A terrible loss…

As many of you know, I love to scrapbook, and I love Creative Memories. I sell the stuff because I love it, and I love the company. The consultants are a close knit group, and I love the support they provide. I received an email requesting prayer for an upline who lives in Florida. Her 19 year old daughter contracted bacterial meningitis at college. She was on a bus trip Thursday, and Friday in a coma. They were pumping her with antibiotics, and wanted everyone to pray. When I checked my email tonight, I learned that she had passed away. Rachel was only 19, she has two brothers, and she had a love for life and dance. The email had a few pictures, and as I read I was crying. My daughter was sitting beside me, and profoundly, said ” God has something bigger planned for her in Heaven.” We may not understand it, but Brooke is right. God called her home, to be with Him. This place is only a temporary residence, our eternal future is with God. Rachel is dancing in Heaven, and she feels no sorrow. Please pray for her family, that they will find peace and healing in this painful time, and that they will cling to God for strength. Now thank God for all He has given you, and go kiss your kids one more time tonight.

Prayer request

Encourage one another and build each other up, just as in fact you are doing…
Live in peace with each other. And we urge you, brothers, warn those
who are idle, encourage the timid, help the weak, be patient with everyone.
Pray continually; give thanks in all circumstances, for this is God’s will for
you in Christ Jesus. 1 Thessalonians 5:11, 13-14, 17-18.

I have a sister in Christ, a fellow blogger, and a friend I’ve never met or spoken to other than by means of the web. I try to keep up on her daily life by reading her blog, and sending emails. She gave me a wonderful idea a few weeks ago, and I have still not done it. I need to move it to the top of my list! Anyway, she inspires me, and she needs prayer. She is having some trouble with her feet, and I told her I would pray for healing. She is also suffering from excessive fatigue over the last couple of days. Kind of like the flu, but she doesn’t feel ill. She specifically mentioned spiritual warfare, and it struck me. I have been feeling like that as well. Not really sick, but tired and lazy. I told Niki I would pray for her, and I am calling out to all you prayer warriors out there to do so as well. So I pray for Niki, and anyone else who is suffering right now.

Dear Heavenly Father, I come to You with a heart full of thanks. You are my comforter, and my healer. You love me to the fullest, and bless me with Your favor. Thank You for loving me enough to die for me, and for always being here to listen. Lord, I lift up Niki tonight. She is in pain and weak and weary. I ask that you fill her with your Holy Spirit so that she can feel your presence and love. I pray for You to heal her from this pain, and remove it from her life. Return her to her normal, loving, nurturing self. I ask that You equip her with whatever she may need to win this spiritual warfare she is facing. We stand up and rebuke evil in Your name, and cry out to You in victory. Protect her, guide her, comfort her, and bless her. May she continue to seek You and praise You for the miracles in her life. In Jesus name. Amen

Prayer is a simple thing, yet so powerful. I am thankful that I have friends and family praying for me daily, and am glad to be able to return the gift anytime. God Bless you Niki, and anyone else who needs lifted up.