I couldn’t afford to go to my only sister’s wedding.
I’ll never forget my sister calling me up, telling me the date of her wedding, and how I was to be her maid-of-honor. My oldest daughter, just a toddler at the time, was going to be a flower girl. There was just one problem: we lived in Pennsylvania, and my sister was having her wedding in California. I would have to buy a plane ticket — two of them if I took my daughter. Then there was the dress and food expenses, and . . .
“We can’t afford it,” my husband told me.
“I don’t care if we can’t afford it, it’s my sister’s wedding! We’ll put it on a credit card!”
We didn’t do credit cards. We lived on a tiny budget, one that was afforded to us by my husband’s job installing heating and air conditioning systems. I was a stay-at-home mom. We had one vehicle and school loan debt we were working diligently to pay off. We didn’t even own a credit card.
He was mad at me that I couldn’t see the reality of our shaky financial situation, and I was ticked that he didn’t understand that OF COURSE I needed to go to my only sister’s wedding. We weren’t getting anywhere with each other, so we decided to call an older couple to give us advice. They came over, listened to each of our sides, and in their wisdom, told us they would not give us their opinion but instead would “pray that God would align our hearts.”
For the next few days, I cried and prayed, feeling so torn about the whole situation. My husband came to me and told me I could go, that we’d put it on a credit card, but I knew how he really felt. I knew he was only telling me to go so I wouldn’t be mad and resent him. There was no blessing or joy in this “permission.”
One afternoon I took my tender heart up to my bedroom during my daughter’s naptime, and I sat down and cried out to the Lord. What to do, what to do? I knew how my husband felt, and I knew he cared about me and our family but was worried about how he would take care of us financially if I put us in more debt.
As I prayed, I decided I would not go to the wedding. I would honor my husband and I would not, by God’s help, hold resentment towards him. I would trust God with this situation, with my hurting heart, with my sister’s heart, and with our now fragile marriage. I would, by faith, somehow trust God to do something with the pain.
So, I did not go to the wedding. And by the miraculous grace and work of the Holy Spirit, I did not hold resentment towards my husband, and neither did my sister. I know it hurt her, but she graciously understood.
Something in me, some bondage, was broken, and I was able to move forward through the pain and believe that I could trust God when it didn’t seem fair. He had heard my cry, and He had comforted me even when I didn’t get what I wanted. He was with me, and He held my heart and sat with me when the grief hit. And eventually, the grief moved along. I was okay. We were okay.
God inclines His ear to those who cry out to Him with a surrendered heart. He desires to comfort us, to sit with us, to listen to us, and to gently lead us into a deeper trust and relationship with Him, our kind Father.
Whatever it is today that is causing you to ache, or whatever seems unfair or confusing or not the way you thought something would be, cry out to the Lord. He knows your heart, your mind, your soul, and He knows what you need. Maybe today just sit and let the pain be what it is, and let the Lord be your Light in the dark.
Lord, you have searched me and known me.
You know when I sit down and when I stand up;
you understand my thoughts from far away.
You observe my travels and my rest;
you are aware of all my ways.
Before a word is on my tongue,
you know all about it, Lord.
You have encircled me;
you have placed your hand on me.
This wondrous knowledge is beyond me.
It is lofty; I am unable to reach it.
Psalm 139:1-6 (CSB)
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Michele Morin says
Here in North America, we really do not understand lament, because most of our biggest stories get a happy ending: the child recovers because of antibiotics, an unexpected windfall pays for the plane ticket, the dream comes true. Thank you for the courage it must have taken to wrestle with this story from your life and marriage and to conclude: ” Let the pain be what it is, and let the Lord be your Light in the dark.” For the hard seasons, sometimes there is just no ribbon big enough to tie around the package so that it will look pretty, and yet somewhere in that darkness we have to believe that God is still singing over us with joy.
Blessings to you as you continue to share your story and the love of God with others.
Josephine Broderick says
Thank You for the encouragement to know that God is still in control
Sarah Mae says
I love how you said all of this. Beautiful. Thank you.
Sheila L says
Please thank Abba Father in Advance for his miraculous healing victory and testimony over cancer in my temple in Jesus name
Beth Williams says
Father God-send your healing touch to Sheila. Take away the cancer & help us eradicate cancer altogether. Give her a sense of peace & calm. Keep her healthy as she endures treatments. Surround her with people that can help her & pray over her.
Alyson Walker says
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Lord, I raise Sheila up to your care. Please if it is your will heal her body of this cancer and make her well. In Jesus Name, Amen.
Can I ask for the Lord to heal my back and shoulders, may I be healthy before going to Cambodia. Can the lord provide a solution to my financial worries and give me the strength to finish this’s Masters Thank you!
Beth Williams says
You can ask anything of the Lord. If it is His Will it will be done for you. Father-send your healing touch to Jas. Take away the back & shoulder pain she endures. Make her healthy before she heads to Cambodia. She is worried about her financial situation & finishing her masters degree. Give her a sense of peace & calm about these. Help her to trust you fully. Show her a miracle & help her belief & faith increase. Your Will be done in these situations.
Thank you for your prayers Beth x
You are Jehova Rapha. The Lord who heals me (Exodus 15:26). You are Jehova Jireh, the Lord who will prove for me (Genesis 22:13-14). You are El Shaddai, the all sufficient God (Genesis 17:1-2). I pray that You touch Jas in each of these powerful ways: restore health to her back and shoulders; make a way for financial provision; and lead her to use the talent, wisdom, and fortitude you gave her to help her complete her education. In your name I pray.
Thank you Kim!
Dear Heavenly Father-
I pray for you to lead Sheila to wise and skilled physicians and practitioners who will give her knowledge to fight this battle. Put people in her path to lift her up and keep her focused. And lord walk closely by her side. She needs to feel your presence in this moment and the days to come. You are the great healer, Jehova Rapha. Please provide the path for healing and health.
I too lift up Sheila and Jas as well and know that I know you are in the healing in physical and spiritual health.. Father of my life I ask for all the in courage women to touch them in healing ways where needed and please Lord heal my neck as it’s been months of pain.. in the precious name ofJesus I pray \0/
Beth Williams says
“whatever seems unfair or confusing or not the way you thought something would be, cry out to the Lord.” I have battled that statement. My elderly neighbor lost her last & youngest child (49) to cancer & is all alone in this world except for a grand daughter. My FIL (90) is battling Stage III bladder cancer & survived surgery to remove most bladder & is doing well. Why? He’s lived a good long life already & my neighbor needed her son. Only God knows the answers to that question.
I have a 60+ year old friend-Jeanne, RN-who is stressed out at work. Forced to work all shifts-12 hrs. at a time. Hard to stay healthy. She is thinking about changing jobs again. Doesn’t want to go back to hospital work, but not sure what to do as family needs her income & benefits. Pray for God’s Will in this situation.
Thanks everyone! Have a blessed Sunday & enjoy your Labor day with family! :)✝☦
Paula White says
Lord I pray Psalm 3 over Beth, that she will find a place of pause. Selah. And in this pause may she be surrounded with the Lord who holds her. Strike the enemy as she rests and bring your comfort and power into the lives of those she cares about..nothing escapes your love Lord. We adore you.
My prayer request is to be able to release the hurt and resentment and longing to live closer to my children. My husband promised to retire last year and again this year so we could move. Now I realize he may never retire (owns his own business). My winters are isolating and lonely while his are full. This article touched my heart.
Please provide a way forward for Paula and her husband. As you always provide what is best for us in your plans, please comfort and bless Paula. Reveal to her what it is that you want for this next stage in her life, she is ready, able and waiting. If it is in your plan allow her to be closer to her family. IJN, Amen.
Thanks so much!
Sarah Mae says
Oh Beth, it is a hard statement. Why Lord, why? Help us to see you in all of the pain. Love to you, friend.
I am in an emotionally and verbally abusive relationship with my daughter’s father. I’m really, really struggling to find the strength to leave. I worry about the future for my daughter. What will her time look like away from me? (Her father will certainly be awarded some amount of visitation.). How do I best protect her and myself? Ironically, I also struggle with hurting him. The minister said that I put my daughter’s feelings and his feelings above my own. It’s just such a complicated situation! Please pray for me to discern God’s wisdom and his strength.
Michele Morin says
Lord, hear Elizabeth cry for wisdom and strength. Pour out your grace upon this entire situation. There are times here on this planet when we cannot see any way forward–there does not seem to be a good solution, and so we are paralyzed. And yet, Lord, you know the future and our times are in your hands, and so we pray for Elizabeth to have the courage to do what is best for her daughter and to KNOW what is best in this complicated situation.
My Lord, please hear your daughter, Elizabeths cry. She needs you now more than ever. God reveal to her heart and mind what you want her to do. Please let your love give her the strength to clearly see your path for her step by step and in the meantime please let the emotional and verbal abuse STOP, on both sides. Heal the hurt in their marriage and in her daughter. Give her the strength to leave if that is the plan or heal the marriage whatever your plan for Elizabeth protect her and her family from harm as they go forward.
I ask these things in your precious name, Jesus, hear and help in this situation, Amen.
I am a veteran currently in therapy and need encouragement in my recovery thank you for reading this for understanding for encircling me in prayer for asking the Holy Spirit to do his could work
Dear God, please hover over CV and gently guide CV through recovery. I ask that you cover CV in your total and complete love and acceptance through the healing process and that CV is able to find hope and joy in each day going forward. In Jesus’s name I pray. Amen. ~Kimberly
I wasn’t able to go to my only child’s wedding. My son had moved to Texas for his career after college. Since his dad had walked away when he was two years old, finances had been a struggle. I didn’t have the money to go and I remember the hurt and pain that I felt. It was a difficult time for me. I had so many emotions to cope with. I did what you did. I went to my room and prayed leaving it all at His feet. He took away the pain and hurt. Today, my son and his wife have moved to my home town and we are together. All things work when we let go and let Him handle things that concern us.
Sarah Mae says
Kathleen, I’m so sorry but praise God they live near you! What a gift!
For me to stop questioning God and start trusting Him with all my intellectual doubt. Thanks
Michele Morin says
Lord, you have commanded us to love you with our heart, soul, mind, and strength. Mary Margaret is asking for help in loving you with her mind, and so today we lift that up to you for your touch, and your interference with all the doubts that plague her whole-hearted commitment to you. Please guide her to people and resources that will establish and strengthen rather than tearing down and confusing. Thank you that you made her mind and have designed her as a questioner. Help her to turn her questions and her curiosity toward righteousness and the Light of the World.
My husband lost his job on August 2nd. The union is working on getting it back, but we don’t know if that will happen. I’m trying to be strong for my husband and our children. Sometimes the burden is too much. Please pray for us. I have surrendered this to God. It is so hard to be still at times. He has provided for us every day, but the unknown weighs heavily at times.
Be with Melody and her family during this difficult financial time. I thank you that you are the God of all resources and you know our needs even before we ask. Thank you for your daily provision for this precious family. Thank you that you promise to never leave or forsake us. As they walk through this dark valley may they see you in a deeper way and feel how much you love them. We would ask that Melody’s husband job be restored or that your would guide him to another job soon that he can provide for his family. I thank you that when we are weak, You are strong!
Please pray for my new position at work and for my new team and colleagues. I only have two team members and they don’t get along. One of them treats the other one very mean. She seems to have “issues” and makes inappropriate comments all day long! I’ve been praying for both of them every day.
Please pray for me to be healed. I have spent the last 9 months living with and caring for my mom with lung cancer. She went home to be with my dad and Jesus Easter Sunday. I came back home in May but started having panic attacks and severe anxiety. I was diagnosed with PTSD. I am being treated and in counseling but do not have insurance to cover this kind of care. I’ve continued to have physical problems. I had a serious Urinary track infection and got over it, but started another one a few weeks later. The doctor thought it was a kidney stone. Praise that a scan of my kidneys was fine! No kidney stones. But I am continuing to have trouble and the doctors don’t know what’s going on. I’m supposed to have an abdominal CT scan this coming Tuesday. Our business has struggled the last two years and it is so hard for me to continue to have to spend money for more tests. Our only insurance is a Christian group insurance that doesn’t cover the phycological problems and counseling but we pray will cover some of the physical health care and tests but we don’t know. Also we need to fix up and sell our house. We have no time with my husband working all the time to keep our mortgage business going and my physical limitations and limited finances. Please pray for healing for me that the CT scan of my abdomen will be normal and God will heal me. Please pray through all this that my anxiety will remain under control and I can surrender and be at peace over our job, house situation, and money situation. Thank you for covering me in prayer.
I am praying for you anita!
Please pray for me. My family has had very rough years since 2012. This year has been so hard on us as far as careers go and I am emotionally exhausted. I just want to find a secure job where I can provide for my family and feel comfortable and not sick to my stomach daily. Please pray that I find he right job and can be productive and at peace.
Dear Loving and Living Lord:
Thank you for Kim and for her family: for their home, their love, their health.
I pray that HOPE will come over Kim and that Your thoughts will become her thoughts. I pray that she will empty all her anxiousness upon you knowing that You want to bless her with the Peace her heart longs for. I pray she will take time to lie down and cry UP to you – I pray you will help her to hear you “singing over her with gladness, quieting her in your Love, singing over her with JOY.” (Zephaniah 3:17) May Your joy become her strength as she trades her tired emotions for Your reNEWed thoughts and heart. May you open doors for her talents or expertise to be used in a way that would bring financial peace to her. May she experience your Peace that surpasses to guide and guard her heart and mind in you, Christ Jesus. May you give her a new song in her mouth – a hymn of praise to you for all the things You have done and will do. May the Praise she expresses become Your healing Love. Knowing that you take care of her and hers …and you will continue to protect her and provide for her. May she experience Peace by abiding in you. And not strive. Just abide and enJOY the beautiful Presence and Peace You give her – the Lavish “Peace I give you Kim; not as the world gives do I give to Kim; therefore do not let your heart be troubled; neither let it be afraid”. May Kim’s mind be aligned and refined and governed by Your Soothing Spirit, bringing her life and peace. In Jesus’beautiful and Powerful Name I pray.
Hey There, I’m not sure how old you are; but I kept getting Urinary Tract Infections until I saw a urinary specialist. He told me something I have never known; but he said many older women get UTI & don’t know why. It is because our urethra has gotten smaller & the pee can not completely empty so backs up causing bacteria which leads to UTI. He did a procedure in his office & I am much better. man, this sounds uggh to put on here; but I pray the information will be a big help to women.
Thank you for that info! I’m 60 years old and getting that information helps a lot! I hate the UTI’s. Is a urinary specialist the same as a urologist?
Yes, the same.. Glad the info helped & praying for you to get better!
I’m fat. I weigh over 300 pounds and I’m tired of it. It makes me tired, and it makes me feel awkward. There is so much internal pain. I’ve asked for God’s help to change me, and He has- little by little, bit by bit on the inside. But my weight has stayed the same. I’ve become much more active, and my clothes fit better. My closest friends notice a change, but the scales haven’t changed. The numbers are still the same. I’ve been eating better- not great- but better, and that hasn’t tipped the scales either. On one hand I’m encouraged that my clothes fit better- I even had to get some new pants, but I’m so discouraged that nothing changes the scales. I don’t want to always be the fat girl no one wants to sit next to at the movies because they are crowded in the next seat. I don’t want to be the woman in the supermarket that gets judged for buying yogurt and ice cream (whether it’s for me or not). So this devotion really spoke to me. Perhaps I need to stop feeling so entitled about it being my problem and give it all to God. I’ll just ask Him what He wants me to do today- what and how much He wants me to eat today. I’ll stop resenting myself and just let God be God. Isn’t that what He wants anyway?
He is El Roi, the God who sees me. He sees my pain, my struggle, my sin, my filthy rags, and His precious Son’s righteousness on me. Praise Him for the way He sees me!
Rebecca kuhlman says
Heavenly Father, I pray for your immense love to fill Ellen’s worried heart. I pray that your love would fill all the broken parts, painful emotions. I pray that this love would consume her. I thank you for the strength and discipline that you’ve given her to care for her temple, your holy temple. I pray that you continue to uphold that strength each day and that you’ll remind her of grace when it’s needed and that You will be her great encourager!!!
Paula Galang says
You are beautiful . God made you beautifully, uniquely and wonderfully made by Him. You are beautiful inner and outer . Remember beauty comes from with in. Our inner being that God created in us. Your worried about your weight and said that your eating healthy and still the same weight . So I would humbly suggested that you can go to your family doctor and ask to refer you to a dietician and learn more about our food intakes in our body specially if we wanna loose weight. I know that it is hard and we can’t do this on our own. But we need to do both with a willingness heart and soul n mind to do it and surrender all it to God. You can do it slowly one at a time and I can assure you that your progress is at work, slowly but surely. It needs times to reach our goals. Please find time to have a physical activities for your self by joining the health club in your area where you live. Also watch your sugar and sodium intake of what you eat. Make or cook your own food so that you can control your sodium n sugar intake in your body. Substitute tofu for your protein intake. Eat only a little piece of lean meat. White meat is recommended like chicken breast. Celery, cucumber , tomatoes , peppers are good snacks. Add a harboured egg to your salad or tuna and a little bit of cheese . You need to have a balance diet. Pleased ask your doctor before you do anything else about it. Your health is important as well as your safety when taking a diet food. Also please ask a friend to have a walk with you even in a 15 minutes of so on your free time. With a willingness heart we can do it. Please wear you active sports gear when you do your work out. If you at home wear your sports clothes and put your running shoes and play your music that will help you to move. Like those Zumba dance. Or you can join thou you tube. I pray that God will guide you and help you and give you a wisdom on how to do it and in making a decessions for all what you do. Surely God is with you wherever you go. God sees our heart and knows what we are going through. Remember tha what God started in your life he will bring it to finish. Philippians 1:6 says that He who begun a good work in you will carry it to completion until the days of Christ Jesus. Amen❤️
I am touched and blessed by reading all your articles on this Labor Day week ends. I thanks God for this holiday for I have time to sit and read God’s words. I thanks incourage for incourage us to share our though sand prayers and incourage to one another . I thanks God for your love and support to each other where we can expressed our feelings in this site. God is love and I am truly blessed.
Thank you Sarah Mae for this articles for sharing your life with us. My prayers for all of us that God will strengthen us at all times , protect us wherever we go. Knowing that He walk with us even in our lower or rocky roads or valley mountains that we are assign through everyday in our lives. Remember with God all things are possible to those who loved him. We are more than a conquerors because God is fighting for us in every seasons, every situations that we are facing for. If God is with us who can be against us. So let us trust God with all our hearts and let faith and hope arises in our hearts . Romans 12:12 says , Be joyful in hope, patient in affliction , faithful in prayer.
There’s so much in my heart to shares but toil then. Remember we need to pray, love and encourage to one another
Therefore encourage one another and build each other up, just as in fact you are doing .
God provides. Amen
Blessed Labor Day long week end everyone ❤️❤️❤️
Oh Paula how you’ve touched my heart.. blessings dear sweet woman of our Great God!
Paula Galang says
Thank You Sadie❤️
We’re here to encourage one another .
Blessings to you too and to all of us.
God, please let Ellen see herself as you truly see her. It sounds like she is part way there but she is your masterpiece! Continue to work in Ellens life to give her better self esteem and self love. Let her continue exercising and looking after her body, the body you so lovely stitched together in her mothers womb. She is beautiful, let her see that. Exercise is good for endorphins and the feel good serotonin, let Ellen continue on this path in addition to growing in her relationship with you. I ask these things in Jesus name, Amen.
Vanessa Ort says
PLEASE, I’m begging to someone to pray for my son, who’s at the Marines boot camp. He’s asking for prayers. Only four more weeks so he came become a US Marine. TIA
Yes, I understand about your son & will cover him & you with prayers. My oldest grandson (19) is at Army boot camp & I try not to worry & put him in God’s hands..tough to do, BUT GOD!
Praying that the Lord would be with your son. That your son will have his strength in the Lord.
Praying that the Lord would bless him and keep him safe and healthy. That your son would know who he is in Christ that he will not worry about “why” they do certain things at bootcamp but to trust the process. Praying for your peace as a Mom but know the Lord has him in His hands.
Lady M says
Please pray for my financial situation. I am in so much anxiety over it that I can barely function.
God, I know these worries only too well. I ask that you work in Lady M’s life and improve her financial situation. Please provide answers for her to move forward and to relieve the anxiety this problem is giving her. Show her the tools on how to tackle her financial situation and may you provide a miracle here which will strengthen her situation as only you can provide and will help Lady M. I ask these things in Jesus name, Amen.
Today I called all my financial contracts.. car insurance, cable tv and cell phone.. I was willing to stop them if I could and as business is business…. I lowered our monthly bills by $155!!! Call these institutions and believe me they will lower your payments as you can still have the service but not unless you ask and make them renegotiate! Blessings
Sarah Mae, Thank you so much for sharing this story of trusting our Lord and Savior with those tough decisions and situations. It touched me deeply. I am encouraged in my walk with God even though it “seems” He is saying no to my hearts ache right now, and is constantly encouraging me and bringing people and opportunities that are perfectly fitting to my needs. I ache for the loss of my marriage and an impending divorce. Please pray for God to heal and restore my marriage, but even more for the healing touch of Jesus on my husband and myself. Thank you.
I am three months postpartum and am struggling a bit with PPD. I am on medication, and definitely am not in despair or hopeless by any means. It’s just hard to feel down and more emotional than usual when you have joy. I love my family so much, my husband and kids, I’ve been blessed beyond words. So the way I have felt has not been how I want to feel.
On top of it all I had a family member be hurtful to me yesterday. And I’m struggling with it. It’s not someone who I can sit down with and have a convo about it either- they get defensive and turn it back on you. So today I’m just hurt. And trying to give it to God.
M, I’m sorry for your struggle and pray that all will be well.
Have a blessed day,
Post partum depression or depression is nothing to be ashamed of. I had it with two of my children. In terms of your friend or family member you need to turn the words back on them, I mean and you don’t need to sit down with them to do this, Whatever was said is their opinion and their problem. You need to perhaps address what was said but that is their problem, not yours. Sentences such as I am sorry you feel that way or that you have that problem. The persons opinion is just that their opinion, it should have no effect on you. I hope this comes across ok it is very hard to properly articulate but when having depression at the time, I used to take anything anyone said and take it on as my problem, thinking about it over and over, if you are doing this, stop. You are your own strong person and things will get better. Draw a line under what was said and then give it all to God.
God I pray that M can separate other peoples opinion as just that, their opinion. I pray you will work on her internally and build up her strength to see she is yours, worthy and fully loved. I pray she can move past these comments and will not take them on and let it hurt her even more. I pray she will give this and all other issues to you God and that you will resolve them, bringing strength and comfort to her wounded heart. I also pray for continual healing for her depression, its not easy but with you in her corner she can accomplish anything! I ask these things in Jesus name, Amen.
I will pray for your financial status to improve. I’ve been there and I know the toll it takes. Keep the faith, stay positive and hand over your burden to Jesus. He will help you-when you least expect it
Please pray for me. For over 35 yrs I’ve struggled with how to communicate with my husband. I just never seem to say the right thing at the right time and it always ends in an argument. Please give me patience and strength to continue trying and help me to remain hopeful. Often I am so lonely. Please somehow restore his respect of me, and lead us toward a more open, equal way of communicating. Thank you!
I pray that all will be well, and that with your husband you will learn a new way of communication.
Have a blessed day,
Dear God, please work in Kims life and marriage. Please give both the tools to communicate better and centre their life around you if possible. Kim is lonely Lord, please bring her companionship with her husband and bless their marriage to a happy one. I ask these things in Jesus name, Amen.
I would like to be married and be a wife (I’ve not even met somebody yet) but I feel scared and not prepared/ready to do those things even though I desperately desire them.
Wendy Garner says
Lou, I am praying for you. Praying for God’s love and peace to overflow in your heart and life so that you are ready/prepared for whatever/whoever God brings into your life. I pray that you will find your joy, wholeness, and satisfaction in Him as your soul mate and that you will have His eyes to see a godly, humble man when he arrives. That God will show you how to serve Him and fulfill the purpose and call He has on your life now and that IF it is His will you and your future husband will serve God better together than you ever could separate. Marriage is a beautiful thing, and I am thankful for my husband. God has put us together. But any time I have put my hope in my husband to fulfill me instead of God or expected too much of my husband, I have been heartbroken and disappointed. Not my husband’s fault, but my own. I pray that God’s love will fill you up until overflowing and that you will find your contentment in Him. And that in His perfect time and perfect way He will bring you a teachable, compassionate, God-fearing man who will strive to love you like God loves you. He placed this desire in your heart. Marriage is good. It is mostly sanctifying–to make you more like Christ. Wait on the LORD. He is always worth it! 🙂
“And that in His perfect time and perfect way He will bring you a teachable, compassionate, God-fearing man who will strive to love you like God loves you. He placed this desire in your heart” – this is my hope and prayer.
Yet in a world where internet dating seems the only option and you have to discern.
Please watch over Lou and guide her as she seeks her life partner. Give her confidence and help her to trust what her heart already knows. Please also give her peace as she continues on her journey.
Please pray that this depression will finally resolve. After several years of medications, therapy, magnet therapy and now ect I am improving but some days can barely get through what needs to be done to serve my family. They deserve a wife, mother, sister, daughter with a lighter heart. I’m convinced I could serve the world better if I just felt a little better. Thank you Lord for the progress I have already made. Thank you, thank you, thank you
Thank you Amy.
Praying your depression gives way as you continue to endure through it all.
Amber Grace says
Lou. I am praying for your heart and that you find peace within yourself. I too have to be ok with being alone. Listen to your heart and don’t settle. Ironically I’m going through a bad divorce with much betrayal from someone I never thought would do that to me. I have to rely on God to help me through it I’d never make it.
Oh Amber I am sorry. Lord, heal Amber’s heart and be with her in it all.
Please give Lou the courage and clarity to be able to move forward on her vision of becoming a wife and lifelong partner. I believe you will show her when her time is right. And probably when least expected.
Teresa Law says
Lord I hold up To You each of these Ladies to You! Each have hearts for You Lord but have situations and needs that are different. Each need prayers of strength and endurance to continue on theolans that you have made for Them. Let them See You every step of they way. Let them watch for You and Praise You each and every day. Lord help them feel Your Grace, Your Healing in physical,emotional,financial and in their soul. May each truly lay it all at Your
Feet and Walk Away Knowing that You have it and You know what it to come next. Let them stand strong inYou. May they all have hearts for You in their struggles. Lord show them that Your Agapy Love!
Lord We Praise You for all You do for us and the things we don’t even know of at the time we are going through our struggles. You are Our Great Healer of all things.
Thank you Lord
In Jesus Name I Pray
Please guide my sons to seeing clearly on their alcohol addictions. It breaks my heart to watch them destroy their relationships, their bodies and their souls. In Jesus name I pray. Amen.
In my 68 years I am finally learning that we don’t learn to trust God in a vacuum…..He will faithfully allow things in each believers life that will bring them to the place of having to LEARN trust Him in a hard place. But it is so worth it because we then know Him more deeply and sweetly.
I’m sorry, I missed that this was for prayer requests. May God minister to Tami as s mother trusting You Jesus with her sons. Help her love them unconditionally and offer them to you Jesus with open hands, palms up. Save her sons from themselves. You Jesus have allowed her a front tow seat to watching you do miracles. Thank you that you leave the 99 to go after the one….or two
Please pray for guidance in my life as far a career, family and just life. For two years I’ve been struggling to find my way in this world. Never feeling like I belong anywhere not even with my family. I accept that he created us all different and I embrace who I am. I have repeatedly cried out for guidance and answers…………..trying to understand why we are all here and what we are all really doing in this world with so much hurt and pain. I am a person who loves life and laughter……….Every time I go on a mission trip into another country and return back here in the states these feelings and emotions get magnify.
Praying for you! That he will lead and you will follow, all in his perfect timing!
I have spent the better part of last 3 decades committed to raising my children for God’s glory. When my daughter came home traumatized by the “sex education” she received in public school in 3rd grade, I becan a journey of home schooling, Committed to being the greatest human influence in my children’s lives, I have home schooled all of my children, including the 3 we adopted after our 3rd was a senior in High School.
Last November, after a year of despondency and unexplained distance, my beautiful only daughter told me she does not believe the same way as we do, and is living happily with her boyfriend (who we never heard of).
Less than 2 weeks ago, I discovered my 21 year old son who is in the army, who I believed was living a godly life, is living like the basest of heathens, partaking in things that would shock anyone…not just a homeschooling wife of a pastor. He won’t even speak to us.
I have lived for Jesus, and my greatest desire for my children was for them to do the same, in what ever way he called them.
I am completely broken-hearted. Please pray for my son and my daughter, that they turn back to Christ. Please pray for our 3 young boys that they follow Jesus, and the enemy does not steal them away.
Please pray that I can continue to answer His call and do not get so discouraged, that I am defeated. I know God is always good, and I know that since mu husband and I answered the call to enter into full-time ministry as a church planter and pastor, the enemy has gotten more interested in our family. But he is NOT greater than our awesome God! Please pray for our family. Thank you!
Paula Galang says
Kelly my dear❤️
Keep trusting the Lord with all your heart and do not give up. Romans 8:28 says And we know that in all things God works for the good of those who love him, who have been called according to his purpose. It reminds me the book of Job about your situation . You need to be strong and Be Still that knowing God is with you wherever you go or no matter what we are going through. Romans 8:37-39 says, No, in all these things we are more than conquerors through him who loved us. For I am convinced that neither death nor life, neither angels no demons, neither the present nor the future, nor any powers, neither height nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God that is in Christ Jesus our Lord. Amenremember Satan has no right to take away of your children’s Beacause their belong to Jesus. Be at Guard and always keep them in your prayers that God will shield them from the hands of the enemy . Don’t let the enemy to steal and destroy your family. My prayers for your family that the Lord will protects you at all times and give you peace. Remember my dear do not give up for the Lord is with you wherever you go❤️
It makes me angry — it seems you gave up and your husband did not give up anything — there is a thing called mutual submission — has he changed at all? The bills will always be there – your only sister is precious.
My husband has been unemployed for nearly seven years, and I’d have to say he isn’t looking, while I work FT, teach a class, and have also just ended a very long season of elder care. Please pray that his heart would be stirred to get moving into an active job search, that he would get a job that he likes and will stay at long-term, that he will start providing for his family and take some of the burden off of me.
Paula Galang says
EarlyBird my dear❤️
Praying that the Lord will strengthen you spiritually , emotionally, physically and bless you financially. I see for seven years your husband is unemployed . Truly God grace is sufficient enough for those 7 long years that your the only one to support your family. Truly God is so faithful into our lives. I pray to the Lord that God will touch your husband heart and he will remember that he has a big responsibility to take good care and provide for his family. Father God may you grant him a job that he desires and for a long terms until he retire. May you give him a strength upon streghth and will trust you with all of his heart. Lord You know what his going through , may you guide him and give him a wisdom in all he does and in making a wise decision for his family. Father God I prayed for this couple that you bind them together in Faith , streghthen them to one another . Lord I lift up Earlybird unto You that she may find peace and rest in You while she’s entrusting everything unto You Lord. Lord you know their needs? You are Jehova jirah our provider. In this pray in Your mighty name Jesus. Amen.
Earlybird kindly talk to your husband and encourage him to move and start to hunt a job. If you needed to push him, push him. I’m saying this with the love of the Lord. God bless your heart Earlybird❤️❤️❤️
So do not fear, for I am with you; do not be dismayed, for I am your God. I will streghthen you and help you; I will uphold you with my righteous righ hand.
Be strong and courageous . Do not be afraid; do not be discouraged, for the Lord you God will be with you wherever you go.
Blessings to your family
Loretta Lamb says
I need your prayers for me to discern what God has for my husband and myself to do in our future. I have been in a wheel chair for three months. Two trips to the hospital for 5 days each and twenty days in a convalescent care center, then at home for two months . In addition to congestive heart failure twice, I fell and broke my left leg in three places. I seems hard to focus on what I am able to do now. I have taught a couples Sunday School class in various places over the last 40 years and now I feel adrift in a sea of sharks. I desperately need to hear God’s voice for serving Him in the future. Thanks for your generous offer of prayers for us.
Paula G says
Loretta my dear
Let’s begin to Philippians 4:6-7 says;
Do not be anxious about everything , but in every situation , by prayer and petition with thanksgiving, present your request to God. (7) and the peace of God, which transcends all understanding , will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus. Amen. My prayer for you that God will open the eyes of your heart and your husband heart so that you will see Him through that Jesus is walking with you no matter what you are going through. We are all passing valley roads in our lives . Each and everyone of us are facing trials. But God is there for us to hold us and embrace us with His gracious hands . His steadfast love for us are new every morning. Great is Thy faithfulness in our lives. His mercy and grace never ends when we come to Him boldly with a humble heart, surely He will listen to us because we are His children’s and longing to hear from us. God is hearing your voice , so just come to Him. Worship him and Praise him with your voice. Sing unto Him , pour your heart unto Him . The only way we can hear and feel God’s voice is to worship Him by reading his words. Have a fellowship to one another . You can read The Psalm , the song of David and Proverbs each day . Draw to him closer at anytime no matter what you do. You know I always feel the Holy Spirit at work and hearing His voice. God is our greatest healer . Exodus 15:26 says that He is the God that health thee and He is the Lord our healer . Go on you tube and listen to Don Moens Praise and worship song; surely you will feel God voice .
Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding ; in all your ways acknowledge Himand he will make your path straight . Amen
Now to him who is able to do immeasurably more than all we ask or imagine According to his power that is at work with in us. Amen
Remember that each and everyone of us God has a greater things in store for us. So this a head or I front of us. So I speak blessings upon blessings in your life inJesus name . Amem.
Trust God heart and in His time he will makes all things beautiful . Just cast all your cares to Him and God will do the rest . Shalom peace be with you Loretta.
In His hands and blessings
I needed this article! Similar situation: our niece is getting married in October 14 hours (by car) away from us. We had originally planned a big family road trip with some sightseeing on the way back. After careful reflection, I realized we just couldn’t afford it. Not the trip, the extra vacation – not even the new tires for my car that are needed, with or without the trip. We are currently saving for the tires so we don’t need to incur more debt. Tonight, my resolve was weak, thinking *maybe* there would be some way… Thank you for reminding me of what is important.
Oh Carmen, God’s timing is always amazing. I just love that about Him! I once heard it called His “mercy of confirmation”. God will honor and bless your seeking His will to make wise choices. If He plans for you to go, He will make a way and it will be clear. If not, I pray He gives you peace. God Bless!
My husband has moved back home after a separation. Praise be to God, this is truly a miracle!! Please pray for us as we restablish our relationship, for love and trust to abound and for my fears to be swept away. Satan is on the attack and I am constantly battling fear of the future. Praying God uses our story for His glory in helps my others. Thank you.
Loretta Lamb says
God never wastes our difficulties no matter how hard. He will see you through this if you don’t give up. We cannot be of help to others unless we have a path behind us that was strewn with joys and sorrows. You will gain wisdom through your trials . That wisdom, shared with others will change lives. You might want to look up on the internet “prayers to pray for my husband” . You will get a good list of scriptures that you can pray back to God. Wishing you much joy in your marriage. God is with you in this.