Hi Tim and fellow praying sibs,
Things are going well with us in warmth of the sun where we are.
My dear spouse is gaining strength with each week that passes.
This is such a healing place for us both.
We are enjoying the fellowship of believers here…(spending time in prayer on Sunday evenings. This past Sunday our little group had swollen to 7, )
We rejoice in the beauty of God’s creation…and we are thankful for how it satiates something deep within us.
We have opportunity to enjoy the cultural music and dance of the indigenous people. God has given such good gifts to all people. (The gifts and calling of God are without repentance.) The local people use their talents and we glorify God for the richness of those talents.
(Even now as I write, I can hear our neighbours playing instruments and singing. It is just part of life here.)
My prayer requests are for my children who are not in the Lord. Pray they would have an encounter with Jesus. A few of them follow the wisdom and ways of the world…and as a result, I can’t enjoy the intimacy with them that I long to experience.
I would ask that God would open their eyes to see the spirit of “gossip” and how it tears down…destroying closeness and genuine intimacy. I can’t share any of my true feelings because it becomes a “topic” between them…not in a positive way.
I would ask prayer for my natural sibling, whom my spouse and I have sought to bless …
In return, she has caused me much trouble in my family. She abuses her role as an aunt and usurps my role in relationship to my own children. She has caused me much hurt and is harming my adult children with her manipulative behaviour. I have tried to gently address my concerns, which in turn have been meet with a relational cut off. (She will hear no reproof or correction…no matter how gentle or respectful.)
Pray for me in this, because I need grace to bless those who despitefully use me…I need God’s grace to not render evil for evil. To not be angry and bitter in my heart toward my sister, for the damage she is doing (in her fallen nature and ignorance of Christ’s gospel.)
Pray for me, that I “would humble myself under the mighty hand of God” in these circumstances and “seek to love others…not seeking to be loved in return.”
May God give my adult children eyes to see…and open hearts… to the truth as it is in Jesus.
Lord, help me to forgive others their trespasses against me…