Praying for Elaine
"The daughters of our time are not interested in watching us as we pretend to be perfect.
Every human alive has made acquaintance with failure.
These daughters look for something a bit more intimate than perfection.
They want to know what we learn when we failed.
They hope we will be
brave enough to be honest, authentic, and
wise with our words and life lessons.
They hope we will strain the bitterness from our stories and
present them as wine, laced with promised."
~Lisa Bevere, Nurture
She's going in for surgery tomorrow. And yet, she took the time to write a word of encouragement... not for herself, but for those she has bonded with in the blogosphere. She's having a double mastectomy tomorrow. And she is facing it beyond bravely. She is running into it. I encourage you to read her post, tomorrow...
"Whether you 'signed up' to be an example or not, you are one."
When we look for mentors... we want to "find women who presently live where you want to go." And here she is. And I have never met her face to face. Just heart to heart. Blog to blog. Comment to comment. E-mail to e-mail. Facebook to Facebook.
"God can turn around our issues and then take what blesses and heals us on an individual basis and magnify it for the healing of many--sometimes even for the healing of nations."
She's living it. Tomorrow. 1pm Eastern time.
Meanwhile, the moment we get tired in the waiting,
God's Spirit is right alongside helping us along.
If we don't know how or what to pray, it doesn't matter.
He does our praying in and for us,
making prayer out of our wordless sighs, our aching groans.
He knows us far better than we know ourselves,
knows our pregnant condition, and keeps us present before God.
That's why we can be so sure that
in our lives of love for God is worked into something good.
Romans 8:25-27 The Message
"You have incredible potential to influence for good and godliness
because you are being watched."
All italics in this post are quotes from the book Nurture by Lisa Bevere.