I need your help. Even if you’re not sure you have anything to offer, I’d like to ask for your help. I’m asking you to pray for my mom, for me, and some huge needs in our lives. My life has been turned upside-down and inside-out for a couple of months now. My mother has been overtaken with long term physical and medical needs and is unable to care for herself. She has already been on disability for 20 years. I am overseeing everything about her care, including her relocation to Summerville, although she is not living with me.
My normally busy, full life has been expanded in a tremendous way. God has allowed this season to overtake and overwhelm me- all my natural and personal spiritual resources, that is. God’s power is not limited by my limits. But me… the real me… the best me and the least me… is wrung out and exhausted. Yet I have hope, not in my own resources, abilities, or even my best efforts. I have hope because God is never exhausted or overwhelmed or wrung out. We cannot need Him too much. In fact, from all the previous experiences I’ve had with Him, I know that the IMPOSSIBLE situations are precisely what He loves to use to reveal Himself. When every answer is “No hope,” it gives Him an opportunity to sign His own name to the answer He brings. My hope is in Him alone.
Which brings me back to why I am asking you for help. Most of us don’t particularly like to ask for help. We desperately hope that our best will at least be good enough for us to get by. My best is not good enough for this challenge. We need God’s direct intervention. I have faith in God’s good heart and in His love. I know that I am not responsible for the outcome of this situation- He is. It is His job to take care of my mom, of me, and of the world. And He is and He will continue to do so. But He has pressed me into the position of needing to ACT in tandem with Him, in accordance with His guidance, wisdom, and leading. I have done all that God has placed before me to do. Now we wait for Him to send His divine intervention- those things that only He can do.
Would you join me in prayer- in simply asking God to step up and bring His will to earth in this matter in a way that glorifies His name and fulfills His good purposes in our lives? Mom needs funding. Mom needs safe and responsible care. Mom needs a place where her extensive needs can be met, but in a pleasant environment. I’m even asking that God place Christian caregivers around her. I need prayer for continued strength, His divine wisdom and discernment, and His comfort. My family needs prayer for God to restore some sense of normalcy to our lives, to calm the strain and stress, and to provide pockets of respite and even joy. Every area of our lives has been impacted in one way or another by this. Pray for my boys as they adjust to this new division of my time, attention, and resources. Pray especially for Jake, as he is anxious because his normal routine has been jostled about. And pray for my husband as he is dealing with this while moving through his own tremendous transition within our church.
I know God loves us and will ultimately provide. But we have been overtaken by a constant barrage of attacks, all types- the kind that leave you shaking your head in disbelief. The intensity of the struggle has taxed us. We also know that when God leads us through an extremely hard season, it means that He has something that is extremely valuable to give us, reveal to us, do in us- something that cannot be gained any other way. This season is necessary and good, although brutally hard. We need Him. But we also need you. To know we are not alone, to know we don’t have to always stand out in front doing battle for others, but that we can be surrounded by your faith-filled prayers. Terry and I would rather have some encouragement or gift to offer you than to ask for something from you. But we need right now. We need prayer. Would you just join us in prayer for these needs I’ve outlined above, and watch with us as God sends His answers? Thank you.