This weekend I had the opportunity to spend time with my friend, Amelia. This was not easy as my schedule seems to stay full and Amelia’s health challenges have made it difficult for even a short visit. A few weeks ago I really felt that I needed to visit Amelia. It was important and I prayed that in the right time I would get to visit with her. That time was this weekend. I want share the story of how we connected and then ask you to pray for her and her family. I have specific prayer request at the end.
There are a many things that connected me to Amelia. First, our writing (we both blog), our love of reading, disability (Amelia has cerebral palsy, my brother does too), our faith, and an active prayer life. When I first read Amelia’s blog and reached out to her I had no idea how much she would teach me about prayer. At the end of our first phone conversation she asked, “how can I specifically be praying for you?”. I answered her question and asked the same of her. After she finished answering she said, “okay, I’m going to pray now”. She wasn’t flippant in asking which is something I have unfortunately gotten used to when people asked me how they can be praying for me. It had been a while since someone sincerely asked and immediately prayed for me.
Our friendship has been marked and the foundation was set by intentionally praying for one another. Never flippant or trite, always sincere and intentional. Because of Amelia asking me and being intentional with praying, I now do the same for others. I don’t want to be flippant or trite when someone asks me to pray for them. When I ask someone how I can be praying for them or they ask me to pray for them, I take as much time as I can to pray for that person. I stop what I’m doing and pray. There are times when I send a text with a prayer so that the person knows specifically what I am praying for them. Amelia has taught me a lot more than just intentional prayer. Her faith and love for the Lord deepens with whatever struggle she faces. Trust me, she is facing a lot right now.
After a visit with my friend, I now come to all my other friends asking for prayer. I’m not looking for the flippant “I’ll be praying”. I’m looking for the “I’m stopping what I’m doing and praying and will continue to pray for Amelia”. She has infections that are not going away with the antibiotics she is on. She is tired and in pain every day. She needs healing from these infections and to gain strength in her body to fight them.
Please pray for
- Healing of the infections.
- Strength to come so that she can move around.
- For her parents. They are her daily caregivers and have been incredible in taking care of all her needs. As with any caregiver, you can become tired and worn out very quickly.
- Pray for mental health as she is homebound and not able to move around much.
- Pray for joy, peace, and contentment during this time.
- Pray for the doctors that are treating and will be treating Amelia. Pray that they will have wisdom and understanding.
I am asking that you pray and share this post with your friends and ask them to pray for Amelia. Use the hashtag: #prayersforAmelia when sharing this post. In turn, if you need prayer or would like prayer for someone else, leave a comment and let me know. (If you would like to send a private message, please do so and I will make sure Amelia receives it.) I know that Amelia will be reading the comments and of course I will be too and we would love to pray for you. To see encouraging posts from Amelia please go click here, Amelia’s blog.
Thank you all!