A Winter Season: A Prayer of Hope

I am not saying this because I am in need, for I have learned to be content whatever the circumstances. I know what it is to be in need, and I know what it is to have plenty. I have learned the secret of being content in any and every situation, whether well fed or hungry, whether living in plenty or in want. I can do everything through him who gives me strength. Yet it was good of you to share in my troubles. Philippians 4:11~13

Angela presented herself. Warm blue eyes. An assured walk. And a smile more brilliant than the bright yellow sun. It was the Holy Spirit who had sent her to my front door. She was a stranger to me but an angel nonetheless. We had been acquainted only by our third grade sons. I welcomed her with joy as she walked up the driveway. Moments earlier, I had just finished clutching the front doorknob suffering from a bout of one of my bellowing coughs. Stage 4 colon cancer, the chemotherapy and the weight loss had taken over my body in just three weeks. My diagnosis had come just one month prior. I was weak. We had just moved into a 3,000 square foot house that was exhaustingly disorganized from room to room. God knew I needed help, but I was content in not asking anyone.

She straightened her shoes after I invited her in. Angela, the owner of Major Mom Organizers, had heard of my cancer, and she came to share in my troubles, to pray and to give me support. She immediately surveyed my house one room to the next. No fuss. No muss. No judgment. The house looked much like I felt inwardly—turbulent and muddled. What Angela communicated to me about my house and my life, however, was direct with love. It came as God’s word with clear direction, and I felt His presence in it: “Organize and prepare your house, your life, as an offering to Me as you did on that baptism day thirty years ago. I will renew you and give you strength through your cancer cough. I will uphold you with my righteous right hand as you tell others about my goodness and mercy. I have sent her as my everlasting help during your time of trouble so that you and others may know that you can do all things through Christ Jesus who gives you strength.”

This message isn’t just for me, however. Many of us in our own struggles can benefit from hearing it today. That is why I want to offer up this prayer for all of you. I pray today that as you walk through life with your struggles that can you shout, whisper or cry your prayers to God in your time of need. You can cast your burdens upon His broad shoulders, leave your bold request at the pearly white gates and know that part of your strength comes from accepting help from the angels He sends in response to you knocking. I pray that as he renews you today and that you will open your home to tell others about the goodness of God.

 

Today’s Prayer: Abba, help me in my times of need. Help me to leave my burdens on Your shoulders and to likewise accept Your help from others who have been sent as gifts from You.  Also, help me to order and prepare my house—my life—in such a way that I can be used by You to help others too. In Jesus’ name, Amen.

Kimberly Clarke

 

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