Prayer & Good Friends

OK, first let me say I know it has been a while since my last post…far too long, actually. I apologize to my readers for that. Life gets crazy sometimes, and it is difficult to find the extra time. I’m back at it now…hopefully on a much more regular basis. With that said, let’s go.

So much has happened over the past couple of years. Those who are regular readers of this blog know the details. If you are new I invite you to read some of my older posts if you are so inclined. I was thinking the other day about how much my life has changed, especially within the past few months. There have been so many emotional ups and downs. At times I wasn’t sure I would make it through. I’ve been at my lowest point, and now I’m happy to say I’m climbing my way back up. It hasn’t been easy (lots of emotional scars), but I’ve managed to move on with my life. Plus, things are looking better now than they have in years. While reflecting on much of this recently I questioned how I made it through. My faith played a major role in the process. Knowing that Jesus Christ was (and is) providing, protecting and comforting me through everything kept me pressing ahead. But there is more.

Saturday when I checked my mail I found a card from a very good friend. She recently learned of the events in my life over the past couple of years. She, along with others have prayed for me, and continue to do so. I find so much comfort in knowing that my friends are praying for me. Prayer is very powerful, but there is just something special about knowing good friends are praying specifically for you. I wanted to share my friend’s note that prompted this post. She wrote…

Have had you on my mind and just wanted to let you know you’re in my prayers. I can’t even begin to know the hurt you’ve been dealing with, but it makes my heart sad to know that you’re dealing with so much. I’m confident that God will lead you through this season and that His plans are for your future to be blessed. So on the roughest days you face, just remember His promise in Jeremiah 29:11. I’m praying for His healing touch to help you be the best dad in the world to your girls. He can help you through the feelings you harbor…even if you don’t fully want Him to. Try to let go of the hurt, so that He can bless you immeasurably!!

When I read this I actually cried. It hit me that she wrote almost exactly what I’ve been feeling and praying about, and we haven’t talked in over a month. Wow! If you’ve ever had someone praying for you & feeling your hurt like this, then you know what I’m talking about. If not, I hope you have a chance to experience it. I simply can’t describe with words the feelings this stirs up inside.

I know prayer works, because I’ve seen it in my life and in the lives of so many. I’m thankful for good…GREAT…friends who are committed to praying for me. As I said, I am feeling better about things now than I have in a long time, but there is still work to be done. I still have hurt, disappointment, bitterness and anger to deal with. I’m working through it all, and in time I’m confident the healing will come. In the meantime, I thank my good friends for prayer and sharing in my hurt. You know who you are, and I love you all!

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