December 22, 2008

The Prayer Warrior Gets Some Beautiful Armor

Have you ever received a gift that just touched you to your very soul? I got one of the most touching and amazing gifts I have ever received in my life this past weekend.

Most of you know that over the last two or three years God has really turned me into a heavy duty prayer warrior for him. Now before you think that I am bragging let me say right up front that I am not. What I mean to say is that God has captured my heart in such a way that my life is an ongoing prayer re pore with him. Often even when I am sleeping he is talking to my spirit. It is both a wonderful and difficult thing for me. Wonderful in that I love the time that we get to spend talking with each other. It is personal and it is tender and life changing. It is difficult in that I often learn and hear more than I know what to do with or how to process. I am very often in way over my head.

I have been blessed to be able to head up our prayer team at EMC for the last couple of years. These are a group of amazing people and God uses them to teach me and his church just how powerful the power of prayer is. We have seen incredible things happen because of their dedication and prayers. I have been blessed to work prayer on a Tres Dias weekend. I saw lives change including mine because of that privilege. I have been blessed to pray in many wonderful and amazing and extremely difficult situations. I am by no means a master.... but prayer is the greatest calling of my heart.

The reason I say all of that is because you need to understand how very much prayer is my life to understand how much this gift touched me to my soul. I am by no means a materialistic person. Having and giving things really does not impress me very much. The kind of gifts that I like to receive are gifts that I know someone really thought who I am before they bought or made them. Those are the kind of gifts that show it was about blessing me and not just about giving a gift.

My friend Beth gave me an incredibly gift this past weekend. She has been working on it for over a year. It is only the second time I ever remember receiving a gift that touched me so deeply that it brought tears to my eyes and left me speechless. I still am emotional just thinking and looking at this gift.

Beth gave me a tallit. A prayer shawl. Armor for the prayer warrior to wear when she is in deep prayer and mighty warfare. She made it herself and she had Tamara's mom-in-law monagram it with the words I usually always sign my writings to the prayer team with " Love, Pray, Serve" along with a cross and the words "Our Father" written around the shoulders. It is the most beautiful prayer shawl I have ever seen.

This gift honored me by celebrating one the greatest loves of my life....Prayer.

I had to publically thank her and I had to show you this beautiful gift she blessed me with. It will have a place of honor in my prayer room at home and it will get used often.

Thank you Beth. You blessed me by knowing what the greatest love of my heart is. I love you dearly! Thank you, Thank you, Thank you. It touched me to the depth of my soul.

Check out this beautiful gift. The pictures don't do it justice.


P.S. I love all of you!!! Blessings and Merry Christmas!!!
My Tallit Prayer Shawl
Pray like this... Our Father....
Make a difference. Love, Pray, Serve