A few years ago, I saw Nichole Nordeman in concert. Not only is she a fantastic songwriter and singer, but she tells beautiful stories as well. Before singing the song, “We Build,” she talked about a hard time in her marriage and thinking, “I’m going to write a song about this when I get through it.” God spoke to her heart and said, “write it now,” and so she did. In the midst of pain and heartache she wrote about redemption and hope.
And God blessed her and her marriage.
That story has always stuck with me. How often do I say, “When God does this, I am going to do that”?
I have been thinking about God and the way he answers prayer a lot lately. You see, my mom is going to have brain surgery today.
My family has a long history of brain aneurysms, which has increased our worry of the possible outcomes. I know the bible says we should not worry, but I cannot help myself. My great-grandmother died of a burst aneurysm, and my grandmother has had two brain surgeries, both of which impacted her negatively.
My mom has a large aneurysm in the delicate spot in her brain that controls her speech and motor skills.
Obviously, risk is involved.
But, I am going to believe that God is going to bring her through this surgery with flying colors.
I am going to believe that this aneurysm is going to be different than the others in my family.
I am going to believe that God will heal my mom – even before he does.
Would you prayer for my mom today and in the weeks ahead? If all goes well, she will be out of the hospital this weekend, but she will still have several weeks of recovery. Here are specific prayer requests:
- That the aneurysm does not bleed out or burst while the doctors are operating.
- That the doctor and his team will not make any errors.
- That the doctor will be able to complete the surgery (sometimes complications cause the doctor to have to stop before he finishes the procedure.)
- That my mom will not be negatively impacted by complications.
- That God will be glorified.
Thank you for your prayers. I believe there is strength when many come together at the throne of the Lord. (If you want specific updates on my mom, please follow me on Twitter.)
I encourage you to also meditate on a time when God brought you through a difficult experience. Or if you are in a tough spot, are you able to think about the “light at the end of the tunnel” or do you find yourself wallowing in despair?
God knows the end when you are in the midst of that turmoil.
He knows you will be okay.
Do you believe that?
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Kristen - Moms Sharpening Moms says
It would be my pleasure to pray for your mom and your whole family.
I will be praying for you and your mom. Thank you so much for this post. I am in a dark place in life right now and this one meant so much. A great reminder that God does know we will be okay.
deb @talk at the table says
It would be an honour t pray for your mother, as well as the whole family.
And thank you for sharing in such a dignified and inspiring way.
Adoption Mama says
I will be praying. I just wrote on my blog about believing in Christ through the difficult times. You see, I have 4 adopted children. My oldest son, who is 12 had to be sent to a boys’ ranch this summer. This has sent everything in my life into a tailspin…but do I really believe God is able. May our Lord grant health to your mom’s body, but most importantly to her spirit.
Oh Jessica. This one really gets to me. My Mom was run-over in 2006 and had massive head injuries. She came out unscathed with multiple drs. saying she shouldn’t be alive. Head trauma SHAKES me to the core. I can understand the anxt in the face of this issue.
I will pray fervently. PEACE. He IS in control.
Jessica ~ I am praying for your family and for your specific requests above!
Bonnie Redfern says
Thank you for your words today. My experience and work with individuals where healing never came may say it this way: “Believing even if He does not give healing.” As we companion those who have experienced loss, we have found it helpful to focus on the grace of God to continue in spite of the loss. We often pray with those in crisis, “Lord, we ask for healing. But we promise to love and trust you no matter what.”
I pray you are given the gift of healing today for your mom. I pray that your faith will be strong, no matter what.
Just said a prayer for your sweet mom!
Allison McLendon says
I will be praying for your mom and family. I pray that the Lord will wrap His arms around you all and lift you up.
In Christ Alone,
Praying for your mom today. For healing, for peace. Praying for you, your sister, Elias, and the rest of your family too!
Jessica- I am praying for your mom sweet girl. I pray your are able to rest in His peace today with all that is going on.
Praying for you and your mom…just this very moment! May God be glorified through this time in your life.
Praying for your mom and for you during this difficult time.
Don’t forget..that no matter what is going on…God is already there. He will bring your mom through this.
Praying! I am recovering from abdominal surgery I had 10 days ago to correct a rectal proplapse. I went through an intense spiritual battle the night before being released from the hospital, but I can say that God is indeed faithful and will be so for your mom!
I will be praying for you and your family. May God surround you with His loving arms and may you feel love during this time.
Ann Voskamp @ Holy Experience says
I am praying for your Mama, beautiful Jen….
Thank you for the privilege…
((Jen and her Mama))
So often we have to take a step before we see God working. That’s faith. Hard, though. Like the account where God tells the priests to step into the flooding Jordan river and they have to do it BEFORE he stops the flowing water. Crazy! Praying you’ll see God’s faithfulness as you step in faith and trust instead of worry.
Heather Gemmen Wilson says
Any updates, Jessica? How is she doing?
Carri Dunn says
Thank you Holley for your site. I believe it helps to encourage one another. It helps to read your posts and others. God knows our future. Mine is up in the air with my husband. I am exhausted and need a nap. 🙂 God bless everyone.
Cheri F says
Hi. I will pray for Jessica’s mom. God does do marvelous things. Right now I am asking for prayers for God’s healing with depression that keeps coming up this time of year. It is a little better than last yr but I am asking for healing of it.Thnk you all and blessings. Cheri