Grace for the Task, Intercession at Its Finest

I’ve missed communicating with you. I trust you are well and God’s grace is flowing in every area of your life. I am weak in so many areas and I am grateful for His grace that gives me His ability and makes me capable for any task.

Are you weak in an area where God has called you to serve? Remember, in your weakness, He is strong.

I am blogging to you from my mom’s computer while my mother is resting in the next room. I asked her if I could share her situation and ask all of you to pray, and she agreed. I’ve blogged about Mom before. She serves at the polls on elections day, she teaches (I tease her that she preaches) in two nursing homes two to three Sundays a month, she teaches public school children the Bible in an after school program in our area, and she kindly visits anyone who is sick or needy in her senior apartment center—and that’s where I am today, sharing with you.

Three weeks ago Mom was diagnosed with a cancerous tumor in her upper leg. My sisters, my niece, and I are taking her to radiation treatments Monday through Friday, five days a week. The surgeon says the outlook is good. After 25 radiation treatments, he will lift the tumor out of her leg. Right now, the chances are good that she is going to beat this thing. Unfortunately, her pain level is high. Would you please pray for her? Her need for healing and grace to meet each day is through the roof at this point. She prayed Psalm 91 that God would keep her in the shadow of his wing, and all that this psalm entails. But I don’t want to stir up a discussion on cancer treatments and the ins and outs of natural or medical care. What I do want to do is let you peek into the life of this strong woman of God. I hope she inspires you, too!

Mom was going to go with me to the Philadelphia Christian Writers Conference July 29th to August 1st. In fact, she’d already paid her way there. I’m disappointed she won’t be going with me, but she didn’t ask for a refund. Instead, she asked that her paid conference fees go to someone who would like to attend but needed the money to go. What a joy! The recipient of Mom’s donation is truly blessed. She is a dear writer I know who’s wanted to go to this conference for ten years! God is gracious.

I’ve experienced several sweet miracles as I pray for my mother. Would you like to hear about a few of them? I’ll keep them brief, and this is all within three weeks’ time.

I was praying Psalm 91 over my mom one morning two weeks ago, that God would keep her in the shadow of His wings, and I glanced up during that prayer time and saw the huge shadow of a large bird pass over me and over the awning and back yard of the porch where I was praying. I never saw the bird, just the shadow . . .   WOW!

Just after my dad went home to heaven in 2006, my mother had a special visitor every day for a few weeks afterward. She lived in the country then and each day a sweet little fawn would come to her yard. That never happened before (or after), so she said it seemed to be God’s special assurance that he was watching over her.

Two weeks ago as I was praying for Mom, on that same back porch with the awning, I heard something rustling in the woods, closer, and closer, and closer. Louder, and louder, and louder! I honestly thought it was a bear and I froze. (I’ve seen a bear from that porch before!) I froze, and just then a beautiful fawn bounced like Tigger right through the back yard! Such a beautiful sign that God was still watching over my mom.

Then on Friday, at the radiation clinic, the receptionist helped Mom and I find a wheelchair and helped with the transfer to and from the car. Kelly was a Godsend, and I needed her help that day. She and Mom were talking while I went to get the car. When I got back, Kelly said, “Your mom says you write books about China and North Korea?” I explained briefly that I did. We got mom into the car. She asked again if I wrote a book, and I told her about Daughter of China. Daughter of China is the first novel in a series that showed through the power of fiction the awful condition of China’s orphanages at that time and the horrific suffering that Christians were enduring in the late 1990’s for Christ.

Kelly wiped back tears and kept nodding like a bobble head doll. I stopped. “You read Daughter of China?”

She kept nodding and wiping back tears.

“Wow, that’s awesome. I rarely run into anyone who’s read that book anymore.” (It was published in 2000).

She kept nodding and wiping back tears.

Finally she said, “That’s why I have my two little nieces.”

I stared at her trying to piece it all together. Finally, I asked, “The book?”

She kept nodding and wiping back tears.

“We read that book and that’s why we have my two nieces. They went to China and got them.”

Wow! I hugged Kelly and just praised God.

This journey of healing for Mom has not been easy, but it has not been without its own set of miracles. And I hope that whatever journey you find yourself on today, you will take time out of every day to seek the One Who Made the Earth and Skies, and give Him your ear. He talks to those who listen. And I KNOW He wants to talk to YOU!

About Lift the Cross of Jesus!

My day job is writing--I'm an author and publisher of a number of books. More on that later. But there is nothing of greater importance to me than the early morning hours I spend with the Creator of the Universe. Although He knows everything there is to know, His greatest delight isn't to give us knowledge, but to give us love. My highest joy is to watch the sun rise with notebook in hand and write the words he speaks to my heart. I want to share some of those words with you here . . . words on the cross.
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9 Responses to Grace for the Task, Intercession at Its Finest

  1. Larry Who says:

    “I will never quit…If knocked down, I will get back up, every time. I will draw on every remaining ounce of strength to protect my teammates…I am never out of the fight.” (Philosophy of the U.S. Navy SEALs, from the book, “Lone Survivor” by Marcus Luttrell.)

    I like the idea of us senior citizens never being out of the fight. As long as we can move our lips or think thoughts, we are never out of the fight. Why? Because we can pray.

    Tell your mom, she’s never out of the fight!


  2. Jo Ann Walczak says:

    As a deer pants for water, so my soul longs for you, O Lord. Like the deer that frequents your life, we long to seek the Lord, especially at this time for your mom..


  3. beckyjoyates says:

    Oh, sweet Hope, my heart goes out to you, your precious mother, and your family. My mother-in-law was recently diagnosed with breast cancer, so we postponed our trip to Swaziland in order to help care for her. We’re so thankful that the cancer was found early and was contained, so Mom’s mastectomy completely removed all of the cancer. She doesn’t have to have radiation or chemo, and her strength is returning more every day.

    I will pray for your mama! She is such a giver–and such a fighter! I love the story about her asking that another writer benefit from the Philly conference in her place. Hallelujah! Seed sown for someone else to write His answer!

    Please give her a big hug for me if you can remember to do so with all that’s going on.

    Meanwhile, knowing that your book saved two more Chinese children fills my heart with songs of joy. Thank You, Lord Jesus! Keep using these precious words of life to rescue even more of them!

    Big hugs and lots of love, my dear friend.


    • Becky, I can feel the love! I will pass that on to her. We need a prayer push now as the newness wears off for people and life goes on. I know that prayer will lift her up above the pain this week, and impact her in a greater way than any Meds we’ve invented on earth. And great testimony about your mother-in-law. Bless God!


  4. Diane Jackson says:

    Please let Mom know she is in my Prayers daily, I am never speechless but right now I am and just holding her close to my heart and asking the Lord for what I know he is already doing and keeping her in his arms as Footprints in the sand just flashed through my mind and thoughts. I Love her so much, if it were not for her I honestly don’t know where I would be, she not only opened her home but her Heart to me and I am forever Grateful.


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