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Holley Gerth is a Wall Street Journal bestselling author, counselor, and life coach. Her newest release is The Powerful Purpose of Introverts: Why the World Needs You to Be You. She's also wife to Mark, Mom to Lovelle, and Nana to Eula and Clem.

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  1. I have been diagnosed with stage 3 cancer. Please pray that I am brave enough to give glory and thanks to God to be a witness to His live thru everything.

    • Kristy,
      God honors the desires of your heart….you are already being a witness and giving glory to God in your suffering. Praying God’s peace, and comfort upon you and healing. With God all things are possible…may you have peace trusting in His will for you. May He give you a brave heart to face this trial and grace to travel through it with His hand holding yours.
      Love and ((hugs)) sweet sister,
      Bev xx

    • Kristy,
      Our God is able to move mountains and bring dry bones to life. I pray that this trail strengthens you. I pray for God’s peace over your life.

    • Kristy, Sorry you are going through this nightmare. I was there-done that & had chemo & radiation & lots of complications. A friend told me to feel like I am holding onto a rope & when I felt like I could not hold on any longer, to tie a knot in the rope & hang on tighter. God gave me strength when I felt so weary..He will help you get through this & you will be used by Him to minister to others. God bless you!

    • Kristy, Sorry you are going through this. I pray for strength and courage for you. One of my favourite verses in times of trouble is Is 49:16 where it says “See, I have carved you in the palm of my hands, your walls are ever before me.” Know as you go through this firey furnace that you are carved in God’s hand and he will never leave you. When you are too tired to go on, rest in the palm of his hand. Know he carries you and cradles you. May the Lord our God bless and keep you. May he shine his face down on you and give you peace. Amen.

    • Father, Wrap Kristy in Your loving arms and hold her close… thank Ypu for her desire to honor You on this difficult journey… give her peace and strength, comfort her heart and help her to rest and trust in You… in Jesus’ name…

    • Praying for you Kristy, that God will give you the strength, the courage and his love to get you through this .

    • Kristy,

      I pray for cancer victims & survivors all the time. I volunteer with Relay for Life (Cancer Society). Yesterday (06/03) I stood outside in the sunshine for 5 hours collecting money to help find a cure. May God give you the strength to endure this trial. Praying for peace, & comfort to indwell in your soul & heart.

      ((((((Hugs))))))

    • You are in my prayers Kristy. God does make us Brave as we ask Him and stay near to Him. He’ll never leave you, you are loved sweet sister.
      Hugs,
      Andrea

    • Praying for you Kristy, His Grace is carrying you, His Amazing Love is hugging you, keep Praising Him and asking for His Strength cause He is Faithful dear sister!

    • Kristy,
      It will be a tough battle and at times you will feel it is more than you can handle. But no matter what you feel, God will be with you through each step. Trust Him. Even if all you can do is whisper His name. He does care for you. I fought my battle with cancer 20 years ago and still marvel at His grace to allow me to live and praise Him today. You can do this!! Praying for you.

  2. Holley,
    Thank you for a beautiful post. First, I praise God for all my blessings like my wonderful husband who has taken care of me through healing from my surgery. I could use prayers for a continued complete and successful healing from this foot surgery and for healing from shingles. I would also ask for prayers for my daughter, that God would soften her heart, heal the bitterness she holds inside, remind her of how dearly she is loved, and mold her into the image of Christ. All the while, I would pray for restoration of our strained relationship. Thank you.
    Blessings,
    Bev xx

    • Bev, I lift your daughter up in prayer. Father, CS Lewis describes you as the “hound dog of heaven”. I pray that you will continue to pursue this daughter of yours. That you will soften her heart. May she let go of bitterness and anything else that stands in the way of knowing she is loved by you and by her Mom. I pray you will heal this relationship. In Jesus Name, Amen.

      • Angela,
        I’ve heard many quotes and stories about C.S. Lewis’ view of God, but I love the description of God being the “hound dog of heaven.” I have a hound dog and they just don’t quit until they find what they are going after. Praying that for my daughter too…thanks!
        Bev xx

    • So thankful that you are getting TLC from your good husband.
      I’ll be praying for you to continue to heal from shingles AND surgery.
      And also, thanks for sharing the request about your daughter.
      Lord, please restore that relationship — that would mean the world to Bev.

      Bev, you’ve been a soldier through all this struggle.
      Thanks for sharing your heart in so many ways.

    • Father,
      I pray for your continued blessings and healing for Bev as she recovers from this surgery. And Father, I pray that you will give her comfort in the midst of those shingles – ease the pain and help her to rest. Thank you for her husband’s support – I lift him up to you for continued strength. And oh Father, I pray for the relationship between Bev and her daughter – restore the mother-daughter bond that was created by you. Help her daughter to come through whatever bitterness she is carrying and learn to love You more completely… thank You Father… in Jesus’ name…

  3. We are facing some financial difficulties. Pray that we use what God has blessed us with wisely.

    • Jennifer –
      Know that you are not in that boat alone. After paying bill yesterday, I too wondered where I was going to find the money to keep going. Like you, I am scared, but I am confident that God will show us the way. I’m praying for both of us that we see the way soon.
      Elizabeth

      • Father,
        Be with Jennifer and her family… thank You for Your provisions to them that allowed them to pay their bills. Help them not to fret about where the money is going to come from to keep going until another paycheck, but comfort them, and meet their needs in amazing ways. Thank You, Father… in Jesus’ name…

      • Please pray for my children all on very different journeys. All need the touch of God in their lives. 1 who’s come out of an abusive relationship and living with us with 1 of her son’s bit fighting to get the other 1 back, 1 desperate for work and struggling with depression living with us too, and the other 1 desperate to save for a house so they don’t have to rely on renting. Thank you for praying for them.

        • Nicky,
          I am praying for you and your family. I pray they see God’s glory through your loving actions and it softens their hearts and opens their eyes to his presence in your lives. I pray for your strength and comfort as you help them find healing for their wounds and illnesses. I have multiple family members to care for in my household and often get overwhelmed by it all. This is a favorite of mine, “Peace I leave with you; My peace I give to you; not as the world gives do I give to you. Do not let your heart be troubled, nor let it be fearful.” John: 14:27

          • Thank you bless you patty for your kind words and for responding to my prayer. Really appreciate them. God bless you. Nicky X

        • Nicky what a great blessing that they are living with you and they can see the work of the Lord through you first hand. What a blessing God has entrusted you with. My husband and I have been praying for our children and there salvation and although they do not live w us we have been privileged with much seed planting. I pray that the Lord continue to give you His strength (which He will cause He promised ) in this ministry with your children. I pray He continue to lift you up as you walk along side each one of your kids and grand kids and that when they see you they will see the face of the Father❤️
          May we all seek His face daily!

          • Amen to your lovely prayer . Totally Agree. God bless you Susan really appreciate your prayers.

            With love X

    • Father, Be with Jennifer and her family… You are our great Provider, Lord, and we thank You for that, even while our human-ness worries about how to make ends meet. Comfort this family, provide for their needs, help them to know Your blessings in abundance… Thank you Father… in Jesus’ name…

    • Precious Nancy,
      I can’t imagine the hurt you must be going through. I am so sorry for your loss. I will pray for you to find peace in this difficult time for you and your family. I pray that our Heavenly Father will hold you close and comfort you.

    • I’m so sorry for your loss. I will be praying for you. I know that God is holding you and I pray he sends many of His children to help and comfort you as you journey along this heavy road. Sending you my love.

    • I’m so sorry for your loss. I cannot understand the pain you feel and I care enough not to try to “fix” you or your pain. So I’m just sitting with you from afar…and praying God will meet you where you are. You are loved as you are – and God is big enough to handle however you are feeling today.

    • Nancy,

      Sweet sister I pray God can comfort you with His peace! God says I will come near the brokenhearted- I pray you feel His presence today and always!

      (((((Hugs)))))

    • Oh Father, please be with Nancy Roe – wrap her in Your loving arms and comfort her with Your presence as she continues to grieve the death of her son in such a tragic way. Father, we certainly don’t understand why these things happen, but we know that You know, and You have promised to draw near to us… use Your Holy Spirit and others around Nancy to minister to her sorrow… thank You Father… in Jesus’ name…

    • Dear Nancy, I do know how you feel . In 2008 I lost my husband to cancer and three months later my only daughter passed away at the age of 45 from a very rare disease. I felt the dear Lord carrying me the whole time. Most of the time I felt peace knowing that one day I would see them again. Now I have the pain of feeling rejection from my only son. He informed me that he hasn’t liked me since he was 15 years old. which was a great shock to me because we were always so close. I do believe it is because he has walked away from the Lord. He also left his wife and is now married to a J.W. and I believe that is part of the problem. He quoted the scripture “Come out from them” short version and I asked what he meant and he said anyone who didn’t agree with them. We all know they have their own bible. Please pray for him and I will pray for you. May the dear Lord be with you and comfort you in your loss. I do believe the Lord does understand when one takes their own life and I also believe God is holding your son now and comforting him. The enemy might have had his way in convincing your son to do this but our dear Lord also had His way as well. You will see your son again one day Praise the Lord.

      • Wow Charlene thank you for your encouragement and boldness! May the Lord continue to strengthen you❤️ I pray that the Lord bring Truth to your son and that He bring down all false teachers and pagan gods like He did with Dagon in 1Samuel! Bring them down Lord and bring her son back to You!
        Continue to seek His face

    • Nancy my heart goes out to you for your pain❤️Memorial Day was 11 years that my son has passed. I know that everyone goes through this loss a little different but I pray for you that the Lordcontinue to show you in abundance who He is through this. He knows all about your pain. He sent His one and only Son to die for us. He knows how you are hurting so much. I’m sending you a great big hug and I will pray for you sister

  4. I have recently experienced a huge setback delaying one of my dreams. I’ve been praying hard for this relationship for years and expected trails, God is truly trailing me with this one. I ask for your prayers that it all works out and my destiny and the promises God has made come to fruition. My heart hurts but there is still confident hope and I believe that God will make a way. In Jesus name Amen

    • Father Good, I pray that You would make Yourself known to Stephanie. Direct her paths and allow her to feel Your presence with her so that she can trust You with her dreams and Your timeline for them.

    • Father, You have a perfect plan for Stephanie… help her to quietly listen and to trust that You will direct her paths as she acknowledges You and trusts You. Soothe her disappointment with the waiting she is having to do… may she feel Your presence and comfort… Thank You Father… in Jesus’ name…

  5. I struggle with feeling loved by God when I am going through a really hard time and it seems he isn’t there. I know better, but I begin to feel so unloved, alone and stressed. I pray about the situation, find scripture, thank him before the answer comes and when the situation doesn’t get any better, then I find myself falling into depression and feeling rejected. I still struggle with this so I would appreciate prayer for this area of my life. I am going to try using the cards and writing words and scripture.

    • Kathleen,
      Praying that the facts of God’s truth would outweigh the feelings that you are having. I am a very “feeling” oriented person, and I have learned that feelings lie and sometimes I have to keep claiming the facts that are God’s truth despite how I feel. God never abandons us. One of my favorite verses when I feel the way that you do is Isaiah 41:10. Do not fear for I AM WITH YOU…..

      The one shouting to you that God has abandoned you is the enemy. He wants you to feel alone, isolated, and defeated. Sometimes the valleys are long or seemingly endless. God promises to walk you THROUGH the valley. He will not leave you stuck and he will not forsake you. Just reminding you that you are His beloved daughter and he loves and delights in you. Today and everyday. Lifting you up in prayer right now.
      Blessings,
      Bev xoxo

    • Kathleen,

      We need to fight the evil one. He is the one making you feel depressed & rejected. You are a beloved child of God! He crafted you in His Image! Praying this situation gets resolved quickly. Keep praying scripture & we can pray the devil away!

      ((((((Hugs))))))

    • Father, Be close to Kathleen and help her to see Your presence in real and tangible ways… help her not to be sidetracked from trusting You by Satan, who would like her to doubt… keep her from depression… help her to know peace, and then joy that she has a heavenly Father who loves her, and wants to meet her needs. Thank You Father… in Jesus’ name…

    • Dear God, draw close to Kathleen. Let her feel your holy presence. I pray you give her strength and comfort to overcome doubt and know that by simply being a daughter of God she is never alone. Rebuke the schemes the enemy has on her and break any bondage. I pray for her to feel your endless love God. In Jesus name Amen

    • Kathleen I was always a “feelings” girl also and I always had to “process” my feelings. It has taken much surrender to the Lord and His word and His promises! I have index cards all over the place and I have found that they help much. Yes the enemy is “like” a roaring lion and he doesn’t have any teeth! 1 Peter 5:6-9 helps me much! I sometimes forget to “submit” to the Lord or I think I have when I haven’t. When I submit unto the Lord, the enemy has to flee! Rely on what He says and His promises sister and then it won’t be about what you feel so much. Our feelings can and will lie to us. The more I stick to His promises the less I focus on my feelings.
      Blessings to you sister and may you continue to seek His face

  6. Thank you for the amazing reminders if His love and grace towards me. My heart is heavy for my one and only adult son. Although brought up in a Christian home and educated in Christian schools shows no interest in Christ. Please pray for Richard. That he may seek and long for the touch of Jesus for healing and salvation.

    • Carmen,
      I will certainly pray for your son. What he is going through is not unusual. My adult son, also raised in a Christian home and brought up in the church, walked out of church vowing never to walk back through the doors. I have prayed and prayed for years and finally by being asked over and over again by the worship band to fill in on drums, he has finally set foot back in church. I would not say his heart is totally in the right place, but he sees that through this small group that all church members are not hypocrites and it is okay to be real with flaws. I also look at Billy Graham’s son, Franklin, who took a long walk on a prodigal path and now is back and carrying on his father’s legacy. I just share these stories to give you hope and perseverance to keep praying for your son. Nothing is impossible for God. He is able to soften even the most hardened heart. I will lift Richard up when I lift up all the prodigal “children” I know….that God would continue to woo him back to himself. You have raised him up in the way that he should go….claiming God’s promise that when he is old, he will not depart from it.
      Blessings and ((hugs)),
      Bev

      • Bev, You are an amazing woman.. I just read your devotion you sent today & I am so sorry you are dealing with shingles in addition to not being able to walk, etc due to your surgery; yet, you sit there & write encouraging notes to others. I pray this surgery is a sucess. I am thankful your son is back in church & I pray he grows in the Lord! May God touch your daughter & bring her back to Him and You. God bless!

    • Father, Be with Carmen and especially be with Richard… help Carmen to continue in her role as a godly mother – may Richard see You in his mom. Father, I pray that Richard will be burdened by the conviction of Your Holy Spirit and drawn to a love relationship with You as his Heavenly Father. Thank you Father… in Jesus’ name…

  7. My marriage is under attack…please pray for God to spiritually reconstruct our union. Please also pray for spouses everywhere, standing for their marriages…that God will strengthen them to persevere during this season, and comfort them in their times of sadness and loneliness. To God be all the glory!

    Thank you

    • Father God, I lift Sherry and her marriage to You. I pray a hedge of protection around both her and her husband. Renew a commitment to each other and give them freedom from distractions and disillusionment. Thank You for those who do chose to fight against attacks on their marriages and honor their promises to You and to each other.

      • Thank you so much Kristi for your prayer, as I wrap you up in prayers too…I don’t know what your needs are but God sure does. I pray blessings over your life that you continue to be a blessing to others!

        (((HUGS)))

    • Father, Be with marriages everywhere – Satan is on the attack and he would like nothing more than to destroy these precious unions that You have ordained. Be with Sherry… help her to trust You and to model Your love with her husband – even when it is difficult, even when that love is not returned… give her strength for the journey. Thank You Father… in Jesus’ name…

      • Amen! Thank you Leanne…I appreciate you and Kristi praying with me for my marriage, and the marriages of men and women standing all over this world, believing God for healing and restoration. We already have the victory in Christ, faith and perseverance in the face of the enemy is key! Pray without ceasing…

        This post was perfect because these are the times in our lives when we really need to know that our Father LOVES us, no matter what our circumstances are. He will work all things for our good and HIS glory!

        I will be praying for you and everyone on this post tonight.

        “If two of you on earth agree about anything they ask for, it will be done for them by my Father in heaven.”

        Love

  8. Such a good reminder! Thank you Holly! “We can serve a stranger…” this week I am taking students to listen to people inNYc and perhaps have a chance to share their own story too that God has worked in their own lives. Thankful for the sweet reminder that connecting with Him is central to it all.

    • Father, Be with Alli as she heads to New York City to be part of sharing Your story and Your word with others. Keep her and her students safe… protect them, guide them to just the right people that need to her about You. May they be blessed abundantly by the fruit of the gift they are sharing with others. Thank You Father… in Jesus’ name…

  9. I’m in Christian therapy(nouthetic counseling) I have no peace about. I hate it, and think its not right for me. I pray and pray about this, I’m terrified God wants me to stay in this bad situation. The only thing that comes up to not hate him, regardless. Monday, I have to go with a friend who always sits in, and my best friend who wants to see for herself. I’ve dug myself a hole here. I’m always fearful, I’ll be disobedient to God. Therapy was my idea though, people keep saying he opened a door though, but
    He knows me. He knew this was going to happen.

    • Father, Be very close to Jennifer, right now in this moment, and in the days to come. Comfort her, help her to know Your presence in her life. Guide her in the midst of this difficult situation… help her to clearly know Your will, and especially help her to know Your love and peace… thank You Father… in Jesus’ name…

    • Dear Jennifer – I am familiar with the type of therapy you are speaking about. My husband and I were in the ministry for years and we both found this approach very law oriented. Although one certainly does need to look at their sins and how and where God is directing changes to be made, we must remember that it is HIS GRACE that enables us to make those changes. Perhaps that is where you are finding a lack of peace. IF we are willing to make changes, then God’s grace will help us to do so, not our own strength and will. Keep praying for Holy Spirit guidance and He will lead you in the way He wants you to go. Blessings!

    • Jennifer I will pray that the Lord keep you still to hear Him. If you are that uneasy and fearful to be there it may not be right but on the other hand maybe there are things surfacing that are uncomfortable. I pray that the Lord give you ears to hear Him and eyes to see Him. He will give you a stillness (not always comfortable) in where you are suppose to be. I was suffering REALLY bad with anxiety and depression a couple years ago. I was praying that the Lord show me any filth that was in my heart that I needed to bring to Him. My husband and I prayed daily. You know what? He brought it to me to see and I refused to look at (I know right) I tried to get into Christian Counseling and couldn’t afford it and I truly believe that He knew that that was not the place for me to get what He knew I needed.I continued to pray and He softened and comforted my heart to see what He was showing me. I did what He was asking me to do and truly it was an amazing healing!❤️ I don’t know what you’re going through or know that this counseling is for you or not but we both know that He does. I pray that you sit quite and hear Him and know that He will give you the steps and strength to walk where He wants you to walk and when you sit quietly and hear Him you will go or stay where He saysI had to and still have to “surrender all my rights” to Him because I really and truly do want to do what He wants me to. Obedience is tuff sometimes, but if it was easy we’d all do it right?
      Hugs and blessings to you sister

  10. I am getting married next Saturday! Please pray for the wedding and all the family traveling, but most of all for our marriage and that the Lord will guide us and be the center of our home. thank you!

    Sarina

    • Sarina,

      Congratulations on your wedding! God please keep the traveling family safe. Help this marriage to stand the test of time & Satan. May you be the center & guide of their home.

      Make it a point to do devotions together daily. Keep God front and center in your lives. Pray about everything.

      Blessings 🙂

    • Father, Be close to Sarina and her husband… as they draw near to this very special day, help them to draw near to You. Help them to begin their marriage by committing together to a closeness to You. May their wedding be a special day – may those who come see Your love being demonstrated in their love for each other. Give safety to those traveling… may it be a most special day of celebration and joy… thank You Father… in Jesus’ name…

    • Oh Lord how great You are that You are bringing these 2 together. I pray that You are always the center of their hearts so that they will serve You well! I pray that they pray daily together and pray for one another! I pray that they are obedient to You and seek You for all things❤️

  11. Holley’s choice of God being the strength of her heart is exactly what my husband Don and I need today. We have been on a five month journey of cardiac events that repeat at unexpected times. Last week Don’s heart needed CPR. God provided the strength to have CPR be successful. Even though we have exhausted medication options the electrophysiologist is hopeful the second ablation procedure was successful. My heart and body are weary. Please pray for my husband’s discouragement and for him to have peace. Please pray for me to have physical and mental strength to be the encourager I desire to be.
    We know God’s got this and we are trust in him.
    Blessings, Annetta

    • Annetta,

      Praying hard for your husband’s discouragement to dissipate. Give Annetta strength & courage to go the long haul and encourage her husband. Please shower them with peace & contentment. Find a cure for his heart issues.

      Blessings 🙂

    • Father, Be with Annetta and her husband – right now in this moment, help them to see You and feel Your presence. Father, You are the creator of our bodies, and You are our great Physician… I pray for healing for Annetta’s husband – may he be strengthened and able to live a life without fear of when another event is going to happen. Help him not to be discouraged and depressed – guide the physicians who are caring for him. Father, bring continued strength to Annetta as she walks this journey with her husband… give her times of rest and peace… thank You Father… in Jesus’ name…

  12. Holley, your words always bring calm. Thank you. Reading through the comments, my heart aches for these sisters. I’ve prayed for each of you. ((Hug)) My prayer is for my children. That they’d remember the God of their youth and that God would continue to protect and guide them. — And that I’d hear His voice over all others and have the strength and courage to follow it. Thank you. ((xoxo))

    • Father, be close to Brenda as she carries this burden for her children to love You. Help her to continue to be a godly Mother, so that her children will see You in her. May her children sense the conviction of Your Holy Spirit, may they sense a desire to have the God-love that their mother has… may they be protected from Satan who would seek to continue to lead them away from You. Thank You for the privilege of motherhood… help Brenda to be strengthened and feel Your peace… help Her to follow You… Thank You Father… in Jesus’ name…

  13. Thank you Holley for these words….I also love to list pages of the precious names I give God! To write what He is to me reminds me how much He loves me as I traverse this crazy life…I am never ever alone! Be blessed!

    • Father, Thank You for Anne’s testimony of Your presence – thank you SO much that You have promised to always be with us, and to always love us – how blessed we are… thank You Father… in Jesus’ name…

    • Father, Thanking You for Leslie’s testimony of Your strength and her love for You… thank You for all the ways You care for Your children, and lead us, and love us, and shower us with your grace, mercy and faithfulness. In Jesus’ name…

  14. Would you pray for my husband. The denomination he serves as a pastor is under a deep struggle about Biblical Authority. We cling to God and His precious Word as Truth and Authority while people blame my husband for decline in members who leave as they take a stand for Biblical Authority. It is heartbreaking to watch those who do not believe the Word of God as truth to destroy the church family they have by pressing their unbelieving faith upon others and stirring up strife until people are leaving. Across the nation people are leaving in droves. The displacement of blame really hurts as we have had nothing to do with what the what the denomination has done.
    Thank you for your prayers.

    • Father, Be with Brenda and her husband as they face the onslaught of Satan, who would like nothing more than to divide Your church, and draw people away from You and Your Word. Thank You for Your Word – help us to always trust, and rest assured in the accuracy and authority of each written word. Strengthen Brenda and her husband to continue to stand firm, to not be swayed, to be steadfast in their faith. Thank You Father… in Jesus’ name…

  15. I greatly need prayers to discern God’s will for my life. I quit my job in November to move to an unfamiliar city for love. I am still unemployed and really struggling financially. And, our relationship faces some challenges.

    • I’ll be agreeing with you in prayer Elizabeth, that you will discern God’s will for you in your life. I do know that it can be so difficult sometimes to see God’s will when we are in tough situations. I hope you can see the many blessings He has given you and really know He is working in your life. My heart aches for you and I will be holding you in prayer.

    • Elizabeth,

      May God send a job your way quickly. The best way to discern God’s will for your life is to be in the word daily! He will never leave you nor forsake you. He wants the best for you. Keep praying about the job and the relationship.

      Father,

      Help Elizabeth find a good job in this new city. Grant her wisdom to discern your will for her work & private life. Send peace & contentment, & comfort to her aching heart & weary soul. Show her the plans you have for her & help her know what the next step is.

      Blessings 🙂

    • Father, Be especially close to Elizabeth – right now, in this moment, give her peace. Help her as she seeks work – bring the right opportunities to her… help her to quietly listen for the leading of Your Holy Spirit… may the relationship she’s in be centered in You, and may it be strengthened by their time together, their time with You, and their trust in Your leading. Thank You Father… in Jesus’ name…

  16. God, please hear the prayers of every one of us who is reaching out to you today by posting on this page as well as those who may not yet be ready to post their prayers. I lift each and every one of our prayers to you.

    My specific prayer is for my son who has struggled in his freshman year of college. He is being treated for OCD and ADD and was able to withdraw from the spring semester for medical reasons. Thankfully he will have a second chance in the same college next spring. He is in a very demanding program and his instructors have all expressed that he has the talent and skills but he needs to learn to show up to class every day even if he doesn’t have his work done; to stop being so hard on himself and expecting perfection in his work; to open himself up to accepting help from others any time he needs it; and to understand why he has built up the walls to protect him from feeling any discomfort or pain and to be able to break down these walls so that he can fully be alive. God, I am believing that you are healing all the broken places in my son and that when he returns to college he will succeed in the program that he has chosen and wants to pursue. Thank you and Amen!

    • Kimberly,
      Getting your son the help he needs is key. My son, also with OCD and ADD (they sometimes go hand in hand) had a tough time in college. He wound up dropping out after 2 years because it was just too difficult trying to tackle grueling studies with the OCD and ADD. I wish that we had been able to get him the medical help he needed back then as well as counseling to be able to develop coping skills. Having had OCD myself, the college years can be difficult. Praying that your son would be open to help (there is still unfortunately such a stigma involving chemical imbalances). Praying for a hedge of safety and for God’s peace and comfort when the anxiety flairs. Give Kimberly wisdom as to how best to help him. In Jesus’ name.
      Blessings,
      Bev

      • Thanks so much Bev! I appreciate the insight you can provide from your experience. Thankfully, my son does go to a psychiatrist weekly who is helping navigate through this. The biggest problem the first year is that he wanted to prove to himself (and us) that he could handle college without using any of the on campus services. We are praying that this is the biggest change he makes when he returns.

    • Father, I pray for Kimberly and for her son. Help her to continue to be an encouragement to him as he struggles with his studies, and with his self-esteem. Help her to know how and when to help him… strengthen her for this journey. Father, I pray for her son… we acknowledge You as our Creator, and You have created her son, and You know the needs that he has… I pray that he will trust in You, and look to you for the ability to continue in his education, to acknowledge his weaknesses, to know when he needs to ask for help, to be willing to accept this help… Thank You Father… in Jesus’ name…

  17. Please pray for God’s leading into what vocational career He wants for me to glorify His name. I have been unemployed for a year mourning the loss of my ‘dream’ job…see the word my. Pray for His leading, His clarity, His direction, and my willingness to surrender to His plan and His empowerment of the Holy Spirit on me to help me move forward!

    God bless,
    Pam Bodden

    • Pamela,
      I have been through similar trials and long waits, and I have found that God is faithful, and whatever job comes your way, is God’s dream job for you. It is often unexpected, and for me not in anyway related to my vocational choices. God will use me wherever He puts me, and gives me the daily strength to do it. I’m using my education and training, but not in the way I had planned! Just keep trusting, and praying for wisdom and clarity.
      Blessings on you!
      Marianne

    • Father, Be close to Pamela as she seeks Your best path for her. Help her to quietly listen for Your Holy Spirit’s leading, help her to be open to that leading, and to be prepared to take the steps You are planning for her. Give her clarity, give her peace… Thank You Father… in Jesus’ name…

  18. Great post , once again ! Please pray that my new family doctor can help me better with my 3 life threatening illnesses as I’ve dealt with so many that had no clue and just didn’t feel like they were there for the patients . This sweet lady I met last week has already ordered several tests , and more next week . Please pray that she continues to be the positive doctor that can help and respect me as a patient as well . I’ve been having to travel out of state for my specialist and this is a doctor only half an hour away in the city ! It’s been all positive with her , her staff as well , alloovd their jobs and that comes out as they interact and all have a genuine care about them .
    Thank you and may. God bless you all , I know so many are fighting their own battles !

    • Father, Thank You for the new doctor that You have brought into Jen’s life… may they be able to work together and may she be able to successfully treat and heal Jen’s physical needs. Thank You that You are our great Physician – continue to lead Jen and her doctor to find answers, give her strength and peace for this difficult journey she is walking… Thank You Father… in Jesus’ name…

  19. I was diagnosed with endometrial cancer in April. I am having hysterectomy tomorrow and will find out what stage my cancer is. Please pray for my anxiety to decrease as I was sent to a cardiologist this past week because my blood pressure and pulse were so high. I was cleared by the cardiologist to continue on with surgery and put on medicine to help. me.

    • Brenda Lea,

      God alleviate Brenda’s anxiety & calm her down. Send peace & comfort to her body & soul. May you know that God will be with you tomorrow. My prayers are with you also. Praying for surgery to go well & for you to relax and know that God’s Got This!

      Blessings 🙂

    • Oh Father… right now in this very moment, I ask You to wrap Brenda in Your loving arms and give her peace. Strengthen her for the surgery tomorrow. Be with the surgeon who will be caring for her – may this doctor be well rested and prepared to care for Brenda. Father, I would ask for healing for the cancer… thank You that You are our great Physician… Father, be with Brenda as she hears the results of her surgery – continue to love her, and guide her, and help her to know that You are always with her – every moment, in every situation… Thank You Father… in Jesus’ name…

  20. I have been dealing with some family struggles the last two months which has kept me from being able to earn the money I need to provide for my family, as I am a single mom. I am now 2 months behind on my rent and need to find a way to make the money to not lose my apartment. Please be praying for grace from my landlord, a way for me to make up the finances and for peace in my family!

    • Father, I pray for Kristy Lynn – especially that You will help her to sense Your presence and Your leading and Your love. Meet her needs, and help her to be able to provide for her family. Bring healing to these family struggles… may a way be provided for her to catch up on her rent, so that her living situation won’t be threatened. Thank You Father for being our Provider… in Jesus’ name…

  21. My name is Chris and I have 4 grown sons, they all need prayer to find God. Right now Joshua one of my twins is struggling to find a Job. He is ubering and he lives with me because of money, but he needs to find work that is steady. Also Brian has broken his leg and it is mending but he has found out he has a child with an exchange student who has since moved back to RUSSIA of all places! My family is broken and they do not even know it please pray for healing and jobs and a grandchild I may never ever see.

    • Father, I pray for Chris – draw her closer to You, that she may feel Your love and Your peace in very real ways during these difficult days as she worries about and cares for her children. I pray that Joshua will find a job that will provide for his needs – help him to be trusting in You and listening for Your guidance. Be with Brian – may his leg continue to heal. Father, I pray for this child of his that he has not met… may You bring circumstances to a place where he can know His child, where Chris can know her grandchild. Be especially present in her life… Thank You Father… in Jesus’ name…

  22. My son, recently divorced needs to sell his house in Savannah so he can move on with his life. Please pray for it to sell quickly. God is ever so faithful!

    • Father, Be with Stacy and with her son… Father, I pray that her son knows You and is trusting in You… bring exactly the right people to look at the house and to buy it… be with them as they wait… give strength and wisdom and peace… Thank You Father… in Jesus’ name…

  23. Holding all of you up to God who is present in our health, work, our fears and relationships – He has planned for us and prepared us in His strength and love to act in His spirit. Some things have given so much pain but our choices to move past bitterness or anger grow us so that we may have peace in our hearts. Your stories are heart breaking and pain filled and yet you persevere to share and show me hope is possible through sharing this journey and seeking Him. May we continually seek Him. Thank you.

    • Father, Be with Liz, help her to see You clearly, to trust You for each and every step of her life journey… Thank You Father… in Jesus’ name…

  24. I want to truly understand the magnitude of Gods love for me and to love him with ALL my heart, soul and strength. This is my prayer.

    • Denise,
      When we ask God and truly seek Him with all our heart….He never fails to show up and answer the prayers of our heart! He loves you sweet friend….more than you can ever fathom! Kind of ironic, but we can only love God in His strength. The older I get, I realize it’s truly all about Him….
      Blessings,
      Bev

    • Father, Thank You for Denise’s reaching out to ask You to help her to know You better… thank You for the seeds of desire within her to give herself completely to You, to love You fully. Father, may she know Your peace and joy… may she know the presence of Your Holy Spirit in her heart… may she know that loving You is as simple (yet very difficult!) as letting go and letting You love us… Thank You Father… in Jesus. name…

  25. This is so on target for where I am spiritually right now. I have had trouble believing that God loves me for a long time now, and seeing Him as a loving God. Will you please pray for me, that God will show me what is standing in the way and blocking me, and that He will please heal me from it and help me to see Him as a God who is loving and come to truly believe that He loves me. Thank you so much.

    • Debbie,
      It’s often easy to believe that scripture speaks to everyone else but us. For a long time I had trouble seeing God as a loving God. I learned to take comfort in Jesus’ words when He says, “If you have seen me, you have seen the Father.” Jesus is the mirror image of His Father and I started by believing that Jesus loved me. I kept a card file that talked about the love of Jesus. Then I really started researching scripture that spoke directly about the lovingkindness of God. I asked Him to reveal Himself to me and as i sought out scripture about God’s attributes I found that the entire Bible is a love letter to me from God. He honors our desires when we simply ask. Praying He will reveal His lovingkindness to you that will dispel all doubts. He loves you and He (God) delights over you with singing.. I have loved you, Debbie, with lovingkindness… .let the facts in scripture cast the misled feelings aside.
      Blessings,
      Bev xx

    • Father, Be close to Debbie, and help her to know Your love in a very personal way. Keep Satan away, as he would far rather she continue to struggle with her relationship with You – may he not have the victory. May Debbie turn to the promises of Your Word, make them clear to her, and may she trust Your Word. Help her to see You as the loving Father that You are… thank You Father… in Jesus’ name…

  26. Thank you Holler, this was a message that really touched my heart as I often struggle with this. I often feel that I don’t love God enough and He blesses me so much. I’ve been separated from my husband for a little over a year now, and God has truly been carrying me. I recently was off work for a little over 6 weeks, I was allowed by my Dr’s to go back part time and work up to full time which I start tomorrow. I am thankful for being able to go back to work full time. I do have complicated health issues. I pray for everyone that has left messages today, I know life isn’t easy for most of us.

    • Father, I thank You for Lisa’s trust in You. Be close to her, help her to rest in the truth that You love us so very much, and that we can never love You enough to repay You for the many, many blessings You bring our way. Thank You for being such a loving Father, and for meeting Lisa’s health needs – continue to work in her life and bring full healing. Thank You Father… in Jesus’ name…

  27. Please pray for Emmanuel who is dealing with so much guilt and pain.that he may cling to God during thèse hard times and not lose hope.that doors may be opened for him according to God’s will for a new home and a good therapist. Also for his wife so that they may take proper decisions for their marriage.

    • Father, I join with Gem in praying for Emmanuel and his wife… draw them close to You, help them to feel Your love, renew their hope and help them to trust in You. Met their needs for a home and for a therapist. Father, help them to give their marriage to You, and be committed to their covenant of love. Lead them, and help them to love You… thank You Father… in Jesus’ name…

  28. Dear Sisters,
    I would covet your prayers for wisdom and God’s will for my husbands job. He has ventured into
    a business partnership that seems to be unraveling and yet is the main financial support for our
    family. My prayer is that we have peace with our decision to stay or leave the partnership.
    For a man it can cause fear to set in when you they are the provider for their families. May we have
    unity as we pray over and go forward with a decision. Bless you all in His Grace and Peace!

    • Father, Be with Nora and her husband – might they sense Your presence in a very real way as they seek wisdom for this difficult decision. Give them direction, and give them peace… help them to be faithful to Your Word and to the leading of Your Holy Spirit. May her husband know clearly how he can best provide for his family… give them unity of heart and spirit… thank You Father… in Jesus’ name…

  29. I am happy to pray for all of you and ask you to remember my family with older relatives and illnesses to keep the faith, to hold fast to a healing Isaiah 53 Lord. Jehovah Rapha, and Jesus name is above alll names, cancer, suicide, depression, grief, ADD?ODD and OCD, and heart conditions. I speak healing words over you on this Pentecost Sunday and ask him to pour out a blessing on you. May He guard your heart with the peace that passes understanding, there are some things only He can do because He knows hearts better than we do. He knows where there is bitterness, and pain, sorrow. If we try to fix things we can make it worse, turn your loved ones over to Him. The only people we can change is ourselves, so let’s let Him be God and rest that He has the answers.

    • Father, Be with Rebecca and her elderly family. Thank You for the strength of her faith – I pray that she will continue to trust in You and to know how she can be a help and support to her family. Thank You that You know our needs before we ask, and that simply trusting You is all that we need to do. Lead her, strengthen her, love her… thank You Father… in Jesus’ name…

  30. Holley,

    Praying for all women here. May God send you peace & comfort in your trials. Remember God knows the plans He has for you! God has THIS!! He is in Control! We need to pray away the evil one.

    Blessings 🙂

  31. It’s been four years since I have been out of work. Almost homeless. And for two years now I have been waiting for my visa to travel over seas for an employment offer. Pray with me that this time round I will be approved for the visa to travel to take up the appointment. And pray all those struggling financially and with unemployment.

    • Father, I pray for Amma – may she know the peace that only You can offer as she waits for a visa and as she plans for this next path on her life journey. May Your presence be real to her, might she be sensitive to the leading of Your Holy Spirit to meet her needs… thank You Father… in Jesus’ name…

  32. Dawn,
    Thank-you for your thoughtful piece this day,

    I would like to offer a prayer to each of you;
    For the trials you face, I pray that the Lord may lift you in spirit, comfort you, and guide you through your storm. I pray you will be granted strength, courage, and peace.

    Blessings to all this Sunday,

    Penny

    • Father, Thank You for Penny, for her love for You, and her joy-filled spirit that reaches out in prayer for others… in Jesus’ name…

  33. This was really good. I do have a hard time believing God loves me or is loving in general.
    I am asking that you pray that I have hope. My daughter who has Bipolar D/O has been very unstable. Ironically, I am a psych nurse so it’s next to impossible for me to think things will be better ever. She has a 2 yr old and both live with us. I love him with all of my heart but can’t help but worry about him. I’m almost 60 so the thought of starting over is just hard.
    Anyway, I just need hope, peace, and strength.
    Thank you

    • Father, I lift Vicki to you this evening – may she truly know the joy of loving You and especially Your love for her. Be close to her, give her hope, may she be able to rest in peace by trusting You. Be with her daughter and grandson – meet the needs of this family. Strengthen Vicki for the journey she is walking… thank You for loving us all so very much… in Jesus’ name…

  34. I’m walking the deepest, darkest valley of my life right now. I feel like evil has won this particular battle. I struggle to get myself out of bed each morning. I KNOW that God sees me, hears me and is walking right beside me but in the midst of knowing this I’m still tempted to despair. I need prayers for strength, healing and the Lord to reveal to me what He’d have me learn during this dark, lonely, scary time. I need His love and encouragement. Thank you.

    • Rebecca,
      There’s clinical depression and situation depression. Having experienced clinical depression, what you describe sounds like this. Have you talked with your physician about your symptoms?? Depression IS treatable. God does not want us living in despair and feeling lonely and scared. That is not His will for us. I know that depression can do that to you. Please seek medical advice and meanwhile know that God sees and knows what you are going through and He loves you and hurts for you. Praying for strength and healing for you and that they would come in the manner in which God deems best.
      Blessings,
      Bev xx

    • Father, I pray for Rebecca – wash over her with Your peace and love. Father, I pray that Satan will not have victory in her life. I pray that she will trust in You, that she will seek the help of others and the help of professionals to guide her through this darkness, and into the light of Your presence. Comfort her, give her peace, restore in her the joy of living… thank You Father… in Jesus’ name…

  35. Please pray for my daughter who has been diagnosed bi-polar. praying the right medication be found for her until and unless she is totally healed. and that she will take it. she is grown and clear that I can’t make her do anything. I covet your prayers on her behalf. May God bless you all.

    • Father, Be with Yolanda’s daughter – help her to find the right medication to help her with her illness, and help her to trust those who are caring for her and be willing to take the medication she needs. Father, You are our great Physician, and I pray for healing for Yolanda’s daughter… Be close to Yolanda, strengthen her as she helps her daughter, give her wisdom and peace. Thank You Father… in Jesus’ name…

  36. I am blown away by all the love each of you pour out towards one another! I feel blessed just reading your comments and prayers.

    A month ago, I awoke in the middle of the night. Long story short, I was having a heart attack. I sat on the side of my bed and prayed for God to intervene and save me. Within a few minutes, it was as if nothing had ever happened. God revealed to me that He saved me so that I can now BE ALIVE IN HIM. I have honestly felt frozen in place since He revealed that to me. I desperately WANT and DESIRE to be alive in HIM, but it’s as if the things I SHOULD do, I don’t. If it’s fear of the unknown or fear of failure, I don’t know for sure. I just know that I am not living up to why God saved me that night. I am being painfully honest here. I am deeply troubled and disappointed in myself for failing to move forward!

    • Father, I thank You for protecting Deb’s health! I pray now Father, that You will protect her Spirit from Satan, who would seek to have her doubt Your goodness and Your promises. Father, I pray that Deb will know you personally as her Lord and Savior, and that she will claim and rest in Your promises of eternal love, of grace, of forgiveness, of faithfulness. Father, may Deb be surrounded by Your assurance, Your comfort and Your peace… Thank You Father… in Jesus’ name…

  37. Thank you for this post. I have been struggling lately with truly allowing God’s love into my life. I’ve been feeling like a failure in away and it is not fun. Please pray for God’s decernment in my decision to quit school and search for what he has next. Please also pray for healing.

    • Father, Be with Stefanie… may Your Holy Spirit guide her into a deeper love relationship with You. Father, we are humans and we all fail – yet You love us anyway… may Stefanie know and feel Your love right now… may she have wisdom that comes from trusting You for Your will in her life. May she know You healing, Your peace, Your strength… thank You Father… in Jesus’ name…

  38. Dear Holley,
    Thank you for always making me smile with you encouraging posts. I am asking for prayer for my husband as he undergoes spine surgery and for healing as he recovers. He has been in severe pain for some time and we are trusting God to heal him completely. Also, as odd as it may seem to some, I am asking for prayer for my son in the loss of his “fur baby”, a beautiful 10 year old Lab. She went to heaven last Tuesday and he is missing her terribly. Anyone who has owned a pet knows how the become a part of your family. She has been through the good times and the not so good times by his side and always gave unconditional love and devotion. God answered our prayer in allowing her to pass away on her own in the comfort and familiar surroundings at home. Now we ask for healing of the heart where there feels like a piece is missing.

    • Father, Be close to Robin and her family. For her husband, I pray that he will have peace and strength as he goes through this surgery – guide the hands of the surgeons, and may the surgery successfully fix the problem and eliminate his pain. Father, be with him in his healing – may he be touched by Your love and Your presence and Your peace. Be with Robin’s son as he grieves the loss of his very special pet – oh Father, You created each animal, You created the love bond that we share with our pets, and I pray that Robin and her family will be comforted by the many memories they have of good times with their pet. Give them peace… thank You Father… in Jesus’ name…

  39. My husband and are in the midst of a major life transition and I am finding it lonely and very difficult to adjust. We moved to another city so my husband could pursue nursing after serving 30 years in the ministry and living in the same town for 20 years where we were well connected. I work from home and am not able to get out much because of health issues and my husband is now gone very long hours at a time when we are new
    Empty nesters and in a new town. Our home has been on the market for quite some time now and has not sold. The house is move in ready – but the market is not good and we are beginning to experience real financial hardship because of carrying the financial responsibility of two homes.
    I know God has a plan – please pray for
    Us during this transition.

    • Father, Be close to Terry and her husband as they have embarked on a very new path on their life journey together. Father, bring people into Terry’s life so that she doesn’t feel so alone – may she find friendships and support from other Christian women. Father, You do have a plan for each of us, and you have a plan for Terry and her husband – may they know the leading of Your Holy Spirit, might they have patience as they wait for their house to be sold, might they sense Your love and Your leading every moment of every day… thank You, Father… in Jesus’ name…

      • Thank you, Leanne for this beautiful heartfelt prayer. I already feel uplifted.
        May the Lord bless you!
        Terry

  40. Please pray for me to experience God’s love for me. I’m having a hard time truly accepting that He loves me because of circumstances in my life. My husband turned his back on God and left me a couple of years ago. We’ve continued to interact with each other but he wasn’t willing to work on our relationship. Ive been interceding for his restoration and praying that God would convict him and lead him to repentance. His rebellion has gotten worse but I haven’t given up believing and praying for him. Please pray for his heart to be soften, his vision be restored and he be reconciled to God. And pray for God to give me strength to keep praying for him and that I be healed.

    • Father, Might Brenda know Your love in this moment, and in the days ahead – might she rest assured in Your promises, and in Your faithfulness, and in Your love. Be with her as she is without her husband right now – I pray that Satan will not have the victory and that this relationship will be restored. Father, as she waits I pray that Brenda might sense Your presence… surround her with Your peace… Thank You Father… in Jesus’ name…

  41. Please pray for both of my kids as they deal with health issues. Please pray about my son’s struggles with anger. Sometimes he scares his sister & me. Please pray we learn to better trust and wait on the Lord. Things look and feel so hopeless right now but I know our hope comes from the Lord and he is working everything out in ways we can’t see right now. I pray God blesses each person who reads this. Thank you.

  42. Please pray for my to get full-time work in a safe work place, and healing from the rejection/disappointment of a dream job that turned out to be an unhealthy work environment.

    • Jesus I thank you that you are our protector. And that your ways are higher than our ways. I pray for Micelle and ask that you will heal every broken part of her heart from this past job. I thank you for loving us so much that you hear every need but also care about our hearts and health and everything. Jesus I pray for redeption over this situation and that you will show Michelle what you are calling her to do and I pray for her to hear your voice so clearly on how you are leading her. I pray for forgiveness and love to happen with any person that hurt her and that any offense is forgiven and healed as well. Bless Michelle and show her that you are God with us and for us and that nothing is impossible with you! Bless her today in jesus name I pray amen

  43. Please pray for my son and pastor, David, who has a heart condition and debilitating chronic fatigue syndrome. He’s exhausted all the time. He works a full time job, in addition to being a pastor. Our church is small. Plus he recently got hit with an enormous plumbing bill (pipes that rotted under the bathroom had to be replaced and the total bill is $18,000! He’s going to start driving for Uber and Lift in order to be able to pay for the repairs on his house. (He has a wife and a small boy of 2 and a teenage daughter.) It’s overwhelming. In addition, I have very painful bursitis in the hip that has totally grounded me and I can’t do much of anything. We need God’s healing and intervention. Thanks so much to anyone who prays for us and may God bless you.

    • Christine – I too suffer with Chronic Fatigue Syndrome – I will lift you all up in prayer. Father, I pray for Christine – that your healing hand would be upon her and on her son and Pastor, David. I pray that you would strengthen and encourage them. I pray that you would bring the needed resources in both physically and financially to meet ALL of their needs in Christ Jesus!
      You are well acquainted with each of their needs intimately and we pray for your intervention in these matters. Above all, grant peace and rest in you, Lord Jesus.
      In your name we pray, Amen!

  44. So many prayer requests… God be with each one and heal our mind body and souls.
    Please pray for my sister she just lost her daughter, she is not doing well.
    I am dealing with scoliosis and need back surgery, have not had peace with it. I need much prayer too – love you all and thanks so much ❤️

    Lyn

  45. Please pray over finances and I am moving long term to do missions in the Middle East. Please pray for all my support I need to come in and for my team unity and for protection and deeeeeep hunger more jesus more Holy Spirit and Intamacy with him. Thank you

  46. I love these emails and this group. I have learned much and been reminded of things that I had forgotten about. I know that God loves me and that he cares for me. I struggled with the Bible reading part of my relationship with my savior.
    My prayer requests are these
    1. That I would desire to spend time reading and learning from God’s Word
    2. I just lost my part time job. I need God to show me the next step he has for my life.

  47. It’s always very pleasant to read your stories. God is our strength and His love makes us to overcome situations, sometimes, not too easy.

  48. Please can you pray that I’ll know what to do about my job, if the Lord wants me to stay or go please can he make it clear, and if I have to leave, for clear direction for my next step. Thanks xx

  49. Father God You are SO faithful and merciful and just and You love us SO much! I know I “struggle” when I am in my strength. “I” can not change anything about myself or anything about anyone else left in my own strength but God (love that❤️) I know Your word is true, that it NEVER changes and that You NEVER change; You are the same today as You were yesterday! Lord bring to the forefront of our minds Your words and Your promises when we are doubtful, weary, fearful, depressed, anxious, angry and fill in the blank. Help us to seek Your face in ALL times. I know sometimes I want to seek Your hand to fix or change my situation but Lord help me to seek Your face first. When I seek Your face I will know You better and will trust You more. You have told us in Your word to pray for healing and that You sent us a Comforter but Lord sometimes I seek healing and comfort over Your face and this stops me from knowing You better. I want to know You better Lord, so I ask to know You better and that You continue to reveal Yourself to me, and You do❤️ Thank You!!!
    Before I came to the Lord these were my diagnosis: depression, anxiety, OCD, ADHD, anorexic/belemic, borderline personality disorder, addicted to relationships (could never be alone), bipolar, drug and alcohol addiction, and I used to sew my fingers together (like a cutter to refocus pain) and I’m sure there is a few I’m forgetting, and secular counseling for 20 years! When the Lord stood knocking at my door (Revelation 3:20) I answered (note this was not the first time He knocked … He doesn’t give up persuing us). He said, “That’s enough”! No more medication and no more diagnoses! It has been over 6 years and I have never looked back! Have I had some struggles along the way? Yes! But He was firm, as He is I sought and sought and sought as I struggled. But my struggle(s) was not a “worldly” struggle. I also realized that I had a “heart” issue. All those years I struggled it was actually my heart. Not really my physical heart but spiritual heart and the ONLY thing that can help that is God through Jesus! Whenever I’ve gone for a procedure or had issues I’ve always had to go to the doctor to check my heart first. Right, that’s what we do when we are preparing for surgery. What I wasn’t doing in my life with my issues was checking my heart with the Great Physician! Why don’t I check my heart with Him first, Godly wisdom (Matthew 6:33, Romans 1:21-23) I had a heart issue all those years with all those diagnoses and years upon years of medications. Now … medication free!!! Praise the Lord! I share this to give hope to people struggling. I was running to the wrong physician. I didn’t know. But He showed me and He is not a God of confusion. He has redeemed me healed me of all my diseases (illnesses). Are there still times where I get depressed or anxious? Yes! Like before? No! I continue to seek Him and I rest in His promises and not my feelings. On days when He makes it possible, I have sisters I pray with and we lock arms together and carry each other’s burdens just like here! Thanks Holl for your transparency and encouragement and thank you all for pouring out your praises and struggles so we can hold each other up. May the Lord continue to bless us and always give us a way back to Him when we wonder or tempted to do things in our own strength!

  50. Please pray for our daughter , Theresa. She is doing God’s work as a Nurse Practitioner in a woman’s prison and sees her work as her mission.

    Theresa is single and struggling with constant chronic health issues which have taxed her nearly to her limits. At 42 , she feels old beyond her years.

    I pray daily that Theresa will feel God’s love for her. As her Mom it’s SO difficult to see her constant pain and struggle.

    Will keep you all in my prayers.

    Bonnie

  51. Just wanted to say thank you for sharing your hearts and prayer requests here and also for being so faithful to encourage each other. We can’t do this without you helping one another! I’m praying for you this morning and am grateful to be part of (in)courage with you. XOXO

  52. I am recovering from full hip replacement and want to praise God for my family, friends and husband who are taking such good care of me. While I’m recovering I’m also burdened in prayer for friends struggling with severe depression, abandonment by family, neglect from spouses and spiritual abuse. God bless you all and thank you for this ministry! I’ve been so blessed, (in) courage, and ministered to by you, Holly.

  53. I need prayer for strength and courage to get through a really hard time I am going through with myself and fears I have in my life. I seem to want hide from the Lord when these times are so tough. Please.pray I am able to give my fears to the Lord and fulfill my purpose on this earth.

  54. How to put prayer when so many women of God are hurting- including me! How to express deep hurt? All I can think of is I just ended a new – old relationship that began again after years of trying to understand why it didn’t work out the first time. I feel inadequate somehow! When I know that’s not true. But feelings to me are real. I need prayer over this. I don’t know how it will all turn out.

  55. Hi we, that is my family and I need your prayers. We need a a bigger home, there are five of us in a small house; which God provided for us before we even got married.
    Now, several years late with three grown sons we need more space, and we have found a house that we all like.
    The problem is we need the deposit. Honestly, this reminds me of when we first saw this home. Similar problems with finances, and you’ll ask didn’t God provide – Yes He did!
    I am still asking for your prayers that God will show us what He wants us to do regarding this new home- like where the deposit will come from and what are we supposed to do.
    Pleasse pray for us.