Friday, May 26, 2023

Porch #93 * I Think Our Families Need Our Prayers

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Happy end of May to you and yours!

I hear that 42 million Americans are planning to travel 50 miles or more this weekend.  If that's you, I hope you're safe and sound, surrounded by ones you love, and that this respite will recharge your batteries and give you fresh perspective.

And ready you for the madness that we call the month of June.

I've been on a bit of a digital cleanout in recent weeks.  I've deleted thousands of emails, unsubscribed from all kinds of inbox chatter, and am in the final stretch of updating my email address on dozens and dozens of websites.

Tonight finds me sifting through posts from back in the day.  Here's a little something from 2015 and eight years later, I find it fascinating that every line continues to ring true.  I'm guessing you may be nodding your head in agreement.

So yes, I think know our families need our prayers.  Not our tiresome advice, worn-out opinions, or useless hand-wringing.  Just our faithful connection with the Lover of their souls on their behalf.

Thank You, Lord, for the movement of the seasons.

Always going forward.
I can't wait to see what You're going to do. 

I sit back with eyes wide open, faith strong and solid, 
 sometimes tinged with fear, those whiffs of anxiety coming to call.
Yet still ringed with joy.
For You are good, You answer prayer, 
You care about those I love and our endless neediness.

So, I give You this day, these last days of May, the unfolding future.
 I release my fears and concerns and all those I love into Your keeping.

For, if it is possible, You love them even more than I, 
and You have all power to affect change in their lives,
 to give wisdom and courage and direction,
to bring healing in all the ways that matter. 

You understand the need for hope and faith multiplied.

Where would we go without Jesus?
Who would we be without You, Lord?

These questions have no imaginable answers.


May these final days of May fill you with a sweet kind of anticipation.  May you know boundless peace in uncertainty, a higher love without limits, and more sunny days than you dreamed possible.

Meanwhile, how can we pray for your family?  Please feel free to share your requests ... with no names or specific details.


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  1. Amazing how perfect your post is all these years later!

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    1. Amazing how perfect HE is all these years later! So faithful and true on our behalf ...

    2. Thank you, Linda. I love, love, love this prayer for my family. Just what I needed and exactly just when I needed it. Thank you so much for opening your heart for us.

    3. I've been praying for your family since you left your comment ... am so grateful for God's timing. Bless you, friend.

  2. What a marvelous prayer for our families, Linda! Even when we love them so dearly, we can't see the whole picture like God can. He knows best how to take care of them when we put our trust in Him.
    Happy Memorial Day!

    1. That's such a good reminder, Martha ... He sees the whole picture, the before, during, and after. We tend to focus right on the here and now. He's got this!

  3. Blessings on your Memorial Weekend! we are traveling - like everyone else but for the joy of being part of the baptism of our youngest grandchild. The whole family will be together which doesn't happen often anymore, I feel blessed!!

    1. Oh what a blessed milestone, Jean. The baptism, the whole clan gathering together. Enjoy each and every minute. And may your littlest come to know Jesus in a very personal way at a very young age. You will be a terrific spiritual guide.

  4. Indeed the prayer I'm praying for our son. Thank you, Linda. - Debby

  5. Amen! πŸ™πŸΌπŸ’• Thank you, Linda. So true that "our families need our prayers. Not our tiresome advice, worn-out opinions, or useless hand-wringing. Just our faithful connection with the Lover of their souls on their behalf." Love and blessings to you!

    1. I hope you're having the loveliest of weekends, friend ...

  6. Thank you for this beautiful prayer for our families, Linda.

    Hugs and blessings

  7. Thank you for your prayers. God bless.

    1. And my He keep on blessing your work, Victor.

  8. "I can't wait to what You (God) is going to do." Ain't that the truth! ('Scuze my French). it seems like that may the most honest prayer we can lift to God these days. Since we know He knows our days, perhaps our best words to say "I can't wait to see what You are going to do." Living in expectancy is the only way to live. May you always have that awareness of anticipation of God is at work.

    1. He's proved Himself over and over and over again. Expectancy only deepens our faith in His plans ...

      Thank You, Jesus.

  9. What a beautiful prayer for our families. I was told by my grandmother years ago that a mother never stops praying for her children. Then her grandchildren, then her great-grands and well, we never stop praying do we? I pray that you and your family has a most wonderful Memorial Day and that His blessings will overflow in your lives. Hugs and blessings, Cindy

    1. It's almost like the older we get, the less caregiving we do, the more praying we're able to do ...

  10. Hi Linda,
    I'm having trouble commenting on your post, so I thought I'd try replying to your e-mail instead!
    Love the pretty dress! I can't wear heels, so I'd wear flats or runners too. Hee.
    Thanks for the visit. Interestingly, the purple tea didn't have a very strong taste...I think it got overpowered by the cocoa!

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    1. Thanks for going the extra mile, girl! Your visit reminds me that it's time for a cuppa. Have a good one.