Tuesday, September 16, 2008

Situations

I haven't posted in several days. Don't get me wrong I've wanted to, but for whatever reason, I did not feel as if I could. These are a few of the things that have been occupying my heart since Friday:

Hurricanes, cancer, epilepsy, crohn's, suicide, divorce, abuse, financial distress....

These are all things that are on my prayer list. Some were added in the last day or two.

Each one of those words represents a person and/or a family I care deeply about. When I think of these words, a face pops into my mind. A few of those faces wake me up in the night.

With everything in me I want to "do" something. Something that my human hearts says is more than praying. I feel helpless because there are somethings I just can't fix.

You probably "got" this concept a long time ago but, I'm a slow learner! (My parents will verify this!) When we pray we tap into power and resources we can't begin to understand. I wonder if we will ever really understand just how powerful our prayers are?!! Why do downplay prayer? Why do we act as if it's the last thing we can do? It's the BEST thing we can do!!

So tonight as I look at all those situations and see those faces affected by these life altering circumstances, I am thanking God for being God. I'm thanking Him for loving and caring for each person as if they were the only one on the planet.

He is able. He can handle it. He is it. And I am humbled that the great I AM hears me when I talk to Him. He HEARS ME!! He HEARS YOU!

10 comments:

Way More Homemade said...

I don't think this could have been said any better dear sister. And I am thanking God right now for your sweet heart of compassion for those around you. :)

~Donna

The Small Scribbler said...

Thanks Steph,

It's after midnight and I'm up after tossing and turning in bed thinking about family. I needed to read this tonight (or I guess that would be this morning.)

Kate

BethAnne said...

You said that you "wonder if we will ever understand how powerful our prayers are"......I dont think we will on this side of heaven, but when we get there, I think we will see just how much we underestimated the power of our prayers and the power of our God.......

jenmom said...

Thank You! You are such an encourager!!!

Carol said...

So true. The prayers of a righteous man (or woman) are powerful!

Kim said...

What a beautiful post and reminder. Thank you for this. God Bless you and the people you are praying for.

Fran said...

Oh I can't tell you what this post means to me STephanie. Well, I think you do.

I'm praying so boldly now. I'm praying to the One who hears and to the One who never ever leaves my side.

Big hugs....
Fran

Profbaugh said...

Amen!! You bring it on Stephanie. I think we don't fully grasp this power. If we did, we'd spend a lot more time on our knees.

Praying too!
~Cheryl

Melinda said...

This morning, I was considering Isaiah 40:31:

They that wait upon the Lord shall renew their strength. They shall mount up with wings like eagles, they shall run and not be weary, they shall walk and not faint.

Isn't it interesting how we are such a reactive people? We see a need and we instantly try to fill it on our own steam. Noble, but so often our "steam" runs out, or is inadequate to begin with. Our strength is not only renewed, but gained, through the time we spend waiting on God and letting HIM react to our petitions.

You've got some heavy stuff on your plate, Steph. Praying for you sweet girl,
Melinda

Angela @ Refresh My Soul Blog said...

Well said.
Much love,
Angela