Monday, November 27, 2017

Somebody's Praying You Through

"Confess your faults one to another, and pray one for another, that ye may be healed.
The effectual fervent prayer of a righteous man availeth much."
James 5:16

I hope everyone reading this had a wonderful Thanksgiving Day!
I am so grateful to our dear and loving Lord for all of His many blessings.
He is a faithful God Who is absolutely worthy of our praise.
There is no method more effective in putting satan on the run than to begin praising God,
personally thanking Him for all He has done, all He is doing, and all He is going to do for us.

God dwells where praises flow.

Jesus came to offer an amazing exchange to those who are depressed.
As He taught in the synagogue one day, (recorded in Luke 4:16-21), He read aloud these words,

"The Spirit of the Lord GOD is upon Me; because the LORD hath anointed Me to preach good tidings unto the meek; He hath sent Me to bind up the brokenhearted, to proclaim liberty to the captives, and the opening of the prison to them that are bound;
To proclaim the acceptable year of the LORD, and the day of vengeance of our God; to comfort all that mourn; To appoint unto them that mourn in Zion, to give unto them beauty for ashes, the oil of joy for mourning, the garment of praise for the spirit of heaviness; that they might be called trees of righteousness, the planting of the LORD, that he might be glorified."
Isaiah 61:1-3

He told the worshipers that this Scripture was fulfilled that day, in their ears.

Jesus came to give the garment of praise in exchange for "the spirit of heaviness".

How many of you have ever experienced a heavy spirit?
Who among us has not experienced it?

I grew up in a household that was often overshadowed by "the spirit of heaviness".
Both of my dear parents struggled with depression, and it was a very real part of our daily lives.
I used to become so frustrated when I would find them crying.
One particular memory stands out more than others.
Mom, Dad, and I used to clean houses, apartments, and duplexes in the evenings after Dad got off work and I got home from school.
It was hard work, to say the least, and, now that I am older, I wonder how my dear Daddy was able to hold up to such, especially after working hard all day long.
It was during one such evening that I came upon him, working alone in a bathroom of the unit we were cleaning.
What I saw made me stop in my tracks and nearly fall to pieces.
In the midst of his cleaning, Dad had taken a pause, and he was crying, like his heart was broken.
Even though I pressed him hard to find out the cause for his tears, I never did totally get to the bottom of the reason for his distress, and I remember the deep sadness I felt, as I finally walked away from him, confused, afraid, and insecure.

I learned early on that the only refuge I could turn to in times of such distress was to go to my room and kneel beside my bed and pour out my little-girl heart straight into the arms of my Savior.
More times than I can count, I prayed Mom and Dad through.
The weight of feeling that responsibility was overwhelming and heavy for a child to carry.
But, carry it, I did.
While it left deep emotional scars, I don't regret it.

On the flip side, the times my dear parents prayed me through are also beyond counting.
I will probably never know how many of those tears were shed on my behalf,
as they prayed for me, my future, my health, and my spiritual well-being.

How I miss their prayers, now that both Mom and Dad are gone!

I take comfort in Revelation 14:13,
"Blessed are the dead which die in the Lord from henceforth: Yea, saith the Spirit, that they may rest from their labors; and their works do follow them."

I love the part that says, "their works do follow them".
I choose to believe that all of the prayers Mom and Dad prayed for and over me throughout life are still coming up before the ears of God, and He is still answering those prayers.
I just really, truly believe this is true.

Knowing this, makes me see, all the more, how important it is that I am faithful to pray for our own dear son and to intercede on his behalf.
In Jesus' name, may Zach's days be long upon the earth, and may the answers to the many prayers Kevin and I faithfully pray for and over him follow him all the days of his life.

How about you?
Do you see the results of prayers that have been prayed over you throughout life?
Has someone been faithful to pray you through the storms and trials you have faced?
And, you feel that same sense of responsibility to pray someone else through?
Who is in your prayer list?
Who is depending upon you to pray them through?

How I thank God for praying parents, a praying husband, a praying son, praying siblings,
and all of the other faithful friends, loved ones, and prayer warriors in my life who faithfully and consistently pray me through the turbulent times and hard places.
I know many of you, dear readers, have been so kind to pray for my family and me so many, many times.
I am so very grateful to each one of you, and I want you to know I am here to do the same for you.
Many of you are included in my regular prayer times with the Lord.
I call your names, individually, often, and with a sincere heart.
I am praying now, as I type these words, for the person behind every, single set of eyes who reads them.
I don't know exactly what many of you are going through.
I don't even know who most of you are.
Every now and then, I take a peek at the stats on my blog, and I wonder just who all it is who "clicks" on this site and takes the time to read what God has placed upon my heart.
I don't really need to know who all visits here or to be privy to the details of your inward, unique struggles, because, you and I, we have the same Father in Heaven, and He sees and knows all.
When I pray for you, whether you are someone I know personally or through the blog or someone I have never communicated with or even heard of, God hears...just as He hears you every time you pray.

He cares about you, my friend.
He loves you with an unconditional love.
And, the greatest thing is this.
Whether or not anyone else is faithful to pray for you, there is always, always, always someOne in your corner, who is faithfully praying you through the circumstances and trials in your life.

"We have such an high priest, who is set on the right hand of the throne of the Majesty in the heavens; a minister of the sanctuary, and of the true tabernacle, which the Lord pitched, and not man."
Hebrews 8:1,2

"It is Christ that died, yea rather, that is risen again, who is even at the right hand of God, who also maketh intercession for us."
Romans 8:34

Can you imagine?
Jesus Christ, our Savior and Advocate, is seated at the right hand of His Father, and He, Himself, is praying for you...and for me!
To think that He is that interested in the details of our lives,
to know that He sees, He knows, He cares,
and He prays and intercedes to His Father on our behalf makes me realize how very blessed and loved and cared for we truly are.

You may feel alone...unprayed you haven't a friend in the world.
Abandoned by God.
Forgotten and cast aside.

The truth is, you are none of these.
Jesus is ever on the job.
He is always alert and in tune with your needs.
He never takes His eyes off you, and He never sleeps.

"I lift up my eyes to the mountains-- where does my help come from?
My help comes from the LORD, the Maker of heaven and earth.
He will not let your foot slip-- He who watches over you will not slumber..."
Psalm 121:1-3

You are worth more to Him than you will ever be able to comprehend.
Don't ever forget it!

"Are not five sparrows sold for two farthings, and not one of them is forgotten before God?
But even the very hairs of your head are all numbered. Fear not therefore: ye are of more value than many sparrows."
Luke 12:6,7

I became familiar with this song during the time of one of Mom's extended stays in a nursing home that was located about 30 miles from our home.
Little Zach and I would travel the distance every, single day to be with her, and in the midst of the weariness, stress, worry, and upheaval, I remember listening to this song in the car and finding so much comfort in its words.
I hope it blesses you, too.

And, this one...oh, my, it is a precious song sung by my favorite singer of all time.

We all carry a cross, and we need one another's prayers.
In closing, I hope you enjoy the words of this song, too.
May we always remember to pray for one another and lift each other's needs to the throne of our Father.

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

While you are praying, my family and I would so appreciate your continued prayers for my brother-in-law, LD, who is battling stage 4 lung cancer.

My prayer for you today is that God will bless you and meet any needs you have at this time, also.


  1. My dear, dear friend, what a beautiful, strong, and courageous woman you are and it's all because of our precious Lord. You are truly amazing, Cheryl, and I can't tell you how much I appreciate you and look up to you.

    Thank you for this sweet and honest post. Much love to you!

    1. Oh, sweet friend! Your precious words have brought me to tears! Thank you SO much for your love, support, friendship, and prayers! You mean so much to me, and I love and appreciate you dearly. God bless you and your sweet family during this special Christmas season!

  2. Never heard of Allen Asbury but I like his voice and message. I can relate to carrying as you describe it. A few close to me suffer depression and mental illness and it breaks my heart too. I've experienced feeling carried in prayer this year and it's a gift like no other to me. I have a prayer journal beside my computer as many ask for prayer as they face things. My blogging friends are a part of my morning prayers too! Praying for you, girlfriend, for peace and lots of joy as we begin the Christmas season. Much love and hugs!

    1. Oh, dear Mary! I am so sorry some who are close to you suffer from depression. My heart goes out to them and to you, their prayer intercessor. I feel SO blessed to be on your list of people to pray for. You are certainly on mine, also, and I often bring you and Tom and your needs before our Father in Heaven! Much love and many hugs back to you and wishes for a blessed Christmas season!! So thankful for you. ;)

  3. Hi Cheryl! I read so closely your remembrances of your parents, and the finding your dad crying. How hard that is for children to see! And that could have made you sad yourself, or bitter, but instead you put yourself before the Lord. That in itself is a miracle, and a real testament to how you were raised. I am so sure that you miss the prayers of your dear parents! And now see how important your prayers for your son truly are.

    I have to mention that the text you wrote beginning with the word 'forsaken' looks just like a Christmas tree. It proved to me that we are not forsaken in a God who would send his son to save us.
    God bless you Cheryl, for your words, grace and heart to share,

    1. Oh, Ceil! Thank you....your words touched me and made me cry. And, how neat about that Christmas tree formation! It was so unintentional, but I see exactly what you mean. A little hidden, unexpected, special blessing from our Lord and, as you said, how unforsaken we really think He would send His Son to save us! Sending love and hugs to you, faithful friend. God bless you and yours during this wonderful Christmas season!

    2. I just wanted you to know that I am praying for you and yours in this season of hope. So much sorrow and illness to see and to try and hold on to faith through. Wow. I really admire your family, and your loving, faithful response to adversity. God bless you all!

    3. Oh, Ceil! Thank you for these precious words tonight! You will never know how much they meant to me. Sending love and gratitude to you, my friend. :)

  4. This was a wonderful, powerful, encouraging read. Thank you!

    “Do you see the results of prayers that have been prayed over you throughout life?”

    That’s the only explanation I have for it.

    “Has someone been faithful to pray you through the storms and trials you have faced?”

    I many times has a stranger prayed for me in an airport, on a bus, faraway, people I don’t know. I have prayed for strangers too.

    “And, you feel that same sense of responsibility to pray someone else through?”

    Yeah, I do.

    “Who is in your prayer list?”

    People I see, sometimes in person, sometimes just someone who comes to mind. I really do believe in prayer.

    “Who is depending upon you to pray them through?”

    Hm...depending on. Wow. That’s a responsibility, isn’t it?

    1. I am so sorry I don't see your comments until later...for some reason, they keep going to a different spot in the moderation process, and it causes a delay! Thank you so much for your kind words today! God always knows when we will need encouragement the most. :) I love what you said about wondering about strangers praying for you...I never thought of that before, even though I have prayed for strangers many times, too. My heart just goes out to people so much, and sometimes, I will just feel the precious Holy Spirit prompting me to intercede for someone, in passing. I never thought about the fact that others may have done that same thing for me, but it is such a comforting thought. You are a dear blessing to me, Sandi, and I so appreciate your kind words. God bless you and yours with a wonderful Christmas season!

  5. It's always a pleasure to pray for you Cheryl and your family. I also have my blog readers whom need my prayers. Thank you Cheryl for allowing us to pray and thank you for praying for us too. Sending big hugs your way!

    1. I can only imagine how faithful you are to pray for those who need prayer, sweet Regina. How blessed my family and I are to be included in those precious prayers! Thank you from the bottom of our hearts! Sending big hugs back to you and many wishes for a happy Christmas season for you and all who are dear to your heart!

  6. This has been one of the most thought provoking and endearing posts I've read. I've struggled with depression in the past, and it reared it's ugly head in October. I am pulling through, but I can see how it's hurt my kids. Thankfully, I have had the opportunity to spend time pouring it all out to a couple close friends. I'm doing much better now, but there are some hard times, too.
    Thank you for your prayers. I'm praying for you and your family again as I hit publish.

    Grasp today for all you can!
    God bless us every one!
    Laura Lane
    Harvest Lane Cottage

    1. Dear, precious Laura! Your sweet words meant the world to me today. Oh, depression is SO real. I have much to say about it, and lately, I am feeling that God may lead me to write more on the subject. I am so sorry you have been struggling with it, and how I praise God that you have close friends who can help pray you through these times and that you are feeling better now. You have been through SO much, my dear friend, and you will never know how much I appreciate your loving support and prayers for my family and me right from the midst of your own fiery trials. Love you so much and hope you have a wonderful Christmas season full of God's blessings.

  7. Cheryl, what a blessing you are to so many of us. Prayer is the strongest weapon against any darkness that exists. Bless you for the prayers that you prayed for your dear mom & dad as they went through those dark times....that had to be hard for a child to do, let alone understand. "Somebody's Prayin'" has been a favorite of mine for years...the Ricky Skaggs version, especially. Much love and hugs to you, sweet friend!

    1. Oh, dear friend, thank you ever so much for your sweet visit and comments. You are a precious encourager to me, and I am so grateful to God for your friendship and support. May God richly bless and reward you, and I hope you and your dear family have a wonderful Christmas season! Sending much love and many hugs back to you!!

  8. Cheryl, my heart is touched my friend at your precious and very transparent post. Oh the prayers we pray for others and the times others prays for us and most often we don't even know who is praying. I have family that battles with depression and it's a very real battle. Dear Cheryl, I pray now that you feel the presence of the Lord upon you in a mighty way. Hugs and blessings, Cindy

    1. Dear, sweet Cindy! Thank you so much for your kind words and understanding. What a blessing you are to me and to so many others! My heart goes out to your family members who are in the midst of the very real struggle of surely is very real, and it is heart breaking. Sending lots of love and hugs to you tonight, sweet friend!

  9. Cheryl, What a powerful, Truth filled post. I know, as many others do, that the only reason I am here today was because of the grace poured out on me due to someone's prayers. Love this, thank you so much for sharing.

    1. Oh, how very true are your words! Where would we be without those prayers that were prayed for us? I totally agree with you that the only reason I am here is because of that. Thank God for all who have cared enough to pray and pour that into our lives! God bless you, dear Noreen! You are such a blessing to me. :)

  10. Dear Cheryl, I cried tears of sadness, compassion and love for the little child that you were, watching and wondering with your parents. I know you were such a blessing to them as you are to me. Prayer is so powerful. When people say, "All I can do is pray" I want to tell them that that is the MOST they can do.
    Thank you for sharing your sweet heart with us. I know that I appreciate each of the prayers you have sent up to Heaven on my behalf. I feel them. And I pray for you and your family.
    Thank you for sharing your sweet self with us.

    1. Oh, sweet Betsy! Your loving words touch my heart so deeply! You are so right...prayer for another is the greatest gift we could ever give to one another. I surely do pray for you, sweet very often God brings you to my mind, and I lift you and your health and needs to our Father. I was SO happy and blessed to hear that your latest cardiologist appointment was such good news. How I praise God with you! I love and appreciate you so much and trust God to continue to bless you with good health and a wonderful Christmas season!

  11. Hi Cheryl,
    It was so good to read these words from you and know that you are so faithful to pray for your readers! What a treasure your sweet spirit and lovely words are to us and we are honored to pray for you in return. Even during seasons of challenging situations, God never leaves our side and he invites us to bring all those concerns to him -- he is faithful! I'm praying that the upcoming holiday season brings you joy, peace and lots of love! Sending love to you tonight! xoxo

    1. Dear Valerie! What a dear blessing you are to me, sweet friend! I think of you and pray for you often and to know that you do that for me is just a precious gift! You are so right that God never leaves our side...yes, He surely is so faithful! Sending much love and many hugs back to you today and so very thankful to God for you, your encouragement, and loving support. May He richly bless you this Christmas season!

  12. Dear Cheryl,
    Oh the tears are flowing here, reading your words and the precious Scriptures you shared! Yes, I also feel that those prayers from our parents and loved ones who have gone on before, are some of the "works that follow them." After all, if the "Prayers of the saints" are held before the throne of God in those golden censers, they are being held where all is eternal. It comforts my heart also to think of all of those prayers. And I can see how the Lord birthed such deep compassion in you as He called you to pray as a little child. He leads His little ones, doesn't He? And I am so thankful that you are still being faithful to follow His leading even now. Your prayers have blessed me, along with so many others! May the Lord bring you into such sweet places of rest with Him! Love and Hugs!

    1. Oh, dear Bettie! And, now the tears are flowing from my own eyes! You have touched and blessed me so much by your words. Oh, to think of those prayers of the saints being held in those golden censers...yes, in that place where all is eternal! How that thought is blessing my soul today! Dear friend, I am surely praying for you...the dear Lord brings you so often to my mind. How I long for Him to send the healing you need! Thank you for praying for my family and me so many times, for every precious email and word of encouragement, and for being so faithful in your walk with the Lord. I never leave a comment or email or blog post from you without feeling so refreshed in spirit and edified. Sending much love and many hugs back to you today!

  13. Oh Cheryl, what can I say? Your heartfelt pouring of your emotions and honesty are such an inspiration. Thank you for reminding me that praising Our Heavenly Father makes Satan run. My heart reached out to you as I pictured you as a little girl and finding your dear dad weeping. Yes, we all carry burdens, but we join hearts in prayer for each other. Thank you for your sweet prayers, and remember that I'm praying for you and your family and LD. God bless you.

    1. Dear, sweet Kitty! How I appreciate your precious prayers on behalf of LD and our family and me. Your words today brought me to tears, and I am most grateful to you for your support and encouragement and friendship. I will never, ever forget the day I found dear Dad in such a state...though I often found him crying, for some reason, that particular time stands out to me and, to this day, it brings flowing tears from my eyes. I suppose we never will know the depths of another's sorrow, and all we can do is carry them and their brokenness to the feet of Jesus. Surely, He was a Man of sorrows and very intimately acquainted with grief! No wonder, of all names that He could have referred to the precious Holy Spirit, He called Him the Comforter. He is the God of ALL comfort, praise His name! I am so thankful for you, dear friend, and I want you to know that I am praying for you and believing God to send the miracle you need. Sending much love and gratitude to you today!!

  14. Dearest Precious Cheryl~
    God bless you for exposing your heart and sharing from your past so that your readers may be encouraged by your tender words and then to hear that you are praying for others. Just knowing others are praying for us has such a huge impact and leaves us with an encouraged and blessed heart.
    You are so very precious!!
    Your parents must have been so blessed with a daughter such as yourself. Though they struggled with depression, you know that they knew their daughter loved,cared and prayed for them, WOW!
    Their heart must have been blessed by your faithful love for them.
    I know that you pray for me because I can feel your prayers. You have been such a faithful and dear friend and I appreciate your sincere love.
    Awesome post!
    Much Love to you~

    1. Oh, dear Debbie! YES, my precious friend, I DO pray for you. So often I think of the road you are traveling, and having walked in those same shoes, I my heart goes out to you so much. I trust Jesus to give you the daily strength you need to carry on and minister to your precious mother and her needs. You are a shining light, and you are such a dear friend to me...thank you for every kind word, every email, card, and every other gesture of your love and friendship. May the dear Lord just abundantly bless and reward you in so many wonderful, unexpected ways for the dear, kind, caring friend you are to me and so many others. Sending much love, gratitude, and many blessings and hugs to you today!!!!

  15. Dearest Cheryl,
    I can only imagine the tenderness and love that your parents had for you while they were on this earth and the love they still have for you in the here-after. You have touched my soul with these precious writings and I am sending love and blessing to you.

    1. Thank you from the bottom of my heart, sweet Jemma! Your precious words always encourage my heart and make my day. Yes, my dear Mom and Dad had hearts full of love, and I am so abundantly blessed to have had them as parents...I love that you pointed out the love they still have for me. This is so comforting! I send much love and many blessings back to you today!!!

  16. I love you, Cheryl. You are so precious. You and your family have been on my mind and in my heart. I've been wanting to e-mail you, but things here have required so much of my time and attention lately. Just want you to know you are loved and are such a sweet encourager, and I am so looking forward to heaven where there will be no more pain or sorrow, just sweet fellowship with our Saviour, and those saints who have gone on before us. Much love to you, my dear sweet friend.

    1. Dear, sweet Melanie! Your words touch my heart so deeply! It was SO nice to see your dear comment here. I am so sorry things have been so hard for you lately, and I so look forward to when you have time to email. I am praying for you and trusting all is well. Oh, you are SO right...Heaven will be a wonderful place, and it will surely be worth it all, as the beautiful, old song says. I trust God will bless you and your family with a wonderful Christmas season, and I send much love back to you today, dear friend!

  17. Such precious words dear Cheryl, spoken deep from the heart of one who has travailed in prayer and who knows the agony of feeling that desperation, and then seeing the miraculous hand of the Lord working mightily in the vessels He loves so dearly. As you wrote of your dear parents struggles, and those struggles in turn drawing you closer to the Lord in prayer, I can't help but think that the Lord allowed you see your dad in that needy situation so you could pray for him! Perhaps it was your prayers that very night that got him through whatever it was that he was facing and felt he couldn't go any farther. One may never know here on earth the difference our prayers have made, but the Lord is keeping track! His records are flawless. Pray on dear friend! Your prayers have made a difference, and will continue to! I will continue to uplift and hold your dear family in prayer as well, it is comforting to know we can pray together for each other. Oh, there is no other blessing so sweet as this tool of prayer that the Lord has given us. I pray the Lord continues His mighty work in you and through you and your precious family!!! Many hugs and much love sent to you today!

    1. You know that is a very sweet thought...that God allowed me to find my dear Dad in such a state so I could intercede for him. What a blessing it was to have Mom and Dad in my life, and it was an honor to pray for them. I loved them so much and will never, ever stop missing them. Thank you for your dear friendship and prayers and love and support. Sending much love and gratitude to you, my dear friend.

  18. I'm sorry that as a child you had to carry such a heavy burden. But how wonderful that you prayed for your parents so often, even at that tender age. What a blessing to learn to pray and turn things over to the Lord. Thanks for sharing this with us!

    1. Thank you for your kind words, Lisa. It was a wonderful privilege to pray for my dear parents, and the lessons I learned through the severe testing and trials have surely been invaluable and remain with and sustain me to this day. God works everything together for our good, and He is so faithful! God bless you and yours with a wonderful Christmas season!!

  19. Wonderful and honest post, sister. I feel the prayers.

    I too come from a family with depression in our genes. Although, I've never had to witness and carry weight for my parents like you have. But it is our calling, Our Father knows what we'll need over our lifetime and His plan has worked well in your life.

    Praying for you and yours, Cheryl. And thanks again for yours.

    1. Oh, bless your heart! Thank you so much for your encouragement, kind words, support, and friendship, Floyd. My family and I so appreciate you and the blessing you are to us. I was so touched and moved by your words, "His plan has worked well in your life"...oh, how I needed to hear that. I pray for you often, brother, and will surely continue to. So thankful to have you in our lives.

  20. What a great reminder of the importance of prayer and the blessing of having someone praying for you.

    1. God bless you, Donna! So thankful for your visit today. :) I trust the Christmas season will be very happy and healthy for you and your loved ones!

  21. This was beautifully encouraging, Cheryl. Thankful for you, friend. Hugs

    1. Thank you so much, Lyli! I am so grateful to God for you and your encouragement! Sending love and hugs back to you. :)

  22. Beautiful post on prayer. Yes, I have had the privilege of being prayed through many a circumstance beyond my control, I too have loved ones that suffer from depression. Its hard but I have found prayer has been the foundation. It has given me the power and the strength to push on and advocate for those I love. Thank you for sharing. You have reminded me how powerful prayer is. I intend to get on my knee and say a few more prayers.

    1. Oh, bless your heart! I am so thankful for your visit and encouraging words. It is wonderful that there have been those in your life who have prayed you through, and also that you are so faithful to pray others through their depression and difficulties. May God bless you this Christmas season!

  23. Cheryl, I believe there is biblical proof that prayers prayed in the past continue to be heard and answered by God. We read in Luke 1:13, But the angel said unto him, Fear not, Zacharias: for thy prayer is heard; and thy wife Elisabeth shall bear thee a son, and thou shalt call his name John.
    Zacharias and Elisabeth were old and she was "well stricken in years." It is highly unlikely that they were still praying for a child, and yet the angel spoke to him in the present tense, not the past. :-) Thy prayer *is* heard - a prayer which had probably stopped being prayed some years before. I love that.

    1. Oh, this is so true! What a wonderful confirmation, Mary! You are so right...they had probably stopped praying for a child long before the answer to their prayers for one finally came. Such a wonderful thought...thank you ever so much for pointing that out and for your visit. It was such a blessing to me. I hope you are doing well and enjoying this beautiful Christmas season!

  24. I love what Mary wrote about prayers in the past continue to be heard and answered by God. Her account of Zacharias and Elisabeth is encouraging. God always reminds me when a prayer I prayed once was heard when He chooses to answer it. So I am confident it matters not how many times I pray the same prayer, once or a hundred times, He hears and answers when it's best. Good post on prayer.

    1. Oh, I loved what Mary said, too. It was just such a confirmation to me. How I love and appreciate all of you dear friends who stop by here and add the thoughts God places upon your hearts! God bless you and Ace this Christmas season, Betty!

  25. I don't know how I missed this post since I get your email updates! My goodness -- what a story of your parents and their (and your struggles) and the role prayer has played in your family. I can't imagine the sadness that you had to meet and overcome. I know that many have 'prayed me through' through the years, most I'm probably not aware of. I recently wrote out my prayers for each of my children and my daughter-in-law and that was really helpful to keep from praying 'fluffy' prayers for them. Thank you for your insight and for sharing your story with us.

    1. Oh, what a precious idea to write out your prayers for your dear children! Thank you ever so much for your sweet visit and kind words, Lauren. You are such a blessing to me! God bless you and your family this Christmas season!

  26. Thank you for such a beautiful message. Powerful prayers from my grand-mom who consistently prayed me through those years....Thank you dear Cheryl.

    1. Oh, what a blessing that your dear grand-mom prayed you through so many times! It is such a dear gift to be given a Godly heritage. Thank you so much for your visit today, Ifeoma! I so appreciate your kind words of encouragement. May the Lord bless you and yours this Christmas season!

  27. Cheryl,

    Your blog was one of the first that I came across when I started my own blog so many years ago. Your words were one of the first to comment and encourage me then, too. And this post is one of my very favorites today, as I go through the posts linked upon the #GraceMoments Link Up today. Mostly, I love the way you reminded us that we are seen, and heard, and loved by the One who makes us significant and valued and valuable because of His seal set upon us and His love that sets us apart.

    Thanks for speaking right into my heart.

    1. Oh, Dawn! This touched me so much! I can't even begin to say how much I appreciated your words today. I don't even remember that, but I sure am thankful to know it encouraged your heart. One thing that really struck me is that you and I are both still blogging and still trying our utmost to remain faithful to our calling. I have thought of quitting SO many is precious friends like you who give me the strength to keep going. So thankful for you and your dear presence on this blogging journey. God bless you and your family this Christmas season!

  28. Oh Sweet Cheryl, I see where you get your tender heart from. I see how the Lord redeemed your childhood burdens to prayerfully carry the burdens of all of us. I see why the Lord allowed you to care for your parents at such a young age. I see all the blessings that have flowed out from those experiences, and I see most of all how much you loved your parents.

    I was so struck by the verses you shared at the beginning of the post with a new insight. Even though it is indeed talking about Jesus exchange with those in the Synagogue, I thought to myself, the same can be said of those who are entrusted with ministering to others. Like through our blogs. We too can share all of these good and wonderful things by the way the Lord has worked them out in our own lives to bring encouragement to others and most especially to Glorify our Lord and Savior.

    It's interesting, one of the entries in my Advent devotional this week encouraged the readers to ask the Lord to lay someone on their hearts to pray for. That it might not be someone we even know very well, but that our prayers will impact that person's life in such a profound way because we are praying.

    Your post encouraged me even more.

    You are such a blessing dear friend. May the Lord bless and keep you and make His face to shine upon you and be gracious to you.

    With much love,

    1. Oh, have so deeply moved and touched my heart, sweet friend! How I thank God for every one of your precious words and visits here. You are a consistent blessing and encourager to me, and I am so thankful to the Lord for you and our dear friendship. May the Lord bless you so much, my friend. May He pour out His richest and most bountiful blessings upon you and your family this Christmas season! Sending much love to you today!