Wednesday, February 02, 2011

Psalms For Moms: Guest Post!

Last week my friend Zibilee commented on my Psalms for Moms post about some people at her church that had been healed of cancer. Her comment made me think of my friend Lisa, who just experienced an amazing healing in her life. She is one of the most profound prayer warriors I know so it makes sense that she would have something to share about this whole experience. With this in mind, I asked her to write this week's Psalms For Moms post and she graciously agreed. So, here's my friend Lisa Shea to share with you her experience about healing prayers and a Psalm that inspired her.

Psalm 18:25 “To the faithful you show yourself faithful….”

When we face trials of any kind we all struggle for wisdom in our situation and trusting God with a good outcome. The key to walking in adversity with a peace that surpasses all understanding is comprehending who God is in our life. It’s not a faith in our belief of who God is but a faith in who God says He is. There is a big difference.

I have walked through some rough trials in my life, as I am sure most of you have. Looking back I can see that God showed Himself faithful. As much as I hated going through those times, I wouldn’t change any of them. Why? Because it was in those trials that God showed up powerfully. I would not trade my deeper relationship with Him for a smoother path.

Setting your minds on who God is and being determined to glorify Him no matter what comes your way puts your best foot forward on a scary path. Remembering all He has done in your past reminds you that He will show up in the midst of what you are facing. Deuteronomy 31:6 promises that God will never leave you nor forsake you. If you have never stood on that promise, please start today. It is true and I have seen it over and over.

I love standing on God’s promises and declaring them over my life. The Word is powerful and effective as well as an offensive weapon in our armor of God. When I was told recently that I had an ovarian tumor and was given every possibility, (none of them good), I stood on who God is and what He can do. Regardless of how it played out, (a miraculous healing or walking through a long battle), I resolved to give God all the glory and trust in Him. We need to focus on His Truth not just man’s “facts”. I am thankful that God heard the prayers of many on my behalf. What was discovered on January 4th was no longer there on January 19th!! I praise Jesus, I am healed!

I know that outcomes aren’t always what we hope and pray for. God’s ways are not our ways yet He does promise to work all things for our good. Sometimes He doesn’t answer with a miraculous healing. I have seen that happen. What I stand on though, is that He is who He says He is and He will do what He says He will do. If we do our part in trusting Him, He will do His part and show up in ways we can never imagine. It’s because He IS faithful!

Lisa has set aside today to have her intercessors with her ministry, Rise Above, pray over any requests you guys post here. If it's private, feel free to post anonymously. She and her 12 intercessors will be praying on your behalf. This is a true gift for her to offer and one that you might want to take advantage of if you have a pressing need.

Thanks again Lisa-- I am still celebrating your miraculous healing (guys, her initial news was NOT good). A big smile crosses my face every time I think about it.
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Sarah said...

I am in need of a job! I graduated 5 years ago with a degree in education. I have substitute taught for the past 5 years but have been unable to find a full time job. I have long-term taught for several maternity/ surgery leaves (in fact I will be starting one any day in Kindergarten- so looking forward to it!) but nothing full time. I know God had a plan, I just wish I had a glimpse of what it is. As the days and years pass feelings of being forgotten by God and wondering what I’ve done wrong creep into my mind. While this is a struggle I am so very, VERY thankful for the ways God has provided for me. ‘Tis so sweet to trust in Jesus!

Sarah said...

P.S. Thank you for your reminder of His faithfulness!

Anonymous said...

I am going through a hard battle with my son's father. We return to court on March 2nd for yet another child support hearing. My six year old son is very bitter and refuses to speak to his dad, and although I do not think his dad deserves to even know my son, I am trying to pray for healing and reconciliation, that God will speak to my son's dad and that my son will not be bitter and understand God's forgiveness. Even though I, too, am angry at the way my son's dad has treated both of us over the years I also want to come to a point of forgivness, but I'm thanking God this is something I have so far been able to keep away from my son so that I can encourage him to forgive his dad. Please pray for both of us, and that God will show justice for my son at court next month. Thank you, and God bless!

Lisa Shea said...

Thank you for sharing your need with me ladies! I am praying for you and believing with you!!

Lisa Shea

Mary said...

I would be honored if Lisa & her intercessors would pray for my family & me. There is a huge struggle going on about free will & predestination. This issue is causing a divide that should not happen in a Christian family. Thank you for your prayers.
Blessings & Peace, Mary

Anonymous said...

For Joan and David to come to know Christ as their Savior

Anonymous said...

Lisa please pray for me that I will come to know God in a more personal way. Also that my life as a procrastinator will be changed and that I will do the things that I am supposed to do when I am supposed to do them instead of waiting for later. Prayers for my children that they will come to know God as their Father.

Thank you.

Zibilee said...

This is a beautiful post, and I agree that God will fulfill the promises that He says he will. I have witnessed it in my own life, and in the lives of the people I love. It can be scary to trust and just step out in faith, but when you realize that God has your best interest at heart and will get you through it, it suddenly doesn't seem as scary as before.

I also thank you for sharing some of your time to pray for all of us today, and ask that you would pray for Bill who having a very hard struggle with cancer right now. Please pray that he beats it.

joan said...

Please pray for my 22-year old wayward son that God would soften his heart and that my son would get the perfect job that God has for him and that he would walk in His ways. Thank you so much and God bless you and keep you in perfect peace.

Anonymous said...

I was diagnosed with thyroid cancer in October,went through surgery & treatment. I would appreciate your prayers that in 6 months when they check me that the cancer is not there.I also would appreciate prayer for my continue physical health,especially for my energy level to return .On top of this we are dealing with a financial need & I'm praying for God's direction of what we should do.I know there is nothing impossible for our God.It's so great to think others will be praying over my burdens today !
Thanks !

Anonymous said...

Please pray for my boyfriend and I. He is recovering from depression and a suicide attempt. He has issues that could cause us to split because they are not something I feel I can deal with and I'm not sure I want to try. I love him more than anything and don't want the relationship to end, I just don't know if I can handle THIS.

Also, thank you so much for the reminder to stand on God's promises and faithfulness. May God continue to Bless you!

HD said...

I would be glad if Lisa and her intercessors pray for my marriage and family right now. I realize reading these posts I have a lot to be thankful for, my health and the health of my family. I am returning to school to pursue my masters for my job, it is tough with two kids under the age of 7 and working full time. My husband said something to me last night that cut me deep although I don't think he knew it. Please pray for my marriage, and for us to grow stronger as man and wife and not just parents. Thank you and what a wonderful post!

Anonymous said...

I would like to request prayer for my relationship with my boyfriend. I truly love him with all my heart but things are just so hard right now. He doesn't think he ever wants to get married but says that "you never know what God has planned" but I honestly don't know if I am willing to risk my heart for something that may never happen. He is great with my son and I am so thankful for that but the relationship between us is so tense at times. He is very independent and I tend to be somewhat needy and we can't seem to meet in the middle at all. I want so badly for God to stengthen our relationship and give us guidance but I just don't know what He is telling me. I know that I am struggling with some depression but I'm scared to talk to anyone about it and because of it I feel like I am letting the devil have control over my thoughts to the point where I don't know what is God and what is my imagination/the devil. I don't know...I just need prayer if you have the time.

Beatrice said...


Anonymous said...

I could really use a friend. I am a stay at home mother in the country and some days are so amazingly lonely. I returned to my Heavenly Father after years of my own ways, and I just need that Earthly connection to keep me going. A friend who has kids my kids ages and loves Jesus would be what I need.
Thank you and God Bless.

Lisa Shea said...

I am praying for each of your requests. I am also asking God to give you His peace that surpasses all understanding and wisdom as you walk through these situations!
You are precious in His sight!!
Lisa Shea

Debra said...

Praise God for your healing Lisa. HE is sooooo Faithful! His Grace and Mercy and Compassion are so amazing! Your a miracle! As a survivor of cancer myself, I can understand and feel your joy!

A faith in who God says He is.

Determined to praise Him no matter what the circumstances.

Hugs to Lisa and Marybeth

Kelly said...

Hello, I would really appreciate from the bottom of my heart Lisa and her intercessors to pray for healing for me from advanced arthritis in both hips. I am 52 and was diagnosed about a year ago with the arthritis and now they feel it is from a genetic hip dysplasia disorder inherited from my maternal grandmother who had to have both hips replaced in her 70's, as well as my cousin had one hip replaced at age 55 a few years ago. I am looking at hip replacement surgery in the next few months on the left hip which has worsened in a year via xray. I can hardly walk now and am in a lot of pain and stiffness when trying to move. Please pray for me that God will totally heal and deliver me from this afflicting arthritis. I have started to really become depressed because of the pain and it's hard to focus on my job and life at home too.
thank you so much,

Anonymous said...

We found out our engine in our car has to be replaced. We can't afford to do so or replace the car. Not sure which way to turn, but know God is faithful and can't wait to see him show up.

Anonymous said...

I desperately need prayer for my family. My husband and I are getting a divorce. It has been going on for a year and a half with nothing settled. He was diagnosed bipolar and is not such a nice person behind the scenes. If you were to meet him you wouldn't know anything was wrong with him. He is a habitual liar and gets furious when called on it and immediately turns it to be someone else's fault and/or makes you feel about an inch tall. He is not helping financially at all with our children and I was a stay at home mom. I am back in school thanks to a grant and am working part-time trying to make ends meet. Please pray for us and for his salvation. He desperately needs the Lord. Please pray for my children. I hate that they have to suffer at all. We are also in need of a reliable, non-gas guzzling vehicle.

Anonymous said...

Mary Beth,
I enjoy your blog so much,
Praise God Liosa for your good report as a nurse who takes care of pt's with ovarian Cancer you have indeed been blessed.
I ask you to pray for restoration of my marriage. I also ask for prayers for my husband's family. It has torn apart since my in laws passed last year. I love them all it is so painful to watch.
thamk you

Anonymous said...

PTL For Lisa's healing. God is so good. I would like prayer for my husband and son who were saved at one point but do not have a relationship with the Lord. Also, my husband's job is being threatened to be terminated, we have huge debt as well as a daughter in college. Please pray that his job will be secured and we will be able to get out of this debt with God's help.

Lisa Shea said...

Thank you for sharing your needs with me. My team is honored to stand in the gap for your prayer requests. May you know in your heart that God can do immeasurably more than all we ask or imagine...(Eph 3:20)

His Love & Mercy,
Lisa Shea

Anonymous said...

My husband and I are going through a very difficult time in our marriage. We started Christian marriage counseling two weeks ago and see the counselor again on the 8th. Please pray that God will change us so that we can find love and respect for one another.


Anonymous said...

Thank-you for your prayers!
Please, pray for my son, Josh. He is a lost little sheep. Please pray for him to want what is best for himself and to always follow after the Lord our God. He stopped talking to me and I do not know why, please pray that he will want to make contact with me again. Thank-you! for what you do.

Anonymous said...

God is so good, what a truly wonderful blessing for your healing Lisa. I am asking for prayer for myself today, for the issues I am dealing with in my life. Sometimes I get overwhelmed and I get off-track,and then forget to call out to God. He is the one that keeps me on-track, my light in the darkness. I know with him, I will accomplish what I need to do. Thank You!

Auntie Bliss said...

for Misty please, who has Multiple Myeloma, is the mother of two little ones and is about to go thru two Stem Cell Replacements which will take a whole 2 mos. in almost solitary confinement. A day late I see I always LOL...thank you all!
I can't believe the code I have to type in is "plebones" ...let's plea for Misty's bones which have lesions all over.

Anonymous said...

Praise God for his wonderful promises. I just read this post today and felt moved to ask for intercessory prayer. I'm asking God for His help for my marriage.
I've been separted from my husband for almost 6 years now (issues: reckless financial behavior and unfaithfullness). My husband and I are talking about reconciliation for the 3rd time. We've tried before but failed to follow through. I need God's lead on this, we need to see real, lasting change for healing to begin. I'm expecting great and awesome things to happen!

Thanks for your prayers. I will pray for the other needs posted.

Sarah said...

What a wonderful post! I know I'm a day late, but I could really use prayers this morning for my family. We found out late last night that my Uncle (who just beat cancer 15 months ago) doesn't have much time left with us. The treatment the doctors used to kill the cancer has had so many awful side effects that my Uncle's doctors told him last night there is nothing more they can do for him. He and his wife are finally leaving the hospital today (after being there for almost 15 months straight) and moving into my parents house so that my Uncle can spend his last days with family surrounding him. Prayers for all of us would be much appreciated.

Also, my younger brother is not a believer. My Mom and I have tried witnessing to him, but being deeply rooted in the Sciences he says he just can't believe. Prayers that his heart would somehow be opened to receive God and receive Jesus Christ as his one and only savior.

Thanks so much!


Lisa said...

It is NOT too late for your prayer requests!! Thank you for sending them in!

For those requesting marriage prayer. In a previous post Marybeth lists her recommended books. "Love & Respect" by Dr. Emerson Eggerichs You can read more at Applying this to my marriage proved miraculous as well!

Blessings to you all!
Lisa Shea

Anonymous said...

Please pray for sweet Marley, a beautiful three year old battling brain cancer. May God place His comforting hands upon her during this difficult time. Thank you for the prayers of healing!

Anonymous said...

Please pray and believe for a miracle healing of a young 28 yo Mom of two preschoolers who has a rare cancer-myoepithelial carcinoma stage 4. She is currently in a clinical trial for her cancer along with receiving radiation and chemotherapy. She has tumors on her spine and pelvis. One of the tumors is impinging on her spinal cord. Please pray for a complete healing in the mighty name of Jesus!
She is a joyful believer awaiting her healing! Please keep her husband and children in your daily prayers as well. Her name is Adrienne and is living in Florida.
Thank you for your prayers.