Lord, Be Loud

 

Lord, be loud

This past week, one of my Hello Mornings Sisters shared an answer to prayer.  Her mom’s health had plagued her for 25 years with no accurate diagnosis or treatment plan.  Miraculously, all of that changed in one day.  Lydia shared that before the appointment with the specialist, she had prayed a short prayer:  “Lord, be loud.”

The doctor diagnosed Lydia’s mom and prescribed medication,  Within 25 minutes of taking her meds, Lydia’s mom felt significantly better for the first time in over two decades.

This 3-word prayer dropped into my heart as I read Lydia’s praise report.  That night, I lay in bed praying this prayer over my family and friends.

Lord, be loud in the ear of my loved one who doesn’t know you.

Lord, be loud in that hospital room on behalf of my brother in Christ .

Lord, be loud in my home and marriage.

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“Bold prayers honor God, and God honors bold prayers.

God isn’t offended by your biggest dreams or boldest prayers.

He is offended by anything less.

If your prayers aren’t impossible to you,

they are insulting to God.”

Mark Batterson, The Circle Maker

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“Let us therefore come boldly to the throne of grace,

that we may obtain mercy

and find grace to help in time of need.”

Hebrews 4:16, NKJV

Q4U:  Do you have a  story about how God answered your bold prayer?  Do have a “Lord, be loud” prayer rising in your heart today?  Feel free to share in the comments so that we may rejoice with you or pray over your request.

Joining like-minded sisters today at Women Living Well, Three-Word Wednesday,  Soli Deo Gloria, Hear it on Sunday: Use it on Monday and Playdates with God, Faith-Filled Friday,  Thought-Provoking Thursday,  Thriving Thursdays, and Tell His Story.

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Photo Credit:  Prangdao Nupradit

On Surrender

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This space has been quiet this week.  Life has been very hectic.  My husband is in the middle of his busy season.  His friend is staying with us to help with the work load.  I have cooked up a storm to feed my two hungry, hard workers.  I am thankful that I am able to serve my husband in this way.

Just one year ago, I was so ill that I could barely manage to brush my teeth We prayed for God’s healing.  I asked the elders at church to pray over me and anoint me with oil, and two brothers stood with me, laid hands on me, and lifted their hearts to God for me in faith.

Two weeks later, I learned that one of those godly men had discovered he had Leukemia.

Today, I am whole.  I am walking, laughing, cooking, reading.  I am living.

Today, in a hospital room just fifteen minutes from my home, my brother in Christ is fighting for his life.  He has a beautiful wife and a three-year-old son.  My heart breaks for them.

I have learned not to take today for granted.  Today is a gift.  Today is not to be squandered.  Today, I must live and laugh and love with passion.  Today is precious.

Why God?  How am I supposed to process the pain and loss that this sweet family is experiencing?  They love you so much and have served you so faithfully.

Last night, I read a story about Lysa TerKeurst in What Happens When Women Say Yes to God that provided some answers:

“We can settle in our hearts that we will choose God’s love and the pursuit of a love relationship with Him above all else, no matter what comes our way.  The day my husband and I made this decision we were in the hospital with our middle daughter, who was six weeks old.  She had seemed a perfectly healthy baby until an allergic reaction to the protein in my breast milk landed us in the intensive care unit.  The doctors told us on the fourth day of our visit that Ashley needed emergency surgery, and they did not expect her to survive.  They gave us five minutes to tell our baby goodbye.

My heart was shattered.  I so desperately wanted to scoop her up and run out of the hospital.  I wanted to somehow breathe my life into hers.  I wanted to take her place.  I could handle my own death so much easier than the death of my child.  Art prayed over Ashley, we both said our goodbyes, and then with tears streaming down our faces, we let her go.

Art took me outside to the hospital parking lot, where I collapsed into his arms.  He gently cupped my face in his hands and reminded me that Ashley was God’s child to give and His to take back.  ‘Lysa, God loves Ashley even more than we do,’ he gently told me.  ‘We must trust His plan.’

Art then asked me to do something, and it changed my whole perspective on my relationship with God: ‘We have to get it settled in our hearts that we will love God no matter the outcome of Ashley’s surgery,’ he said.”

Lysa’s precious bundle lived.  But, if she had not, Lysa had surrendered her to God.

I don’t know what tomorrow will hold.  Will my friend be miraculously healed and restored to his family?  This is my prayer.  But, my heart will remain lifted to God in surrender no matter what the outcome.  God holds my tomorrow.  He holds my friends.  He holds my very life.

I will trust God with my yesterday, my today, and my tomorrow.

“There’s far more to this life than trusting in Christ.

There’s also suffering for Him.

And the suffering is as much a gift as the trusting.”

Philippians 1:29, MSG

Q4U:  Do you ever question “why God?”  What have you learned about surrender on your journey with Him? How do you stay wholly committed and say “yes” to God?

When you lift your heart to Him today, would you please pray for God to be near to the Gordon family as they wait and hope and surrender.

If you have a prayer need, feel free to share it in the comments or e-mail me at 3dlessons4life at gmail dot com.  It would be my honor to pray for you.

My one-word focus for the year is “fruitilicious.”  Find out what that means here.

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Photo Credit:  Kelsey Johnson

Lessons Learned in 3D — Giddy Up

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Tonight, we went to the theater.  My best friend’s kiddos were in drama camp production that re-told the story of Jonah as a Western.  I enjoyed the adorable show, but now I desperately want a pink cowboy hat and possibly some spurs and a lasso.

The story of Jonah always jars me — God told him to go one way, and the stubborn prophet decided to go in the complete opposite direction.  Am I a little like Jonah?  How quick am I to respond to God’s directives?

On Fridays, I like to create a list of what God is teaching me.  I want to be purposeful in noting what God is telling me.   I pray that I will be obedient, rather than stubborn and willful.

Here in no particular order are 10 things I learned this week:

1.  I get a great deal more out of Bible study if I meditate on a verse one phrase at a time throughout the week.  I am so thankful for Heather at Transformed who taught me a great technique called “verse mapping.”  

2.  I need to be more purposeful about praying for world missions.  Jen at Being Confident of This showed me a great framework for organizing my prayers called the T.H.U.M.B. Method. 

3. Favorite Quote from my She Reads Truth Quiet Time this week (written by Stacy at A Servant’s Life):

“He redeems, restores and renews.

His love for us is pure grace – scandalous grace.”

4.  I need to “go there” and discuss tough topics.  I am so thankful that Jamie wrote this important post on abusive relationships for Start Marriage Right.

5.  “God’s purposes are not for me to understand His plans: His plan is for me to understand Who He is.” — I love this sweet post about answered prayer over at Ann’s blog.

6.  “When I finally took responsibility for the needs I’d spent so many years trying to pawn off on my husband, I was astonished–and delighted–to discover all the ways he blesses me and contributes to our marriage.” — I love the marital wisdom shared by Cheri Gregory in her Guest Post at Come Have a Peace.  

7.  Emptying my hands is a risk worth taking.  Jennifer reminded me this week by sharing her mom’s beautiful story (Get your tissue ready!)

8.  Becky at Time Out – Devotions for Moms taught me a valuable technique in her post “When Hubby Leaves His Socks on the Floor”: 

“I discovered a remedy

for all my husband’s annoying habits.

I stop thinking about them.

9.  Favorite Facebook Status that filled my  heart with peace goes to Shelly from Redemption’s Beauty:

“Because I’m a nerd, I looked up the word pinions

and buckler in this portion of scripture.

Did you know that pinions

are the terminal section of a birds wings

and a buckler is a small shield

worn on the left arm?

Think of that imagery today as God protects you

with his very life because he loves you that much.

He will cover you with his pinions,
and under his wings you will find refuge;
his faithfulness is a shield and buckler.

(Psalm 91:4, ESV)”

10.  Today is National S’mores Day.  — This is a holiday I can firmly get behind.  (I’d like to thank Mary at Giving Up on Perfect for educating me on this fact — plus, I love her recipe for S’mores Rice Krispy Treats.  Yum!)

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Q4U: What did you learn this week?

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Lynda’s Chicken Pasta: A Mission-Minded Meal

Bruce with kids at Pastor Wino's Church

In 2009, I married the man of my dreams.  The week after our honeymoon, we came home and started attending Missions team meetings at Billy and Lynda’s house every Sunday afternoon after church.  We prayed for our trip to Haiti and rehearsed the skits we would perform for evangelistic meetings.

We gathered in their comfy family room right beside the kitchen.  Food was always a part of the equation – meatballs, fried chicken, chips and salsa, crackers and cheese.  Each week there was a pot luck surprise….

I am sharing over at Missional Women today.  Head on over here to read the rest of this post.

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