Sunday, January 16, 2011

~~~~~THOUGHTS ON A SUNDAY MORNING~~~~~ A Living Prayer

 ~THOUGHTS ON A SUNDAY MORNING~

I found out just after Christmas that one of my sweet childhood friends was diagnosed with a life-threatening illness earlier this past year.  Although I don't know many of the details, I do know that if I were facing the very thing my old friend, Andrea, is facing I would no doubt be very afraid.

As I prayed for my friend late Saturday night I couldn't help but remember back when we were just young girls and how the most important thing to us was what new boy we liked or who had the longest brown hair...
 ~ANDREA IN A PRETTY GARDEN~

Funny how when you grow up the childhood things once travailed over seem to just pass away.  In my heart I know that while I'm stressing over regular life stuff (like completing my bathroom remodel) that Andie, no doubt, is praying for a miracle and asking God for the growing tumor inside her head to be no more.

Since we are all children of The Most High I believe He must truly hate it when one of us suffers...  I don't always understand the things that God allows, but I do know for certain that He loves us.
I've learned over many years of living that I have a long, long way to go in the faith category.  But, I have decided to give the enemy of my  life fair warning!  He may make life miserable sometimes and even unbearable for me and those I love, but I am NEVER gonna quit fighting him!  And, I'm never going to stop believing in better days or that God truly has wonderful plans for each of our lives.

Today I'm going to spend some time being a bit more specific when asking about mine.

The first song on my PLAYLIST today is by Allison Krauss and Union Station.  For me it says it all.  If you'd like to listen to it just turn your sound on.  I promise you...it's beautiful.

~A LIVING PRAYER~

In this world I walk alone
With no place to call my home,
But there's one who holds my hand
Through rugged roads, through barren lands.
 

The way is dark, the road is steep,
But He's become my eyes to see,
The strength to climb, my griefs to bear.
The Savior lives inside me there.

Chorus:

In Your love I find relief,
A haven from my unbelief.
Take my life and let me be
A living prayer, my God, to Thee.

In these trials of life I find

Another voice inside my mind.
He comforts me and bids me live
Inside the love the Father gives.

In Your love I find relief,

A haven from my unbelief.
Take my life and let me be
A living prayer, my God, to Thee.

Take my life and let me be

A living prayer, my God, to Thee.

~*~

Blessings to you all on this gorgeous new day!  I'd be so grateful if you'd carve out a little time to say a prayer for Andrea...  She's such a beautiful lady.

Love to you...

26 comments:

Jilly said...

Hi Rebecca, I love the prayer it's beautiful thank you for sharing! I hope and pray you and yours are having a beautiful day! I have prayed for Andrea that God will meet her every need in Jesus Name!!!
oxoxo

NanaDiana said...

Rebecca- I think working in a hospital has changed my whole way of thinking about life. Suddenly, it is no longer quite so important to have 15 towels folded exactly the same way and placed in a perfect stack in the bathroom cabinet.

Dinner not perfect? No problem...we can eat something else. Crayon on the wall? Magic erasers to the rescue.

I come home from a day of brain tumors and incurable diseases and children that are dying before our eyes and I realize that LIFE is so much bigger than my small world of small problems.

I am blessed just to BE...my family is blessed just to BE...I am blessed to be able to blog and share the lives of other bloggers.

Thank you, Rebecca, for reminding us about what is really important. You are a dear sweet, loving soul...don't ever change.

I am praying for your friend...Hugs- Diana

Martha's Favorites said...

Hi Rebecca: I am so glad you are feeling better. Of course, I will say a prayer for your friend. God is Able, of that I am sure. Thanks for checking on me. I am doing ok. Blessings dear friend, Martha

Bluebell said...

Hi Rebecca, the prayer is beautiful and it will stay with me, I will pray for your friend. I gave up worrying about silly things and just enjoy each day with my lovely family and Tony, Life is short but Oh so very sweet.

Love Jillx

Anonymous said...

Sending up prayers for your dear friend...I know GOD will be with her throughout this difficult journey. Please keep us posted....
So glad you and yours are feeling healthier again....
Do Not over-do on the bathroom project....just take your time and enjoy placing each little object in there...we all allow you to go at a slower pace...don't want to see you have a relapse!!
Happy hugs, sweet friend..Francy

Julie said...

Rebecca,
Jumped over here to check in and saw your post about your friend..
Andie. I see Debbie up at the top in your left column. She is in my prayers too, and now...Andie will be right in my prayers alongside another bloggy sister. So many people that are suffering, hurting, going through challenges...out there...We do not have to meet or "know" these gals to understand we are all "family". We are truly sisters...connected by our love for the ONE who gave us the "roots" that gives us the same name. It is a privilege whether we realize it at the time or not...to pray. Another sister.
She will be covered by many now because she was mentioned in Blogland. Hugs to you Rebecca. So glad you are better. It is NO fun to be sick. However,...every time I get pretty sick...(not just a common cold or nuisance virus)...I find myself learning again ...closeness to the Father.
Even in sickness, there are blessings. :-) :-) xoxo

Theresa said...

I most certainly will pray for your friend! There are so many in blogland having serious health issues! We will pray that the tumor goes away!

I love this song, enjoy your Sunday my friend! HUGS!

Lisa & Gerald said...

Thinking about your sweet friend and saying a prayer for her..
Hugs...

Jan M said...

It is sometimes difficult to understand the big picture, when are able to see only a snippet. That is where faith steps in. Prayers for Andrea and you, that both of you may feel and be comforted by that faith.

chandelier magic said...

I needed this post today Rebecca, (probably everyday) - thank you.

I will say a prayer for your friend and send her positive energy for strength and courage.

Thank You NanaDiana too - what a powerful comment on a powerful post.

Love you Women in Blogland.
Marsha

ShirleyC said...

Praying for your friend. How lucky you are to still be in touch with your childhood friend!

Vintage Gal said...

I am offering up my prayers to the Lord for your friend ~ please keep us posted on her progress. What a beuatiful song. I needed that today ;-)

Tea Duchess said...

I'm so sorry to hear about your friend's illness.

Toyin O. said...

Praying for your friend;thanks for sharing the great song:)

Auntie Char said...

Dear Rebecca
Love your beautiful work.
if you think appropriate, could you pass this on to your dear friend? thank you.
Hello Andrea!!
I was diagnosed with GBM Dec09.
glioblastoma multiforme (brain cancer) I'm still here!!! You CAN fight! I did radiation, chemo and now a trial of novocure. My tumor is half the size it was. I'm 49 yaers young. I can drive the car again! stay strong Sweetheart!

Rebecca said...

Oh Wow...to all of you today...especially Miss NanaDiana and Auntie Char...

YOU BLESS ME and you BLESS MY FRIEND! I'm soooo going to pass along all your words of encouragement and love to my longtime friend.

You are ALL THE BEST...and I adore you!

xo~Rebecca

cottagepinkperfection said...

Rebecca thanks for reminding us that there are more important things in this life than the trivial things we concern ourselves with each day. I am praying for Andrea, that God's will be done. BTW, beautiful song by Allison Kraus.

Hugs to you!
Marie

Grandma Nina said...

Rebecca, Beautiful prayer and lovely song. So sorry to hear about your dear friend. Prayers coming your way for Andrea.

Dolores said...

Sending prayers for your sweet friend. Your message (as always) was very touching..... and Oh, so true....
Love,

Cathy said...

You always have such inspiration in the things you blog about....I guess what I should say is you can always make me remember what the true important things are in life! Sorry about your long time friend, and will pray for you both!
Have a blessed week!
Cathy aka GGJ

Tanza said...

Hi Sweet friend of mine,
Add her to my list of prayers ..Jesus is STILL the BeSt Doctor EvEr !!
I too, like soo many others, have realized JUST what is important in life .. Not soo much what we hold dear in our hands, BUT, what is held and stored in our hearts forever ... Everything else is just small stuff .. Took me 50 years to figure this out, BUT, lesson learned ..
Thanks for the sweet, touch the heart post .. LoVe and hugs to you sweet one ~
Huggers ~TeA~ xo

Grandma Yellow Hair said...

Your such a dear friend to do this lovely post about your sweet friend. I will pray for you both.
Love the prayer on here. I needed that today
Love
Maggie

rosechicfriends said...

Hi Sweety!
I am so glad you came by! Yes our GOD is so amazing, beyond words!

I will pray for your friend! How are you? I hope on the mend. My fam has also had the crud and I feel as the walls are caving in! SPRING where art thou?

What a lovely song too, don't know if I have ever heard it before! Thanks for sharing it!

Hugs...Lorena

Blue Creek Home said...

I am so sorry about your sweet friend. I pray that God's healing hand will hold her near and give her peace.
I love your words about not understanding, but still knowing that He never stops loving us.

I love Down to the River to Pray. Allison has such a beautiful voice.

Rhonda

Mari said...

HELLO SWEETIE~I WILL PRAY JUST AS HARD FOR YOUR DEAR FRIEND AS IM PRAYING FOR MY DEAR COUSIN CINDY, I WILL BEG AS I BEG FOR CINDY TO HELP HEAL HER :) MUCH LOVE TO YOU SWEETIE,
SORRY TO KNOW THAT YOU ARE HURTING FOR YOUR BELOVED FRIEND, I KNOW YOUR PAIN AND I IT IN EVERY BEAUTIFUL WORD YOU HAVE WRITTEN!

XO~MARI

Rena said...

It's so wonderful that we can pray for those that we don't even know...I did that just now for your friend.

I especially love your Sunday posts...they are special things from your heart and soul.

That's what builds friendships.

Rena

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