Saturday, April 6, 2013

A Couple Causes Close to My Heart

Tonight as I sit down to write about my April Quests, I have to say...
While some of the prayer requests I have received have been heavy-hearted concerns, I am overwhelmed by the sweet responses sent to me by those who have asked me to pray.  I am truly thankful for this opportunity to go to the Lord on behalf of others.

Pray for Someone
Yesterday, my Someone for the day was a person I do not know, but I do know her good friend who sent me the request.  My Friday Someone lives with Cystic Fibrosis.  As if that isn't enough to pray about on it's own, she is also currently waiting for a lung transplant.  In the words of her friend, she's "not doing so great". 

I immediately had such a heart for this request because we know two sweet little guys with Cystic Fibrosis.  We have had a tiny glimpse into their lives and what their parents go through every day to help them live with this difficult disease. 

Although we had heard of Cystic Fibrosis, we didn't really know much about it.  Since meeting this sweet family, we have come to learn so much more about it.  Learning what they face each day, we began to pray for them and support their efforts in working toward finding a cure.

So, all day yesterday, I prayed for my friend's friend with Cystic Fibrosis.  I asked God to provide strength for her as she awaits a new lung.  I prayed for her current and future health.  I prayed for her entire situation, the doctors involved, the donor's family and all they would be going through, and her recovery.  My prayers were that God would comfort both my Someone for the day, and her friend who shared the request with me.

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Today, I prayed for my friend, Heart Mom, who is raising an Autistic child with her husband and two other sons.  We have known this family for many years.  Since the day we met them, we have prayed for them.  Over time we came to realize a bit of the daily difficulties they deal with in raising a child that cannot talk or progress in ways children without Autism may. 

Heart Mom's faith has sustained her through many sad and exhausting days.  She has shown such courage and grace in her role of mother to her son with very special needs.  I have admired her since I first met her.  She is such a shining example of a mother's love. 

I spent this Saturday in prayer for her.  I prayed over Heart Mom throughout the day asking God to give her peace, comfort, and strength.  I thanked Him for the opportunity to be her friend.  I have been blessed to know and learn from her.  Praying our Lord would bless her especially today, I just smiled as I thought of this wonderful friend. 

Encourage Someone
The last two days I also encouraged Someone.  Yesterday I reached out to a woman I don't know, but was asked by a friend to step out of my comfort zone, and bless.  Calling this lady has been on my "to do" list for a while, and yesterday, I finally picked up the phone, made the call, and shared some words of encouragement.

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Today, I had two Someones on my list that I have been wanting to reach out to for a quite some time.  I was excited to have the opportunity to do a little something for them that I knew they would appreciate.  It didn't take a lot of time or effort, but I know it touched them.

Even though I have been a praying girl for a long time, this experience has given me a new perspective about the time I spend with the Lord and the time I give to others.  For me personally, I feel like I am focusing on what really matters in this life by taking time each day to reach out to Someone else.  I am letting go of my worries for the moment and spending more time chatting with God about the needs of others.

With that in mind...is there something I can do for you? Do you have a prayer request...need some encouragement...or know Someone else who does? If so, please email me or message me, and I will be blessed to have the opportunity to pray for you.

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