Standing up for JESUS: There is no stronger act of courage courage than to stand up for and with Christ as my Savior. I have been blessed with so many miracles in my life because I believe, even if I am not worthy of such blessings on my own - but through His Grace, I am. Prayer is something that has become a daily part of my routine, especially in the morning. This is a "habit" I intend to keep for life, although in the past, that was not always the case. I prayed when I needed help, and when I was fine, my prayers were more perfunctory, not with the same passion. Admitting this, I think is today's actual act of courage.
In today's secular, "cool" society, it is difficult to bring up Christ in conversation. I try, when I can, but in the last 24 hours, Jesus gave me the strength to and courage to bring up His Name. I have a very dear friend who had some issues beyond her control with a building project, and she would find out the results today. Yesterday, I offered to pray with her, for her ( when "two of more pray together" - that is in the Bible somewhere, and I would be a hypocrite if I told you, I knew exactly where). She seemed a little uncomfortable when I suggested it but at the end of our conversation, I said casually- let me just say a little prayer, and you don't have to do anything. I told her I would just get on my knees, and I said that little prayer. She joined along somehow and said "Amen" at the end of the prayer. Today, she called me today to report the positive new she received today.
Would she have received the same news today without our prayers - possibly. Were the prayers the only reason she received the good news? Nope. There is no logical explanation. That is the beauty of faith, of believing in Christ, and leaving things in His Hands - and His will. My heart is so full of love and gratitude as I type these words. I hope that someone, sometime, will read them and they may perhaps speak to their heart.
This is not a "religious" blog - but if am to share anything of myself and my journey this year, I need to mention Christ early on. It was my friend's idea for me to write a little about our FIRST prayer together. She suggested it today, and it really touched my heart, as she had lost her discomfort. I was just a link in the chain of prayer ...
I would be remiss if I did not mention that it was my childhood friend who taught me the power of praying together many years ago. Although those prayer times have long ended, my friend who now has children of their own is still in my prayers - and always will be - despite. I am not sure what else to write, so I will just leave it at despite. In His Name - Gloria