What are we to do when
"without are fightings and within are fears?"
Just last week, I received some pretty devastating news about a friend of ours. Speechless, on my face before the Lord, I finally mumbled something about how to even begin praying for this situation, feeling pretty helpless that all I could do was pray.
almost immediately as the story of Elisha replayed in my mind.
"Then Elisha prayed and said, '
O LORD, I pray, open his eyes that he may see.'
And the LORD opened the servant's eyes and he saw;
and behold, the mountain was full of
horses and chariots of fire all around Elisha."
2 Kings 6:17
As I thanked Him for direction and a way to pray for my friend, He gently reminded me that He answers that same prayer for me - even when I've neglected to pray it - each week as He reveals to me the way He has encompassed me about with His grace, His mercy, His infinite kindnesses...
And that thought leaves me asking, wondering...
"If I've not been praying that prayer for myself...
I wonder who has...?"
this week's gratitude list(#s 1677 - 1702)
one of those immediately answered prayers
eyes opened, eyes that see
the privilege of becoming a prayer warrior
the amazing awareness that others are prayer warriors on my behalf
little girl who gets excited about projects... investing her own time and resources, making all of the arrangements herself, completely independent of me - except asking for permission
daddy who'll help his little girl complete a pumpkin carving kit
a fun, albeit shorter-lived-than-normal candle for numerous power outages this past weekend
Field Day at the Stade with Sahel Academy
hilarous story (and picture, once my friend sends it to me): Elsie Mae was running one of her dashes... in full stride, while looking at and smiling for all her cheering spectators
high jump victory
standing broad jump success
knowing you did your best and that that is good enough
ham, tomato and cucumber sandwiches for a picnic - with dijon mustard
Saturday night nems and rice
soft, chewy pita bread that puffed - and that I made myself
salsa - no bake cookie exchanges
mix and match flip flops
sweet times of prayer with a friend
watching college football on a Saturday afternoon - even if friends aren't cheering for my team, the atmosphere is great
finding the Christmas tree and decorations
kids planning for an outreach trip next weekend
sweet fellowship with Pastor Abdourahamane and Amina - sharing perspectives, planning, dreaming, praying about the future
one of my favorite blog pages up and running again after a long break
Sunday afternoon nap - even though I couldn't really afford the time