Friday, January 10, 2014

Prayer Partners

Jodina & Liz

I have had so many amazing women who have invested in my life.  But these two women have been the ones who have been there consistently for the past 18 years.  EIGHTEEN YEARS!  I met Jodina through her sisters (she has three) and Liz through her daughters (she has three).  Jodina's sister, Evelyn, was the one of the first friends I met when I moved to Borger 26 years ago.  And Liz's daughter, Hailee, was the first young person I met when I moved to Borger 26 years ago.  (Andy was a youth minister then.)  In fact, Liz's family joined First Baptist Church Borger the same day we did.

Another of Jodina's sisters, Tere, invited us all to begin praying together.  At first, we met to pray for crisis matters.  But there was so much need in all of our lives, we knew we needed to begin praying together on a regular basis.  So we began meeting every Tuesday & Thursday morning at 5:30 to pray for two hours before we had to get home and get kids off to school.  And we did it every single week.  There were several of us and it changed a few times.  But eventually everyone moved or was unable to come for one reason or another until it was just Jodina, Liz & I meeting to pray.  And as our families changed, our times changed.  Soon, we were meeting on Tuesday mornings at 7:30 and praying until 9.  We've done it for years.  We have seen God do so many amazing things!  We've prayed for ourselves, our husbands, our children, our church, our friends, sick people, hurting people, our country, Israel...too many things to remember.  Except that we've journaled it all.  (And often said we wish we'd had a camera rolling to remember the amazing and exciting things God has taught us!)  We've whooped and hollered, we've grieved and wailed, we've danced and fallen on our faces.  And the thing that we've smiled and talked about time and again is this verse: Malachi 3:16, "Then those who feared the Lord talked often one to another; and the Lord listened and heard it, and a book of remembrance was written before Him of those who reverenced and worshipfully feared the Lord and who thought on His name."  We can't wait to get to heaven and see that book of remembrance.

And then I moved.  I'm not sure where we go from here.  I hope to still meet these sisters and pray together.  But I'm also hoping to take my turn and invest in some others.  If you don't have a prayer partner, I hope God gives you one.  I am a rich woman because so many others invested in me.  

1 comment:

Rossetta said...

That is amazing! I love this! Such sweet, Godly women.
Praise the Lord for prayer warriors.