Wednesday, January 7, 2009

Coveting Your Prayers

Hi friends - for some reason, I am at a loss as to what to write the past couple days. I think I must be having some type of writers block! Or, I just have a lot of mind and do not seem to have my head on straight. So, I decided to simply focus on praying for you, and asking for your prayers.

Many of you left such sweet and amazing comments regarding Mondays blog post about living out Gods will in 2009, that I was moved to tears. Thank you for sharing your heart with me.

I want you to know that I am praying for you -

Jessica, Joy, sad granny, Be His Girl, an unknown friend, Mary, Nikki, Meeka, Janice, Casey, Cheri, Sheila, Vicki, Julie, Crystal, Kimby, Renee and all the others who said the prayer in their hearts to live out Gods will in their lives year but did not leave a comment.

For each of you, I pray that God will continue to work in your heart and that when the year is done, you can look back and see all the amazing things that God has done in your life and how you have transformed to be more of who you want to be. I pray that your struggles will make you more dependent on God, and that your blessings will never be taken for granted. I pray that you will be able to hear Gods voice this year, in the special and unique way that He chooses to talk to you. And I pray that God allows you to love yourself as much as He loves you, and that your self confidence and self esteem can also grow this year as you begin to see yourself through Gods eyes.

I hope that we can become prayer partners over the coming year and continue to lift each other up.

On that note, I would covet your prayers for me and my family right now.

My sister, Christie, was diagnosed with a very progressive form of Multiple Schlerosis about 10 years ago, and struggles so much every day. She is a wife, mother of a 10 year old daughter and 8 year old son, and a stay at home mom. She had serious abdominal surgery six months ago and still trying to recuperate, plus has incurred several injuries at home due to falling. But despite her hardships, she still has a heart for God. She still loves Him. She still has faith. But she needs prayer. My heart breaks for her every day, I just wish there was something I could do to ease her pain, to end her suffering, and to give her hope for the future and the miracle of healing. Also please pray for her heart, her spirit, her attitude, and her ability to stay hopeful, positive and happy, even when things look despairingly hopeless.

My dad married his wife Martha Ellen over 16 years ago, and now she is struggling with lung cancer. The prognosis is not good, but we are still praying for a miracle. She goes to the doctor tomorrow to hear about a new type of treatment that the doctors may be able to give her. She cant take anymore chemo or radiation because her body is too weak. Please pray that they can find something to help cure her and extend her life, and also for my dad who spends every waking moment caring for her every need. We live 3 hours from them so cannot be there to help very often.

Lastly, and least importantly, I am having some surgery on Thursday January 8th for a bad case of tennis elbow. I have a severely torn tendon across my right elbow and need to get it repaired. Please pray that the surgery goes well and that I can have a quick recovery. A twelve week recovery period is predicted, but I know myself all too well, and I doubt that I will be able to wait that long to get back to normal! However, it may only be a week or so before I can write/type again, so bear with me until I get back!

James 5;16 Therefore confess your sins to each other and pray for each other so that you may be healed. The prayer of a righteous man is powerful and effective.

Ephesians 6:18 And pray in the Spirit on all occasions with all kinds of prayers and requests. With this in mind, be alert and always keep on praying for all the saints.

Matthew 17:20 He replied, Because you have so little faith. I tell you the truth, if you have faith as small as a mustard seed, you can say to this mountain, 'Move from here to there' and it will move. Nothing will be impossible for you.

2 Corinthians 10:4-5 The weapons we fight with are not the weapons of the world. On the contrary, they have divine power to demolish strongholds. We demolish arguments and every pretension that sets itself up against the knowledge of God, and we take captive every thought to make it obedient to Christ .

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Kimby said...

Dear Tracie,
Thank you for your prayers! I'll be praying for your elbow (don't you love how you can pray to God about anything, even elbows?!) I can relate, in a way -- had cortisone shots in mine a couple of years ago after playing piano 6 hours a day -- went from totally dynamic to totally dependent for 3 months -- couldn't even brush my teeth by myself!!!

But during that time, God revealed how much I could depend on HIM, and I was saved -- praise God for bad elbows! So, hang in there, hang onto Jesus, and know that you (and your elbows) are surrounded by prayer! May His comfort and healing be felt by your family and friends, too.

Take care,

Joyful said...

Tracie, my eyes are filled with tears. There is no greater gift to receive than know that someone is praying for you. How you have touched my heart tonight.

I will be praying for you and your family. May you know peace that passes understanding and may the Lord give you wonderful times of refreshing as He has given you this time to be still and know that He is God.

Love & prayers,

Patti VZ said...

Tracie, I'll be praying for you AND the surgical team today.

Stacey said...

praying this very moment....

mary said...

My prayer for you is that the Lord Jesus will guide you & your family through the struggles of health with humor, wisdom & a peace that only comes from God. Blessings be on you & yours! Thank you for your prays. Mary

B His Girl said...

Hi Tracie,

For a case of writer's block, you broke through girl! Your brain may have seemed clueless but your heart knew what to type. I didn't see this post until this morning. I prayed your surgery goes as planned by the physician and your recovery will be speedy. I also pray that God will use your recovery time to grow deeper in your walk with Him. I remember reading about your sister before She Speaks. I didn't have an active blog then,but I commented some. I asked you in passing at She Speaks how your sister was. I have prayed for her and will now.
It was a touching moment to see my blog name lifted up in prayer. God is giving me breakthroughs about many things I have been unclear on. I know your prayer has been a part of that. Thank you. Prayer is POWERFUL and EFFECTIVE. We must not forget that. I would love to be a prayer partner with you and the other ladies in the group. I believe God would honor two or more gathered in His Name on the www. I am going to print out your prayer and agree with the things you have requested and pray those things over your life as well. Rest your body, and rest in Him. B

Natalie said...

Hi Tracie,
I'm lifting you and your family up in thought and prayer today . . .

Anonymous said...

Thank you for praying for me. I will be doing the same for you and your family.

B His Girl said...

Maybe your daughter could type an update on your surgery. I pray you are not in pain and all went well. B

Meeka said...

Thank you for your prayers for us. You heartfelt words are trulyl touching. Gosh, I wish we could get together for coffee! :)
I am sorry for your current, family struggles. I will be praying for you & all of the situations mentioned. I pray too that your surgery was successful. Here are some sites that I am passing along, hoping they will be helpful for your father & his wife: ,
I hope link names are not offensive. At the risk of sounding a little nutty, I truly believe that God make our bodies to be incredible machines & that there are some amazing ways to combat disease. Again, I pray these are helpful.
Many blessings,