Words of Encouragement

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Cyndi den OtterThe last six months of my life have been quite intense, nothing out of the ordinary mind you.  There have been things going on in my life that happen in everyone’s lives at one time or another.  In May and June we had much needed renovations in our home and all the noise and dust and temporary displacement that go with that.  I wonder if it is okay to ask someone to pray for us during renovations.  Is that important enough?

In July was our third daughter’s wedding and all the running, planning, preparation, and endless tasks that are part of that.  Every night after work there were lists of things to do.  It seemed that for every one thing I completed on the list, two more things replaced it.  In the end our friends came to our rescue and helped us complete the enormous task of decorating the church and the clean up afterwards.  I could sense they were praying for us.

In August our firstborn daughter and her husband had a baby girl and after much anticipation, excitement, and the joy that all you Grandmas can understand, we welcomed tiny Jubilee into our family.  She was an answer to prayer and we are in love.  Thank you for your prayers.

In September we moved the remainder of our son’s belongings to his new apartment in another city with three other roommates as he started his third year university.  I worried like all Moms do, would they get along, would he do okay in his studies, and would he eat properly?  Will you pray for them?

Also in September our third daughter moved and all of her belongings and wedding gifts were carefully packed into a U-Haul and we delivered her to her waiting husband who had already started Med School in another province 1280 kilometres away.  We helped them settle in, hang pictures, and put things away for a few days, but then it was time to go.  My throat was tight and my heart had sunk to my feet as we bid them good-bye and headed home.  I know you were praying just like you promised.  I could tell.

When we walked into our empty house, I could hear the hum of the fridge and the ticking of the clock.  I had never noticed them before; the silence was overwhelming.  Even though we had been empty nesters for a couple years already, our nest never felt as empty as that day.  My arms and legs were like lead and a feeling of fatigue descended on my body.  The feeling was familiar.  I felt like this after each of my children moved out.  Can you relate?  Yes I know you can.  Could you pray for us?

Does this sound familiar?  Is this your life too?  This season of my life summarizes the day to day things that we all face. In fact, I know that most of you can relate to at least one of those things that occurred in our lives these past few months.  It is a comfort for me to know that I have friends who will pray for me in my ordinary days for all of the things that happen.  I can feel the strength of their prayers amidst the routine of my life.  I feel secure that they will not forget me when prayer time comes.

There is rarely a week that goes by that someone does not ask me to pray for them.  I always answer an emphatic “indeed I will!”   Not one of us would ever say:

“No, I will probably forget about it in five minutes.”

“Nah that does not seem important enough to pray about.”

“Really, you want me to pray for that, get a grip, seriously!”

“Yes, I may remember to pray once but not tomorrow or the next day.”

“No, I feel tired, I think I’ll just go straight to bed tonight and not pray for you.”

“No, you are on your own baby doll.”

But seriously …

have you,

did you,

will you,


Yes, I admit from time to time I have, I did, and I will, forget my promise and I am so sorry I let you down.  I have committed to be serious about praying for all of you in the busy times, difficult times, decision times, those crippling seasons of pain, and even in your every day ordinary things.  Our God cares about EVERY season in our life and has His hands outstretched to help and HE will never forget His promises!

Do you have someone to pray for you?  Will you keep your promise to pray for others when they ask?  Do you believe God indeed hears your prayers and is waiting to help?

Pray in the Spirit at all times and on every occasion. Stay alert and be persistent in your prayers for all believers everywhere. Ephesians 6:18 NLT

The LORD hears his people when they call to him for help. He rescues them from all their troubles. Psalm 34:17 NLT

Then call on me when you are in trouble, and I will rescue you, and you will give me glory. Psalm 50:15 NLT

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