Thursday, July 22, 2010

Pray For Sean: Prayer Request by Celeste B. O'Neill (Sean's mother) on July 22 at 6:17am


Good morning Josh. Thank you for letting us know about your friend Sue. Prayers have gone up and are continuously going up for her. Those that I have shared this with and myself are believing for a miracle for her niece, and strength for Sue and her family in this difficult time. My prayers for you have not stopped nor my gratitude for the heart of compassion that you have for all of God's children. I know I have said this to you before but I say it again; even in the mist of your own struggles, you put the needs of others before your own and that exemplifies the heart of Christ.

I never publicly ask for prayer concerning any situation in my life especially in regards to myself, so I bring this to you personally and ask that you pray for my son Sean. He has epilepsy and last night while dealing with a customer at his job, he had a seizure. The docs gave him the thumbs up before leaving the hospital, but when we got home he showed me his left hand which at first had tremors (not unusual with seizures), but then it became more and more difficult for him to even move his hand. I told him to call his Dr., to take an extra pill (the docs have told him to do this when he has a seizure) before going to sleep which he did, and he fell asleep shortly after eating (seizures can leave a person exhausted), but he is frustrated and bummed out.

I'm trying to fight being worried, trying to fight this depressed state of mind right now but it is difficult and the tears keep coming. He is 21 years old, yet when he has a seizure, all I see is my baby, and that is basically who he becomes for a short period after having the seizure, he literally acts like a toddler. It broke my heart one day last year when he had one and when I got to him, he was sitting on the floor with blood on his shirt from biting his tongue with tears in his eyes. He just looked at me and said "Mommy, what happened, what's wrong?" I did not want him to see the tears in my eyes but he saw them anyway and he said "Mommy why you crying, what happened?...mommy did I have a seizure?"

Even now I can't stop crying, but I know I have to be strong. I have no choice but to trust God in all things concerning my family and myself, but it is not always easy and I am mentally exhausted. I hate seeing my child keep going through this. Nonetheless I know that no matter what is going on in my life, there are people out there such as your friend Sue, who are going through much worse. That is something that gives me the drive to keep pressing in, keeping others' situations in mind and xtending my heart, shoulder and ear to those that may need me.

Thanx for taking the time to read this Josh, you are a unique and special person, and I wish you a peace filled and prosperous day. God bless you.

Your sister in Christ,

Josh Kezer July 22 at 8:46am
I know you want to keep this private, but God...

God's people want to pray for you. May I please share this with others on my Facebook notes and/or on my blog? You've been such an encouragement to others. Let me help you. If you're afraid of this getting back to your son, don't be. You're his mother and you need support. You need to know that you need to and can lean ON others. You're not called by God to be a Super Saint FOR others all the time. If you've got a problem with this (which I'm sure you don't, but just in case you do), take it up with the Word....Romans 1:11-12 (8-12).

"...that I may impart unto you some spiritual gift, to the end ye may be established; that is, that I may be comforted together with you by the mutual faith both of you and me." KJV

"I long to see you so that I may impart to you some spiritual gift to make you strong; that is, that you and I may be mutually encouraged by each other's faith." The NIV

"For I am yearning to see you, that I may impart and share with you some spiritual gift to strengthen and establish you; that is, that we may be mutually strengthened and encouraged and comforted by each other's faith, both yours and mine." The Amplified Bible.

"I thank God through Jesus for every one of you. That's first. People everywhere keep telling me about your lives of faith, and every time I hear them, I thank him. And God, whom I so love to worship and serve by spreading the good news of his Son—the Message!—knows that every time I think of you in my prayers, which is practically all the time, I ask him to clear the way for me to come and see you. The longer this waiting goes on, the deeper the ache. I so want to be there to deliver God's gift in person and watch you grow stronger right before my eyes! But don't think I'm not expecting to get something out of this, too! You have as much to give me as I do to you." Roman 1:8-12, The Message.

Let the church mutually help you in prayer.

Why do I want to share this on Facebook and/or my blog? Because I think you come across honest, refreshing and in great need in this prayer request. I think others will rally around you and want to approach the throne of grace for and with you on this. And, finally, your son needs as much help and prayer support as he can get.

So...may I?

Josh Kezer July 22 at 9:00am
By the way, I think your awesome as a Christian and as a person. It's another reason I want to help. :)

Celeste B. O'Neill July 22 at 9:23am
Hi Josh, and thank you for such a powerful response. I am very much familiar with those scriptures and they most definitely help.

Sean's Dr. wants to see him today, so he is getting ready to go. I thought about what you said so yes, you can share this and I appreciate so much your care and concern.

I will keep you posted on what the doc says and what he feels Sean should do. The ER Dr. took Sean's blood and checked the serum levels, he said they were a bit low so we have to find out why.

Thank you again Josh. You are a remarkable man of God.

Josh Kezer July 22 at 9:27am
No worries. Lean on Jesus. Mark 5.

Wednesday, July 21, 2010

Prayer request by Sue Wolf on July 21 at 5:18pm

"Josh.....please pray for my niece...27 years old and had a massive heart attack today....they've life flighted her to Pittsburgh.....she needs a transplant....her heart is done.....machines are doing the work of her heart right now.....thanks!!!!!"

Use the comment line on this blog post to write a word of prayer and/or pass encouragement on to Sue and her family. Sue will read them and she will appreciate your support.

Sunday, July 11, 2010


Psalm 138:8 (ESV) The LORD will fulfill his purpose for me; your steadfast love, O LORD, endures forever. Do not forsake the work of your hands.

Purpose: something set up as an object or end to be attained; intentional.

•Purpose to seek Him – He will be your reward.
•Purpose to know Him – He will reveal Himself to you.
•Purpose to follow Him – He will lead the way.
•Purpose to enjoy Him – He will be your closest friend.
•Purpose to praise Him – He will be your song.
•Purpose to trust Him – He will be your provider.
•Purpose to be totally His – He will be totally yours. (DaySpring Cards)

To be intentional is to determine, by an act of your will, to move in a certain direction, to obey a set of standards, to act in a certain way.

Ultimately, God is the object of our affection, praise and pursuits. He is our purpose, our reason for all things, our life. He will fulfill His purpose, for us, through His steadfast love. He will never forsake us. Be intentional about Him.

"I am CONVINCED and SURE of this very thing, that He [The Lord] Who began a good work in you [in us] will continue [the work] until the day of Jesus Christ our Lord [the day of His return], developing and perfecting [the work in us] and bringing it to full completion [to the result He most desires] in you [in us]." Philippians 1:6

by Pastor James Jackson