Please pray for Lee

by adustyframe ~ December 30th, 2007

He has felt often like giving up lately. He says that he is not sure that prayer works.

He said that every time he starts reading the Bible and praying again, something happens to discourage him.

I have been so blessed to hear him share things with me from the book I previously mentioned.

I know that God is going to use him, and I firmly believe that this discouragement is coming straight from the devil. He wants both of us to give up.

We received some news yesterday that is very discouraging. It’s not something I can share here only because it’s hard to explain.

I spent the day yesterday in tears. When I told Pastor this morning, I started crying again–at church–in front of everyone! I spent the afternoon today sleeping. It has completely knocked me flat.

I felt yesterday that I was folded in half, lying on the floor under this burden.

I said, “God this feels like too much. I don’t understand.”

Then I began to pray for Lee. I don’t know if he even knows yet. I will go see him tomorrow.

I said, “God, you know he’s so discouraged and he was just starting again to be excited about the things of your word. I thought that if you had answered this prayer it would have been such an amazing testimony to him.”

God reminded me that it’s not up to me how he works in Lee’s life. It’s not up to me what he uses to break us. It’s not up to me what God will do to show his power to my husband.

It’s not up to me.

I wanted God to answer our prayer according to my will. I wanted God to encourage my husband how I felt was best.

Thankfully, God knows what is best.

The first thing that came to my mind after I heard this news, was “Trust me with this, Lizzie. Just trust me.”

I cannot lean to my own understanding because my own understanding cannot make any sense out of it.

Please do pray that Lee and I will be strengthened rather than beaten down. Please pray for Lee to please God with his reactions or attitudes about this. Please pray with me that he will not use this as an excuse to give up.

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15 Thoughts Shared to Please pray for Lee

  1. Debby

    I’m sorry for the discouragements and troubles. I’ll be praying.

    Thank you, Debby.

  2. Ame

    praying … God IS so much bigger, Lizzie; He really is. He already knew this before you and was here, waiting and preparing for both of you, long before you got here. He knows. He’s in total and absolute control. It’s His; let it be His.

    You’re right–yes! God is much bigger.

  3. Peregrina

    My husband and I went through a situation with our son 5 years ago (which is too long to go into here) which was by far the hardest and most discouraging thing ever in our lives. I remember many of those first days and weeks when I could not pray. The words would not come. It was like a physical blockage in our communication. I knew God was there, but he seemed so far away. But, I knew many others were praying for me…just as many are for our brother Lee.

    All I can pass on to you is, even though our situation never was resolved, God was there, and using it, and Lee is not alone in his doubts, fears and feelings. David speaks so often out of that same feeling in the Psalms. Why is He so far off? Don’t forsake me, Lord!

    We’ll be on our knees for both of you.

    Thank you for your prayers and encouragement. They both mean so much to both of us.

  4. Stephanie

    Prayers going up for the both of you…… Big hugs to you!

    I said it before and I’ll say it again–I take all hugs and prayers! Thank you.

  5. Judith

    I’m praying for you both. x

    Thank you, Judith.

  6. Susan

    We are praying for you and your family. Thanks for the recent posts on forgivness, that is my problem i’m sure. God bless you Lizzie. Sincerely, Susan

  7. Lisa

    Catching up on your posts–I’ve been sick and out-of-town. Hope things are not too rough. Hang on tightly to God’s Word. I am praying for you and your family.

    Thank you for praying. We appreciate that.

  8. Pam

    Praying…..praying….praying….it is ALWAYS darkest just before dawn….practically and spiritually…..I don’t know what you are both going thru but NONE of this is a suprise to the Lord….He sees you….He loves you….He will bring you through…..God Bless, Pam , South Bend
    P.S. this is yet another opportunity to show James how much you trust the Lord….thru it ALL

    Thank you, Pam. You’re right–another opportunity to trust.

  9. Sarah

    I’m praying for you and Lee. My prayer is Philippians 4:6-7 “6Do not be anxious about anything, but in everything, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. 7And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.” I know that is what you are doing, and I pray that God strengthens you for what it is you are facing.

    Thank you, Sarah. That is a great reminder. I appreciate your taking time to share it.

  10. ashley @ twentysixcats

    I don’t know if this is helpful but this has helped me in the past. A pastor once told me that Satan attacks most when you’re starting to turn to God. He said that when someone first became a Christian, there would always be attacks from Satan. Or when a Christian is striving to go deeper in their relationship with Christ, Satan attacks. For me, I have found that knowledge to be a little comforting – and to be a reason to strive.

  11. Liza's Eyeview

    Oh Lizzie ….

    HUGS AND PRAYERS for you from here…

    Thank you, Liza. I take all hugs and prayers!

  12. Christy

    Praying for Lee and you, Lizzie. My heart aches for your disappointment. Pam said what I thought when I read your post. Something really good must be coming. Like a long, torturous labor w/o an epidural and you hit 9 cm. You’re so weary and discouraged and in pain, you feel you just can’t go on, no matter how close to the end it is. All you can think of is just to get out of this unbearable misery. Even though you know the end is near, it’s hard to believe that the end result is going to be worth all this pain.

    Encourage Lee that we are counting on him not to give up. We are all (does he know what a large group of cheerleaders he has out here in blogland? 🙂 praying heartily for him and cheering him on. Tell him we said “Don’t give up! You’re almost there. We’re right here with you, and we’re going to see this through with you with much prayer.”

    Although some men might not appreciate the analogy of giving birth 🙂 … Maybe instead something like not giving up after a terribly physical and mentally exhausting football game. It’s the last 2 minutes of the Superbowl and you are within scoring distance of winning the game. We’re the fans cheering him on, believing in him, and wanting the win (and the rest that comes after) nearly as much as he does. 🙂

    Thank you, Christy.
    Lee called while I was approving your comment and I read it to him. He said, ‘That’s nice! It helps to know others are thinking of us.” We appreciate your prayers.

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  14. Rachel R.

    Lizzie, I am new to your blog; I found it through Crystal Paine’s posts at Biblical Womanhood. I just had time to come check out a handful of posts and I have to say that your sweet spirit is such a blessing, and conviction, and encouragement to me.

    My family’s situation is nothing like yours, but we have also been experiencing some very discouraging times lately. One verse that I keep coming back to is 2 Corinthians 4:8-9 (okay, so it’s two verses 😉 ). Perhaps it will encourage you, as well.

    “We are hard-pressed on every side, yet not crushed; we are perplexed, but not in despair; persecuted, but not forsaken; struck down, but not destroyed.”

    Thank you for this. Actually God used your reminder of this verse to encourage me several times this weekend!

    Thank you for finding me;)

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