Mar 25, 2015

Wednesday in the Word-Who is standing in the Gap?

We may all be different in many aspects of life but one thing I do know as a Mother and now as a Nana is this; If we truly love our children and grands then we want God's absolute best for their lives! PRAYING for them is a MUST!


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15 years ago a group of women at my church began a weekly time of praying together as moms for our children. We started out with a book called "When Mothers Pray" by Cheri Fuller. (I highly recommend this book for all Moms and Grandmothers) Then we began a Moms in Touch prayer group founded by Fern Nicholes. We met one day a week for one hour for several years. We had 12 groups of ladies in which we had 4 ladies to a group. We done this one hour before our regular Bible Study classes would begin at our church and needless to say...we filled our fellowship hall with praying mama's! 

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Recently me and three other friends had the opportunity to meet for a lunch. My friend Sheila had retired from her job of many years and we wanted to celebrate a NEW CHAPTER IN LIFE with her.


We showered our friend with balloons, gifts and lunch.


It was her day indeed but it became OUR DAY as well...As friends, as sisters in the Lord and as those same 4 women that gathered together 15 years ago to meet weekly to pray for our children!

Me, Sheila, Melody and Karen

We reminisced, we laughed and we prayed. So much has happened over the course of the last 15 years. Marriages, divorce, health, work status, grandbabies, and well, just life in general. But ONE thing remains...THE POWER OF PRAYER.


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You've heard the saying, "The Family who prays together stays together?. Well may I add that the "Friends who pray together for their children stay friends together!

Karen and Melody
Me and Sheila

There is a bond between us that ties to our children but most importantly ties to our Lord. A bond that cannot be explained. There is just something about the opportunity to be able to pray with other moms for your children. At times we all felt so inadequate, ill equipped with the right words and searching for answers but in the midst of our feeble attempt to pray for our children GOD HEARD OUR HEARTS.

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We prayed so many different prayers for our children and we would pray scripture over them. We prayed fervently for each others children as well. I will never forget when my friend Melody's daughter was going to her first prom! I called Jess at home so I could pray with her over the phone before she went to prom. Of course I prayed for a hedge of protection to surround her, for wise decisions, to enjoy her time at such a special event, to have fun and all the things that she probably expected to hear me pray. But then I prayed a HEDGE of Thorns around her! I have a feeling that about the time she heard those words her EYES became wide open. ( I wish I could have seen her face) I went as far as to pray that if sin entered the scene or temptation of any kind that the Holy Spirit would prick her heart with a hedge of thorns! I think the poor girl was afraid to go to the Prom after that! LOL! Needless to say she is on the Mission field today in Panama leading other children to the Lord and has never forgot that prayer!

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And...though we no longer meet weekly to pray together as we did many years ago we will stop what we are doing at a moment's notice to pray for each other, our children, grandchildren and families if needed.
If I could only ask one question today it would be this, "If we aren't praying for our children then who is?

I will always treasure my friendship with these sweet ladies and I praise God for women willing to pray with me and for my children and my grandchildren and  STAND IN THE GAP!
 15 years later I find myself praying all the more. Now I have grandbabies that need my prayers....


"For I will give you abundant water for your thirst and your parched fields. And I will pour out my Spirit and my blessings on your children". Isaiah 44:3


Hugs and blessings, Cindy 



 


16 comments:

  1. Cindy,
    Great post as always!!

    Thanks so much for taking the time to stop by and visit!!

    Hugs,
    Debbie

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    1. Thanks Debbie. I always enjoy visiting your blog!

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  2. Absolutely awesome ...I don't even have the words to explain how this touches my heart. Such a vital thing in our lives....praying for our children and grandchildren...and Christian friends who are prayer warriors. I'm truly honored to know you, my friend.

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    1. Deb, there is nothing like women praying together but especially when it is for your children and grandchildren!

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  3. Sweet post today Cindy. Congratulations to your friend! I am counting down to retirement! 3 more years! Connie Royals

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  4. Love this post Cindy, Johnna D.

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  5. This is a message that all moms need to hear! Stormie O'Martian has written some great books on prayer too. Have a great day!

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    1. Beth have you read her book about praying for your adult children? WOW! It is so good! I've read quite a few of her books and loved them all. Thanks for stopping by to see me!

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  6. This is such a beautiful post, Cindy, and your photos are fantastic!

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  7. We're kindred spirits, Cindy. I faithfully attended Moms in Touch in my community also while one of mine was in high school. She was the president of the school's Christian Club and survived a roll over accident without a scratch. We ladies had so many stories like that. Yes, the power of prayer bonds us to each other and Him. I met a teacher years later that our prayers targeted and he became a Christian and was in a praise band! Praising God today for all He does in our midst. Love praying the scriptures...powerful.

    Blessings!
    Mary

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    1. We are indeed Kindred spirits Mary. How wonderful to hear about the teacher coming to know Christ through the powerful prayers of others. Seems that so many people take the power of prayer so lightly. But I believe that only God can move mountains but our prayers move God! Thanks for stopping by to visit with me today.

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Thank you for taking the time to comment on my blog. Have a blessed day!
Hugs and blessings, Cindy