becoming) a prayerful volunteer: the necessity of “no”

 

Want to read more?

Here’s the start of the stewardship series: (becoming) a good steward: “mine, mine, mine?”

Are you a worrier?  Then you might enjoy this post: (becoming) less of a worrier

Interested in discussions about how to be a godly wife?  Check out the Wife Series: (becoming) a more godly wife: why won’t he . . . . . . ?

Want to go deeper in your walk with Christ?  Click here for the start of the Fully Submitted Series: (becoming) fully submitted

Still basking in the glow of the Christmas season?  Click here for the start of the Christmas Posts: (becoming) peaceful

Want information about this blog?  Check out the About page or the first post.

(prayer) warrior thursday

I still haven’t thought of a catchy name for the new Thursday prayer schedule.  Suggestions?  🙂

This week’s prayer requests:

1. Please continue to pray for our friend Pat, as she adjusts to life without her husband (Garland).

2. Please also pray for our friend Dave’s brother (Barry).  He’s had aggressive chemo and a stem cell transplant.  Please pray for comfort and healing.

3. My friend Brandy injured her knee.  Please pray that she and her doctors pick the best course of treatment.

4. Please pray for all the college kids starting back.  Some schools (like ours) started back this week, but many others start next week.  Please pray for safety as these kids travel back to school.  And please pray for their faith walk — college is often such a difficult time for that.

Thanks!

Want to read more?

Is “your” stuff yours or God’s?  (becoming) a good steward: “mine, mine, mine?”

Are you a worrier?  Then you might enjoy Monday’s Post: (becoming) less of a worrier

Interested in discussions about how to be a godly wife?  Check out the Wife Series: (becoming) a more godly wife: why won’t he . . . . . . ?

Want to go deeper in your walk with Christ?  Click here for the start of the Fully Submitted Series: (becoming) fully submitted

Still basking in the glow of the Christmas season?  Click here for the start of the Christmas Posts: (becoming) peaceful

Want information about this blog?  Check out the About page or the first post.

Prayer Warriors!

Hi, all.

My new plan for the blog this year is to do a regular Monday post and then a prayer request post on Thursday.  And yes, today is Friday, but I’m still getting used to 2012……

Prayer Requests:

1. Please pray for Rachel Alexander’s family, as she recently passed away.  Please pray especially for her husband and young son.

2. Please also pray for Garland Gray’s family, as he passed away on January 2 (2 days before his 72nd birthday).  Please pray especially for his wife Pat.

As always, if you have a request you’d like me to include on the blog (or one that you’d like me to pray about privately), please email me at awomanforhim@gmail.com.

Want to read more?

Are you a worrier?  Then you might enjoy Monday’s Post: (becoming) less of a worrier

Still basking in the glow of the Christmas season?  Click here for the start of the Christmas Posts: (becoming) peaceful

Interested in discussions about how to be a godly wife?  Check out the Wife Series: (becoming) a more godly wife: why won’t he . . . . . . ?

Want to go deeper in your walk with Christ?  Click here for the start of the Fully Submitted Series: (becoming) fully submitted

Want information about this blog?  Check out the About page or the first post.

(becoming) less of a worrier

Do not be anxious about anything, but in everything, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God.  –Philippians 4:6

The verse above is one many of us have often heard – and really tried to put into practice.  But how often do we try this before we’ve let our worries take root and grow – even bud, maybe even flourish?  God can, of course, overcome (and even root out) these worries; He’s bigger than any of our problems, even problems we’ve let get out-of-control.  But this process is often painful, and I’d encourage you to not let things get that far.  To rely on a cliché: I’d encourage you to nip your worries in the bud.  Or better yet, nip them in the roots.  Consider how much energy you’d save by letting go of worries as soon as they appear!

And I don’t think we should be flip about this issue: This verse doesn’t make light of our worries the way some people who quote it seem to think it does.  This verse doesn’t tell us to forget about our concerns.  It doesn’t tell us that our concerns are silly or not worth our time.  Instead, it tells us that the God of the Universe is concerned about these things too!  So concerned, in fact, that He’s offered to take them upon Himself.  To attend to them personally.  That, to me, shows that God does care, that He doesn’t take our anxieties lightly.  That He doesn’t think we’re silly or weak for worrying.

I don’t think the sin here is worry popping into our heads.  Worry is going to pop up in our heads as long as we’re concerned about others.  The sin here is holding on to this worry past its initial appearance.  Worry popping into our heads isn’t necessarily something we can control; but dwelling on it, rolling it around in our hearts and our heads – that is something we can control.

Our goal, then, needs to be to roll that worry to God as soon as it appears – to begin immediately speaking with Him, instead of ruminating about it on our own.  Whether we have any control of the situation or not, we ought to give it to God.  In situations when we do have some control, God can show us the best use of that control; He’s the one who knows what we should do, and He can enable us to do it.  In situations when we have no control, why not hand things over to God?  If we can’t do anything about them, it doesn’t seem smart to hold on to them ourselves.

The important thing, in either case, is immediately taking our worry to God, before it can take root and grow.  When we take it to God, our worry doesn’t disappear, and it doesn’t cease to matter – but it is attended to by Someone far more powerful, far better, and far smarter than us.  And this stronger, better, and smarter Person actually wants what’s best for us.  So, if we’re truly worried about a situation or truly concerned about a person, the only thing that makes sense is to hand the situation or the person over to God.  It’s better for the situation or person we’re concerned about (since God can actually help), it’s better for us (since it prevents us from sinning), and it’s better for God (since it frees us up to be used as He wants to use us).  Win-win-win. 

Consider: What do you find yourself worrying about over and over (maybe even though you’ve tried to hand it over to God)?  And how long do you usually worry about something before you try to hand it over to God?  I’d encourage you to set a challenge for yourself: How quickly can you present your worries to God?  And I’m talking here about actually handing them over – not just casually tossing them at Him: “I’m worried, here you go!”  I think such a careless approach often causes our worries to come back since, we haven’t really dealt seriously with them.

Instead, God asks us to have a conversation with Him about our anxieties.  A conversation in which several things happen: petition, thanksgiving, presentation (and, of course, listening throughout).  This isn’t some kind of “no-worry” spell.  God wants to talk with us about our concerns.  Tell God why you’re worried.  Then try telling Him why you don’t trust Him enough to hand over your worries.  I’m not being sarcastic here.  Verbalizing doubt can take away some of its power – and it gives God a chance to speak to you about the doubt you present.  When you verbalize your doubt, you might be able to hear how silly it is.  Or it might not be silly – in which case you might really need to deal with that doubt.  Listen for God to speak to you in either case.  He’s more than able to handle your doubt; give Him a chance to quiet your heart and help you trust Him more fully.

So, there’s the challenge: How quickly can you start your conversation with God when you start worrying?  5 minutes?  2 minutes?  10 seconds?  Post your best time below!

 

Want to read more?

Start of the fully submitted series: (becoming) fully submitted

Start of the wife series: (becoming) a godly wife

Start of the stewardship series: (becoming) a good steward

Start of the role model series: (becoming) a role model, part one

Start of the wisdom series: (becoming) wise, part one

Start of the Proverbs 6 series: (becoming) closer to God through Proverbs 6

Start of the Christmas series: (becoming) peaceful

 

(prayer) warrior (day after) wednesday :)

 

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Today we have some on-going requests — and some BIG praises!

1. First, is Henley.  Please continue to pray that ALL the disease would leave her body.  Big praise for Henley and her family: If things stay on schedule, then they’ll be able to be home for Christmas!  This has been a major prayer for them, so to see it answered is wonderful!  (Henley’s Website: http://www.caringbridge.org/visit/bravebee)

2. Please continue to pray for Rachel.  Rachel is in her mid-30s has cancer in several areas.  The situation has progressed to the point where they can’t give her any more treatments, so she’s been put on hospice care (the doctors estimate that she may live up to a month).  Please pray for peace and comfort for Rachel, as she is concerned about leaving her husband and their 7-year-old son (who has autism).  Please pray for her husband and son, too, during this incredibly difficult time.  (We know God can perform miracles.  Please pray one for this family.)  Here is a link to Rachel’s CareCalendar: http://carecalendar.org; ID: 38500; Security code: donnyis6.

3. Please also pray for strength, healing, and a reduction of pain for my friend, Garland, who has been fighting bone cancer for almost 4 years now and has recently had some complications.  He has been such a great example of someone who loves God, loves God’s Word, and loves others for so many people throughout his 70+ years.  (Please also pray for his lovely wife, Pat.)

4. Update on Matthew‘s (age 12) heart surgery: The procedure went well and he’s doing well!  Praise God!  (They’ll be replacing the valve in June.)

5. Praise for my friend Erica and the good news on Emersyn!  If you haven’t read Erica’s story, you can do so here: Erica’s website.

 

(prayer) warrior wednesday

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Below are some prayer requests for this week.  Please pray for God’s Will and for His Presence and Peace in these situations.

1. Please pray for Dawna’s friend.  Here’s the information from Dawna’s comment last week: Dawna’s friend Rachel (mid-30s) has cancer in several areas.  The situation has progressed to the point where they can’t give her any more treatments, so she’ll be put on hospice care (the doctors estimate that she may live up to a month).  Please pray for peace and comfort for Rachel, as she is concerned about leaving her husband and their 7-year-old son (who has autism).  Please pray for her husband and son, too, during this incredibly difficult time.  (We know God can perform miracles.  Please pray one for this family.)

Dawna: Does Rachel have a CaringBridge page (or something similar) where people might be able to leave words of comfort and encouragement for her and her family?  If so, I’d love to post that information.  Thanks!

2. Please continue to pray for healing for Henley as she begins this new round of treatments.  Please pray also that the whole family would be able to be home together for Christmas.  Here’s the link to Henley’s CaringBridge journal page: http://www.caringbridge.org/visit/bravebee/journal

3. Please also pray for strength, healing, and a reduction of pain for my friend, Garland, who has been fighting bone cancer for almost 4 years now and has recently had some complications.  He has been such a great example of someone who loves God, loves God’s Word, and loves others for so many people throughout his 70+ years.  (Please also pray for his lovely wife, Pat.)

4. Please pray for Matthew (12 years old) who will have heart surgery on the 20th.  Please pray wisdom for the doctors and protection and peace for Matthew.

5. Praise for the season we’re in!  How wonderful to spend time celebrating God’s saving love for us!  I’m praying that each of you will feel His joy and presence over the next several weeks.  It’s neat to know that even though as Christians we may have a lot of different personal traditions, we’re all celebrating the miracle of Christ’s birth!

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Please feel free to add your prayer requests below or email them to me at awomanforhim@gmail.com. 

(prayer) warrior wednesday

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Hi, all.

A couple of requests:

1. This first request is from a woman who emailed me this week.  N would like prayers about her relationship with her in-laws.  There are some events coming up in December that will test already strained relationships.  N is trying to handle the situation as a Christian, but others are making this very difficult for her.  N would like us to pray for peace, genuine love, joy (even when bitterness is easier), humility, softened hearts, and grace as she interacts with her husband’s family.  Please also join me in thanking God that N has a husband who supports and loves her.  Please pray for him as he navigates these difficult waters as well.

2. Please continue to pray for sweet Henley.  She’s had weeks of nausea and vomiting and several days of tests with no clear answers.  They’re hoping for answers and a plan from their team of doctors late this week or early next week.  Here’s the latest on Henley: http://www.caringbridge.org/visit/bravebee/journal

Thanks, y’all, as always!

(prayer) warrior wednesday

Hi, all.

Here are this week’s requests:

1. My grandpa is in the hospital, and I’d be very grateful if you’d pray for him

2. Please pray for all the college students finishing up their semesters.  Finals are coming up (next week for UWG), and it’s a pretty stressful time for a lot of them.

Thanks, y’all!

Coming up on Friday: (becoming) excited for the season!

To read the Christmas posts from the start, click here: (becoming) peaceful

To read the (becoming) a godly wife series, click here: wife series

To read the (becoming) fully submitted series, click here: fully submitted series

(prayer) warrior wednesday

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I’ve loved reading all the blogs and facebook posts about thankfulness this week.  (If you want to read mine, click here: remaining thankful.)

I think in prayer (all year long) it’s important to remember to include praise and thanksgiving.  For one thing, God deserves it.  For another, it helps us realize how many blessings we have!  (If you want to read another blog on thankfulness, I’d suggest my sister-in-law Emily’s blog post: Time for Thanks.)

Today, I’d like to suggest two areas for (prayer) warrior wednesday:

1. Consider what you’re thankful for.  Making a list might be helpful.  And consider telling those people.  A lot of us talk about what we’re thankful for on Thanksgiving Day.  It might be nice to talk about what we’re specifically thankful for in each person.  (And don’t forget to talk to God about what you’re thankful for about these people AND about Him — remember: all of these good gifts are from Him!)

2. Please continue to pray for Henley.  (Henley’s website)  They’ve had a rough week, and almost lost her.  One of the things I’m most impressed by is what an amazing job Lynsey and Grant do in praising God in the midst of some really serious, heartbreaking prayer requests.  They’re an excellent example for all of us.  (For more on Henley and the other kids I talked about last week, see this post: the kingdom of Heaven belongs to such as these.)

Happy Thanksgiving, y’all!

The post on Friday will kick off the Christmas posts!

To read this week’s Monday post, click here: (remaining) thankful

To read the wife series from the beginning, click here: (becoming) a godly wife

To read the fully submitted series from the beginning, click here: (becoming) fully submitted

For more info on this blog, check out the About page or the first post.

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