The Power Of Prayer

This past week I received 2 emails from women, asking me to pray for their families. I’m always humbled that anyone would take the time to email me and ask me to pray for them. I don’t take that lightly because I know the power of prayer!

One of the women had lost a loved one unexpectedly and the other one had a family member diagnosed with cancer. My heart sank immediately when I read both of these emails.

I want to say something that can heal their hearts and yet I know I don’t have any words that can take away their pain.

The Power Of Prayer
I know what it’s like to get that devastating news that your loved one has cancer. I also know what it feels like to lose a loved one.

Tomorrow will be five years since I lost my Mom.

It’s been 5 years since I heard her sweet voice, 5 years since I held her hand, 5 years since I hugged her. There’s not a day that goes by that I don’t long to hug her one last time.

I remember when she had been gone for 2 years. My husband told me this, “Cyndi, you still mourn as if you lost her yesterday.” (I think he was just worried about me.)

He was right, but truthfully there were blessings coming through those tears and those sleepless nights were spent drawing me closer to God. God was teaching me things that could only be learned through suffering.

That’s not the part of the gospel we like to talk about or hear but scripture says, “My brothers and sisters, you will face all kinds of trouble. When you do, think of it as pure joy. Your faith will be put to the test. You know that when that happens it will produce in you the strength to continue. The strength to keep going must be allowed to finish its work. Then you will be all you should be. You will have everything you need.” James 1:2-4

Scripture also says that one day, “He will wipe away every tear from their eyes, and death shall be no more, neither shall there be mourning, nor crying, nor pain anymore, for the former things have passed away.” Revelation 21:4

I long for that day!

This song by Laura Story has been such a blessing to me. If you’re going through trials I think it will bless you too.

 

One last thing, many of you have been praying for Bennett especially on the day she has the tape removed from her abdomen because it’s very painful. They now remove the bandages on Monday and I think the family felt the prayers so strong on Tuesdays, they want to make sure they have those prayers coming tomorrow.

The Power Of Prayer
So could I ask you to storm heaven tomorrow for Bennett? I know her family would be grateful!

Thank you for your prayers and have a blessed day!

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  1. Cyndi, I have to face a not so pleasant test tomorrow but am at peace as I know He is in full control. I also know so many others who are suffering with far worse right now. Two of whom will have scary procedures tomorrow. I have found peace in knowing that while I am going through my tests tomorrow I can be lifting them up in prayer rather than dwelling on my circumstances. I will include Bennett as well!

  2. Cyndi, you and Traci have been on my heart, knowing that the tender anniversary date of your mom’s death was drawing near. I am praying for both of you in your sadness and that God will bring you a serendipity of joy as only he can. Hugs.

  3. Thanks for sharing this beautiful song. I have often pondered these lyrics in the midst of difficult time. Another one that has gotten me through some seemingly unbearable losses is Natalie Grant’s “Held”, which says in part: “This is what it means to be held
    How it feels, when the sacred is torn from your life and you survive
    This is what it is to be loved and to know
    That the promise was that when everything fell
    We’d be held.”
    I’m praying that these two ladies and their families, Cyndi and your family, and all who read this and are struggling with a loss will feel “held” this week.

  4. It will be 4 years on October 23rd since I lost my Mom Cyndi and so I know your pain. Ours was the long goodbye of Alzheimer disease. I truly hate that disease and what it did to my Mom. I also miss her hugs and her smile. I tell myself she is in a better place, but I want her back “whole”.
    Bennett is in my prayers every day….I sure hope she will be better very soon.
    Hugs

  5. Cyndi you and Traci are in my prayers as well as Bennett. God is so faithful and is the only one to bring true healing and comfort with such tragic sufferings. I lost my dad 2 1/2 yrs ago. …. A little different than a mom but understand loss. I do focus on how much better Off He is with Jesus than he was on earth and it does help. Living without regrets brings peace. I’m so glad I had no regrets with my dad and we were so close. My mom is the one who suffers still the most each day with the loss. She can’t wait to see him again some day. Thx for sharing this beautiful song. “Held” is also just as beautiful. I will continue to keep you , Traci and Bennett in my prayers. God bless sweet lady 🙂

  6. Cindi, I appreciate all that you posted today, so much truth sprinkled through out your post. One of my best friends was called home this past week after a brief battle with an aggressive cancer. Her beautiful funeral was yesterday and Jesus Christ was lifted high as was my friend’s deep love for Him. When a loved one dies I’m always reminded of what another friend said several years ago; “When a loved one dies we naturally say, “We’re so sorry that you lost your Mom, husband, or whomever passed on.” But if you and your loved one have accepted Jesus Christ as their Savior, you have not lost them at all. How can we lose something if we know where it is? That loved one is not lost, they are in Heaven and we meet them there one day!”

    The Lord has been gracious to remind me to pray for Baby Bennett each week. Thank you for letting us know that her hard day is on Mondays now. I’m praying for a pain-free treatment for Bennett tomorrow.

  7. May I suggest something to all of Cindi’s readers? Right-click on the picture of Bennett here in Cindi’s post, print it off, then tape her picture to your mirror or fridge as a reminder to pray for this sweet baby and her family regularly. There’s mighty power in prayer and we pray to a living God who is more than able to bring healing and perform miracles!

  8. Cyndi, your posts are always uplifting and encouraging. My mother passed away in March after a 10 year battle with Alzheimer’s disease. I miss her so much! I will be praying for you and your family as well as Bennett. It is such a privilege to be able to take everything to our Savior. Blessings to you!

  9. Hi Cyndi, Bless your heart. I’m certain you mourn your Mama just much as you did the day she passed and rightly so. I think grief has no timeline and no level. Each individual grieves as they must and there is healing in that grief. My Mother lost her Mother, (my grandma) 18 months ago. Grandma was 100 1/2 years old, a beautiful woman as sharp as she could be with a wicked sense of humor. She died from an accident in her assisted housing apartment, she was 100% healthy when she died. My Mother has grieved her so and it has been so painful for me to watch her. On many occasions, I feel so worthless to be any help to her, because I am grieving my Grandma right along with her. Sometimes we cry together and have realized over this passed year, that God has blessed us by giving us one another to talk with, cry with and share memories . I think it is a pain from which my Mother might never completely heal. I think that’s okay and I know that our great God cares for us in our grief. Don’t put a limit on your mourning, don’t force yourself not to grieve, just realize that it is through grieving that we begin our road to healing. I will pray for you in your hard times and rejoice with you in the good. I will pray for sweet Bennett and for her Mama and Daddy so they make all have the blessing of the Holy Spirit to strengthen them and bring them peace

  10. Dear Cyndi,
    My stepdad passed away in 2009. There are days that I go about my daily routine, maybe stopping by the grocery store and a man of my dad’s age or his walk will remind me of him, it does catch my breath and then the memories of him. I don’t think we ever truly stop grieving, maybe the intensity fades and we find that peace from the LORD that this is a momentary goodbye, like someone taking a trip that we won’t see for awhile but we will see again, I find hope and comfort that the next time I see him it will be for eternity in heaven.
    I do pray the place in your heart that aches will be filled by the Love of your family and friends and the perfect love of Christ. You are so special and you touch more people than you know, and your mom would be very proud of the women you and your sister have become.
    You are loved xxoo

  11. I lost my Mom 3 years ago and my Dad is suffering through Alzheimer’s. Loss of your parent leaves a hole in your life. I feel all of your words and aids this terribly long healing process. Prayers for baby Bennett.

  12. Thank you for letting us know about the change of day for Bennett. I sure want to send up “timely” prayers for His loving touch and mercy for Bennett and her mother.

  13. I have known the loss of beloved family members and, while knowing l will see them again, there is that issue of not being able to get your hands on them right now. The love you have for them cannot be expressed in the love language you shared with them on earth. Sometimes that is a a sadness expressed in tears and I am not ashamed of tears when they come. I am thankful for the promise of eternal life in Christ and the reality of Christ living in me and I in Him. I m thankful for the Comforter Jesus sent when He left the planet. I appreciate your sweet spirit, Cyndi.