cherish your prayers

prayers-3Sweet friends,

Here I am popping in ever so quickly to say I would deeply cherish your prayers in the next few weeks.  I leave in a few hours for two weeks visiting my family in South Sudan and Uganda.  It has been 6 months in coming.  We are on a new journey together in this season and my heart is more knit with the peoples of my adopted second home than before.  Leaning harder on grace, trusting more for miracles, pressing deeper for wisdom and needing more love than ever.

I look forward to sharing the good stories of God’s amazing faithfulness with you when I return.  The road right now is more unpaved than it has been at anytime since I arrived in 2006 but we stake our lives on His covering mercy and His overcoming joy.  I am so grateful for you, our family all over the world who stand with us and support us through thick and thin.  Please pray for all our children and staff these next 15 days and this mama of theirs who is going to sit and listen long to their hearts.

We need lots of this in our home.

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Not the kind that comes from having circumstances all buttoned up and ironed out.  But the peace that comes only from walking in step with One Who gives peace above. beyond, in spite of.

“Peace I leave with you; my peace I give you. I do not give to you as the world gives. Do not let your hearts be troubled and do not be afraid.” -John 14:27

We need buckets of this too:

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The kind that lets us hang in and on to Jesus no matter what knowing really it is Him holding on to us.

And a bit of this:

prayers-7Loads of laughter.  God sits in heaven and laughs at the enemy. He works and weaves all things together for our good.  ALL things.  Every single one.  And childlike faith still inherits the Kingdom.

Over the last 6-12 months the enemy has tried his darndest to shut me up with pain, take me out with infection and stop me from stepping in to more of God’s promise.  It has been a battle.  A battle when some days all I could do was stand and that alone by grace.  And standing here now.  In Jesus, I am stronger than ever and more dependent on His very Presence to be the air I breathe.  Still in need of breakthrough in some areas physically but this journey that starts soon is one orchestrated by heaven.

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In just a few days I look forward to being surrounded by my adopted sons and daughters and our precious staff family who lay down their lives in love to care for them.

Please pray for us.  We need miracles of provision, protection and His peace that passes all understanding to be released from the inside out.

All my love,

Michele