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Prayer-FULL in 2022
Thursday, March 10, 2022 by Barbara

How appropriate that our final look at fulness in 2022 is Prayer-FULL. I have been blessed, protected, and covered by an uncounted cadre of prayer warriors this last week. Only hours before I planned to write my post for Thursday, I had a small stroke. I am well and almost completely recovered but, oh, how precious was the knowledge that friends, known and unknown, were pleading with God on my behalf.

My best prayer teacher has been our son David. He is basically nonverbal and functions at, maybe, the level of a 6-year old, but his 42-year old heart is attuned to the Lord and he knows from where his help comes.

We have never passed a siren without praying for the stranger in the ambulance, the destination of a fire truck, or those in a roadside accident—every siren is a call to prayer. We pray for the salvation of every waitress who takes our order and for every nurse or caregiver who touches David. Every upsetting situation is covered with prayer—the Ukraine? Covered. Police movies? Covered, it matters not that they’re fictional, they’re people who need prayer. I can’t tell you how many times we prayed about the Super Bowl halftime.

There are no needs too small or too large for David’s God. There is no limit to the mercy David expects from Him. There is no trial or challenge he doesn’t carry to God. And David is no respecter of persons—he prays for the stranger as fervently as for his loved ones. We can’t cut his prayers short, David prays until he’s emptied his heart. And then… he walks away! Heartfelt burdens are brought with tears and then left at Jesus’ feet. David knows God’s got it covered.

Over the years, David’s limitations have been marked by inabilities. But his faith doesn’t know limitations, he is trusting and confident of God’s listening ear.

When I grow up, I want to be like David.


Comments

Mitchell H Milch From Fair Lawn At 3/15/2022 5:14:15 PM

Oh my gosh Barbara what a fabulous post in so many ways! How could my Faith and my affection for David not bubble up like an underground spring. What a precious gift of a mentor is Gods' gift of David to your family, and any soul fortunate enough to make his acquaintance. He is a precious heart.

Reply by: Barbara Higby Author

Yes, Mitchell, David has indeed been our mentor in many ways. Thank you for sharing your insights into his heart.

Jane Abeln From Denville At 3/12/2022 1:37:56 PM

Barbara, until I read this, I did not hear about your stroke. I am grateful that you have recovered now. I was grateful to read what you dear son David does with you to reach out to people in need. So glad he's in a good group home, but also that you continue to be with him at times. Blessings and

Reply by: Barbara Higby Author

Thank you, Sr. Jane. Yes, David is a minister of the Gospel!

Elaine Brown From Midland Park, N.J. At 3/11/2022 11:16:47 AM

Dear Barbara - Amen and Amen to all that you have stated. We all need certain reminders from time to time. So grateful to our wonderful Savior that you are back on-line. Your typing is perfect!

Reply by: Barbara Higby Author

Thanks, Elaine. I'm laughing because if it wasn't for spell check you wouldn't have been able to read my post. I am getting better though!

Susan Panzica From At 3/11/2022 10:47:56 AM

Wow Barbara! This is such a lesson in taking everything to God, and being confident enough to leave it with Him. David is such an inspiration to so many!! Miss his hugs!

Reply by: Barbara Higby Author

Thanks, Susan. He has taught us much about worship & prayer!

Susan Troast From Delaware At 3/11/2022 8:21:21 AM

I have been so blessed by David’s prayerful AND worshipful heart!! He is truly attuned to the needs around him and his prayerful response is immediate! Prayer is his Priority! Like u, I want to be more like David!

Reply by: Barbara Higby Author

I hear you, Sue. He's a great example for us.

Debby Bellingham From NY At 3/11/2022 7:55:13 AM

Beautiful. I wept. I'm sure David is praying for me! Blessings. D

Reply by: Barbara Higby Author

He has prayed for you! I'll remind him to keep on.

Fairh From Alburtis, PA At 3/11/2022 7:12:00 AM

Hugs to both David and yourself. He’s taught us prayer lessons for years. Sirens have been calls to prayer. Praise God for his protection and healing for you. Faith and Marc

Reply by: Barbara Higby Author

Thank you, Faith. Yes, indeed, God has been merciful to all of us in Marc & my heath scares. How I thank Him!

Carol galenkamp From Wyckoff At 3/11/2022 6:59:32 AM

Barbara, this is the perfect finish to “full-ness” and my heart is full this morning with praise for your recovery. May the Spirit enrich your time of being “set aside” to tell you how dearly loved you are by our Abba, and that He is singing over you, holding you in his arms.

Reply by: Barbara Higby Author

Oh, Carol, I feel blessing coming through the words you wrote. Thank you.

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