Wednesday, October 24, 2007
then, the next day, i saw my friend who has ALS, the cruelest disease i know of. she is so limited in her movement that she uses her eyes to operate her computer mouse. she is confined to a wheelchair and can barely wiggle only her middle finger. she can sometimes hold her neck up, but is even having difficulty with that these days. she can speak softly, mumbled, with limited breath support.
two extremes: from unlimited movement by truly talented ballerinas to no movement by someone who is trapped in a body that doesn't move. and then there's me--one with choice. i can choose to move or choose to be still. what is my choice? who chooses ? who chooses with me? will i move? ...or will i stay?
Monday, September 10, 2007
We are flying into Orlando this weekend to be with Brooke. Although sad, it will be a celebration as Jack would have wanted. He was an "event planner" and knew how to have a party. Brooke's wedding reception was something you would see in Hollywood. Jack always helped us out. He always found us a place to stay, always invited us to neat happenings. He was a friend to all a father to many. Please pray for Brooke, her family and family friends as they grieve the loss of Jack. Please pray for Christ to find the hearts that don't know him.
In His name, amy
Thursday, September 6, 2007
baby gregory who had open heart surgery at Leboneur. he is healing.
Jack Houston, my friend Brooke's dad, who is being kept alive on a ventilator and suffers from an infection in his brain.
a friend of my mom's who has spinal fluid leaking out of her brain in Philadelphia.
please pray for parents of children with disabilities
please pray for the broken hearted. may they all be healed
pray for comfort and peace for those who don't understand God's plan
pray for marriages that are hurting
Monday, August 13, 2007
delight yourself in the Lord and HE will give you the desires of your heart.
pray for amelia's family. she died today in the nicu. her mom wrote that they were with her when she took her last few breaths. she was sick and tired--and God took her to be healed and whole. pray for comfort and peace for the family.
please pray for a friend in VA who has been having rough times in her life.
please pray for a friend and his life. may he be blessed, every day.
pray for forgiveness. forgiveness is the gateway to peace and love.
pray for our nation, for our leaders, for our schools, for peace and unity.
pray for reconciliation for all of us.
Sunday, August 12, 2007
For ye have not received the spirit of bondage again to fear; but ye have received the Spirit of adoption, whereby we cry, Abba, Father. Romans 8:15
So that we may boldly say, The Lord is my helper, and I will not fear what man shall do unto me. Hebrews 13:6
Why art thou cast down, O my soul? and why art thou disquieted within me? hope thou in God: for I shall yet praise him, who is the health of my countenance, and my God. Psalms 42: 11
Then shalt thou call, and the Lord shall answer; thou shalt cry, and he shall say Here I am...Isaiah 58:9
Please pray for my friend who has begun a new relationship.
Please pray for those who have ended relationships.
Please pray for a family in Oxford, MS. They found their son dead in his apartment. I don't know any other details at this time.
Please pray for schools across the nation as school begins. Please pray for the presence of the Lord in all of these schools.
Please pray for a family that we met in Florida. Jason, the husband, has stage 4 cancer. Please pray for total healing.
Please continue to pray for the babies in the NICU in Alaska. Please continue to pray for Ethan in St. Jude.
In Christ's Love, amy
Thursday, July 26, 2007
so i have my furniture now, the dead tree is gone and life is going on.
please pray for:
friends in mississippi who are going through a divorce
a friend who lost her father suddenly
a woman in Dallas who has spinal fluid leaking into her brain
men that cut down trees--it seems like a very dangerous job!
the babies in anchorage.
the babies in st. jude fighting for their lives.
my friend in Lake Tahoe who is organizing a Relay for Life in memory of her friend who died of cancer at 25.
...may the Joy of the Lord be your strength today...
Wednesday, July 18, 2007
marian, a healthy, happy baby, said one of her first words today. she is a baby in nashville, the youngest of three. her mother was ecstatic. the twin premies in the NICU in Anchorage seem to be making progress, but you can hear the stress in the parents' messages. they were born so early, so they have so many medical needs. i think of the baby who has been in St. Jude, almost since birth and the hope in his parents' messages about his healing. there is a newborn in D.C., born on the 12th, healthy, to one of my friends. she says he is a "sweetie pie". another friend had twin girls on the 11th. they are in Richmond. a friend in birmingham writes that her twins ( seven months--a boy and a girl) have begun communicating with one another in their crib. she expressed joy and excitement in the thought of them interacting with one another. i had the joy of holding one of my best friend's from high school babies the other night in Memphis. he crawled all over me and settled into my lap so i could read him a story. i also got to peak in on a friend's from college baby while he was sleeping. precious. sheer delight. the thought, sight, smell, touch of a baby is life-altering. what is that?
i sometimes think it's because they just came from God. it's the closest thing we get to a real-live angel. there they are, without sin, without fault--perfect in God's eyes ; and for a brief moment, perfect in man's. God never loses sight of the beauty and perfection and love of His children, but man does. man quickly forgets what is pure, what is right, what is true, what is lovely and good. (Phillipians 4:8) man forgets, but God...God never forgets. He never fails. His love endures forever. 1Corinthians 13; Psalm 136
so to think, that our God would come here in the form of a babe, the most innocent, vulnerable, pure, weak of all creatures; to come here and experience what we experience. the love that took. the perfect sacrifice. to become sin, pain, dispair, ugliness. to take perfection and become imperfect...for you...and for me. now, all he asks is that we love as He loved us. it's easy for us to love babies. they are pure; they can't hurt us. but, He calls us to love all of His children, even the "big babies". so, how do we do that? a baby is helpless. a person who is rude at the grocery store can help it. a person who takes advantage of us or fails us in some way is not innocent. so, love is harder for us, but not to God. to God, we are still His babies, still His children. everytime He looks at us, He feels the way He did when He first saw us, first created us. He loves us no matter what...no matter what. amazing love.
...love the Lord your God with all your heart, and with all your soul, and with all your strength, and with all your mind. And you must love your neighbor just as much as you love yourself." Luke 10:17
...love each other just as much as I love you. your strong love for each other will prove to the world that you are my disciples." John 13: 34-35
If I had the gift of being able to speak in other langauges without learning them, and could speak in every language there is in all of heaven and earth, but didn't love others, I would only bemaking noise. .. (If I ) knew everything about everything, but didn't love others, what good would it do? ...If I gave everything to poor people...but did not love others, it would be of no value whatever. 1 Corinthians 13: 1-3
love is very patient and kind, never jealous or envious, never boastful or proud, never haughty or selfish or rude. Love does not demand its own way. It is not irritable or touchy. It does not hold grudges and will hardly even notice when others do it wrong. It is never glad about injustice, but rejoices when truth wins out. if you love someone you will be loyal to him no matter what the cost. you will always believe in him, always expect the best of him, and always stand your ground in defending him...love goes on forever. 1Corinthians 13: 4-8
Pray for the babies, "big" and small.
my friend renee has a new lullaby album out
check out the new lullaby websitehttp://reneeandjeremymusic.com
Tuesday, July 17, 2007
praises that my little cousin accepted Christ this weekend.
pray for my friend in VA who travels to Europe this evening. she is going for educational purposes. she is 13.
pray for ethan powell who is at st. jude in Memphis. he needs hope and light and a miracle.
please pray for my friend in amelia, VA whose mother is dying. pray for peace for this family, love and comfort.
pray for my friend here in nashville who has not slept in weeks, because of her three small children. she is exhausted. may God give her rest.
pray for the babies in anchorage, AK
pray for lily and sophie--new babies in the world in richmond, VA
pray for those who are trapped in bodies that don't work like my friend with ALS. pray for love, friendship and freedom for her. may God's love surround her in such a way that she know nothing but His love, His way, His peace.
pray for our nation and the immigration laws (that is on my heart today). pray for those that flee to our country for a better life. pray for peace & love in their lives, not fear & distrust.
may God's peace be with you today...
each of us will be a blessing to the other. Romans 1:12
Monday, July 16, 2007
please pray for ethan powell. he is a baby, born in december of 2006, who has leukemia. his mother and father are with him in the icu at leboneur in memphis, tn. please pray for total healing of this baby.
please pray for twin baby girls in the NICU in alaska. they were premies and are the grandchildren of one of my friends. they are just a few weeks old.
please pray for my friend who is traveling to europe for three weeks for a dance conference. she is thirteen and is going without her parents.
please pray for my friend amelia who just had twin girls: sophie and lily. 1st time mom. mom and babies are doing well.
please pray for my friend who has ALS. pray for her total healing.
i am with you. i will bless you. Haggai 1:13