Praying for My Daughter

Please pray for my daughter!

In March, when the Lord told me I would be in Virginia in June, I had no idea that my son-in-law would be deployed in June and that my daughter’s medical conditions would worsen.

For over a decade my daughter has been battling a few auto immune illnesses. In April she started vomiting so much she lost ten pounds. I appreciate the military, but their medical often leaves a lot to be desired. Each time she went to the emergency room she was given IVs and nausea medication and was sent home. It took months for her to get blood work done. Now she is waiting for her appointments with more specialists. Her appointment with the endocrinologist that was scheduled in June is coming up next month.

In July she started feeling a little better, but getting out of the house for a doctor’s appointment or going to the store is always exhausting for her. Needless to say, she is pretty much home bound.

About a week ago, my daughter began having severe stomach and back pain. She also started throwing up again. We thought it might be appendicitis. Ends up she has internal shingles. This is the third time she has had shingles since December.

I have had many health issues, but I have also experienced many miraculous healings. I mention a few of them in my books. If God could heal me of seizures, mini strokes, emphysema, a lower back injury, a congenital heart murmur, debilitating migraines and a host of other ailments, I know that He can heal my daughter.

Sometimes it’s not a matter of faith as much as it is a matter of trust. When we don’t know the answers, we have to remember that the Lord is our answer. He is our peace. He is our hope. He is our healer. He is our strength. He is our everything!

Isaiah 43:2 doesn’t say if you walk through the fire. It says when. God never promises the absence of flames, He promises us His presence in the midst of the flames. As He shields us with His all-encompassing love, we are ignited with passion for Him and for what matters to Him. The blaze that should have destroyed us sets our hearts ablaze for Him.

I have to admit, it’s hard to watch my daughter suffer, but I have comfort in knowing that the All Knowing One is watching over her. When the Lord woke me up in March and told me, “Virginia June,” He was letting me know ahead of time that He’s got it all under control. He is the God of the wind, the waves, and the flames. In the midst of the fire we might feel heat, but we shall not be burned!

May you be abundantly blessed!

Jeannie

“When you pass through the waters, I will be with you; and when you pass through the rivers, they will not sweep over you. When you walk through the fire, you will not be burned; the flames will not set you ablaze” Isaiah 43:2 (NIV).

 

These Things I Know

This past week South Texas was ravaged by Hurricane Harvey. Many small cities and towns were demolished, and Houston is still underwater.

In the last few days two of my friends have lost family members and friends to drugs and car accidents.

This past month one of my former neighbor’s husband died of cancer.

It’s so easy during times of crisis to question why?

Why did some Texas towns get destroyed while others suffered mild wind damage?

Why did some houses get gutted while others in the same area remained untouched?

Why did Houston flood, forcing tens of thousands out of their homes?

Why did some people lose their lives in the raging waters?

Why did my friend’s gorgeous, accomplished daughter die of a drug overdose when other addicts are resuscitated, just in the nick of time?

Why did two young people lose their lives in a car crash?

Why did my former neighbor lose her husband to cancer?

To each of these questions I can honestly say, “I don’t know.”

Sometimes life hits us hard, leaving us swirling in a whirlwind of unanswered questions. If you are going through a storm or a season of loss, my heart goes out to you.

I can not give you answers to your questions.

But these things I do know…

I know that you are precious to God, and the same eye that is on the sparrow never takes its focus off of you.

I know that the One who parted the Red Sea is able and willing to part the impossibilities in your current situation.

I know that when you put your hope and trust in the One who promised restoration to the children of Israel, He will move Heaven and earth to restore your life.

I know that the One who declared, “it is good!” after each day of creation, will show you His goodness in the most amazing ways.

I know that no matter how violent the storm, or how intense the heartache, the One who opened His arms wide for you on Calvary is now opening His arms to hold you close to His heart.

I know that The Lord is loving and faithful, and that He will bring beauty from the ashes in your life.

Yes! These things I know!

Let’s continue to unite in prayer for all those who have been affected by the hurricane, and for those who have suffered other losses. For I know that the prayers of the righteous avail much!

May you be abundantly blessed!

Jeannie Boatright

Intercession

 

One of the ways that God speaks to us is through intercession. When I began interceding at twenty-five years of age, I didn’t know there was a word for what I was doing. I just knew that my heart would become deeply burdened for people, and God would tell me or show me what to pray for them.

The word intercede comes from two latin words inter and ced,  which, when combined means go between. It’s simply standing in the gap for others through prayer.

When I began to intercede, it was for some difficult neighbors. Since they had dealt drugs and were bringing a lot of chaos to our apartment complex, I had prayed for God to move them, but instead, He moved on my heart.

Quick prayers turned into hours of praying, many times until the early morning. As the Lord showed me their wounds and had me pray for salvation and healing and to break bondages in their lives, I, sometimes, could even feel their pain. In turning my prayers, God turned my heart, and I truly learned to love my enemies.

Intercession doesn’t always have to be long. Many times, God has stirred me to drop whatever I was doing and pray short intense 911 kinds of prayers. By the end of the day, I would usually hear how God had rescued or protected the person for which He had me pray.

I believe that all Christians should be intercessors. The Bible says that we are to bear one another’s burdens. I believe that means in prayer, as well as in fellowship and in supplying needs.

I mentioned in one of the stories in my book,  Aha! about a time when my mother interceded for me when I was in danger. It wasn’t about what Mom knew, it was all about whom she knew. Mom was so connected to the Lord, she seemed to always be on call.

I’ll never forget one time when I was visiting her in the 1980’s. Mom walked into the room holding a piece of paper on which she had written a long Russian name. She told me that she didn’t know who the person was, but she had prayed for him all day. That night, there was a news report about a man who had just defected from Russia. His name was the name on her paper.

God knows names, hearts, and circumstances. When we intercede for others, we get a glimpse of His heart and His understanding. What a priveledge to yolk with Him prayer!

I have to admit, I haven’t interceded for hours in a while, but the other day, an e-mail I received from a broken person stirred my heart so much that I cried as I prayed.  My heart is still burdened for them and for others going through similar struggles.

Intercession connects us with the heart of Father God. If you ever want more understanding about Father God’s heart, pray for others. Ask the Lord what to pray. Ask Him for revelation. Ask Him to let you stand in the gap and bear another’s burdens. The scriptures say to ask and you will receive. If you ask for wisdom about how to pray, I guarantee, you will receive more than you can think or imagine.

May you be abundantly blessed!

Jeannie

Matthew 7:7 “Ask and it will be given to you; seek and you will find; knock and the door will be opened to you.” (NIV).

James 5:16 “Confess your trespasses to one another, and pray for one another, that you may be healed. The effective, fervent prayer of a righteous man avails much” (NKJV).