Sorry folks . . . I accidentally took an almost two week writing hiatus. It was far from intentional, but life . . . the holidays ended, the kids went back to school, my house needed to be put back in order, basketball season is in full swing . . .
I looked up and January is flying by. One thing that is guaranteed as you get older is that time moves faster. I’m 100% certain of that at this point. I blinked and my oldest turned 12. The baby we brought home from Bulgaria has grown into quite the big girl. In my mind, I’m still the same girl I was at 16 . . . with a tad more confidence and a whole lot less care about what others think . . . but basically, the same girl. In reality? The smile lines and wrinkles and spider veins and life lessons and experiences tell a very different story.
The other thing that seems more certain as we age is that we will see those around us hurting. Those we love going through “things”. Those we know well and some we only know from afar facing down big challenges, sicknesses, and heartbreak here on this earth. And I’ve found these words slipping out of my mouth more than once lately, “All we can do is pray.” But y’all those are some of the most inaccurate words ever spoken. Because it isn’t “all we can do”. It’s everything we can do.
When those we love are hurting . . .
When marriages and families fall apart . . .
When we look upon the heartbreak and heartache of this world . . .
When sickness and disease run rampant . . .
When children are dying and starving and being abused . . .
When our own children struggle . . .
When loved ones pass away . . .
When we have good days or bad days or mediocre, mundane days . . .
Prayer should be our first line of defense. That’s not to say that action shouldn’t follow. Y’all know, I’m a big believer in putting actions behind our words. But before we move in any direction, we need to pray. When we look up and realize we’ve done all we can here on this earth we need to pray. Whether we feel the disappointment and grief of defeat or raise our hands in victory, we need to pray.
And when it’s so hard to find the words, and you’re not even sure how to pray rest assured that the Holy Spirit “himself is making intercession” (Romans 8:26). Prayer should be where we start and where we end and entrenched throughout the middle of everything we do. Because from my viewpoint, there is no other way I’m getting through this life.
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