"Once our eyes are opened, we cannot pretend we don't know what to do. God, who weighs our hearts and keeps our souls, knows that we know, and holds us responsible to act." Proverbs 24:12

“There are no strangers here; Only friends you haven’t yet met.”- William Butler Yeats

Wednesday, November 19, 2008

What can we do?

In the past couple of days, I've been asked to pray for and share some prayer request. I've been thinking about how and when to do it, since the holidays are coming up and who wants to read about the hurt and struggles going on in people's lives when it should be a time of Thanksgiving and rejoicing?

As I prayed about this, God reminded me of His own son. How we rejoice in the fact that we have eternal life. How did we receive this blessing? We certainly have not earned it. We received it through Christ's suffering on the cross. With each nail that was hammered into His flesh. With each lashing of the whip that scarred His body. With each thorn that dug deep into His scalp. He died for us. For you and for me. He suffered on that cross so that we may have eternal salvation. All that He ask is that we believe that He IS God, and to not live according to the flesh, but according to His Spirit. As I prayed, He led me to scripture Romans 8:12. An affirmation indeed.

After praying, I felt so very blessed that He allows us, He wants us, He is waiting for us to take our heavy hearts and lay them at the foot of the cross. He wants us to rest in Him. He wants us to be his hands and feet. He wants us to give until it hurts. Is that not what He did for us? Is that not why He puts us here on earth? So, with thanksgiving in my heart, I humbly ask you to join me in prayer for the following families and to prayerfully consider helping those out in need.

The Delgado Family

This inspirational family was recently blessed with the birth of beautiful twin girls, Madison and Melody, that were born conjoined. They lived for about an hour. Today these precious angels are resting in our Heavenly Father's arms, whole and happy. Through it all, they have continued to glorify our Lord. Their strength is amazing. Please pray for this precious family.

Lori at JOY Unspeakable

This amazing lady has stepped out in faith. Not for herself, but for a family that is truly walking the talk. You see, Bill and Lynsay heard God's calling to pretty much pack it up and go to China to open a special needs home for orphans. Against the odds and after being told their dream was impossible, they made it there! Why? Because NOTHING is impossible with God. And boy, oh boy, he is movin' in their lives.

This leads me back to Lori. Bill and Lynsay have been given their first child to care for, which they are gleefully doing along with their own two little ones. Up to now, they've relied on public transportation and bicycles. (Yep, true to Chinese style.) But with their ministry growing and the need to possibly getting to the hospital quickly with a special needs children (and future ones hopefully coming into their care) these modes of transportation just aren't practical anymore. They need a van to transport these children. So God moved Lori's heart to do something about it! And guess what? God is calling YOU....yes, YOU, to prayerfully consider making a donation to this ministry, The Morning Star Project. Consider it as adding another "person" to your Christmas list. Maybe give up the Starbucks or the McDonalds for the kids for a couple of weeks. Use this as a lesson to teach your little ones about giving to others in need, especially during the holidays. Be God's hands and feet on earth. Even the smallest amounts add up! So, head over to Lori's site and see how easy she's made it for you to contribute to this amazing cause!

Blogging Mama is missing since October 27, 2008.

I read this on someone's blog the other night and it has been haunting me since, especially after reading the pain in her daughter's words. I've been praying fervently that this woman, Sheila Kathleen (Beany) McBroom, show up safe and sound. Her disappearance seems very bizarre and the Alaska State Police has discontinued their search. Please take a moment to lift this family up in prayer. If you may have any information, please contact Detective Cynthia Bradley at (907) 786-8817 or e-mail cbradley@ci.anchorage.ak.us

We all know that God is the perfect healer.

I have been praying for this adorable, little man for some time now. He is the nephew of a fellow adoptive Mama and his name is Nicholas. In 2006, Nicholas was diagnosed with leukemia. Sadly, this year he has relapsed. There is a possibility that he may have complications now due to pneumonia. I can't even begin to imagine what this family is going through. Please join me in prayer that God's perfect plan be the complete healing of this precious child. May every cell be cleansed and that all complications be removed. You can read more about this little man HERE. Warning: Be prepared to fall in love with his cuteness!

Lastly, today while visiting one of my reader's blogs, I came across a the picture of a beautiful young Mama. Her name is Markana. She is the proud Mom to Baby Stella. Markana was diagnosed with lymphoma. Please lift up this precious family as we pray for God's will to be done. May He grant them strength and courage and they battle this horrible disease and await news that our mighty Savior has indeed healed her.

I believe that when His people cry out to Him, our sovereign God listens and answers. If you have any specific prayer requests that you would like me to add to my prayer list or ask prayer warriors to pray for, please do not hesitate to ask, even if you do it anonymously. That's perfectly OK. God knows who you are.

Thank you and may He bless you abundantly for caring for His children.


Lori said...

Ohilda, THANK YOU so much for such a lovely post plugging my fundraiser. The adoption community is second to none & I am so excited to see what God is going to do to help Bill & Lynsay through their generous donations.

I would greatly appreciate anyone would prayerfully consider what God would have them give. No amount is too small!

Thank you!!

Seeking Him,

He And Me + 3 said...

So glad that we can bring everything and need before Him knowing that He hears them all.

The Byrd's Nest said...

Okay, I am totally going to check out Bill and Lynsay's blog! And we will give this information to our church also.

As for the prayer requests there is never a bad time to lift up these precious families. I feel like this is why God has placed us all together. Even though we have all never met, we are praying all over the world together for each other and for those who need Him the most. I love your heart Ohilda and I will begin praying now for all of these families.

tollesons4him said...

Isn't it wonderful that we serve such a mighty and loving God that He gave His life for all of us sinners. I am praying for each of these families.

Nicole said...

Ohilda, I will be praying for these families! Thank you for posting this!

Terynn said...

Ohilda: What a wonderful idea for a post. I am praying for these families. Thankfully, we serve a VeryBigGod who is perfectly wise, perfectly good and perfectly powerful. I look forward to seeing what God will do, as we seek Him and His will!!

Lindsey's mom said...

Thanks for writing about the women from Alaska. It is indeed strange and we pray for her and her family. God Bless
Anchorage Ak

Lisa said...

I will add these precious people to my list,please pray for physical and emotional healing for my parents. My dad has not been right and my mom is bitter and both have illnesses, my mom's much more severe that my dad's, which will not heal if their spirits continue to be in turmoil.

Carol said...

I can not imagine losing 2 babies, let alone one. I will definitely say prayers for this family. Carol

Michelle Sybert said...

I am praying for the mom blogger from Alaska...it just breaks my heart to know her family is hurting so.

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