You know, sometimes you have a plan … and then something happens and you realize your plan was really just a tiny little piece of God’s so much bigger, so much more beautiful plan. And that is exactly the situation with this month’s calendar
Connecting through Service
About four months ago I started working on the calendar for this month. Our theme was to be connecting through service and I’d been looking for verses to use as the foundation for our prayers. I also brainstormed ideas for ways we could serve with our daughters and in our communities.
Then I received a Vox at 7:35 p.m. on Thursday night from my precious friend Stacey. It simply said, “Please pray. I’m on my way to Hospital. Mike may have had a heart attack.” Stacey, if you aren’t aware, is the one behind the Mothers of Daughters website as well as the author of Hope for the Weary Mom and Fresh Out of Amazing.
Over the past few days, literally thousands of people have linked arms and hearts to pray for Stacey and her husband Mike. Mike experienced primary cardiac arrest—his heart was not beating for about 15 minutes. He had surgery and was placed under medically-induced sedation in order to give the doctors time to figure out exactly what was going on and how to best help him.
Yesterday as I was leaving church, I got the news that his MRI was normal (no extensive damage) and while there is a still a long way to go, this is nothing less than a miracle!
Serving doesn’t always look the way we think it will.
Y’all, sometimes serving others looks a whole lot like 100+ women on Voxer praying and sharing Scripture and song for three days straight! Sometimes, it looks like sitting as the hospital with our friends who are facing the worst imaginable circumstances. (Let me say here how very thankful I am for the women in Stacey’s church who surrounded her in that waiting room and have met very real and deep needs for her and her girls!)
Sometimes serving others looks like fixing and delivering a meal but sometimes it looks like sending a gift card to a restaurant or food delivery service. Sometimes we serve by being fully present — but sometimes we serve by praying fervently for the Presence of God. (And sometimes we are able to do both!)
As we spend March praying with and for our girls to learn the heart of serving others, let’s not minimize the very real serving we do through our prayers and our presence in lives of others. This connection we have through identifying, understanding, and meeting the needs of others is a beautiful way we reflect the glory of God in a world that so very often functions in isolation.
I’ll send out this month’s prayer calendar tonight!
If you haven’t yet subscribed, now is the perfect time! I’ve also got a list of ways you can serve with your girl — both in your very real day-to-day life and through the technology we have available.
P.S. I’ll be sharing updates on Mike’s condition on the Prayers for Girls Facebook page … please join us there!
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