Tuesday, March 18, 2014

Prayers Needed

"We then that are strong ought to bear the infirmities of the weak, and not to please ourselves."
Romans 15:1

I love this picture.
I saw it hanging on a hospital corridor wall, near the elevator,
and I just had to have a picture...of the picture.
It depicts Jesus, as a carpenter, holding a tool and a block of wood.
It gives the impression that He is getting ready to build something.
But, to me, it represents so much more.
To me, it is a beautiful depiction of Jesus' power to fix anything.
No matter how severely broken or bruised or damaged.
He can mend any manner or degree of brokenness.
He can heal any manner or stage of disease.
He can solve any kind or severity of problem.

He is not only the Master Builder, the Creator of man and universe,
but He is the Divine Healer,
the God Who has no limits....
the Savior Who saves to the uttermost....
the Lord Who can do anything.

When doctors say it is inoperable, He heals without so much as an incision,
by the mere touch of His hand.
When oncologists sign discharge orders and say there is nothing more they can do,
He has just begun to work.
When fertility specialists say "let go of your dream...",
God says, "they're wrong" and proves it by opening the barrenest of wombs.
When divorce papers have been signed and the last cutting words have been said,
God melts the stoniest of hearts and sends reconciliation.
When foreclosure papers have been served and all hope is gone,
He sends the miracle in answer to prayer.

There is nothing God cannot do.
Contrary to what you may have heard,
Jesus Christ is still the same today...
as He ever was.
He has not changed.
He has not lost power.
His strength is not diminished,
nor is His arm shortened.
Nor is His heart hardened to our needs.
He cares about us.
More deeply than we can imagine.
His great heart is moved with compassion as He sees the things we go through.
He doesn't miss a tear that falls from our eyes.

He cares about all of His creation.

The sheep grazing in countless meadows....

the cattle on a thousands hillsides.

His eyes remain upon even the tiniest of birds.

He sees every time an egg falls from its nest....

or one of them is wounded.

If He loves them that much, think how much more He loves you...and me!

Jesus said in Matthew 10:31 (NIV),
"So don't be afraid; you are worth more than many sparrows."

He died on the cross to prove it.

So, since He can do anything, and since He loves us enough to give His life for us,
shouldn't we take everything to Him in prayer?
Shouldn't we look above and beyond the declarations of the limited
to the One Who is without limitations?
Shouldn't we bring what is broken to Him....
just like a child brings his/her broken toys to Daddy?

My heart breaks as I think of the many who need prayer at this time, 
just in my little circle of family, friends, and acquaintances.
While there are many prayer requests that come across our path...
there are three, in particular, especially serious in nature,
that I would like to share with you.... 
with a plea that you will please pray and pass along these requests to other prayer warriors you know.

My brother, David's step-son, Jimmy Neff, has been diagnosed with Stage 4 lung cancer,
brain cancer, lymphatic cancer, and possibly cancer of the kidney.
He is no longer able to live alone and is being cared for 
by my brother and sister-in-law, Dorothy in their home.
Please pray for a miracle for Jim and for healing and peace for David, Dorothy,
Jim's three siblings, and other loved ones during this difficult time.

Little 2.5 year old Kai Slockers is very ill and has been diagnosed with a rare form of cancer.
He has undergone brain surgery, and his prognosis is not good.
Last night, he had to have another emergency surgery, and his parents received more bad news today.
Please pray for the miracle Kai needs and also for peace and healing for his dad, Shawn,
his mother, Aki, his aunt Caroline, and all other family members who are touched by this sadness.
If you would like to keep up with his progress, please click here to be re-directed to his CaringBridge site.
Shawn and Aki post regular updates.

Little, as yet-unborn Baby Obed Walters needs much prayer.
I am going to copy the exact words from his dad, Travis, 
to explain his physical condition.
"...the baby has what they're calling “Transposition of the Great Vessels” 
which simply means his Aorta and Pulmonary Artery are switched.   
Everything else looks good, measurements, etc.  
While the baby is in utero, he’s fine as he’s not breathing through his lungs 
and there’s a hole between the left and right ventricles 
that is allowing the blood to mix, thus sending oxygen to his body.  
However once he’s born, 
he’ll most likely have to have immediate heart surgery to survive."

So many hearts are hurting.
Only the hands of our loving Savior can truly make them whole.
He is the Great Physician.
He suffered so that we could be healed.

I have felt His healing hand upon my body....and my broken heart....
so many times through the years.
Without His healing, I would not be here...a living, breathing testimony to His Diving healing power.

He is so good, and He absolutely answers prayer.

In these dark days, God is our only hope.
He is the answer to every problem.
I know everyone has a very long prayer list already,
but if you could take just a few seconds to add the above names to your list,
it would be so appreciated.

"Bear ye one another's burdens, and so fulfil the law of Christ."
Galatians 6:2

God bless each one who is faithful to pray...
thus fulfilling Jesus' law.


  1. So many needs....but you're right - we have such a great God who can fix any situation!

    I love the picture you posted of Jesus with a block of wood in His Hands. It speaks of care for the little things, Creator, Healer, and Mender with the gentleness that speaks His Name louder than words.

    We'll be remembering these dear ones in prayer today, Cheryl!

    1. Thank you so very much, Lisa! It means so much to know that you and others are praying and helping to carry these loads. My heart just goes out to them so much...and there are so many others. So thankful Jesus has broad shoulders, and as you said, He is able to fix any situation, no matter how far-reaching it is. Thank you for your visit today...and especially the encouragement! Love, Cheryl

  2. Beautiful picture, thanks for sharing. So very encouraging. Will be praying over these needs, bless you.

    1. Oh, thank you so very much, Denise! So happy to have met you today! Trusting God to bless you in a very special way. Love, Cheryl

  3. Praying now. Bless you for passing on the requests of others.

    1. Thank you, Lisa! I so appreciate your prayers. And I pray for you so often...God brings you to my mind. I just hate that you are having to go through so much pain and anguish in your journey to have a little one of your own. I pray God blesses you and sends you the desires of your heart...soon. Love, Cheryl

  4. Thanks for the reminder who God is to us. He is everything. Yes, we lift them up to God in prayer.

    1. Thank you, dear friend! So thankful to know that you are praying and believing with us. God bless you...you are such an encouragement to me. :)

  5. Cheryl,
    I will add these requests to my prayer list. When my Dad passed away 3 years ago at the age of 58, I hoped right up to the very last breath that God would give us a miracle. I don't understand why things happen the way they happen, but I do know God is in control and He sees things down the line that we are unable to see. It's not always easy to accept and I find myself even wondering "why" these illnesses happen - I guess I will never know, but I trust God fully and try my best to accept God's will even when I don't understand. With that being said, I know God is still in the healing business! He is well able!


    1. Oh, Marissa! I am so sorry you lost your father. I know what you mean...I stood by both of my parents' bedsides and begged God right to the bitter end to give me more time with them. His answer was no. It was their time to go. What you said is so true...God knows and sees things down the line that we do not see or know about. One thing that comforted me so much was the fact that God sometimes allows pain to enter our lives to spare us from a greater woe...something worse that would have happened, had He not allowed things to happen as they did. That is where we just have to surrender to His will and trust His wisdom even when we can't understand His logic. Sending big hugs back to you! Love, Cheryl