The difference encouraging words make

2:30 pm Wendy van Eyck 0 Comments

Note from Wendy: My computer (and I) had a bit of a meltdown today so I haven’t been able to do any graphics for today’s post but I’m sending it out anyway. I will also be taking a break from posting a devotional this Thursday and Monday (11 & 15 June) and will post again on the 18th. 

So speak encouraging words to one another. Build up hope so you’ll all be together in this, no one left out, no one left behind. I know you’re already doing this; just keep on doing it. 1 Thessalonians 5:11 (MSG)

There were times at the oncologist ten days ago when I just wanted to put my fingers in my ears and hum. 

"So many young people with dreadful diseases," the surgeon says. I want to yell right there in his office that hasn't been redecorated in 15 years.

I am never far from crying these days. Tears have made their home in my eyes.

The last two weeks have been hard. All the medical stuff alone would have been hard but the travel for work has made it almost unbearable.

This week doesn't promise to be much easier. Xylon has his surgery on Tuesday, spends the night in hospital and then early the next week we should get the results.

In the tough moments of the last week I've loved knowing that so many of you are praying with us, for us.

I'm so grateful for everyone who has let me know they are part of #prayforzero.

It's so great to know that we are not alone, that there are people I've never met in the USA, Australia, Kenya and India praying hopeful prayers with us, praying get-them-through-this prayers for us.

During my 5th flight in 7 days I read a few chapters in a book I'm reading on prayer by Xxx. He wrote about meeting Pope Francis and asking him  what prayer meant to him. And he wrote how when the pope left he turned to author and said, "pray for me". Twice.

We are all in need of prayer. {tweet this}

The same night I read a blog post by Holley Gerth where she wrote about how it's okay not to have it all together. Even if you're the person everyone else always relies on. 

It's okay.

I've been so encouraged by all the people praying for me that I thought what if I turned my page into a place of prayer today. If you need prayer just leave a comment. You don't need to give details if you don't want too. 

Then take the time to pray at least one other person who has commented. And then leave a comment for them to let them know you're praying.

Ponder: When was the last time you let someone know you were praying for them? When was the last time you prayed on someone else's behalf?

Prayer: Lord, I pray for all my readers today. May they find you in unexpected places and may you pursue them in surprising ways. Take them to the place of your greatest blessing for their lives. Amen.

Prayer: God, we don’t know what to do, but our are eyes on you. Amen.

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