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the past few days have been quite interesting with the Lord.  sunday’s sermon was about the Nearness of God and my pastor made one point that has been sticking out in my head A LOT: the nearness of God is SAFETY. and he said when we begin to experience fear we tend to go into plan mode. we plan what to do and how to do it to rid ourselves of the fear. when in fact, what we should do is pause, stop and draw near to God. yesterday the Lord took me to psalm 27. when i got to the end of the psalm, it was as if the final verse screamed at me:

Wait for the LORD;
be strong and take heart
and wait for the LORD.

then this morning i read from good old oswald chambers’ devotional my utmost for His highest and this really stood out to me:

Our problems arise when we refuse to place our trust in the reality of His presence.

as i’ve been waiting on the Lord, feeling quite challenged to be still, trust, and know He is near, i began to wonder: if more people knew they could access the power of the Almighty, would they then believe? if people understood that the most amazing mystery of Christianity is that the Almighty, All-Powerful God of the Universe really does want to talk to them, to engage with them and give them the ultimate freedom for life that can only come from Him. if people knew that as mere human beings we can access that power and His infinite wisdom, would they want it? would they consider knowing Jesus?

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“It is not enough to begin to pray, nor to pray aright; nor is it enough to continue for a time to pray; but we must patiently, believingly continue in prayer until we obtain an answer; and further, we have not only to continue in prayer unto the end, but we have also to believe that God does hear us and will answer our prayer. Most frequently we fail in not continuing in prayer until the blessing is obtained, and in not expecting the blessing.” – George Müller

Oh Lord, help me to put this into practice.

I have an insane listing of blogs I read on a daily/every-other-day basis. It’s totally ridiculous and I think I need to cut back. But I’m just not sure who to cut?? I’ve cut the blogs that I was only following because they angered me and got me fired up on certain issues that I was determined to blog against… you might now be wondering, really? You blogged “against” other blogs. Confession: nope, never did. Every time I tried it was like God gave me writers block. Which I knew was from Him because every rebuttal post sounded so eloquent and perfect in my head. But alas, when I tried to get it on the virtual paper, it never penned well. Never ever. I’m so grateful God saves me from myself ;-)

I also cut the blogs that I was following simply for nosey, snooping reasons—decided that wasn’t cool either…

So I know I need to cut some more, but not sure what my criteria should be now, nor who should really go… and then today, I read one that hit home with me. This blog will not be cut. It hit home because this blogger put herself out there and made herself vulnerable, she blogged about prayer requests. And real ones. Not the, “sure, I’d like prayer. Could you pray for my second cousin’s dog who may need a really expensive surgery?” Nothing against dogs or second cousins, but really?? Someone asks you if they can pray for you and your biggest concern is your second cousin’s dog? Captain Obvious here, you need prayer more than the dog does.

Self: you need prayer more than this fictional person you’re blogging about… hmm…

So back to the blogger I was talking about. Her blog is called In the Name of Love and I don’t remember how I found it. It might have been through the (in)courage blog actually, even the blogging world is a small world. But like I said, she asked for prayer for some major things in her life, and it was really refreshing to read. She’s in ministry full-time, she is incredibly articulate, she’s well-educated, she tackles issues of the day with grace and dignity, yep, she’s beautiful, and I’m pretty sure if I met her I’d like her. Her online presence is a great example to me, her writing is compelling and I’ve watched a few of her speeches/sermons, her passion for Jesus is contagious. She’s a really great role model for me (we’re probably the same age…).

Okay, so, why I’m blogging about this blogger is because of her transparency. And because she seems like someone “who has it altogether” yet she’s admitted, she still needs prayer. So I thought why not follow suit and steal one of her prayer requests as well, it rings so true for me too. So, if you’re reading this blog and wouldn’t mind praying for me, that would be such a blessing.

  1. As worded by Bianca:  “I want to be faithful like David, but I’m a sign-seeking Gideon. I want signs for signs. What I really need is faith. More faith.”
  2. After two years of living together my roommate who also happens to be one of my bestest friends is moving out. We both know this is the Lord’s timing but it is really hard. It’s a huge step of faith for both of us.
  3. My boyfriend (ah! I mentioned him on this blog, it’s the first time ever―how’s that for transparency! Totally laughing at myself right now, this is ridiculous—although if you know our story you know it’s not that ridiculous that I would hold out on mentioning him, but that’s a looong story for another time) is in the homestretch of tax season. I’ve learned from him that today, March 15, is a HUGE tax day for corporations so while I was enjoying beautiful Mexico, he was literally working until midnight every night… I would greatly appreciate prayers for him and prayers for creative ways that I can show him support in this time and not be the naggy girlfriend when he’s working six (sometimes seven) days a week and is doing his darndest to seek God every day, stay in the word, faithful to prayer, lead our relationship, be a diligent employee, and attentive to every other role he plays in this life.
  4. I’m totally insecure about my friendships and need to seek the Lord more on why and how to get over it… I’ve never been like that before but I think that’s because I had an insatiable pride issue (although being insecure about this stuff is still pride, hmm, vicious cycle!)
  5. We’re moving into some pretty exciting plans for the women’s ministry at church, would love wisdom, discernment and sensitivity to what God wants for His women.

So those are my most pressing requests right now. I’ve noticed the longer I walk this life of faith, the more aware I am of my inabilities. The hard part: walking out my faith with humble gratitude and not intense self-doubt and dislike. He made me and while I seek to become more like Him I need to remind myself He loves me and cherishes me just the way I am. It’s a hard concept for this thick head to grasp.

If you’d like to leave a prayer request in the comments, I would love the privilege of praying for you. It can be anonymous or you can be transparent… it’s up to you! I won’t judge either way ;-)

i read this prayer this morning and thought i’d share. it is beautiful.

Lord, make me an instrument of your peace;
where there is hatred, let me sow love;
where there is injury, pardon;
where there is doubt, faith;
where there is despair, hope;
where there is darkness, light;
and where there is sadness, joy.

O Divine Master,
grant that I may not so much seek to be consoled as to console;
to be understood, as to understand;
to be loved, as to love;
for it is in giving that we receive,
it is in pardoning that we are pardoned,
and it is in dying that we are born to Eternal Life.

Amen.

– St. Francis of Assisi

i came across this in a newsletter i get at work and had to share… i’m sure this is nothing new to a lot of people, but it sure was to me. maybe i like it so much because i have such “close ties” to moody, or maybe it’s because i just LOVE seeing God in the details… regardless, it is pretty stinkin’ amazing!

On July 1, 1885, Edward Kimble felt constrained to share his faith with a young shoe salesman he knew. That day Dwight L. Moody prayed and received Jesus Christ as Savior.

Several years later a pastor and well-known author by the name of Frederick B. Meyer heard Moody preach. He was so deeply stirred by Moody’s preaching that he himself embarked on a far-reaching evangelistic ministry.

At one of Meyer’s speaking engagements a college student named Wilbur Chapman accepted Christ. He later employed a baseball player to help him prepare to conduct an evangelistic crusade.

In 1924 a group of business men invited that ballplayer, Billy Sunday, to hold an evangelistic campaign in Charlotte, North Carolina, which resulted in many people coming to Christ. Out of that revival meeting a group of men formed a men’s prayer group to pray for the world.

They prayed for Charlotte to have another great revival. God sent another evangelist named Mordecai Hamm to the city in 1934.

On one of the last nights under the big tent, 75 years ago this November 1, a lanky 16-year old walked up the aisle to receive Christ. That young man’s name was Billy Graham.

so the week after i started praying before every reading assignment, every homework assignement, every time i sat down to do anything for class, this is what happens:

i got the only A- in the class on our assignment! no way! yeah, totally wild and crazy and totally from the Lord.

His power is made perfect in my weakness for sure :-)

Literally, I copied this from my journal:

In class right now as I write this. My “ah-ha” moment: I have to PRAY before I do my assignments!! I am not relying on God to bring me through this class!

[written a few moments later]

So another “ah-ha” moment – I find Dr. J so frustrating as he likes to prove his points in ways that annoy me, but I’m seeing the lessons the Lord is trying to teach me in this – SUBMISSION! Even this evening Dr. J was talking about how we don’t submit to the Scriptures and it occurred to me that I don’t want to submit to his teaching style :-( And I find I’m becoming rather rude about all this, like laughing at him class (in my head of course – although who am I kidding, I wear what I am thinking on my face), crossing my arms, thinking things like I don’t need this… But the Lord led me to this, Dr. J is much more knowledgeable than me and I must learn to submit!

so dr. j likes to give us rather out of the box homework assignments and sometimes, as i mentioned in my previous post, we submit them for the entire class to read and other times just for him. this was one of the assignments we had to submit just to him, a prayer for the semester addressing our hopes and fears. i thought i might as well share it since i bared it all in my last post :- )

Oh Holy Spirit,

I am so painfully aware that there is nothing I can do on my own. So painfully aware that not by my might but by Your Spirit is anything possible. I have such a desire to know the Word, to know my Father and to be a fruitful part of His Kingdom. The greatest privilege is to be able to serve and be a part of bringing His children unto Him, but oh Holy Spirit, I am so afraid of this next step you have lead me to.

I am a rather linear thinker Holy Spirit, and I know you brought me into a class with a professor who is quite the opposite of me on purpose. It has not been lost on me that You, who desire me to face my fears; you who desire for me to watch You move me over them and through them, would place me in a class where I must be vulnerable.

Oh Holy Spirit, I ask you this day for a holy boldness. I am so afraid of looking dumb, of not measuring up to the rest of the class. You Holy Spirit, You know how I process things slower than the average individual; You, Holy Spirit know how I clam up in an academic setting—draw close to me in this season. Let every victory bring the Father glory and may this season bring me closer to You. Make me more like my Lord and Savior and let this class serve as a tool to bring me to a place that I might be used to bring Your children into closer relationship with you. Let this be the beginning of an explosion in the ministry You have called me to.

I ask all this and believe all this in the Mighty Name of the Most High God, Jesus Christ—Amen!

For all of you who read this blog please accept my apology for how long it has been since I updated it… life around me has been changing quite a bit and last week I was in the mountains of Wyoming with no access to Internet or cell phones (it was a HUGE blessing and I’ll blog about that soon).

But now I am back and I am watching this life of mine move forward in many unanticipated directions. Well, let me rephrase that, I am watching various circumstances of this life of mine change quite dramatically but I know all this change is moving me forward on the path the Lord has chosen for me.

I know vagueness is no fun, but I’m not at liberty to discuss some of this change, but it’s basically on all fronts―personal, professional and ministry-related.  And how I am going to manage all this I’m not quite sure. I do know beyond a shadow of a doubt that the Lord would not lead me into this season if He wasn’t going to lead me out – and lead me out victoriously.

So as I rest in His peace and seek Him during this season I ask anyone who reads this blog to please keep me in your prayers. The Lord’s purposes are greater than my understanding and I am eager to see what He is doing. I know full well that He will reveal His purposes in His perfect timing and I have nothing to be anxious about. Praise God for His loving hand and gentle leading. I am blessed to know my God.

Isaiah 26:3

You will keep in perfect peace
him whose mind is steadfast,
because he trusts in you.

i’ve been reading through the book of hebrews for a little while now and it has been such a blessing. one of the many things i love about the Bible is you can read the same passage over and over again, set it down and even not come back to it for a year or so, and when you pick it back up, the Lord exposes new truths and ministers to you in new ways.

this week He opened my eyes to the following verses:

hebrews 10:36 – You need to persevere so that when you have done the will of God, you will receive what he has promised. (emphasis mine)

and then hebrews 11:17-19 – By faith Abraham, when God tested him, offered Isaac as a sacrifice. He who had received the promises was about to sacrifice his one and only son, even though God had said to him, “It is through Isaac that your offspring will be reckoned.” Abraham reasoned that God could raise the dead, and figuratively speaking, he did receive Isaac back from death. (emphasis mine)

and even still hebrews 11:32-33 – And what more shall I say? I do not have time to tell about Gideon, Barak, Samson, Jephthah, David, Samuel and the prophets, who through faith conquered kingdoms, administered justice, and gained what was promised; who shut the mouths of lions… (emphasis mine)

these verses jumped out at me because of the word PROMISE. God NEVER takes back His promise. when we step out in faith, when we push through, when we fight for an undivided heart, when we believe Him for what might seem impossible, He WILL give us what He has promised.

this was such a sweet word for me this week and i hope for anyone that might read this post, it might encourage you as well. our God is a God that will not hold back from His people.

romans 8:28 – 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.

He is faithful and as we delight in Him, He delights in us and He does give us the desires of our hearts. the Lord is taking me down an unfamiliar road right now, yet all to familiar at the same time… it’s as if He’s saying, look, i made promises to you, you have forgotten, but I have not. Whoa!

if you feel you are in a similar boat, take heart. He is faithful, we must persevere and when we have done His will we will receive what He has promised!

psalm 20

May the LORD answer you when you are in distress;
may the name of the God of Jacob protect you.

May he send you help from the sanctuary
and grant you support from Zion.

May he remember all your sacrifices
and accept your burnt offerings.
Selah

May he give you the desire of your heart
and make all your plans succeed.

We will shout for joy when you are victorious
and will lift up our banners in the name of our God.
May the LORD grant all your requests.

Now I know that the LORD saves his anointed;
he answers him from his holy heaven
with the saving power of his right hand.

Some trust in chariots and some in horses,
but we trust in the name of the LORD our God.

They are brought to their knees and fall,
but we rise up and stand firm.

O LORD, save the king!
Answer us when we call!

a little more than a month ago i went back to connecticut to hang with my family and meet my new niece (who is sooo stinkin’ cute!). one evening we had some folks over for a barbecue. on the menu – my mom’s potato salad. which, in my opinion, is the BEST potato salad in the world. yes, the entire world :-)

the thing is though, i like it cold and the rest of the fam likes it room temperature. despite this knowledge, i asked my mom anyway if we were going to chill it before we serve it. her response, “oh that’s right, you like it cold. everyone else seems to like it warm but i can put a bowl in the fridge for you so you can have it cold.” i said, “oh no, that’s okay.”

i simply didn’t want to inconvenience my mom. everyone else likes it warm, i don’t need to be the difficult one and add more work to the process of preparing for this barbecue.

well, the barbecue came and went. everything was so tasty as always, and when it was time to clean-up we headed in the house and got to work. i was putting away the leftovers when i opened the fridge and there was a bowl of potato salad. my mom had prepared a separate bowl just for me so i could have mine cold. but i didn’t look for it before we sat down to eat. i can’t tell you how sweet it was to me that she did that. such a small gesture, but so intentional and thoughtful. even though i’m the only one who likes it cold, she thought to set aside a bowl just for me.

lately i’ve noticed i do the same with the Lord. i settle for warm potato salad. i have deep desires that i look forward to seeing filled, yet i don’t necessarily ask for them. and why don’t i ask? because i look at other people’s lives and see they have much greater needs than i do. and the current situation or circumstance i might find myself in really isn’t that bad. so why should i ask to be moved from where i am, it’s not that bad? and that’s just it. God wants to give us the cold potato salad. even though warm is still good, cold is better. even though life isn’t hard, even though i might find myself content with where i am, that doesn’t mean get comfortable. that doesn’t mean stop asking God for the deepest desires of my heart.

who knew potatoe salad could be so profound.

matthew 7:7-8 – Ask and it will be given to you; seek and you will find; knock and the door will be opened to you. For everyone who asks receives; he who seeks finds; and to him who knocks, the door will be opened.

Women are beautiful, and God intentionally made us that way. But there is something that happens to a woman when she is finally set free. When she relinquishes control to her Savior, her Abba Father, her King, she glows in such a way that only He can make her glow. She has a peace and grace that leave you wanting what she has. It spurs you on to seek your God to know Him intimately, to desire to be like Him. You wonder, what does she have that I don’t have?What she has is the assurance that she is loved, she is delighted in and she was created for a purpose. Most likely she has fought the battle and fought hard, knowing the war was won on the Cross. She has cried, prayed and begged her way through the valley, clutching at every Word her Father gave her along the way. Even when she didn’t feel His presence she trusted He was there. She learned how to take her thoughts captive and how to cling to what was true no matter how she was feeling, no matter how dark and lonely the valley may have seemed. She fell in love with her Lord more and more as she trusted His Word and He came through every time.

No matter how she felt at any given moment, she went back to the Truth and it did indeed set her free. And now, she stands in the victory that was hers along. She walks with grace and dignity and has put shame and despair behind her. And she will comfort those who need comfort in the same way she has been comforted by her Father. She will use her victory to bring her sister to victory. She will not be ashamed of her past, or the scars she may bear because of it, but rather walk alongside others, bringing them to their victory. And one day she will see, even her scars have been healed.

That is why I love women’s ministry. To come alongside and watch a woman as she goes through this experience is one of the greatest joys on this earth. Women are beautiful, but when they meet with the Loving God, when they fight the battle that has been won for them, and they don’t give up, there is an unexplainable beauty and grace that comes upon them.

a few months ago i posted an entry about my next mountain adventure, the grand teton. my partner in crime this go around, my roommate, asked me what i felt the Lord was saying about us going. i looked at her like she had two heads and proceeded to tell her nothing… because i hadn’t asked!

in that moment i could feel the Lord “looking” at me and i remembered a day last summer, while training to summit mt. rainier, when i realized i had jumped into that adventure and not once asked the Lord if it was His will for me to do it. it had never occurred to me to seek His will for something like that. sure, to go on a missions trip or take a job, serve in a ministry… all those seemed like times when i should seek the Lord’s will. but to climb a mountain? really?

it was then i realized, my time is not my own no matter the situation. every minute of every day belongs to Him and is on loan to me. and up until that realization while training for rainier, i realized the Lord had been blessing me and my training efforts despite the fact that i never asked Him if i should take on that adventure. in His kind, gentle nature He blessed it in spite of me. and it was at that moment i promised not to do anything without the Lord’s permission first.

needless to say, in my eagerness to embark on another mountainous adventure, i forgot to ask the Lord’s will. so when shelly said, what do you hear the Lord saying about it? i was dumbfounded. i had forgotten what He had so gently asked me to do.

so for the next few days and weeks i sought the Lord’s will. i had no peace about the climb. something about it wasn’t sitting right in my spirit and i knew this wasn’t the Lord’s will.

and then one day, in my quiet time with Him, i heard, “let me provide your adventure.”

to which of course i said, “ok, let’s talk mountains.”

but God doesn’t work that way. but He does give us peace when we are in His will. i have no idea what kind of adventure He wants to take me on, especially considering i feel like just living life in Him is an adventure. but i do know, whatever it is, it’s gonna be incredible!

when i moved to chicago and started to find my way back to church my roommate at the time and still very dear friend and i prayed for solid Christian friends. after all, the Bible says as “as iron sharpens iron, so one man sharpens another.”

well just as His word also promises, He has done exceedingly and abundantly more than i think either of us could have asked or imagined.

i can say with utter confidence, that each of these women the Lord has blessed me with knowing, are incredible. every single one possesses qualities that challenge me to love my God more and to be more like Christ. all of them have a desire for one thing, to follow-hard after God and stick to His pleasing and perfect will for their lives.

when the israelites went to battle, with joshua leading the way, moses stood on the top of the hill overlooking the valley where they fought. as long as his arms were raised the israelites could take ground, when he got tired and his arms fell, they would lose ground. in comes aaron and hur, right by moses’ side, holding his arms high, and by the end of the day, the israelites won (exodus 17).

i am forever grateful and thankful to my Lord for all my girls. like joshua they will fight the battle for me if i need them too, like aaron and hur, they will give me strength and support when i grow weary, and like moses, they will encourage me and watch over me when i am in battle. truly, they are some of the greatest blessings in my life.

recently i’ve had some encounters with my past, if you will, and the Lord in His sovereignty used them to open a chapter in my life that i thought i had finished. i thought i had prayed through, cried through, laughed through, endured through this chapter all the way to the end. but apparently this chapter has it’s own epilogue. and this epilogue has it’s own title: FORGIVE.

i’ve sat through many sermons and even read a book or two on forgiveness, and each time, no joke, i thought wow, i’m so thankful i was never hurt, betrayed, abandoned, etc. to such a degree that i “couldn’t” forgive. apparently i’m not as self-aware as i thought i was.

so right now, i’m praying that the Lord would help me to forgive one last time, truly move on from this chapter, and into the blessing that i know awaits :-) the problem, there is a part of me that almost likes holding on to this small amount of bitter unforgiveness. i know, sick right? it’s like this weird comfort of getting to hold on to the nasty thing of the past, remind myself of it to make me feel bigger and better than the offender. when in reality, all it does is slowly create and deepen a gap between me and my God.

i don’t know how long it will take to move beyond this last little bit. i feel like i’m only in the introduction of this epilogue, but i am confident in the God i serve and know that He will guide me and show me how to do this. i have been forgiven much that i might forgive much. now to make that real.

matthew 18:15-35

a couple weeks ago i blogged about attending two weddings in one weekend. well my friend laura, whose wedding i stood in that weekend, just sent us the pics. i had to share this one with you:

the greatest privilege i had that day, greater than standing in her wedding, greater than reading the Word of the Lord during the ceremony, was getting to pray with her and for her and her marriage. i am so grateful to the Lord for providing that precise moment amidst the busyness of the day for us to have this time together. once again, i had asked the Lord for this privilege, and He provided. what an incredibly loving God I serve. and what a wonderful friendship i have with laura. i thank God for her.

here’s another one from her wedding that i just had to include because it is hysterical!

don’t know what was so funny, i think it’s just ’cause we ran, and i mean ran down the stairs for our introduction…

an email from my dear roommate, please read and pray like your life depended on it.

“He has delivered us from such a deadly peril, and he will deliver us. On him we have set our hope that he will continue to deliver us”

Friends,

If you have not already read on Catherine Marie’s blog, she had a really bad night last night. Catherine stopped breathing last night and was intebated…Katie, Donnie and our Sweet One need our prayers. We have been blessed to see so many great strides forward, by our Lord’s grace and again we continue to believe for more. There is such a battle waging in Katie’s heart, as you read her blog, that is wrestling with “is this the right thing? is it cruel? is it selfish?”…Such accusations only come from the “accuser of the brethren” and the Enemy’s accusations are ever persistant, unrelenting and the pinnacle of cruel. Satan’s wounds can go deep and cause confusion and doubt. The audacity for satan to accuse us, the children of God, to the face of God is boggling to me! But our Lord loves us SO much, He loves Katie and Donnie with a deep, everlasting love that He has cast satan down (Rev. 12:10,11).

For this family, and what we believe God to continue to do, “deliver Catherine”, “let us then stand firm” with the Truth of God, praying in the spirit on all occasions with ALL requests, taking up the Sword and allowing the Peace of God to make us immoveable.

I really encourage you to get together with someone today and pray, because Christ says, “if two of you on earth agree about anything you ask for, it will be done for you by my Father in heaven”. Let us believe for a complete healing and peace to fall on Catherine, Katie and Donnie.

Friends, please don’t think I am belittling the reality of all that’s going on. My heart is broken and if I could crawl under my desk and cry, I totally would! The desire to question “why” can easily creep in, BUT I must remember in times like these that God is Faithful. And in being faithful, He is unchanging–He doesn’t change like the shifting shadows (James 1:17). He is love and He is a lavisher of the purest and sweetest love at ALL times. He is mighty to save–just because the circumstances have changed doesn’t mean He has, amen?

Lord Jesus we bless your name still, because it is in your Holy Name that we have any hope, any confidence any comfort. Oh Jesus, we look to You, for where does our help come from? We trust in the Name of the Lord our God. Bless us with greater faith as we enter in to battle with our petitions for the Davis family and for the complete deliverance of Sweet Catherine. We truly walk by faith, in hope against hope, refuting lies being thrown at Katie and Donnie. May your great peace abound, cover and protect them all of their days, O’mighty fortress and strong tower. We love you Jesus–our hope is in You today.

Thank you again for fighting in the Spirit

catherine marie

i believe in a God who is still in the miracle-making business. and now is the time for a miracle. i’ve never met katie or donnie but living with shelly i feel like i know them. and as strange as it might seem to post this right now, i know our God listens to the cries of His people and it is those cries that move His hand.

so, please pray for katie and catherine marie, as she has made her debut earlier than planned.

Lord, i have no idea why this happens to people, i have no idea why little catherine marie would get to spend 9 months with her mommy but possibly no more. i don’t know why katie and donnie’s first baby had to come into the world in this manner. but you are sovereign, you are righteous and you are holy. i trust you in this Lord and ask that you would make your presence so real to katie and donnie in the next few minutes and hours. prepare them for your plan Lord, whatever that might be and Lord, comfort them.

be with shelly as well Lord. there is no doubt in my mind Lord, that you have been preparing her to be the support they need before she even knew katie and donnie. may she possess a confidence like esther Lord, a confidence that only comes from you, for such a time is this.

i trust you Lord and love you Lord. no words are adequate for such a sitution, but you see the hearts of your people and the thoughts in our minds. show-off tonight Lord, baffle the hundreds and thousands that have already been touched by this little baby’s life. show-off tonight, wonderful and merciful Savior! make your glory known to all who believe and to all who don’t!

i’ve written about katie and donnie before and the intense, unimaginable situation they are in right now. katie is one of my roommate’s best friends and although i have never met her before, i feel like i know her through shelly. katie is three weeks away from delivering catherine marie and i ask all of you who read this blog to lift her, donnie and their precious little girl up in prayer. it is time to storm the gates of heaven on behalf of this beautiful family. prayer moves the hand of God and His words tells us to approach His throne boldy, so please, be bold and pray to our miracle working God that He would do just that in this situation, perform a great miracle.

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i felt like i could keep going if i had to! this saturday we hiked up and down those stairs we have come to know all too well for most of those nine hours and i actually felt “good” afterwards. it was incredible!

i had the worst attitude when we started too. i mean the worst! i’m usually pretty good at embracing the “suck it up, you have to do it” attitude. but for some reason, i was seriously resisting finding anything good in this pending nine hour pilgrimage. i was totally stuck on the fact that i was going to be hiking longer than i am typically at work. and then i was also thinking about how i have run three marathons and none of that training requires this much of me. so see, my attitude was HORRIBLE!

but alas (oh how i love to say that) the Lord blessed our obedience and showed me that i just might be physically ready for this challenge!

if you read this blog (which clearly you are right now) i ask that you please pray for pia and i when it comes to summit. we have been diligently working our little tails off, but we are at the mercy of altitude adjustment and weather. if you have bee reading this blog with any kind of consistency, you know as well that i believe in a God who is mightier than the weather man, and made the mountain we are hoping to stand on top of. so i trust, that if it is the Lord’s will He will get us up there safely : )

thanks for your support and prayers as we come into the home stretch of this incredible adventure!

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