Tuesday, September 29, 2009

Praying for you.....

Most of you know that I changed my blog up so that I could add my "praying for you" tab. This is a place where you can leave your prayer requests and give me the honor of praying for you. Several of you have already been posting and we have seen 2 answers to prayer since it started. God is so good!!!

If you have a specific prayer request, I would love for you to allow me to pray for you. It is also my hearts desire that others of you would join me and pray for these requests too. I can't think of anything better that we could do for each other! Just click on the tab.

I would also like to ask you all to be praying for me. I have a few battles that I am facing right now and I need the strength to keep my focus on God and to remember that He is right by my side.

I was reminded in my quiet time this morning that when we call upon His name, God promises believers power and victory. He promises that we would be more than conquerors and that Christ will never take us into a battle we cannot win.

However, there are times when circumstances are so seemingly hopeless that our eyes drift from our anchor and we lose confidence that God is entirely, wholeheartedly, and unwaveringly on our side.

In my current bible study, Beth Moore says "We tend to determine whether God is against us or for us based on how He appears to act in our circumstances."

I am not sure I ever think that God is against me, but I do wonder at times if He is watching and what He is doing about it! If I am truly honest, in those difficult times sometimes I wonder if my situation is really all that important......there are so many worse things going on in the world. And if I can't see God working..........sometimes I assume He isn't.

I was so encouraged this morning, when I was taken to John 13:7:

Jesus replied "you do not realize now what I am doing, but later you will understand"

Beth wrote "God knows when something glorious in the future necessitates something difficult in the present." And I need to trust Him. Just like I ask my kids to trust me when I make a decision that they don't understand. I can see the future ramifications, even when they can't.

God promises to always be on my side.....He chooses to be. Romans 8:28-39 is my reminder of that.

And we know that in all things God works for the good of those who love him, who have been called according to his purpose. for those God foreknew he also predestined to be conformed to the likeness of his Son, that he might be the firstborn among many brothers. And those he predestined, he also called; those he called, he also justified; those he justified, he also glorified. What, then, shall we say in response to this? If God is for us, who can be against us? He who did not spare his own Son, but gave him up for us all--how will he not also, along with him, graciously give us all things? .......in all these things we are more than conquerors through him who loved us. For I am convinced the neither death nor life, neither angels nor demons, neither the prsent nor the future, nor any powers, neither height nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God that is in Christ Jesus our Lord.

Amen!

So please pray that I will continue to remember that God is by my side and for me, even when I don't understand what he is doing.

Thanks.

I am not sure how much I will be posting in the next week. I am leaving in the morning for Arizona to visit my parents and will be there a week. Over the weekend, my parents are leaving for a couple of days and 3 of my best friends from IN are flying in to spend some time with me. Then I am staying a few more days to celebrate my dad's birthday.

And hopefully in all that...get some much needed rest.

15 comments:

Darla said...

praying for you Sara!

Dena said...

Praying for you Sara! Thank you also for posting John 13:7. I needed that reminder this morning!

Bless you.

Beverlydru said...

Sara, It is an honor to pray for you. Your transparency is refreshing and prevents the enemy from isolating you and thus weakening you. You have many friends who are eager to lift you up and I am thankful to be in that company. May your trip be a GREAT blessing!

Ohilda said...

I so needed to hear these words today. I am praying for you sweet friend and heading over to your praying tab to pray for those requests.

Thank you again for showing us what a true, faithful servant should be.

Love you!

Sara said...

Wow Lady, this was fantastic to read this morning. The days when I feel most like pulling back inside myself my blog friends are right there with post that rip away that grip the enemy has on me that day. Bringing me right back to Jesus.
Blessings on your trip, I am praying and praising right now ;)

skoots1mom said...

i'm so glad He's in control rather than me...even though i don't understand everything...his plan ALWAYS turns out better than mine.
thanks for the prayers
we truly need to hold one another up as we walk through this life

Rachel @ Future Pastor's Wife said...

Definitely will, Sara. You are a blessing to everyone who reads your blog.

LuAnn said...

I am there for you dear !!! Enjoy your family and friend time.

Don't worry about us we will be here when you get back, enjoy yourself!!!!

SmilingSally said...

I hope that you will enjoy this special time with parents and friends.

H-Mama said...

((((((sara))))))

Jamie @ Six Bricks High said...

I will be praying for you! I so needed to read this post.

Enjoy your time away, praying you come home rested and refreshed.

Karin said...

Praying for your right now, Sara. I hear ya on the menopause HORRIBLE hot flashes. UGH!!!

Debra said...

Have a great trip Sara and I do hope you will get some rest. I just prayed for you and I will continue praying. This was a great post...thank you for sharing!

Jill said...

What a wonderful post! An encouragement to me TODAY! Thank you!

Enjoy your time away and what JOY to have time with your folks and GOOD friends...I pray you will find refreshment there!

Edie said...

I am praying for you now Sara. This is a beautiful post. I can really relate too.

I hope you have (or are still) enjoying your vacation!