Good morning! The sun is shining in Nashville, Tennessee today and there is an extra brightness to the day thanks to the sun reflecting off the beautiful snow. Oh, I’m very ready for spring, as most of us are around here, but on a day when we’re stuck around the house anyway, it sure is pretty to look at.
(Ending my sentence with a preposition leads me to another thought – Brian told me one of the people who has signed the guestbook is a former English professor of his. I hope all the scholars out there reading will allow me some poetic license as I’m sure my writings are full of grammatical, punctuational, and spelling-al errors. Obviously if I ever write a book, I will need a good EDITOR!)
I am posting my other blog address for someone who asked:
I am feeling wonderful this week, by the way! (That is what this website was ostensibly created for, right? To update you on my physical journey with cancer? Not to sucker you in to reading the various musings of a wanna-be-writer. See how I did that? I’m sly like that! By the way, I had to look up how to spell ostensibly.) No nausea whatsoever, no “other” (further south) side effects at all, almost normal energy level, hardly any back pain. Feeling good feels especially good after last week.
What I am enjoying thinking about over the last couple of days is the concept of prayer warrior. Specifically, about how they come in every shape and size, and they all fight a good fight! They all strengthen my soul and I think they all are very deadly to the dark forces.
There are the prayer and fasting warriors. I was contacted by someone who initiated a large-group “day of fasting and prayer” effort that spanned the states of GA, TN, AL, KY, VA, OH, NY, FL. To all of you who participated in that effort, I thank you from the bottom of my heart. I too believe there is extra power when we fast and pray. I was also contacted by someone who wanted to tell me she was committed to regular weekly fasting for me. She wanted ONLY me to know this, as she believes in being very private about fasting. She also informed me that it is difficult for her to fast because of hypoglycemia, but that challenge makes it even more meaningful to her. How can I not feel amazingly encouraged by this!
Then there are the “praying without ceasing” warriors. The people who pray constantly, throughout the day. This fascinates me, as it is something I’ve never really figured out how to do. I want to work on it, though.
There are the determined, structured “daily pray-ers.” The ones who set their alarms to pray at a certain time every day. The ones who have a “red dot” (shout out to Brent High) on their watch and pray their specific prayer every time they see that red dot. I love that committment, that diligence. Thank you!
Possibly my favorite to think about right now are the munchkin prayer warriors. I LOVE every story about how your kids are praying. I know one person who told me their sweet girl prays, “Thank you God that Mrs. Waffle is sick.” I love that God knows exactly what that means! Someone else told me that instead of “Please make Miss Sara well” her son says, “Thank you for making Miss Sara well.” So she told me, “It’s already done, Sara.” LOVE THAT! I love when you tell me your kids remember ON THEIR OWN to pray for me. Wow. How humbling.
Because I love it so much, I am posting pictures of all the cards that the kids have sent me. My boys helped me spread them all out on the floor yesterday and I took the picture from my staircase. I hope you will show your kids those pictures and tell them that I have saved EVERY SINGLE ONE that I’ve been sent and that they are the most special things ever! Please teach your kids that what they do makes so much of a difference in my life! I hope they will feel so special that they will want to do it for many other people who could use that encouragement!
Another of my favorite prayer warrior types are the “Thee and Thou” pray-ers. How beautiful are their prayers to me!! Have you heard a good one of those in awhile?
“Father, thank you for this day Thou hast given us. Please allow us to use it to Thy glory. Thine is the power…” Obviously, I’m not good at it. There’s at least one man in our church who is, and it just gives me warm fuzzies every time I am blessed to hear it.
As all of us continue to pray, and learn about prayer, I want to share something I’ve read recently. These thoughts are taken from “The Ragamuffin Gospel” by Brennan Manning.
“Prayer is another area that many struggle with because they aren’t aware that in the freedom of the Spirit there are as many ways of praying as there are individual believers.
Pray as you can, don’t pray as you can’t…
(Story about child coloring) A little child cannot do a bad coloring; nor can a child of God do bad prayer.
A father is delighted when his little one, leaving off her toys and friends, runs to him and climbs into his arms. As he holds his little one close to him, he cares little whether the child is looking around, her attention flitting from one thing to another, or just settling down to sleep. Essentially the child is choosing to be with her father, confident of the love, the care, the security that is hers in those arms. Our prayer is much like that. We settle down in our Father’s arms, in his loving hands…essentially we are choosing for this time to remain intimately with our Father, giving ourselves to him, receiving his love and care, letting him enjoy us as he will.”
I hope you enjoy that picture of prayer as much as I do. Thank you again for all your prayers for me. I hope and pray we are all growing as we spend more time in our Father’s lap. Oh, how He must delight in it!!
Have a wonderful day!!