I'm so blessed. So blessed with wonderful, wonderful friends and family.
If you think of it, though... I would really appreciate prayer.
When my family and friends feel 'whole' and purposeful and joyful, I feel joyful. And many of my closest friends have been really struggling lately and others are entering very hard times of adjustment.
I just wanted to request that you pray with me for a couple of people who keep coming to my mind ...and that you'd also pray for my heart to be strong and my mouth and actions, encouraging to others.
Jed. For his relationship with God through uncertain times with conflicting priorities. That God will direct his path and give him clarity of mind in decision making, goal setting and planning. That he will have a good male influence that has been in a situation (in some way) similar to ours (financially) so he can gain perspective from someone other than family and his wife. For job security and hopefully a chance for pay increase (at some point) so we can plan for family. For schooling opportunities, studying, testing, time management. For our relationship. ...waiting for updates ;)
Emily. That God will orchestrate a job opportunity, housing etc... at the right time, at the right place and with the people that her heart needs. That God will give her clarity and give her the desires of her heart.
Gila. That God will allow her move to Nebraska to be as 'smooth' as possible. For courage, boundaries, lots of patience and compassion when learning life in a new place with new (and very close) family. For a new job that she enjoys. For her marriage and everything that comes with adjustment.
April. For encouragement during very difficult, physically painful times. That God will provide outlets for her and opportunities to connect with others. That God will heal her of her pains and give the doctors wisdom and clear direction in making her well.
Sarah. For continued peace. For strength to face the challenges to come and for lots of patience and energy to soak in time with family before change occurs. For continued influence on the hearts of the children she teaches. They love her so much.
Mariah. For acceptance, love and quality time with people who encourage her. For patience and joy through always challenging teen years. That she seeks God and is obedient despite feelings. For the ability to be respectful, tactful and loving to those around her. To be a good influence on her friends and be surrounded by good influences.
Sarah. That she can keep putting one foot in front of the other as she mourns her loss. That she will continue clinging to God's promises. And that she will have the clarity of thought and mind so that she can keep up with day to day things and continue to love on others.
Whitney. That God gives her strength and energy to tend to her active family while her other half is away. And that she will feel loved and not lonely while her husband is away.
LaVon. For peace and clarity and for her to make wise choices that impact her financial, relational, spiritual, emotional, mental well-being. For energy and for patience when parenting a teenager. For emotional comfort.
Elaine. For a smooth transition into a new living envoronment. That she will find emotional stability and feel secure, safe and happy in her new home. That she will still be able to enjoy 'childhood' and also adjust to the responsibilities and decisions that come with adulthood. For wisdom, peace and courage as she faces difficult people and mixed emotions.
Teresa. For health and well-being physically as she tends to those who are sick and hurting around her. For energy and patience as she helps with church and mothers her kids. For comfort through loss.
Lauren. For new babies and toddlers and the joys and challenges they bring. For energy and understanding and peace during transitions and learning.
Jerika. For her pregnancy, job, finances, health and will-power in making wise choices. I'm so proud of the choices she's been making... and I pray that others will see what I do.
Mary. That she will continue to seek God in everything she does, including friendships and relationships. For growing pains that come with adjusting to adulthood. For clarity of mind when making choices and planning for the future.
For friends who have recently lost loved ones, who are in school, who are healing from emotional wounds. For daily life after tragedy. For friends who are looking for employment, who are far away from home, who are missing their loved ones and keeping things a float. For friends who selflessly serve and love others even when the feel as though they have nothing left to give. For those who are making choices regarding their futures and the lives of their little ones. For those experienceing financial troubles and job difficulties. For those who influence others on a daily basis, that they would maintain a 'right' attitude and firm standards along with compassion. For good health and answers to ongoing medical issues. For travel and safety. For encouragement and purpose during times when nothing seems to be in focus and nothing seems to work out as planned. For hope in times when planning can't be done.
...There are so may blogs I'd like to post ...but these are just a few that I try to keep up with and/or people I try to keep up with regularly.
Thank you, friends.
My heart hurts for those I love ...and certainly I'm not strong enough, powerful enough or energized enough to fix the issues at hand. So instead, I simply surrender. It's a moment by moment thought process. Worry, fear, uncertainty, growing pains, loss, love, sickness, exhaustion, loneliness ...give it to God.
If you are feeling overwhelmed, if you are worried or heartbroken or exhausted. You are being faithful when you surrender it all to God. He's got you. You may not see it yet and you probably don't 'feel' it yet.... but he's shaping your for something. He's making something lovely. So hang in there. You are going to make it through.
I will leave you with a song that's been on my heart...