Hello dear friends,
I am sorry it has been so long since I last sat down with you. I have been going through my own struggles, and deep valleys, but I believe that God is bringing me out into fresher air and a higher view. I had a very heavy load this year providing all that my mother’s illness and transfer to Summerville required. I am grateful to all of you who prayed for her, and for me, in this time. She is stable, and in long-term care here in Summerville. I am so thankful to God for all that He provided. He has also been doing some very deep work in my heart, which means that many very, very deep places have been excavated and His healing is ministering to those areas even as we speak. Meanwhile, I was still homeschooling all Spring and again now- Algebra II, Chemistry, U.S. History, American Literature, etc. I have a very full and busy life, but I am thankful for the renewal and calming sense the fall brings to me. I also developed a herniated disc (L5) in June and was on bedrest as much as possible until sometime in August. I am still wearing a back brace full time and resting when possible, but thankfully, through decompression therapy, my disc is no longer as inflamed or troubling as it once was. This addition made for a tough summer!
Enough about me, though, how are you? I wonder what burdens are in your heart today? Can I pray for you? Father God, I call upon you in the mighty name of Jesus Christ, knowing that you hear every word and every thought, you catch every tear and feel every pain with us, and that every single detail of our lives matter to you! I bring my sweet sister before you now, both of us bowing first at your feet in humble reverence, and then joyfully throwing ourselves into your loving arms, asking for your very specific attention and very specific intervention in the matters we lay before you. Sweet Sister, tell Him now exactly what your burden is, and then tell Him what you would ask that He might do. Jesus asked blind Bart, “What do you want me to do for you?” Sweet Sister, what do you want your heavenly Father to do for you? Tell Him now, pour it out. And Father God, we gratefully accept whatever is your perfect will in this matter, but may we never hold back asking in honesty, for James, the brother of Jesus, said that we do not have because we do not ask. If, dear Father, you will something towards our lives that is somehow hindered by disobedience in our lives, or by some delaying work of the enemy, please break through that work now. Convict us powerfully that we may repent and be free before you. Send your mighty angels to fight for us against those unseen realms that are so very real. And Father God, may we never leave behind any answer or gift that You will from heaven, with heaven’s door opened towards earth, that we must first open in specific prayer and genuine love with you. Earth’s door opens through our asking and joining our will with yours. Heaven’s door opens in your perfect will. May these channels be opened today and may your goodness flow unhindered into our lives in these and other matters. Thank you, Father, for who you are, and how you love us. May we love you completely, without reservation. In Jesus name we pray, Amen.
For those of you who once read portions of Familiar Land, through the Journey Bible Study I wrote a few years ago, I am rewriting this story even now. I feel that I am to share it with you all, as I write. This is the story in a completely rough, completely unedited version. It is not in its final form. But if you would enjoy reading along as it unfolds, then here it is. Enjoy! Familiar Land 2015