Wednesday, July 27, 2011

Prayer partners who share

Through this blog, I've made many new friends, though I'm sorry and sad for the circumstances that link us. Still, I'm grateful and honored that you've trusted me enough to share your heartaches and asked me to pray with you. Thank you.

Along the way, my friends here sometimes share something with me, like a resource or a thought. A few weeks ago, P.S. (#17 on our Prayer List) sent me an e-mail: "This devotional made me think of you, Sheryl." The link took me to the "New Living Translation Women's Devotional" for July 11th. The devotional has since been replaced with the current week's. But with permission from Tyndale House Publishers, I've reposted the devotional below. I hope it helps you in some way. Thank you, P.S.!

NOTE: You can sign up for the women's weekly devotionals here. I did! The webpage also offers devotionals for men, teens, parents, and leaders.

Therefore, since we are surrounded by such a huge crowd of witnesses to the life of faith, let us strip off every weight that slows us down, especially the sin that so easily trips us up. And let us run with endurance the race God has set before us.  Hebrews 12:1      

"There are times when we feel completely alone. We feel as if no one has ever experienced what we've gone through. No one could possibly know the agony of watching your child suffer from leukemia. No one could possibly know the pain of having your husband walk out on you. No one could possibly know the fear of being diagnosed with breast cancer. But you know what? There are women that have experienced the same thing. They have run the same race.

We are surrounded by women who have struggled through situations and spent countless nights crying to God for strength. They are witnesses to God's love and grace. They are witnesses to the life of faith. How did they manage to survive?

They didn't do it alone. We aren't made to live this life alone. God has given us people in our lives to run the race of life with us. This race isn't a sprint but a marathon. For anyone who has ever run a marathon, there are moments of highs and even more moments of lows. Everyone finds a point where he or she is ready to give up. Weighed down by the insecurities and doubts that slow us down in this life, you begin to feel that you can't go any further. But you're not alone. You are surrounded by others who are in this same race and struggling with the same fears and pain. They run alongside you and encourage you, helping you finish the race.

Praise God that he hasn't left us alone. As women, we have a natural affinity for relationships. Don't be afraid to ask someone for help. Allow God to direct you toward women who will care for you. Try finding an older female to mentor you. Allow stories of her struggles and faith to comfort you. Then, look for ways that you can mentor to someone else. Women of faith, we need each other. Come alongside other women and run the race of faith together."   


  1. Sheryl, this is such an encouraging post. I've read it and re-read it several times. God has put you in our lives - you who have walked in our shoes and know the pain of brokenness and the agony of the healing process.

    Thank you!

  2. Thank you, Diane. And I'm still walking in those shoes in many ways......

  3. Sheryl,
    your story sounds different than mine but the same as i too have suffered an estrangement with my beloved son, Jordan. thank you and God bless.

  4. Fran, I'd like to place you on our Prayer List. And I will also write you in my private prayer book....

    Love and prayers, sheryl

  5. in more ways than i can remember, i share a few of the experiences posted on your blog, and the comments are very encouraging indeed; and i would like to forward some to my friends (w/ your permission). Thank you and praise God for you.

    - anonymous

  6. Yes, oh, yes! Please do share this blog with anyone and everyone who's hurting. That's what we're all here help each other and pray for one another. God bless YOU, friend!!

  7. God bless everyone on these blogs. I'm not estranged from a child, but my youngest son died back in '03 when he was one month to the day away from his 32nd birthday. My husband died not quite 3 years and 9 months later. God had been good to me. When my husband died the word 'peace' kept repeating in my mind. I cry less often now, but when I do cry now it just comes 'out of the blue'. This probably sounds a bit sad, but, time does heal, though of course you never forget. I better make this short. We will all have 'rough' times and times of joy. Hope most of everyones are more joy than sadness. God bless.

  8. God bless YOU, friend! And thank you so much for sharing. I will remember you in prayer. I also hope and pray that you are surrounded by loving friends and family. You are right about time healing. But there will always be an empty place in our hearts that our loved ones once filled, right? (My dear father left for heaven in December 2008.) Once we get to heaven, our hearts will overflow with constant love and joy because we'll be reunited with them! Blessings to you, sheryl