When Her Burden Is Yours: Fighting for Friends on Our Knees


“I pray for them. I am not praying for the world. I am praying for those you have given me, because they are yours.” John 17:9 (NIRV)

I felt their pain in the pit of my stomach. It just about turned me inside out. I didn’t know what to do. Honestly, prayer was the furthest thing from my mind. But God promises to draw near when we ask for help. Through prayer, we have the power to fight for our friends—like Jesus did. Tweet This

One hot summer afternoon, God transformed me from a worry-riddled friend to a freedom fighter. I had just come from a visit to my friend Elizabeth’s house. Cancer was ravaging her body and my heart was breaking. I wanted to do something for her, but my hands and words felt empty.

I dangled my feet over the side of the pool, but the cool, clear water did nothing to alleviate my anguish. Doctors had given her 36 months, give or take. I wondered where she stood with God, but it was not the day to ask. My skin baked and my soul ached.

Today I’m honored to be over at (in)courage sharing how God uses our burdened hearts to do powerful work in our hearts and the friends that mean so much to us.

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When we give our hopes back to the Creator, our hearts will lighten. Tweet This

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June 29, 2016