What Can I Pray for You Today?

 

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“Good Morning! What can I pray for you today?”

I have this friend who texts me all the time asking me if there is anything she can pray about for me. I’ve also seen this same friend post on Facebook asking her other friends if they have anything they would like her to pray about for them.

Life is really hard right now for a lot of people I love and I’m also finding my life is harder than normal right now too. Something I have noticed is her texts always seem to come at the time when I am needing prayer the most.

I know when we are down we should always go to God first, but I have also seen first hand how God has used other people by placing them in my life at just the right place and time that I was in need of a friend.

A few years ago I was going through a hard time and a lady I barely knew called me just to ask how I was doing that day. Later in the conversation, I found out that God had placed me on her heart that day and she had felt that she should pray for me. She also mentioned that she called me because she felt like God wanted her to call me. When she told me this it touched me deeply and I know I will never forget how amazing it felt, and still feels to this day to know that God loves me so much that he sent someone to love me on his behalf. Now as I’ve grown in my faith I have realized God has placed a whole lot of people in a whole lot of the right places many times during my life.

I also have found myself in situations that I know God placed me in someone’s life too. I will also admit there were and still are days that I really don’t want to be mixed up in other people’s lives. Somedays I feel like I am just so overwhelmed by my own struggles that I don’t feel like I could possibly add another thing to the mix, but when I feel that way there is this verse that always seems to pop in my head.

Two people are better off than one, for they can help each other succeed. If one person falls, the other can reach out and help. But someone who falls alone is in real trouble. Ecclesiastes 4:9-10

That verse is a good reminder that I have fallen before and let me tell you it is a whole lot easier to get back up when you have a good friend to help you up.  I really don’t think God intended us to go through this life alone.

Mathew West has this song called ‘Do Something’.

In it are the words ‘So, I shook my fist at Heaven and said, “God, why don’t You do something?” He said, “I did I created you.”’

Those words are so true, God did create me and he wants me…make that all of us… to step up and take care of one another.

Something else I have noticed is when I am praying for other people my own load doesn’t seem quite so heavy to bear anymore.

 Carry each other’s burdens, and in this way you will fulfill the law of Christ. Galatians 6:2

What can I pray for you today? Leave your prayer in the comments below.

Strength


Strength

You’re my strong and mighty fortress,

My rock I stand upon,

My place of strength and courage.

I will ALWAYS rest in the knowledge you have my life in your hands.

Music Monday ~ My Broken Hallelujah

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Two days ago I almost had a catastrophe.  I had just finished my shower and as I stepped one leg out of the bathtub suddenly my hip on that leg popped loudly and a stabbing pain shot through my body,  At the same time my leg gave out seeming to just fall out from under me, sending me tumbling out of the shower.  My body slammed against the cabinet and somehow I managed to tumble across the room but yet stay in and upright position until I fell against the bathroom door with one of my hands landing perfectly on the doorknob. Thankfully I was able to latch on to the doorknob and keep myself from hitting the floor.

I remember just standing there frozen in shock realizing how bad hitting the floor could have been.

It seems like all I have done for the past month is try to keep myself in an upright position.  That is because for about a month now physically I have not been doing so good.  It started with an allergic reaction to a malaria drug I took for a trip to Haiti. During the reaction not only did I break out in itchy hives everywhere, but my joints all became severely inflamed.  Gradually over the past 3 weeks most of my joints have settled back down to their normal morning achiness but my hips have gotten worse and have become very stiff.  My left hip is extremely painful and keeps locking up.

Also this past year I keep having Episcleritis flare-ups in my eyes. This makes my eyes red and they feel as if I have eyes full of sand.  I have been dealing with this on and off all year and the past couple of months it seems like I have had it a few days out of every week.

This month has been very painful for me physically.  I really don’t like telling people my problems but the truth is…  My hip hurts, my eyes hurt, my knees are bone on bone from arthritis and walking is getting harder for me each day.  Lately I have had to work really hard to convince myself to get out of bed in the mornings.  I go to work where it is even painful at times to just sit. When I am at home I lay around on the couch all the time or I just go to bed. I am not much of a TV watcher but I think over this past month I have watched every Hallmark and Lifetime movie ever made! I have read a ton of books to the point I am also tired of reading.  Plus sometimes by evening my eyes are so irritated I just want to sit with them closed.

Even though a lot of the time lately I feel as if I am struggling I still am trying my best to keep my eyes on Jesus, and trying to look towards the good stuff. Even though I am trying hard to keep my eyes on the good stuff some days I feel like I may have hit my breaking point and lately its feeling that way more and more often.

I really am not sure what the next step is going to lead… my Rheumatologist gave me some pretty rotten news a couple of weeks ago which is just too much for me to write here at the moment and as of last week she has now referred me back to an orthopedist. I feel like I am bouncing from doctor to doctor to test to test. We have a diagnosis for some of it but still nobody can seem to help me. The biggest thing I wish is that someone could do something about this pain. It’s really starting to exhaust me.

This weeks Music Monday song is “Broken Hallelujah” by The Afters

Sorry if I seemed to be a downer today, I really do not mean to be that way.  I think maybe it just time for me to go ahead tell people how I feel because at this point I really could use a few prayers.

Also even though this is exhausting right now I am still going to keep looking up and thanking God for what is good, because through all of this there really is still so much that is good and so much to be thankful for.

I am not ever going to give up on looking up.

As for you if you are going though a rough time, try to remember whatever you are going through, Jesus knows how you feel and He really does care about you and love you so much.  Don’t give up and keep looking up!

Terri Siebert

 

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Will You Step Into the Boat?

I would like to introduce you to Darlyn.

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Darlyn is 8 years old and she is part of a brand new Compassion project in El Salvador named “Casa de Pan” which means “House of Bread.”  I have been advocating for Darlyn for several months in the hopes of helping her connect with a sponsor but so far nobody has sponsored her 🙁

On September 12, I will have the privilege of traveling with Compassion International and a group of women on a vision trip and retreat to El Salvador. Our group has been praying for this new project, the workers, and children since April. While on this trip we will get to visit the new project, meet the children and help to bring encouragement to the pastors and workers of the project.

And I will also get to meet Darlyn!

I am praying that by time I visit her in September she will have received her new sponsor.


As most of you know I sponsor 3 children through Compassion International, My kids pictures are over on the sidebar if you would like to meet them.  I have also been on a trip with Compassion and have seen first hand what they do and I can promise you they are truly helping to change lives, with Jesus being the foundation of those life changes.

Today I would like to share a story that I posted in 2013. I wrote this story when I was on a Compassion Sponsor tour in Haiti and a sweet little girl named Rose came up to me and grabbed me by the hand and ‘chose’ me to be her sponsor. When you finish reading it if you would like more information about how you can help make a difference in Darlyn’s life, you can leave me a comment or email me at tluvs2trvl@gmail.com

I hope you enjoy….

STEPPING INTO THE BOAT

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A stormy day, riding through the streets of a busy crowded city, racing to our boat, we are late.

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As we pull up to the dock,  dark clouds are looming hanging low over the ocean, large waves crashing at the shore.

click here to read the rest of this story -> Stepping Into the Boat


Thanks for reading and have a great evening,

T

Door Number 1 or Door Number 2?

This morning I overslept.

I hurriedly showered, styled my hair, put on makeup, grabbed myself a cup of coffee and a protein bar, and I headed for the door.

As I passed through my living room on my way out the door I happened to see my Bible laying on the coffee table, unopened.  20150720_110426-1

Suddenly the thought occurred to me that I had just spent time doing a bunch of stuff to get ready for my day, but everything I did was something that helps the outside of me to look better.  I had showered, fixed my hair and put on makeup all of which took about 45 minutes. How many minutes had I spend on making the inside of me better?

Zero…

I have all of these ‘self-help’ items in my home…

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Makeup

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Hair and skin products

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Blow dryer & Hair Straightener

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My Bible

Which of them is the most important? 

Door number 1?

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Was I really going to spend 45 minutes doing things that were probably not all that important and give zero minutes to what was most important?

If I could make time for my hair and makeup, surely I could make time for what is most important and what always makes the inside part of me better.

It’s what is inside of a person that really matters and besides ….when a person’s insides are good the outside will be too.

It was time to restart the start of my day.

I hope you are off to a great start this morning,and if your not it’s never too late to restart the start of your day.

Have a wonderful day,

T