Posted by: purityseekers | September 30, 2008

crying out to the Lord…and prayer request…

I have no words of wisdom for you.  My wisdom comes from the Lord and I just wanted to share a bit with you and ask you to read this and then pray.

As Christians, we are all going to suffer trials at one time or another.  (or in some cases… MANY trials all coming at the SAME time that seem almost unbearable!)  I’ve had many trials in this life, but lately it seems I have been bombarded by the enemy.  Is anyone else there with me right now?  I just remember and meditate on God’s word that says "Blessed be the Lord, who daily bears our burden" (Psalm 68:19) And that His "yoke is easy, and My load is light" (Matt. 11:30) And I am so thankful that I have friends who truly are willing to follow God’s word that says "Bear one another’s burden’s" (Galatians 6:2)

Last night I went to bed and cried my heart out to the Lord.  I opened my bible to Psalm 119 and read the whole thing out loud.  My wonderful friend, Summer, told me the other day how she will just lie in bed and speak God’s word out loud for comfort in the rough times.  It was so healing.  All my fears were gone and I was able to go to bed and sleep peacefully.

v. 4 "Thou hast ordained Thy precepts, that we should keep them diligently"

v. 10 "With all my heart I have sought Thee; do not let me wander from Thy commandments"

v. 11 "Thy word I have treasured in my heart, that I may not sin against Thee."

v. 25b "Revive me according to Thy word"

v. 28 "My soul weeps because of grief; strengthen me according to Thy word"

v. 30-31 "I have chosen the faithful way; I have placed Thine ordinances before me.  I cleave to Thy testimonies; O Lord, do not put me to shame!"

v. 50 "This is my comfort in my affliction, that Thy word has revived me"

v. 51 "The arrogant utterly deride me, yet I do not turn aside from Thy law"

v. 73 "Thy hands made me and fashioned me; give me undertanding, that I may learnt Thy commandments"

I could go on and on at how the Lord has comforted me.  Seems whenever I need an answer, I open up his holy word and find just the right thing.  The other day I read in 2 Timothy 4:18 "The Lord will deliver me from every evil deed, and will bring me safely to His heavenly kingdom".

Now THAT is just what I needed to hear…that despite any darkness entering into my world of light… the Lord will deliver me "safely". Amen.

Today I spoke to my oldest son from my heart.  He is 11 now and I really want to do all I can to gently lead him into manhood.  I want to fill him with God’s wisdom and continue, as I have through his life, to lead him toward a life where he will follow God.  As he grows closer and closer to being an adult, the word "diligently" pops into my head a lot!  It’s much easier when they are wee little ones and you are telling stories of baby Jesus’s birth, Daniel and the lion’s, Noah’s ark, David & Goliath.  But when their minds start to mature and their "WILLS" start to get stronger and discipline is no longer that quick, easy & affective… you truly need to start being more open and honest and delve more into the depths of the sea, so to speak.  No more floating around… we need to dive right in!

And he loves it.  When I take that time with him to speak from experience, to share God’s word, to share life stories, etc. ; he eats it up! 

Summer (whom I must say is raising 4 boys ranging in age from 10 up to 18–along with 2 younger daughters AND she is pregnant with baby #7! PHEW!!!  I’m tired just reading it!!) lent me a book called "Boyhood and Beyond" by Bob Schultz.  I can’t wait to start reading it with "C" and am going to this afternoon during quiet time! 

I am going to have to stop soon because the kids need to do their spelling with me, but I want to ask for prayer for one of the "burdens" in my life.

It has to do with "C"s father (my ex husband).  He only takes "C" every other weekend and really has never shown any interest in any aspect of his son’s life except when it benefitted him or made him look good to a girlfriend.  I have devoted my life to all 5 of my children and raise them in a wonderful godly environment and I have chosen to train them diligently at home.  God has been so gracious to allow me to be able to be home and to have a husband who can provide for a family of 7 without my financial help!

Well, after all these years of "C"s life (he is registered with the state as a 6th grader and has never attended a public or private school), his father has decided that he feels he needs to go to public school.  ALL of his reasons have no basis… but he is a man of the world and has a "public school" mindset AND obviously is at a point of having no control so he is trying to grasp something TO control.   I am trusting the Lord with my son’s future and want to just ask that you pray for this whole situation.  He also has brought my other 4 children into this, claiming things about me that are completely untrue.  It’s very pathetically sad, but that’s the world for you. 

So… just another way the enemy has chosen to attack, and I am wearing the Lord’s full armor and can’t wait to report how this all ends up.  No matter what… it will all be to the glory of God and I trust that HIS will is going to be done.  I can’t lean on MY OWN UNDERSTANDING… I need to lean on the Lord who knit my son in my womb and who is in complete control!!

Please help to bear my burden and pray with me!!!  And if any of you are under attack, please put on that armor and just trust in the Savior!! 

Ephesians 6:12-18…

"For our struggle is not against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the powers, against the world forces of this darkness, against the spiritual forces of wickedness in the heavenly places.  Therefore, take up the FULL ARMOR OF GOD, that you may be able to RESIST in the evil day, and having done EVERYTHING to STAND FIRM.  Stand firm therefore, having girded your loins with the TRUTH, and having put on the breastplate of RIGHTEOUSNESS, and having shod your feet with the preparation of the gospel of peace; in addition to all, taking up the shield of FAITH with which you will be able to extinguish all the flaming missiles of the evil one.  And take the helmet of SALVATION, and the sword of the SPIRIT, which is the WORD OF GOD.  With all PRAYER and PETITION, pray AT ALL TIMES in the SPIRIT, and with this in view, be on the alert with all PERSEVERANCE and PETITION"

So I petition you all to please pray for my son so that he can stay home with me and be trained daily in the Lord and be education diligently with me and his siblings!!

Thank you!!  Love, in Christ, Bridget

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Responses

  1. "And the truth shall set you free!" God's word never returns void.

  2. I can't write much right now because I have to get back to the kids, but I am amazed at the similarities of our situations. My son is now 16 (almost 17) and we let him go at the beginning of the summer to live with my ex husband. They enrolled him in a government school. There is much I could share and a lot I am still waiting on the Lord for, but I wanted to let you know that we are walking a similar path and I will pray for you. My heart is heavy because I know what that fear and pain is like and what you must be feeling and the thoughts you are struggling with.
    I just keep clinging to the simple truths:
    God is good. He does not change.
    Feel free to email me if you think I can help or encourage you.

  3. Sweet Bridget, I am keeping you in prayer. I've heard of this happening, over and over, and I can honestly say that I've never heard of anyone being forced to send their kids to public school. Really and honestly – it has always worked out in favor of homeschooling.

    Contact the HSLDA (I think that's the right acronym) – because they will provide legal support for you and your family in such a situation as this (so I am told).

    God will make sure His will is done… you are so right to trust in Him. Interceding for ya'll – please let us know how it goes as time passes by…

    Love,
    Laura

  4. I don't even know how to begin to comfort you. Just lean on the Lord and He will guide you. You have done nothing but the best for your son and you will have to trust Him for protection. It is easier to say than to do. My heart goes out to all of you.

  5. I cried when I read your post…and am crying out to the Lord for you and for your son.

  6. Oh Bridget, Now I know why I had a strong urge to email you last night and pray for you. I want to let you know right off that though my email was short and I was called away I was praying for you for God to up lift you all the time I was going about my evening.

    I have had to deal with my ex on the subject of home school verses public. I know what you are going through. I will be praying. What I have found here, (Californina but my divorce and custody case is in Virginia) He could not make me put the kids in public school unless he took me to court and then he would have to prove I was not fit to make decisions. Which would not stand up in court. I would encourage you if you are a member of HSLDA to contact them for advice, if only for your peace of mind. I will be in prayer for you with this my friend.

  7. Bridget I will be storming the gates of heaven on your behalf. God knows your heart and your love for your children. Keep your head high girl!

  8. Oh, Bridget, I'm sorry to hear of your burden. We will be praying for your family. Has Camden told his father how he feels about it? Your children are so sweet and I'm sure that homeschooling them is one of the reasons they are obedient. God knows your heart, He hears your cries, we'll ask Him, too. Love ya, girl! Brenda


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