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I've been trying to dust my dusty house for two days now. I honestly don't know why I bother! With two cats perched on every available surface at various times, it's really kind of pointless. Except for one thing about my haphazard system of dusting. Dusting, friends, is an occasion for prayer. Dusting requires no real thought--swipe here, wipe there--but it frees your mind--lets you think. And pray.
Are you praying for your fellow writers at FW? I have been praying for several of them specifically, and all of them collectively. Have you?
We come to the community of FW and write, post, and then we wait impatiently for some kind of feedback. We're trying to bring glory to God with our words, having been called into this service in His name.
Yet, we're also still leading our lives--lives that are given to disaster, illness, accidents, and death. Most of us here don't know each other, and will never meet in our lifetimes, yet, if you're like me, you feel a kinship, a friendship, a real connection with your fellow writers here.
We have a duty to pray for our brethren. Some are going through some dark days indeed. Some have spent countless hours writing prayers for everyone, yet they've come to the place now where those prayers are needed on their behalf. Are we fulfilling this need for them?
There are several writers here who, if I don't see any postings from them for awhile, I get concerned. Often, I will e-mail them to see if they're okay. Often, they're not, and they'll share with me the reasons why. I immediately pray for them and lift them up. I pray for them every time their names appear in my mind. Some of them are a world away, in other countries entirely. I can't drop everything and fly across the world to help them. I CAN drop everything and lift them up in prayer anytime at all. And I do. Do you?
I can't recall exactly how I discovered this beautiful place on the Internet--this little oasis called Faithwriter's. I will never forget the love I find here. I will never forget the people I have met here. I will be forever grateful for all the different ways the things of God are presented here. I have felt loved and supported, even while being criticized, and I want to pass it on. We're all blades of a sort--constantly challenging and sharpening one another. 'Where two or three are gathered in My name'----hmmmm. Wonder just how many of us there are?
You don't have to call any one of us by our specific name to offer a prayer. You can just say, "For my FW friends (or friend), I pray...". That's all.
My heart is with my friends here. I will continue to pray for you--sometimes by name, sometimes not. I truly love you people--you've all taught me so much. Because we're 'kin', when you hurt, all of us hurt. Because the love here is real, and it's pure. We don't even know what some look like--therefore, there are no hidden motives here. Just honesty and truth.
Thanks for reading this. We've got a great opportunity and blessing in this site. We can't take it for granted. Some of the most beautiful, gifted, and talented people I've ever had the pleasure to know are right here.
Dear Jesus, please take care of my friends, whatever their needs may be.
I can't wait to meet you all in Spirit!
Sigh!!! My dusting awaits. I will be praying as I go about my business. If you have a moment, please pray for me too, and for all your friends here at FW.
In this, there can never be too much of a good thing!
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21 Jan 2007
Beth - You are so sweet and loving. Thank you for your prayers. I also lift you and all my FW friends up to the Father in prayer. BTW - You reminded me I forgot to dust today! ;o(
Love ya! Your sister in Him,
21 Jan 2007
Beth, this warmed my heart several degrees, for I was just thinking along these same lines immediately prior to reading this lovely posting of yours.
Please do include me in one of your specific prayers.
I hardly ever get sick, but I have taken something that sure doesn't like me, sort of like the flu.
Wouldn't it be nice if we at FaithWriters could have a get-together sometime to see each other in person. We are international here at FW, so that would be a difficult thing to do.
But, one day, one day, one day, in Heaven!!!!!!
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